Columbia River Basin Tribal Government Request for Applications
How to Apply
Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov no later than Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 11:59pm (Eastern).
Visit Grants.gov Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-I-R10-OW-CRBRP-2023-01 for more information about how to apply.
Applications must support activities in the U.S. portion of the Columbia River Basin. See eligibility information below.
- January 31, 2023 - Applications due
- March 2023 - Anticipated notification of selection
- June 2023 - Anticipated awards
EPA is providing flexibilities to applicants experiencing challenges related to COVID-19. Please see the Flexibilities Available to Organizations Impacted by COVID-19 clause in section IV of EPA's Solicitation Clauses.
EPA hosted webinars on November 14 and 29 to provide information about the Columbia River Basin Restoration program, highlight changes, and review eligibility criteria, funding limits and the match waiver.
A recording of the webinar and slides from EPA's presentation are available upon request to ColumbiaRiverBasinGrant@epa.gov.
Questions submitted by 4pm (Pacific) each Friday while the request for applications is open will be answered and posted here the following week.
Applicants may email written questions regarding threshold eligibility criteria, administrative issues related to the submission of the application, and requests for clarification about any of the language or provisions in the announcement to ColumbiaRiverBasinGrant@epa.gov.
We anticipate awarding approximately 10 to 20 cooperative agreements in total - ranging from $750,000 to $2,000,000 in federal funds per project, subject to the availability of funds, the quality of applications received, and other applicable considerations.
Awards will be issued and managed through EPA’s Region 10 and Region 8 offices.
Minimum amount per application: $750,000
Maximum amount per application: $2,000,000
Total available funds: $20,000,000
Federally recognized tribal governments are eligible to apply. The work must be for the purpose of environmental protection and restoration activities within the U.S. portion of the Columbia River Basin and may include programs, projects, and studies.
Activities must address at least one of the following project categories:
- Eliminating or reducing pollution.
- Cleaning up contaminated sites.
- Improving water quality.
- Reducing runoff.
- Protecting habitat.
- Promoting citizen engagement or knowledge.
Priority for funding will be given to projects which are consistent with federal fiscal year 2023 funding priorities as described in the request for funding.
During this request for funding, EPA will not prioritize funding for proposals where the primary work effort and purpose is to conduct monitoring and/or process analytical samples. However, these tasks may be a small component of a larger proposal that is prioritized, such as a clean-up action proposal involving some post-reclamation effectiveness monitoring. In these cases, applications should describe how the monitoring will provide accountability and demonstrate success of toxics reduction actions.
For More Information
A printable version of this information is also available: Fact Sheet: Columbia River Basin Tribal Government Request for Applications (pdf)
Learn more about the Columbia River Basin Restoration Funding Assistance Program.