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Compliance

Request for Applications: Manage Local Government Compliance Assistance Center

Funding Opportunity:  Manage Local Government Compliance Assistance Center

RFA NUMBER:  EPA-OECA-MAMPD-19-01

CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE (CFDA) NO:  66.305

Solicitation Opening Date:  September 4, 2019
Solicitation Closing Date:  October 21, 2019, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

EPA is soliciting applications for funding to support operation and maintenance of the local government Compliance Assistance Center ("Center"), operating as the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN).  Nonprofit organizations, colleges, universities, and state, tribal and local governments are welcome to apply.  For-profit organizations are not an eligible entity for this funding opportunity.  The Agency will award a cooperative agreement under this announcement.

The Center is intended to improve awareness and understanding of local governments’ environmental requirements and help those responsible understand how to comply with them.  The Center’s environmental compliance information, tools, and services must be kept up to date, easy to read, easy to use, and tailored specifically to the environmental aspects of local government operations and reducing residents’ exposure to pollutants.  The cooperative agreement between EPA and the awardee will support work to update and maintain the website, navigate available resources, build new compliance assistance tools, and conduct outreach to local governments and communities on environmental compliance topics.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on October 21, 2019.  For more information, and how to apply, please click on the link provided below.

Contact Catherine Tunis (tunis.catherine@epa.gov) if you have questions about this solicitation.

Questions and Answers

I understand no for-profit businesses can apply but can a municipality apply on behalf of a for-profit business?
No, an applicant cannot apply on behalf of a for-profit business.  Local governments are eligible to apply, and the selected applicant is responsible for ensuring the work proposed in the application is successfully accomplished.  The successful applicant can hire for profit organizations as contractors subject to the competition requirements cited in the "Contracts and Subawards" clause incorporated into the Request for Applications (RFA).  If an applicant names a contractor in the application, and the amount of the contract will exceed $10,000, the applicant must describe how the contractor was selected in compliance with the competition requirements in Procurement Standards of 2 CFR Part 200.  EPA does not accept sole source justifications for procuring commercially available services such as consulting or IT support.
I was reviewing the Grants.gov funding opportunity for the LGEAN, and wanted to check out the website mentioned in the description. However, https://www.lgean.org/ takes me to a website that does not have relevant information. Additionally, there appears to be a lgean.net that has been registered recently and may be a clone of the old website?  Can you provide any information on the status of the site and the correct URL?
Our apologies for this error.  The correct URL is https://www.LGEAN.net.  This has now been corrected in the RFA document.
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