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Step-by-step financial planning process that can help your community determine capital asset technical and financial needs and find available air, waste and water resources to meet your compliance goals.

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Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

Water Resources

Water Quality Standards

Water Quality Funding Opportunities
Purpose: Provide financial assistance for the prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution. Grants may fund a variety of projects for the protection of water quality, including developing water quality standards, conducting stream bioassessment surveys, gathering baseline water quality data, and developing a water classification system.
Contact: The Funding for Tribal Water Quality Program Development Web site

Water Pollution

Clean Water Tribal Resource Directory for Wastewater Treatment Assistance
Purpose: Assists in identifying sources of financial and technical assistance for Tribal wastewater treatment programs and infrastructure. Note: Currently being updated.
Contact: The Clean Water Tribal Resource Directory for Wastewater Treatment Assistance Web site

Water Pollution Control Program Grants - CWA Section 106
Purpose: Assists tribes in carrying out effective water pollution control programs by funding a wide range of water quality activities including: water quality planning and assessments; development of water quality standards; ambient monitoring; development of total maximum daily loads; issuing permits; groundwater and wetland protection; nonpoint source control activities (including nonpoint source assessment and management plans).
Contact: The Clean Water Act Section 106 Tribal Pollution Grant Control Program Web site

The Clean Water Act Indian Set-Aside Program
Purpose: Provides grants for planning, designing, and constructing wastewater treatment systems. Funds originate from a 1.5 percent set-aside from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), and are allocated among the EPA regions based on proportionate share of total wastewater facility need as determined by the U.S. Indian Health Service (IHS) using their Sanitation Deficiency System (SDS). EPA regional coordinators then develop agreements with IHS and tribes to commit funds to specific projects. Eligible projects include interceptor sewers, wastewater treatment facilities, infiltration/inflow correction, collector sewers, major sewer system rehabilitation, and correction of combined sewer overflows.
Contact: The Clean Water Indian Set-Aside Grant Program Web site

Watershed Programs

The Alaskan Native Village and Rural Communities Sanitation Grant Program
Purpose: Assists Alaskan Native Villages and Alaska rural communities with the construction of new or improved drinking water and wastewater sanitation systems. Grants are awarded by EPA to the State of Alaska, who administers the funds through the Village Safe Water Program Exit EPA Disclaimer. A portion of EPA's funding is also used to provide training and technical assistance in the operations and maintenance of treatment systems.
Contact: The Alaskan Native Village and Rural Communities Sanitation Grant Program Web site

Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants - CWA Section 319
Purpose: Implement nonpoint source projects and programs to address nonpoint source pollution, including runoff from urban areas, farms, feedlots, abandoned mines, and forest operations. Fund activities including information and education, demonstration projects, and implementation of Best Management Practices for controlling nonpoint sources of pollution. Eligibility depends on tribe having "treatment-as-a-State" status and an EPA-approved nonpoint source assessment and nonpoint source management plan.
Contact: The Funding Opportunities Web site

Catalog of Watershed Assistance Grants
Purpose: Highlights federal grants and loans to support watershed projects and provides references to other publications and Internet sites that provide information about funding and technical assistance.
Contact: The Catalog of Watershed Assistance Grants Web site

Water Quality Cooperative Agreements/Grants - CWA Section 104(b)(3)
Purpose: Support developing, implementing, and demonstrating innovative approaches relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of pollution related to watershed approaches for combined sewer overflow, sanitary sewer overflows, and storm water discharge problems, pretreatment and sludge (biosolids) program activities, decentralized systems, and alternative ways to measure the effectiveness of point source programs.
Contact: The Water Quality Cooperative Agreements/Grants - CWA Section 104(b)(3) Web site


Wetlands Program Development Grants
Purpose: Conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.
Contact: The Wetlands Program Development Grants Web site

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants Program
Purpose: Develops partnerships focusing on protecting, restoring, and/or enhancing critical habitat. Project must support long-term wetlands acquisition, restoration, and/or enhancement.
Contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior. David Buie (david_buie@fws.gov), (301) 497-5870 or Keith Morehouse (keith_morehouse@fws.gov), (703) 358-1888, or the USFWS Grants at a Glance Web site

