Application Kit for Federal AssistanceDear Applicant,
Thank you for expressing interest in the United States Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) assistance program. It is EPA policy (Order
5700.5) to promote competition in the award of assistance agreements
to the maximum extent practicable. EPA Order 5700.5 establishes the
EPA policy for competition in the award of EPA Assistance Agreements.
Please visit the internet at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/egov/ or http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/competition.htm for
more information on EPA's Grant Competition Policy.
Please consider whether your proposal is for acquisition or assistance. The Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977 requires Federal agencies to use a contract to acquire property or services that directly benefit the Federal government. A grant or cooperative agreement must be used to transfer money, property, services, or anything else of value, that supports or stimulates an activity to accomplish a public purpose of assistance authorized by Federal statute. The SF-424 is only used for submitting proposals for Federal assistance.
The direct beneficiary is the determining factor as to whether a proposal is for acquisition or assistance. If the direct beneficiary is a state or local government or other recipient, and the purpose of the support or stimulation is authorized by Federal statute, a grant or cooperative agreement is the proper legal instrument to use. If the direct beneficiary is EPA, a contract is the appropriate legal instrument to use, and an SF-424 is not appropriate.
Please complete all application procedures as instructed in the Grant Application kit.
For reference and descriptions of EPA rules and regulations, please visit the World Wide Web at:
Please direct questions about completing your application, or general
inquiries about EPA's assistance program, to the National Policy, Training and Compliance Division at (202) 564-5069.
Denise A. Polk, Director
National Policy, Training and Compliance Division