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EPA Grants

Uniform requirements for managing grants that apply to all federal executive agencies

The EPA has adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards to Non-Federal Entities guidance, which is commonly known as the Uniform Grant Guidance (UGG) (2 CFR 200). The UGG provides a government-wide framework for grants management that reduces administrative burden for non-federal entities receiving federal awards while reducing the risk of waste, fraud and abuse. The UGG supersedes requirements that were previously specified in OMB Circulars A-21, A-87, A-102, A-110, A-122, and A-133.

Administrative Requirements

2 CFR 200 Subparts B through D set forth the administrative requirements for grants and cooperative agreements, including the requirements for EPA’s management of grant programs before awards are made and the requirements EPA may impose on recipients.

Cost Principles

2 CFR 200 Subpart E establishes principles for determining the allowable costs incurred by grant recipients. The principles are for the purpose of cost determination and are not intended to identify the circumstances or dictate the extent of federal government participation in the financing of a particular program or project. The principles are designed to provide that federal awards bear their fair share of cost recognized under these principles except where restricted or prohibited by statute.

Audit Requirements

2 CFR 200 Subpart F sets forth standards for audits of grant recipients. More specifically, it sets forth standards for obtaining consistency and uniformity among federal agencies for such audits and provide the policies and procedures for federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities when using the results of these audits.

Agency Implementation

The EPA supplements its adoption of the UGG as specified under 2 CFR 1500.

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CFO.gov Financial Assistance Resources

The Chief Financial Officer Council (CFO) Financial Assistance Policy and Guidance Catalog provides a high-level overview of the topics the CFO Council and community are currently focused on. This CFO page is a living catalog that is consistently updated as policies and priorities evolve. Specific information on the Uniform Guidance, including the August 2020 OMB revisions to Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations 2 CFR revisions and associated crosswalk is available under the Uniform Guidance tab.


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