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EPA Grants

Multipurpose Grants to States and Tribes

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Introduction


EPA is pleased to announce the availability of funding for the combined FY 2018 and FY2019 Multipurpose Grant (MPG) program for States and Tribes. The funds are to be used for high priority activities that complement programs under established environmental statutes. For states and territories, funding is available to agencies that implement the categorical grant programs. For tribes, funding is available to tribes that have been delegated federal regulatory authority through the treatment in a similar manner to a state provisions found in federal environmental statutes. Through these grants, EPA and its state and tribal partners will advance priorities to deliver environmental and public health results across the nation. 


Background


The 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (2018 Act) provided $10,000,000 ($9,772,000 after rescission) from the State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) appropriation for the Multipurpose Grant program, following on $21 million provided by Congress in the agency’s FY 2016 appropriation. No MPG funds were appropriated in FY17. The explanatory statement accompanying the 2018 Act says,

Because the states are expected to take a leading role in compliance with environmental cleanup, the agreement provides $10,000,000 for Multipurpose grants to States and Tribes…In fiscal year 2018, the Agency is directed to give maximum flexibility to States, so that States, not the Agency, may determine where funds from this grant program are of most value.

In FY19, Congress provided an additional $11,000,000 ($10,642,000 after rescission) in STAG for the MPG program. EPA is issuing the FY18 and FY19 multipurpose funds together, to supplement certain STAG-funded environmental programs eligible for inclusion in Performance Partnership Grants (environmental programs) implemented by states and tribes. Because these programs support the foundational, programmatic work of state and tribal environmental programs, recipients have flexibility to direct funds to priority areas.

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Implementation

For States and Territories:

  • A total of $17,585,077 is available for states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa (“states”). This includes unused MPG funds from FY16 that were de-obligated from state grants.
  • EPA is offering each eligible state entity a base amount of $50K ($25 K for FY18 and $25K for FY19), and a supplemental amount based on FY17 funding.
  • There is no match, cost-share, or maintenance of effort associated with the MPG funds.
  • Eligible recipients are generally state agencies that carry out the federally funded environmental programs.
  • Eligible activities include activities associated with the categorical grant programs that are eligible for inclusion in a Performance Partnership Grant (PPG).
  • While EPA encourages states to take advantage of the reduced administrative burden and flexibilities offered by PPGs, states may also receive MPG funds through a separate, stand-alone grant.
  • State agencies are free to direct the MPG funds towards the high-priority activities of their choosing, within the parameters of the multipurpose grant guidance.
  • States who submit workplans or workplan amendments consistent with the multipurpose grant guidance and approved by their respective EPA Region will receive the full amount for which they are eligible.

For Tribes:

  • A total of $3,062,300 is available to tribes with treatment-as-a-state (TAS) status in regulatory and regulatory-with-enforcement programs.
  • MPG funds are to be used to support TAS-delegated program implementation activities performed by a tribe pursuant to the authority delegated to that tribe.
  • Eligible activities may include planning, development, operation, research, investigations, experiments, monitoring, assessment, training, surveys, inspections, compliance assistance, enforcement, process improvement, education and outreach, technical support and maintenance of environmental programs.
  • These funds may be added to PPGs where available and desired.

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