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Grant Programs for Tribes

Air

Indoor Air

  • Indoor Air Quality Grants Concerning EPA Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Demonstrations and Special Purpose Activities Relating to the Clean Air Act – Section 103
    • (CFDA: 66.034) Exit
    • Purpose: Support indoor environment demonstration projects, outreach and training, surveys, studies, investigations, demonstrations and special purpose assistance relating to the causes effect, extent, prevention, and control of air pollution.
    • Contact: Tribal Air Coordinators
  • Indoor Radon Grants

Outdoor Air

  • Clean School Bus USA
    • (CFDA: 66.036)
    • Purpose: To support projects relating to necessary upgrades to diesel school bus fleets. CSBUSA is a national initiative to minimize children's exposure to diesel exhaust by reducing pollution from school buses. The program has three key elements: 1) reduce school bus idling; 2) retrofit 1991-2006 model year buses with devices that reduce pollution, and 3) replace pre-1990 buses with new, clean-technology buses.
    • Contact: Clean School Bus USA Team at (734) 214-4780
  • The Air Pollution Control Program Support Clean Air Act, Section 105 Air Program
    • (CFDA: 66.001) Exit
    • Purpose: Assists in planning, developing, establishing, improving, and maintaining adequate programs for prevention and control of air pollution or implementation of national primary and secondary air quality standards.
    • Contact: Tribal Air Coordinators

Educational

  • Internships, Training, Workshops and Fellowships for the Office of Air and Radiation
    • (CFDA: 66.037) Exit
    • Purpose: To support, Internships, Training, Workshops and Fellowships, and Technical Monitoring in support of the Clean Air Act. These activities will support: (1). The development of career-oriented personnel qualified to work in occupations involving environmental protection and air pollution abatement and control; (2). Provides technical training for State, local, territorial, Indian Tribal environmental control agencies; (3). Enhances the capability of state and local agencies responsible for environmental pollution control or other agencies with similar pollution control responsibilities; (4). provides educational renewal for career oriented personnel to achieve additional knowledge through academic professional training; (5). supports students pursuing courses of study in fields relevant to the study and control of mobile source air pollution and traineeship; and, (6). Brings new people into the environmental control field.
    • Contact: Office of Air and Radiation
  • Protection of Children and Older Adults (Elderly) from Environmental Health Risks
    • (CFDA: 66.609) Exit
    • Purpose: Supports efforts by government organizations and educational institutions to establish or enhance their ability to take actions that will reduce environmental risks to the health of children or elderly population.
    • Contact: Office of Children's Health Protection at (202) 564-2188

