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Overview

FY 2020 was the 19th year EPA awarded competitive funding to eligible partners for projects through the Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program. Between FY 2002 and FY 2019, EPA provided approximately $236 million for state, tribal and territorial awards and associated program support through the grant program. As of October 2019, all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 81 tribes and 5 territories have received EN grants. These grants support better environmental decisions by promoting the use of more timely and consistent data which is shareable by partners across the EN as well as by environmental professionals and the public.

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FY 2021 Exchange Network Grant Solicitation Notice

The FY21 Exchange Network Grant Solicitation Notice is available on Grants.Gov. Applicants for the FY21 Exchange Network Grant program must submit an application package to EPA through the Grants.gov website (or by an alternative method for those applicants with an approved Grants.gov Exception) on or before Wednesday, March 31, 11:59 PM Eastern. Additional applicant resources, including optional fillable templates, are available in the Resources for Applicants and Grantees section below.

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FY21 EN Grant Solicitation Notice Webinars

In support of the FY 2021 Exchange Network (EN) Grant cycle, the EPA hosted four webinars to assist interested applicants. The webinars were held on February 22nd, February 25th, March 1st, and March 8th. Each webinar covered identical information, including: a brief overview of the EN Grants Program and FY 2021 timeline, critical elements of the Solicitation Notice, notable changes from FY 2020, an overview of new guidance materials and optional templates, a budget and cost overview, and common mistakes to avoid.

The live recording from the March 1st session is available here: https://youtu.be/GxvXzGS5GiQ.

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Resources for Applicants and Grantees

Additional resources for potential FY21 Exchange Network grant applicants, including optional fillable templates, are available below:

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EN Grant Registration Requirement

A goal of the EN is to share information about available services and reuse existing services whenever possible. To ensure that products and services are available for EN partner use and/or collaboration, Exchange Network grant applicants must commit to register any newly developed resources (required since 2011) and the reuse of existing resources (required since 2018). These registration records, previously housed in the now-retired Reusable Component Service (RCS) inventory system, can now be found via the EN grant website. Applicants can find a list of previous EN grant projects, along with direct links to the descriptions of registered components associated with the project, in the ‘Previous Exchange Network Grant Projects’ section of this website. Applicants are also encouraged to visit the E-Enterprise Community Inventory Platform (EECIP) and Shared Services Resource Catalog (SSRC) to search for project-appropriate tools, reusable components and services, EN peer contact information, and potential mentors.

At the time of grant close-out, Exchange Network grantees should work with their Regional Exchange Network Coordinator (RENC) to complete the EN grant registration as discussed above. Obtain the current list of RENCs.

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Exchange Network Grants Meeting Excessive Unliquidated Obligations (ULO) Criteria

Un-liquidated 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 2020 first quarter report.

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Quality Assurance Reporting Form

EPA Exchange Network grants include a grant condition in the assistance agreement requiring the recipient to submit the Exchange Network Quality Assurance Reporting Form (QARF) to the EPA Regional Project Officer within 90 days of the award issuance date. The QARF is a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) tailored specifically to satisfy the unique Quality Assurance needs of the Exchange Network Grant Program. The QARF must describe for each goal and output:

  • the relevant task-specific Quality Assurance (QA) criteria.
  • how the recipient will ensure adherence with the QA criteria.
  • how the recipient will confirm and document that the project deliverable meet the QA criteria.

The QA criteria information specified above must be documented for each goal and output under the Quality Assurance Measures section of the Exchange Network QARF. The template for the Exchange Network QARF can be found below:

Quality Assurance Reporting Form (PDF)

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Related Information About Grants

  • Previous;Exchange Network Grant Projects
    Review information on Exchange Network grants awarded between 2002 to 2019. 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.

  • Grants.gov
    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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