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We recommend that you first visit the website at www.grants.gov/ to search for federal government-wide grant opportunities for which you are eligible.  Once you have located an environmentally-related grant opportunity, you may begin the application process.  Be sure to make a note of the Funding Opportunity and/or Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards financial assistance to eligible organizations for specific environmental projects or purposes. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (see “Links to Other Related Information” on our web page) provides detailed information regarding EPA grant programs, including eligibility requirements, types of projects to be funded, available grant amounts, etc. If you meet the criteria for an EPA assistance program and wish to apply for a grant, you must fill out an application and forward it to the appropriate EPA office. Your application will be evaluated, and if it meets EPA standards, a grant may be awarded to your organization to fund the project.

The grant application itself is a package of documents, including a form with which you formally request the financial assistance. The application should describe what your project is, contain a schedule for starting and completing the project, and provide information on compliance with Federal regulations applicable to the grant.

Please familiarize yourself with the federal grant INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS discussed below. This process should be initiated prior to submitting your application to EPA.

If your project or work-plan involves environmentally-related measurements or data generation, you must develop and implement quality assurance practices sufficient to produce data adequate to meet project objectives and to minimize loss of data due to out-of-control conditions or malfunctions.  We recommend you discuss possible QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) requirements with your EPA contact or the EPA Region 4 QA office:  Marilyn Thornton at 706-355-8553 or Denise Goddard at 706-355-8568.

It is EPA policy that recipients of Federal assistance should award a fair share of their procurement actions to DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES (DBEs). These fair share objectives must be based on availability of qualified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and women’s business enterprises (WBEs) to do work in the relevant market for procurement activities (i.e., construction, equipment, services, and supplies). For more information, contact the EPA Region 4 DBE Coordinator, Charles Hayes, at 404-562-8377.

Applications for federal assistance should be submitted to EPA at least sixty (60) days prior to the anticipated start date of the project.  For environmental grant opportunities involving the Southeast Region, mail the original and one copy of your completed application to:

Grants and Audit Management Section

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 4

Atlanta Federal Center

61 Forsyth Street

Atlanta, Ga  30303-8960

INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS - EXECUTIVE ORDER 12372

This process should be initiated prior to submitting your application to EPA!

BACKGROUND

Executive Order 12372 and EPA's implementing regulations (40 CFR Part 29, 40 CFR 30.12(c), and 40 CFR 31.11) require that all interested state, area-wide, regional, and local agencies be given the opportunity to review and to comment on proposed Federal assistance within their area(s) of jurisdiction or influence. The regulations also provide for implementation of the requirements of Section 204 of the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966, as amended, which apply to all Federal assistance.

EPA cannot award assistance until all interested parties (e.g., State agencies, Planning and Economic Development agencies) have been given the opportunity to review the proposed project and all concerns of these agencies about the proposed project have been satisfactorily disposed of by the applicant.

Tribal Government applicants are encouraged to comply with this process, but it is not mandatory.

PROCEDURES

We recommend you begin the Intergovernmental Review (IR) process as early as possible, preferably at least 60 days prior to submitting your application to EPA. The IR process varies by State, so we encourage you to contact your State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to determine if an application review is required. A list of state SPOCs may be found at the following OMB web site:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc/ Exiting EPA web site

Due to the elimination of SPOCs in the States of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee, it is now necessary that applicants for funding which impacts those states submit their applications to the appropriate state, county, and area-wide reviewing agencies. A list of those agencies is enclosed.  It is not necessary to send an application to all Development Districts and agencies listed but only to those agencies responsible for the area(s) affected or that may be affected by your proposed project.

Please enclose with your application to EPA a copy of all comments received from the review process and include an explanation of action taken to address any concerns of the designated agencies.

STATES WITHOUT SPOCS

ALABAMA

Applicants for projects in Alabama having state-wide impact should submit a copy of their applications to the CENTRAL ALABAMA REGIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (REGION 9) on the list below. They are serving as the State Intergovernmental Review Clearinghouse for these projects. For projects having local impact, applications should be sent to the appropriate Regional Development Commission listed below.


REGION 1
NORTHWEST ALABAMA COUNCIL OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
Mr. Keith Jones, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2603
103 Student Drive
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662
205/389-0500 FAX 205/389-0599

REGION 2
WEST ALABAMA PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
Mr. Robert B. Lake, Executive Director
4200 Highway 69 North, Suite 1
Northport, AL 35473
205/333-2990 FAX 205/333-2713

REGION 3
BIRMINGHAM REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
Mr. Larry W. Watts, Executive Director
2112 Eleventh Avenue, South
Magnolia Office Park, Suite 220
Birmingham, AL 36256
202/251-8139 FAX 205/328-3304

REGION 4
EAST ALABAMA REGIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Mr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director
P.O. Box 2186
1130 Quintard Avenue, Suite 300
Anniston, AL 36202
205/237-6741 FAX 205/237-6763