Enforcement & Compliance Assurance

Environmental Multimedia

  • The Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)
    • (CFDA: 66.926) Exit
    • Purpose: Provides grants to tribes and intertribal consortia to build capacity to administer environmental regulatory programs, funds development of multimedia programs to address environmental issues, including the planning, developing and establishing the administrative, technical, legal, enforcement, communications, and environmental education and outreach structure of these programs.
    • Contact: EPA's American Indian Environmental Office at (202) 564-0303, or your Regional Tribal Contact based on your location.
  • Direct Implementation Tribal Cooperative Agreements (DITCAs)
    • (CFDA: 66.473) Exit
    • Purpose: Allow tribes and intertribal consortia to help EPA implement federal environmental programs in Indian country, notwithstanding the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act. DITCAs are negotiated between EPA and tribes and can help tribes build the capacity to carry out specific activities for EPA with EPA retaining final decision-making authority and ultimate responsibility for the environmental programs including all regulatory activities.
    • Contact: EPA's American Indian Environmental Office at (202) 564-0303, or your Regional Tribal Contacts based on your location.
  • Performance Partnership Grants
    • (CFDA: 66.605) Exit
    • Purpose: Provide tribes and states with greater flexibility to address their highest environmental priorities, improve environmental performance, achieve administrative savings, and strengthen partnerships between EPA and the states or tribes. PPGs are an alternative assistance delivery mechanism and do not represent funding in addition to grants provided under individual authorities. Recipients can conduct activities in multiple areas and combine two or more of twenty different EPA grants, including GAP resources.
    • Contact: Regional Tribal Contacts
  • Best Practices Guide for Performance Partnership Grants with Tribes
    • Purpose: This best practices guide is designed to help EPA and tribal officials understand and take full advantage of the features and benefits of Performance Partnership Grants (PPGs), in which states and tribes may combine multiple environmental program grants into a single grant. PPGs are one of the cornerstones in the National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS) that serves as the framework for EPA-state-tribal relations. Through answers to frequently asked questions, the guide:
      • Explains how PPGs can help in achieving agreed-upon environmental and program goals and objectives;
      • Highlights key regulations, policies and procedures for developing and managing PPGs; and
      • Provides examples showing how PPGs have been used to achieve administrative efficiencies to direct resources where they are needed most.
    • Jim Wieber in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations at (202) 564-3662, Rodges Ankrah in the American Indian Environmental Office at (202) 564-0280 Eloise Mulford, in EPA Region 5 at (312)353-2022.
  • Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program
    • (CFDA: 66.608) Exit
    • Purpose: Facilitates electronic exchange of environmental, health, and geographic data to make it easier for EPA and its partners on the Exchange Network to obtain the timely and accurate information needed to make better decisions.
    • Contact: The Exchange Network Help Desk is available for technical support, between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm (EST) at 888-890-1995.
  • Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)
    • (CFDA: 66.035)
    • Purpose: The CARE program is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for communities to take action to reduce toxic pollution.
    • Contact: Call toll free at 1-877-CARE 909
  • Environmental Policy and Innovation Grants
    • (CFDA: 66.611) Exit
    • Purpose: Supports activities that reduce pollutants generated and increase conservation of natural resources, improve economic information and analytic methods to support projects on the benefits, costs and impacts of environmental programs and on incentive-based and voluntary environmental management strategies and mechanisms.
    • Contact: Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation at (202) 564-4332
  • Healthy Communities Grant Program
    • (CFDA:  66.110) Exit
    • Purpose: Grants are awarded to support projects that meet two criteria: 1) They must be located in and directly benefit one or more Target Investment Areas(Environmental Justice Areas of Potential Concern, Places with High Risks from Toxic Air Pollution, Sensitive Populations, and/or Urban Areas); and 2) They must achieve measurable environmental and public health results in one or more of the Target Program Areas (defined in the annual funding announcement). Funds for all projects should support activities to restore or revitalize the environment, provide education, outreach, training, organize, or conduct community planning activities in the Target Program Areas (defined in the annual funding announcement).
    • Contact: Urban Environmental Program (UEP) team at (888) EPA-REG1 (toll-free phone) 
  • Congressionally Mandated Projects
    • (CFDA:  66.202) Exit
    • Purpose: These assistance agreements involve Congressionally directed projects/programs for specific purposes in EPA's annual Appropriations Act or annual Appropriations Conference Report. These assistance agreements support surveys, studies and investigations, research and demonstrations, and special purpose assistance for specific purposes and/or designated organizations. The projects are assistance agreements which are associated with: (1) various environmental requirements (e.g. wastewater treatment); (2) identifying, developing, and/or demonstrating necessary pollution control techniques to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution; and/or (3) evaluating the economic and social consequences of alternative strategies and mechanisms for use by those in economic, social, governmental, and environmental management positions.
    • Contact: Your EPA Regional Tribal Contact based on your location.
  • International Financial Assistance Projects Sponsored by the Office of International Affairs
    • (CFDA:  66.931) Exit
    • Purpose: To provide technical assistance, training, information exchange and other forms of cooperation to enhance the capabilities of governments and other stakeholders to protect human health and the environment regionally and globally.
    • Contact: Call the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at 202-564-6613

Place-Based Programs

  • Great Lakes Program
    • (CFDA: 66.469) Exit
    • Purpose: To restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. The Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO), in concert with USEPA Regions 2, 3, and 5, leads a consortium of programs, agencies, and public and private institutions in attaining specific objectives and actions that will reduce contaminants, restore habitat, and protect the living resources of the basin. Great Lakes Strategy 2002, developed by EPA in conjunction with other Federal, State, and Tribal agencies and accessible at http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/gls/index.html, guides the activities of these organizations towards the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement goal of restoring the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.
    • Contact: Great Lakes National Program Office at (312) 353-2117
  • Gulf of Mexico Program
    • (CFDA: 66.475) Exit
    • Purpose:
      • To assist States, Indian Tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations in developing, implementing, and demonstrating innovative approaches relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution;
      • To expand and strengthen cooperative efforts to restore and protect the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the region and to achieve the goals and priorities recommended by the Gulf of Mexico Program Policy Review Board (a Federal Advisory Committee) and the funding priorities of the Gulf of Mexico Program Office (GMPO).
    • Contact: Gulf of Mexico Program Office  (228) 688-3726

