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Questions & Answers on the Wetland Program Development Grant

These are commonly asked questions about the Wetland Program Development Grant (EPA-R7WWPD-13-001). If you have questions beyond those in the Questions & Answers below, please email Jennifer Ousley at ousley.jennifer@epa.gov.

You can also find more information on the EPA Grants and Debarment and EPA Region 7 Grants Information websites.

General Questions

  1. Where can I find the SF-424 and SF-424A forms and other grant writing information?
  2. Who is eligible to apply?
  3. How likely is my project to be funded? Is a large or small project more likely to be funded?
  4. How much detail is needed in the proposal?
  5. If I live in another state than Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska), where can I find Wetland Program Development Grant information for the other EPA Regions?
  6. What documentation is needed with my proposal that demonstrates that the university is chartered as a part of state government?
  7. Could a potential applicant purchase a vehicle or boat with these program funds?
  8. Can a partner’s organization’s indirect cost/fringe be used for cost share/match?
  9. How do I document a competitive selection process for subawardees?
  10. How do I document quality assurance/quality control?
  11. How do I document data sharing?
  12. How do I document partnerships?
  13. How do I document STORET use in our proposal?
  14. Where do I find the list of EPA-approved wetland program plans (WPPs)?
  15. What if my state/tribe does not have an EPA-approved wetland program plan? Can we still apply?
  16. If I include a table in my appendix, will it count towards the page limit in the RFP?
  17. Will the program fund proposals for research conducted on non-federal lands?

1. Where can I find the SF-424 and SF-424A forms and other grant writing information?

These can be found at the EPA national grants, EPA Region 7 grants, and Federal grants–grants.gov websites. The Request for Proposal (RFP) uses the required format for all federal RFPs. Important sections include: Section III - Eligibility Information, Section IV - Application and Submission Information, and Section V - Application Review Information.

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2. Who is eligible to apply?

As defined under Section III.A, eligible applicants include states, tribes, local government agencies, interstate agencies, and intertribal consortia. Projects must be performed within one or more of the states of EPA Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) to be eligible to apply for funding. In the case of inter-jurisdictional watershed projects, they must be primarily implemented in EPA Region 7. In order to be eligible for funds through this competition, tribes must be federally recognized, although "Treatment as a State" status is not a requirement. Intertribal consortia that meet the requirements of 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 35.504 are eligible for direct funding. Universities that are agencies of a state government are eligible to receive funds through this competition. Universities that are not chartered as a part of state government are not eligible for direct funding from EPA. Universities must include documentation demonstrating that they are chartered as a part of state government in their proposal. Documentation may include such things as: state constitution, university charter, or case law that has confirmed the university as a state agency.

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3. How likely is my project to be funded? Is a large or small project more likely to be funded?

In order to assess the strength of your proposal and the likelihood of your project being funded, you may compare your proposal against the criteria and assigned points, as stated in Section V. All proposals will be reviewed and ranked using these criteria. Section V gives additional information regarding the review and selection process.

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4. How much detail is needed in the proposal?

Enough detail is needed to meet all of the content requirements listed in Section IV.C and provide information for the criteria listed in Section V. The level of detail should be balanced with the need for ease of review by EPA Region 7. EPA reviewers will use the information provided in your proposal to review and rank proposals according to the Section V criteria. The only exception is Section V criteria "Past Performance", where EPA has stated that other sources of relevant information may be considered including Agency files and prior/current grantors (also Section IV.C).

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5. If I live in another state than Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska), where can I find Wetland Program Development Grant information for the other EPA Regions?

The EPA Headquarters website for Wetlands Program Development Grants contains contact information for each EPA Region.

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6. What documentation is needed with my proposal that demonstrates that the university is chartered as a part of state government?

Documentation may include such things as: state/tribal constitution, university charter, and/or case law that has confirmed the university as a state agency.

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7. Could a potential applicant purchase a vehicle or boat with these program funds?

Purchase of vehicles (including boats, motor homes) and office furniture is not eligible for funding under this program. The lease of vehicles is eligible for funding under this program but must be described in the budget detail.

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8. Can a partner organization’s indirect cost/fringe be used for cost share/match?

A partner organization’s indirect cost/fringe cannot be used as cost share/match. (Please note that an applicant’s indirect cost/fringe can be used as cost share/match.) Other federal grants may not be used as cost share/match without specific statutory authority.

