Grants & Funding
AIEO manages the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP). The GAP provides grant funding to federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia through a negotiated process administered by each EPA Region. The grant funds may be used by tribes to plan and carry out a number of environmental capacity-building activities.
AIEO also promotes the use of Direct Implementation Tribal Cooperative Agreements (DITCAs). DITCAs is a funding authority enabling EPA to award funds to federally-recognized tribe and qualified intertribal consortia to carry out agreed upon activities to assist EPA with the implementation of federal environmental programs. Further information is found below.
- Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) - A grant program for federally-recognized tribes and tribal consortia to plan, develop, and establish environmental protection programs in Indian country, as well as to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands.
- Direct Implementation Tribal Cooperative Agreements (DITCAs) - Allow tribes and intertribal consortia to help EPA implement federal environmental programs in Indian country. While they rely on existing program funding sources, DITCAs are negotiated between EPA and tribes and can help tribes build the capacity to carry out specific activities for EPA, with EPA retaining final decision-making authority and ultimate responsibility for the environmental programs, including all regulatory activities.