REGION 5
SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Tyson Howard, Executive Director
5900 Carmichael Place
Montgomery, AL 36117
334/244-6903 FAX 334-270-0038

REGION 6
ALABAMA-TOMBIGBEE REGIONAL COMMISSION
Mr. John C. Riggs, Executive Director
107 Broad Street
Camden, AL 36726
334/682-4234 FAX 334/682-4205

REGION 7
SOUTHEAST ALABAMA REGIONAL PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Mr. W. Fred Dykes, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1406
462 North Oates Street
Dothan, Alabama 36302
334/794-4093 FAX 334/794-3288

REGION 8
SOUTH ALABAMA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
Mr. Russ Wimberly, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1665
651 Church Street
Mobile, AL 36633
334/433-6542 FAX 334/433-6009

REGION 9
CENTRAL ALABAMA REGIONAL PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Ms. Ann B. Harper, Executive Director
125 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor
Montgomery, AL 36104
334/262-4300 FAX 334/262-6976

REGION 10
LEE-RUSSELL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
Ms. Suzanne G. Burnette, Executive Director
2207 Gateway Drive
Opelika, AL 36801
334/749-5264 FAX 334/749-6582

REGION 11
NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
Mr. C. Ronald Matthews, Executive Director
216 Jackson Street, SE
P.O. Box C
Decatur, AL 35602
205/355-4515 FAX 205/351-1380

REGION 12
TOP OF ALABAMA REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
Mr. Bob Culver, Executive Director
115 Washington Street, SE
Huntsville, AL 35801
205/533-3330 FAX 205/533-3442

GEORGIA

The Georgia State Clearinghouse has withdrawn from the federal intergovernmental review process and being removed from the SPOC (single point of contact) list maintained by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB). For those federal applications impacting Georgia, please see following link for more details:

http://www.opb.georgia.gov/state-clearinghouse

MISSISSIPPI

Applicants for projects in Mississippi should submit a copy of their applications to one of the MISSISSIPPI PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONS on the list below.  They are serving as the State Intergovernmental Review Clearinghouse for these projects. 

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
F. Clarke Holmes, Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 4935
Jackson, MS 39296-4935
(601) 981-1511  Fax: (601) 981-1515
cholmes@cmpdd.org

EAST CENTRAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Bill Richardson, Executive Director
P.O. Box 499
Newton, MS 39345
(601) 683-2007  Fax: (601) 683-7873
mail@ecpdd.org

GOLDEN TRIANGLE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Rupert “Rudy” Johnson, Executive Director
PO Box 828
Starkville, MS 39760-0828
(662) 324-7860  Fax: (662) 324-7328
rjohnson@gtpdd.com

NORTH CENTRAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Steve Russell, Executive Director
711 South Applegate
Winona, MS 38967
(662) 283-2675 Fax: (662) 283-5875
srussell@ncpdd.org

NORTH DELTA PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Glenn Brown, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1488
Batesville, MS 38606
(662) 561- 4100 Fax: (662) 561- 4112
batesville@ndpdd.com

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Sharon Gardner, Executive Director
P.O. Box 600
Booneville, MS 38829
(662) 728-6248  Fax: (662) 728-2417
sgardner@nempdd.com

SOUTH DELTA PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
William B. “Billy”Haney, Jr., Executive Director
P.O. Box 1776
Greenville, MS 38702
(662) 378-3831  Fax: (662) 378-3834
sdpdd@bellsouth.net

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Leslie Newcomb, Executive Director
9229 Highway 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
(228) 868-2311 Fax: (228) 868-7094
les@smpdd.com

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Wirt L. Peterson, Executive Director
100 South Wall Street
Natchez, MS 39120
(601) 446-6044  Fax: (601) 446-6071
wpeterson1@bellsouth.net

THREE RIVERS PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Vernon R. “Randy” Kelley, Executive Director
P.O. Box 609
Pontotoc, MS 38863
(662) 489-2415  Fax: (662) 489-6815
vrk@trpdd.com


NORTH CAROLINA

The state has withdrawn from the federal grant intergovernmental review process; however, it continues to maintain an Environmental Review Clearinghouse. The purpose of this Clearinghouse is to notify potentially affected state/local government agencies and the public of proposed activities in their jurisdiction and offer them the opportunity to review and comment on the adequacy of the environmental impact documents (prepared under the State (and National) Environmental Policy Acts) before final decisions are made on the proposed activities. If your project involves documents prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and NC State Environmental Policy Act (NC SEPA), please contact the State Clearinghouse:

Ms. Valerie McMillan
State Clearinghouse
NC Department of Administration
1301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1301
919/807-2425 FAX 919/733-9571


Applicants for federal grant assistance in NC which do not involve NEPA or NC SEPA requirements, should contact the appropriate agencies below:

SOUTHWESTERN COMMISSION
Mr. Bill Gibson
P.O. Drawer 850
Bryson City, NC 28713
828/488-9211 FAX 828/488-3950