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9. How do I document a competitive selection process for subawardees?

The applicant must document that the contractor(s), including consultants listed in the proposal were selected in compliance with the competitive Procurement Standards in 40 CFR Part 30 or 40 CFR 31.36 as appropriate. For example, an applicant must demonstrate that it selected the contractor(s) competitively or that a proper non-competitive sole-source award consistent with the regulations will be made to the contractor(s); that efforts were made to provide small and disadvantaged businesses with opportunities to compete; and that some form of cost or price analysis was conducted. EPA may not accept sole source justifications for contracts for services or products that are otherwise readily available in the commercial marketplace.

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10. How do I document quality assurance/quality control?

Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) requirements are applicable to these grants (see 40 CFR 30.54 and 40 CFR 31.45). QA/QC requirements apply to the collection or use of environmental data. Environmental data are any measurements or information that describe environmental processes, location, or conditions; ecological or health effects and consequences; or the performance of environmental technology. Environmental data include information collected directly from measurements, produced from models, and compiled from other sources such as databases or literature. Applicants should allow sufficient time and resources for this process. If selected, EPA can assist applicants in determining whether QA/QC is required for the proposed project. If QA/QC is required for the project, the applicant is encouraged to work with the EPA QA/QC staff to determine the appropriate QA/QC practices for the project. So if you plan to collect or use environmental data or information, explain that you will comply with the Quality Assurance/Quality Control requirements.

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11. How do I document data sharing?

All recipients of these assistance agreements will be required to share any data generated through this funding agreement as a defined deliverable in the final workplan. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110 has been revised to provide public access to research data through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) under some circumstances. Data that are (1) first produced in a project that is supported in whole or in part with federal funds and (2) cited publicly and officially by a federal agency in support of an action that has the force and effect of law (i.e., a regulation) may be accessed through FOIA. If such data are requested by the public, EPA must ask for it, and the grantee must submit it, in accordance with A-110 and EPA regulations at 40 CFR 30.36. All applicants must demonstrate how they will meet this requirement.

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12. How do I document partnerships?

Describe the agencies/organizations who will partner with the applicant as appropriate and necessary to successfully conduct the project. Include a clear description of the roles of specific partners in the project’s components/tasks. Describe how these partnerships will contribute to building or refining a state/tribe/local government wetland program. You may attach optional letters of support from intended partners, to the end of your proposal. Letters of support are not counted in the page limit for the proposal workplan.

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13. How do I document STORET use in our proposal?

Recipients of grants for wetland monitoring projects will be encouraged to submit all data from monitoring to the Water Quality Exchange (WQX) and into STORET (short for STOrage and RETrieval) database. WQX is a secure, internet- and standards-based way to support electronic data reporting, sharing, and integration of both regulatory and non-regulatory environmental data. WQX is an Exchange Network based framework by which EPA compiles water quality monitoring data into the STORET Warehouse. EPA’s presence on the Exchange Network is represented by CDX which authenticates users and validates data submitted through WQX. STORET provides an accessible, nationwide central repository of water information of known quality. Grantee submission of monitoring data into STORET or monitoring data made available in the Advisory Council for Water Information (ACWI) Core Monitoring Data Element Standard (or Data Exchange Template) will facilitate exchange of monitoring data between EPA and its partners. Information on STORET is at http://www.epa.gov/storet/ and information on the standard is at http://iaspub.epa.gov/sor_internet/registry/datareg/home/overview/home.do. If an applicant plans to use STORET as one way to comply with the data sharing requirement, explain in the proposal.

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14. Where do I find the list of EPA-approved wetland program plans (WPPs)?

As listed in Section I.C, EPA-approved state/tribal WPPs can be found at: http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/wpp.cfm.

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15. What if my state/tribe does not have an EPA-approved wetland program plan? Can we still apply?

Possibly – you would want to consider Track 2 (see Section I.C).

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16. If I include a table in my appendix, will it count towards the page limit in the RFP?

We are unable to make such a determination during the RFP. However, please refer to the RFP for more on what is included in the page limit and the project narrative.

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17. Will the program fund proposals for research conducted on non-federal lands?

The RFP does not exclude potentially funding proposals for projects on non-federal lands.

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