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Exchange Network

Exchange Network Grant Program

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The Exchange Network Grant Program provides funding to states, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to support the development of the National Environmental Information Exchange Network (NEIEN). The primary outcome expected from Exchange Network (EN) assistance agreements is improved access to, and exchange of, high-quality environmental data from public and private sector sources. With this outcome in mind, applications should demonstrate support for and results toward EN program priorities.

Since FY 2002, EPA has awarded approximately $219 million in assistance agreements to build the Exchange Network. All 50 states, five territories and 87 federally recognized tribes have received grants to facilitate the development and implementation of the Exchange Network.

Further details for future grant program solicitations will be posted here and provided through Exchange Network alerts.

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FY 2018 Exchange Network Grant Solicitation Notice

The FY 2018 Exchange Network Grant Program application window closed on January 26, 2018.

See: Fiscal Year 2018 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Solicitation Notice

For FY 2018, EPA expects to award about $6 million to approximately 20 to 25 EN projects. Most awards will be in the $50,000 to $300,000 range. Awards for an individual assistance agreement cannot exceed $200,000. EPA may make a limited number of awards to collaborative, partnership assistance agreements. Budgets for these projects cannot exceed $400,000. The exact number of awarded grants will depend on:

  • the final amount of EPA’s appropriation for the grant program,
  • the number of applications submitted to EPA by the application deadline,
  • the amounts of proposed budgets, and
  • the outcome of application reviews.

EPA requires project proposals for EN grants to be submitted electronically through the Grants.govExit website. Hardcopy mailed or delivered applications are only accepted if the applicant has a waiver on file.

Applications were due to EPA by January 26, 2018. EPA anticipates that it will announce selection decisions in or around June 2018. EPA tentatively plans to issue the awards by July 31, 2018.

Resources for Applicants:
See: FY 2018 EN Grant Solicitation Notice Webinar PPT(20 pp, 708 K)
See: December 12, 2017 Webinar Recording
See: Questions and Answers from EN Grants Webinars(3 pp, 17 K)
See: RCS Help for EN Grant Applicants
See: How to Write a Winning EN Grant Application
See: RCS Registration Webinar(20 pp, 1 MB, 4/11/2018)

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RCS Widget

A goal of the EN is to share information about available services and reuse existing services whenever possible. The Reusable Component Services (RCS) is EPA's catalog of reusable tools/resources/services. EN Grant Applicants must search RCS for any project-appropriate resources and identify which they intend to use in their grant application. Applicants must also commit to registering new resources in RCS.

For additional information and advanced search capability visit: Reusable Component Services


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Exchange Network Grants Meeting Excessive Unliquidated Obligations (ULO) Criteria

Unliquidated Obligations (ULOs) are funds that have been awarded to grantees but that remain unspent.

EPA may include consideration when applicants have excessive ULOs on prior EN grants when making final funding decisions. Considerations will be taken based on the FY 2018 first quarter report.

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Related Information About Grants

  • Previous Exchange Network Grant Projects
    Review information on Exchange Network grants awarded between 2002 and 2016. Find out more about the types of activities in which states, tribes and territories are involved to support the Environmental Information Exchange Network.
  • Grants Awards Database
    Read a summary record for all non-construction EPA grants awarded in the last 10 years, including grants that were awarded before that time, but that remain open.
  • Grants and Debarment
    Understanding, managing, and applying for EPA grants.

    Visit the federal government's single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by all federal grant-making agencies.

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