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Tribal Programs in the Pacific Southwest

Region 9 Tribal Environmental GAP Funding

EPA Region 9 invites Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) grant proposals from federally recognized tribal governments and eligible intertribal consortia for FY2021 work plan program development activities. The goal of the GAP is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to plan and establish environmental protection programs and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with their individual needs.

GAP is guided by the Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Inter-Tribal Consortia.

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The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number for the GAP is 66.926

Important Dates*

Applications that are submitted late, incomplete, or with work plans that are identical to FY20 or previous work plans may receive a reduction in their award or may not be funded. Applicants whose applications were late in the FY20 grant application cycle, and are again late in the FY2021 grant application cycle, may not be funded.

  • November 2019: Funding Announcement Published
  • January 16, 2020: All GAP workplans and budgets from individual tribes are due to EPA Project Officers, whether they are part of a stand-alone GAP grant or part of a Performance Partnership Grant (PPG). Email to Project Officer is recommended.
  • January 16, 2020: Applications for stand-alone GAP grants (non-PPG) from individual tribes are due to
  • January 30, 2020: All GAP workplans and budgets from tribal consortia are due to EPA Project Officers. Email to Project Office is recommended.
  • January 30, 2020: Complete applications for stand-alone GAP grants from tribal consortia (non-PPG) are due to
  • April 30, 2020: Applications for PPGs with GAP are due to
* Funding is jeopardized if materials are received after assigned due dates.

Important Information

This updated GAP Notification reflects feedback the U.S. EPA Region 9 Tribal Branch received from grantees. The notification has been designed to convey information clearly by reordering content and providing additional attachments. The notification is organized to provide targeted information for tribal GAP grantees, PPG grantees with GAP, and consortia grantees, respectively. Targeted information in the notification document is presented as follows:
  • GAP-Only: Section 1 and Section 2  
  • PPGs with GAP: Section 1 and Section 3
  • Consortia: Section 1 and Section 4

Workplan/Budget Planning

U.S. EPA GAP Project Officers will begin reaching out to grantees in Fall 2019 to discuss development of fiscal year (FY) 2021 workplans and budgets. The meetings will include review of existing EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans (ETEPs), as applicable, as ETEPs are designed to inform workplan components, and workplans should align with ETEPs. We strongly encourage participation in these meetings. The planning meetings are designed to confirm that workplans describe eligible activities aligned with the ETEP, include specific and clear deliverables, and that workplan costs are necessary, reasonable, allowable, and allocable.

To streamline the cooperative agreement (also referred to as assistance agreement) review and approval process, grantees are encouraged to provide Project Officers draft workplans and budgets prior to the January deadlines, during the Workplan/Budget Planning period.

Requests for Additional Information

During the review process, grantees are encouraged to respond to requests for additional information such as revised workplans or updated forms as soon as possible and no later than two weeks following requests. Quick turnaround helps to minimize delays. Prolonged delays following requests can jeopardize our ability to make a timely award by October 1, 2020.


Individual Tribes are required to have an ETEP in place to receive funding for FY2021. If a Tribe has not finalized an ETEP, funds awarded may be limited to incremental funding to cover completion of the ETEP.

GAP Online 3.0 (GO3)

GAP Online 3.0 will continue to be an optional online tool for housing workplans, budgets, and deliverables. Applicants needing assistance with a username, password, or system navigation should contact their EPA Project Officer. See: GAP Online

Special Opportunities

If you are interested in pursuing a grant to co-sponsor, plan and execute the 2021 and 2022 Tribal/EPA Annual Conferences or a grant to administer the Tribal Travel Fund for Region 9 tribes please see Attachment N in the notification document for more information on the application process.

Application Guidance for

As in past years the agency intends to update its Application Guidance which includes tips, changes and instructions for submitting applications to  Grantees should reach out to their Grants Specialist or Project Officer for a copy of the Application Guidance.

Quarterly Report Example Templates

Below are example quarterly reports GAP grantees may use and/or adapt to complete the quarterly reports of their grant performance. Grantees are not required to use these formats. Other formats may also be acceptable. If you have questions please feel welcome to contact your GAP Project Officer.


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  • EPA Region 9 FY2021 GAP Funding Announcement (PDF)(56 pp, 4 MB, November 13, 2019)
    EPA Pacific Southwest (Region 9) Funding Announcement covering the GAP Grant Cycle for 2020-2021 (FY21). FULL APPLICATIONS DUE: January 16, 2020 for individual tribes, April 30, 2020 for individual tribes applying through a Performance Partnership Grant (PPG), January 30, 2020 from consortia.
  • EPA Region 9 Tribal Section Project Officer List (PDF)(1 pg, 650 K, September 18, 2019)
    This list provides contact information for EPA Pacific Southwest (Region 9) Tribal Section Project Officers for Arizona, California, Nevada, and Consortia Tribes. Updated September 18, 2019.