Research & Science

  • Regional Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (REMAP) Research Projects
    • (CFDA: 66.512)
    • Purpose: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) is a long-term research program designed to statistically monitor the conditions of our Nation's ecological resources. REMAP, which is a component of EMAP, is a partnership between the Office of Research and Development, EPA's Regional Offices, other federal agencies, states, local governments, and U.S. Tribal nations. It was developed to test the applicability of EMAP's probabilistic approach to answer questions about ecological conditions at regional and local levels. The primary objectives of the solicited research are to assist states and tribes in incorporating statistically valid ecological monitoring data into their environmental decision-making process.
    • Contact: Please direct questions about the REMAP to the REMAP Coordinator or one of the Regional Coordinators.
  • Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Research Program
    • (CFDA: 66.509) Exit
    • Purpose: Supports research on environmental and human health effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides. Supports research to explore and develop strategies and mechanisms for those in the economic, social, governmental, and environmental systems to use in environmental management decisions.
    • Contact: Submit comments to NCER
    • Or mail to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Ariel Rios Building 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20460
  • Office of Research and Development Consolidated Research/Training
    • (CFDA: 66.511) Exit
    • Purpose: Supports surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; and identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques; and perform risk assessments to characterize the potential adverse health effects of human exposures to environmental hazards.
    • Contact: Office of Research and Development at (202) 564-6680
  • Surveys, Studies, Investigations and Special Purpose Grants within the Office of Research and Development
    • (CFDA: 66.510) Exit
    • Purpose: Supports research on environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances and pesticides; to identify, develop and demonstrate necessary and effective pollution control techniques; and to explore and develop strategies and mechanisms for those in the economic, social, governmental and environmental systems to use in environmental management decisions.
    • Contact: Office of Research and Development at (202) 564-6680
  • Surveys, Studies, Investigations and Special Purpose Grants within the Office of the Administrator
    • (CFDA: 66.610) Exit
    • Purpose: Support surveys, studies and investigations, and special purpose assistance associated with air quality, acid deposition, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides.
    • Contact: Office of Children's Health Protection at (202) 564-2188

Toxic

Lead (Pb)

  • Tribal Educational Outreach on Lead Poisoning and Baseline Assessment of Tribal Children’s Existing and Potential Exposure and Risks Associated with Lead
    • Tribal Lead Grant Program
    • (CFDA: 66.715)
    • Purpose: To support Tribal lead educational outreach activities and the efforts of Indian tribes to identify children's risks to lead by conducting a baseline assessment of existing and/or potential lead exposures.
    • Contact: Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics at (202) 564-2902
  • TSCA Title IV State Lead Grants Certification of Lead-Based Paint Professionals
    • (CFDA: 66.707) Exit
    • Purpose: The goal of EPA's lead-based paint program is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning by the 2010. The program is comprised of four strategies designed to achieve this goal:
      1. Establish standards to define where lead hazards are present in paint, dust and soil
      2. Give the public information about lead hazards and steps to protect themselves
      3. Ensure that information about known lead- based paint hazards is disclosed to individuals buying or renting pre-1978 housing, and that owners and occupants of pre-1978 housing are provided information on lead-based paint hazards before renovation activities take place
      4. Establish lead-safe work practice standards and require lead-based paint professionals to be trained and certified
    • The objective of this grant program is to assist States, Tribes, and Territories in developing and carrying out authorized programs that:
      1. Certify contractors engaged in lead-based paint activities and accredit lead-based paint activities training programs
      2. Require distribution of lead-hazard information prior to renovation (pre-renovation education program
    • Contact: National Lead Information Center for detailed information or questions Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm eastern time (except Federal holidays) at 1(800) 424-LEAD [5323].