LAND OF SKY REGIONAL COG
Mr. Joe McKinney
339 New Leicester Hwy.
Suite 140
Asheville, NC 28806
828/251-6622 FAX 828/251-6353

ISOTHERMAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIION
Mr. Paul Hughes
P.O. Box 841
Rutherford, NC 28139
828/287-2281 FAX 828/287-2735

REGION D COG
Mr. Richard Fender
P.O. Box 1820
Boone, NC 28607
828/265-5434 FAX 828/256-5439

WESTERN PIEDMONT COG
Mr. Douglas Taylor
P.O. Box 9026
Hickory, NC 28603
828/322-9191 FAX 828/322-5991

CENTRALINA COG
Mr. Al Sharp
P.O. Box 35008
Charlotte, NC 28235
704/372-2416 FAX704/347-4710

TRIANGLE J COG
Ms. Dee Freeman
P.O. Box 12276
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
919/558-9395 FAX 919/549-9390

KERR-TAR REGIONAL COG
Mr. Neil Mallory
P.O. Box 709
Henderson, NC 27536
252/436-2040 FAX 252/436-2055

UPPER COASTAL PLAIN COG
Mr. Greg Godard
P.O. Drawer 2748
Rocky Mount, NC 27802
252/446-0411 FAX 252/446-5651

MID-CAROLINA COG
Mr. James Caldwell
P.O. Drawer 1510
Fayetteville, NC 28302
910/323-4191 FAX 910/323-9330

LUMBER RIVER COG
Mr. James Perry
4721 Fayetteville Road
Lumberton, NC 28358
910/618-5533 FAX 910/618-5576

CAPE FEAR COG
Mr. Chris May
1480 Harbour Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401
910/395-4553 FAX 910/395-2684

EASTERN CAROLINA COG
P.O. Box 1717
New Bern, NC 28563
252/638-3185 FAX 252/638-3187

PIEDMONT TRIAD COG
Mr. Randall Billings
Willington Building, Suite 201
2216 W. Meadowview Road, Suite 201
Greensboro, NC 27407-3480
336/294-4950 FAX336/632-0457

NORTHWEST PIEDMONT COG
Mr. Matthew Dolge
400 West Fourth Street, Suite 400
Winston Salem, NC 27101
336/761-2111 FAX 336/761-2112

MID-EAST COMMISSION
Mr. Tim Ware
P.O. Box 1787
Washington, NC 27889
252/946-8043 FAX 252/946-5489

ALBEMARLE COMMISSION
Mr. Kay Rose
P.O. Box 646
Hertford, NC 27944
252/426-5753 FAX 252/426-8482


TENNESSEE

Applicants for federal grant assistance for projects in Tennessee should contact the appropriate agencies below:

Mr. James Morris
Department of Economic and Community Development
Local Planning Division
6th Floor, Rachel Jackson Building
Nashville, TN 37243

Mr. Jack Hughes
Department of Environment and Conservation
401 Church Street
L & C Tower
Nashville, TN 37243

Mr. N.E. Christianson
Department of Transportation
6th Floor, James K. Polk Building
Nashville, TN 37243

Mr. Joe Garrison
Tennessee Historical Commission
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, TN 37243-0442

Mr. Dan Sherry
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204

Applicants should also send a copy to the appropriate Tennessee Development District listed below:

NORTHWEST TENNESSEE
Mr. Robert Brandon, Executive Director
P.O. Box 963
124 Weldon Street
Martin, TN 38237
901/587-4215

GREATER NASHVILLE REGIONAL COUNCIL
Mr. Maynard Pate, Executive Director
700 Stahlman Building
211 Union Street, Box 233
Nashville, TN 37201
615/862-8828

UPPER CUMBERLAND
Mr. Ed Brooks, Executive Director
1225 Burgess Falls Road
Cookeville, TN 38501
615/432-4111

FIRST TENNESSEE DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
Mrs. Susan Reid, Executive Director
3211 N. Roan Street
Johnson City, TN 37601-1213
615/928-0224

MEMPHIS AREA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
Mr. John Sicola, Executive Director
157 Poplar Avenue, B150
Memphis, TN 38103
901/576-4610

SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE
Mr. Barry Matthews, Executive Director
Williamsburg Office Park
27 Conrad Drive, Suite 150
Jackson, TN 38301
901/668-7112

SOUTH CENTRAL TENNESSEE
Mr. Joe M. Williams, Executive Director
815 South Main
P.O. Box 1346
Columbia, TN 38401
615/381-2040

SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE
Mr. Joe Guthrie, Executive Director
25 Cherokee Boulevard
P.O. Box 4757
Chattanooga, TN 37405
615/266-5781

EAST TENNESSEE
Mr. Bob Freeman, Executive Director
5616 Kingston Pike
P.O. Box 19806
Knoxville, TN 37939
615/584-8553


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