The State/Tribal Environmental Outcome Wetland Demonstration Program Grant Pilot
Purpose: Demonstrates the extent to which wetland program implementation achieves positive environmental outcomes - in particular, no net loss, net gain and protection of vulnerable wetlands. Section 104(b)(3) of the Clean Water Act.
Contact: The State/Tribal Environmental Outcome Wetland Web site

Water Resources on Indian Lands (CFDA: 15.037)
Purpose: Funds specific water resource projects, as well as to support the collection and analysis of baseline data and to facilitate litigation and negotiation activities, including analysis of water, assessment of water quality, ecosystem development, and classification of aquifers.
Contact: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Water and Land Resources, Branch of Agriculture, (202) 208-6042

Underground Injection Control Program

Tribal Underground Injection Control Grants Program
Purpose: Supports Tribal UIC programs to protect drinking water sources. Theses funds should be used for Class V implementation, including Class V inventories, or UIC Primacy grants when necessary, unless a clear rationale exists to apply it to other classes.
Contact: UIC Tribal Grant Program Web site

Water Emergencies

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Purpose: Helps implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster has been declared.
Contact: (202) 646-4621 or the FEMA Mitigation Division Web site

The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Grant Program
Purpose: Supports administrative costs, construction work to reclaim abandoned mine sites, emergency program administration and project construction costs, acid mine drainage, establish a self-sustaining program to provide insurance against coal-mining-related subsidence, and clean streams activities.
Contact: Indian Regulatory Program Web site

Drinking Water

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Tribal Set-Aside Program (formerly SDWA Section 1452(I) Drinking Water Infrastructure Grants - Tribal Set-Aside Program)
Purpose: EPA sets aside 1.5 percent of the total Drinking Water State Revolving Fund allocation for infrastructure improvements to public drinking water systems that serve tribes. The funds are allotted among the EPA regional offices. The regional offices then identify potential projects and make awards based on a priority setting process that each region has developed for its own program. Projects must address an existing drinking water quality problem and identify how the proposed project will improve the quality of drinking water to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act primary or secondary standards.
Contact: DWSRF Web site

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Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Resources

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) State and Tribal Assistance Grants (CFDA: 66.707)
Purpose: Help establish and operate compliance-monitoring programs to conduct inspections for compliance with polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations, asbestos-in-schools requirements, and lead-based paint regulations.
Contact: TSCA Web site

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) State and Tribal Assistance Grants (CFDA: 66.700)
Purpose: Assist in developing and maintaining comprehensive pesticide programs that address all aspects of pesticide enforcement, and special pesticide initiatives; sponsor cooperative surveillance, monitoring and analytical procedures; and encourage regulatory activities.
Contact: FIFRA Web site

Multi-media State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) (CFDA: 66.709)
Purpose: Build and improve capacity by providing assistance agreements to foster environmental enforcement and compliance assurance activities and to improve compliance with environmental laws. Such capacity building efforts may include economic, social science, statistical research, development, studies, surveys, demonstrations, investigations, public education, training, and fellowships.
Contact: Multi-media STAG Web site

The Compliance Assistance Support for the Regulated Community (CFDA: 66.305)
Purpose: Provides financial assistance to private nonprofit institutions, universities, and public agencies to improve environmental compliance and to create compliance assistance tools utilizing industry and commercial communication channels.
Contact: Compliance Assistance Support Exit EPA Disclaimer and the Compliance Assistance Centers Exit EPA Disclaimer

Capacity Building Grants and Cooperative Agreements for Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Activities in Indian Country and Other Tribal Areas (CFDA: 66.310)
Purpose: Build and improve the capacity of tribes, inter-tribal consortia, or tribal organizations by providing financial resources to foster environmental enforcement and compliance assurance activities and to improve compliance with environmental laws.
Contact: Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at (202) 564-2516

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For related information visit EPA’s National Indian Country Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priority site and EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program in Indian country site.

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