Pesticides

Toxic Substances

  • Toxic Substances Compliance Monitoring Cooperative Agreements
    • (CFDA: 66.701) Exit
    • Purpose:
      1. Assist States, territories and possessions of the U.S. including the District of Columbia and Indian tribes in developing and maintaining compliance monitoring programs to prevent or eliminate unreasonable risks to health or the environment associated with chemical substances or mixtures within the States, specifically asbestos, PCBs, and lead.
      2. Encourage regulatory activities within the States to establish their own programs for lead and asbestos (waiver programs).
      3. For lead programs, fund compliance assistance activities and enforcement efforts. EPA provides funding for cooperative enforcement grants to States and tribes under TSCA to conduct inspections to ensure compliance with the PCB regulations, the asbestos in schools requirements and worker protection standards, and to conduct lead based paint activities.
    • Contact: Office of Compliance at (202) 564-2280
  • Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Training Demonstrations and Educational Outreach
    • (CFDA: 66.716) Exit
    • Purpose: Grants are awarded to support Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Training Demonstrations, Educational Outreach and Special Purpose assistance relating to the protection of public health and the environment from potential risk from toxic chemicals to come.
    • Contact: Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics at (202) 564-2902

Pollution

  • Pollution Prevention Grants Program
    • (CFDA: 66.708) Exit
    • Purpose: The support regional, state, and tribal environmental assistance activities that address preventative approaches to the generation and management of pollutants across all environmental media: air, water and land.
    • Contact: Pollution Prevention Grants Program Contacts 
      • This page lists contact information for pollution prevention coordinators in each EPA region and includes links to EPA regional P2 Web sites.
  • Environmental Protection Consolidated Grants – Program Support
    • (CFDA: 66.114)
    • Purpose: The consolidated program support grant is an alternative assistance delivery mechanism which allows a State, interstate, or local agency or Federally recognized Indian Tribe responsible for continuing pollution control programs to develop an integrated approach to pollution control.
    • Contact: EPA's Pollution Prevention Program at (202) 564-8800
  • Source Reduction Assistance
    • (CFDA:  66.717) Exit
    • Purpose: The goal of the Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) grants program is to support projects that will eliminate and/or reduce pollutants at the source as described in the SRA grant solicitation notice. Grant activities may involve, but are not limited to the following: equipment or technology modifications, process or procedure modifications, reformulation or redesign of products, substitution of raw materials, and improvements in housekeeping, maintenance, training, or inventory control.
    • Contact: EPA's Pollution Prevention Program at (202) 564-8800

Waste

Brownfields

  • Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants and Cooperative Agreements
    • (CFDA: 66.814) Exit
    • Purpose: CERCLA 104(k)(6) provides EPA with authority for a program of training, research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations to facilitate the inventory of brownfields properties, assessments, cleanup of brownfields properties, community involvement, or site preparation. Brownfield sites are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
    • Contact: Regional Brownfields Coordinator based on your location.
  • Brownfield Job Training Cooperative Agreements
    • (CFDA: 66.815) Exit
    • Purpose: The objective of the Brownfield Job Training Cooperative Agreements is to provide training to facilitate assessment, remediation, or preparation of brownfield sites. A brownfield site is "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant," as defined in 101(39) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA, or Superfund). The law further defines the term "brownfield site" to include a site that "is contaminated by a controlled substance; is contaminated by petroleum or a petroleum product excluded from the definition of "hazardous substance"...; or is mine-scarred land."
    • Contact: Regional Brownfields Coordinator based on your location.
  • Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Cooperative Agreements
    • (CFDA: 66.818) Exit
    • Purpose: Brownfield sites are real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The objectives of the brownfield assessment, revolving loan fund and cleanup cooperative agreements (project grants) are to provide funding: (1) to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct planning and community involvement related to brownfield sites; (2) to capitalize a revolving loan fund (RLF) and provide subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites; and (3) to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites that are owned by the grant recipient.
    • Contact: Regional Brownfields Coordinator based on your location.

Hazardous Waste

  • The Hazardous Waste Management Grant Program for Tribes
    • (CFDA: 66.812) Exit
    • Purpose: To provide financial assistance to Tribal governments and Tribal Consortia for the development and implementation of hazardous waste programs; for building capacity to improve and maintain regulatory compliance; and for developing solutions to address hazardous waste impacting Tribal lands.
    • Contact: Regional Hazardous Waste Tribal Program Coordinator
  • Superfund State, Political Subdivision, and Indian Tribe Site Specific Cooperative Agreements
    • (CFDA: 66.802) Exit
    • Purpose: To (1) conduct site characterization activities at potential or confirmed hazardous waste sites; (2) undertake remedial planning and remedial implementation actions at sites on the National Priorities List (NPL) to clean up the hazardous waste sites that are found to pose hazards to human health; and (3) effectively implement the statutory requirements of CERCLA 121(f) which mandates substantial and meaningful State involvement.
    • Contact: Regional Superfund Office based on your location.
  • Superfund State and Indian Tribe Core Program Cooperative Agreements
    • (CFDA: 66.809) Exit
    • Purpose: To effectively implement the statutory requirements of CERCLA Section 121(f) for State involvement. To provide funds to conduct CERCLA activities that are not assignable to specific sites, but support a recipient's site specific response program.
    • Contact: Regional Superfund Office based on your location.
  • Alternative or Innovative Treatment Technology Research, Demonstration, Training, and Hazardous Substance Research Grants
    • (CFDA: 66.813) Exit
    • Purpose: To support grants and cooperative agreements for (1) a program of research, evaluation, testing, development, and demonstration of alternative or innovative treatment technologies which may be utilized in response actions to achieve more permanent protection of human health and welfare and the environment; (2) a technology transfer program including the development, collection, evaluation, coordination, and dissemination of information relating to the utilization of alternative or innovative treatment technologies for response actions; (3) a program of training and evaluation of training needs in the procedures for the handling and removal of hazardous substances for employees who handle hazardous substances and training in the management of facilities at which hazardous substances are located and in the evaluation of the hazards to human health presented by such facilities for State and local health and environmental agency personnel, and (4) a program of research with respect to the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effects on and risks to human health of hazardous substances and detection of hazardous substances in the environment.
    • Contact Regional Superfund Office
  • State and Tribal Response Program Grants
    • (CFDA: 66.817) Exit
    • Purpose: EPA's CERCLA Section 128(a) grant program funds activities that establish or enhance the capacity for state and tribal response programs, to capitalize revolving loan funds (RLFs) and support insurance mechanisms. The goals of this funding are to provide financial support for elements of an effective state or tribal response program as specified in CERCLA Section 128 and to ensure that states and tribes maintain a public record of sites included in their programs.
    • Contact: Regional Brownfields Coordinator based on your location.

Solid Waste

Underground Storage Tanks

Water

Beach Monitoring

Drinking Water

Underground Injection Control Program

  • State Underground Water Source Protection
    • (CFDA: 66.433) Exit
    • Purpose: To foster development and implementation of underground injection control (UIC) programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The objective of the grant program is to provide financial assistance, to eligible States and Tribes, for the implementation of their UIC Program. The fundamental goal of the program, and the grants, is to ensure that underground sources of drinking water are protected from endangering injection activities.
    • Contact: EPA Regional UIC Program in your area. (For a list, see the “Where You Live” section under EPA’s UIC website.)

Wastewater

Water Pollution Control

  • Water Pollution Control Program Grants (Section 106 of the Clean Water Act) 
    • (CFDA: 66.419) Exit
    • Purpose: To assist States (including territories and the District of Columbia), interstate agencies, and Indian Tribes qualified under CWA Section 518(e), in developing, maintaining, and expanding water quality programs. These programs are designed to control, prevent, and eliminate water pollution through activities such as ambient water quality monitoring and assessment and water quality standards development and implementation.
    • Contact: EPA Tribal 106 Program contact in your area.

Water Security

Watershed Programs

  • Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants
    • (CFDA: 66.460) Exit
    • Purpose: To assist States, the District of Colombia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, Pacific Trust Territories, Virgin Islands (hereinafter referred to as States), and qualified Indian Tribes and intertribal consortia in implementing EPA-approved CWA Section 319 nonpoint source management programs.
    • Contact: EPA Regional Nonpoint Source Contact in your area.
  • Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant
    • Funding for the Healthy Watersheds Consortium is provided by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water and Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The purpose of the consortium is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds by:
      • Developing funding mechanisms, plans, or other strategies to implement large-scale watershed protection, source water protection, green infrastructure, or related landscape conservation objectives;  
      • Building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and 
      • Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts, or broadly advance this field of practice.
    • Contact for more information.

Wetlands

  • Wetland Program Development Grants
    • (CFDA: 66.462) Exit
    • Purpose: To assist State, Tribal, and local government agencies, and interstate/intertribal entities, build capacity to protect, manage, and restore wetlands. Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution.
    • Contact: EPA Regional WPDG Grant Coordinator in your area.
  • The Five Star Wetland and Urban Waters Restoration Grants
    • Purpose: To bring together students, conservation corps, other youth groups, citizen groups, corporations, landowners and government agencies to provide environmental education and training through projects that restore wetlands and streams. The program provides challenge grants, technical support and opportunities for information exchange to enable community-based restoration projects.
    • Contact: EPA Wetland and Urban Waters Restoration Grants Contact.

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