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Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)

Grants to Arizona, California, and Nevada Tribes
to Administer Environmental Protection Programs

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Region 9

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01/14/21 - GAP workplans and budgets must be submitted to the EPA project officer


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Grants to Arizona, California, and Nevada Indian tribal governments and intertribal consortia to develop and implement tribal hazardous and solid waste programs. Funding is intended to assist tribes and consortia in building organizational capacity to administer environmental protection programs that are consistent with federal regulations.

EPA provides financial assistance to federally recognized tribal governments (tribes) and intertribal consortia (consortia) to assist tribes in planning, developing, and establishing the capacity to implement federal environmental programs administered by the EPA and to assist in implementation of tribal solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with applicable provisions of law, including the Solid Waste Disposal Act (commonly known as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA).

As described in the GAP Guiding Principles, this support promotes tribal government efforts to develop core environmental program capacities (administrative, financial management, information management, environmental baseline needs assessment, public education/communication, legal, and technical/analytical) and baseline capacities for media-specific programs such as ambient air quality, water quality, managing waste (see Attachment B: Allowable Solid Waste and Recovered Resource Program Implementation, Collection, Transportation, Backhaul and Disposal Costs), and other EPA-administered statutory programs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9, is issuing this funding opportunity notice for Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) cooperative agreement applications. Opportunities include:

Applicants may also apply for Inter-Tribal Consortia GAP. 

Although Indian tribal governments and intertribal consortia are eligible to receive funds under this program, GAP funds are prioritized first for tribes, second for existing consortia, and lastly for new consortia.

Allowable Solid Waste Implementation Activities Under GAP:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176835

Estimated Size of Grant:

First-time GAP applicants receive $75,000 to support their first year of GAP activities.

Term of Contract:

Activities must begin in FY22 (October 1, 2021).

GAP grant project periods generally may not exceed four years. At the end of a four-year grant period, tribes and intertribal consortia may apply for a new GAP grant to continue environmental capacity building and/or to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Recipients:

Tribes and consortia are eligible to receive funds under this program. These terms are defined in 40 CFR §35.502 as follows:

- Tribe. Except as otherwise defined in statute or this subpart, Indian Tribal Government (Tribe) means any Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village, which is recognized as eligible by the United States Department of the Interior for the special services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

- Intertribal Consortium or Consortia. A partnership between two or more Tribes that is authorized by the governing bodies of those Tribes to apply for and receive assistance under one or more of the programs listed in §35.501.

For more details about Intertribal Consortia eligibility, see:

Unallowable Solid Waste Activities Under GAP:

Pre-Application Information:

Individual tribe applying for a stand-alone GAP cooperative agreement:
- Submit GAP workplan and budget to the EPA project officer by: Thursday, January 14, 2021
- Submit complete application to by: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Individual tribe applying for GAP funding through a Performance Partnership Grant (PPG):
- Submit GAP workplan and budget to the EPA project officer by: Thursday, January 14, 2021
- Submit complete application to by: Date specified by EPA Project Officer in “please apply” letter, likely in spring or early summer 2021

Intertribal consortium applying for GAP funding:
- Submit GAP workplan and budget to the EPA project officer by: Thursday, January 28, 2021
- Submit complete application to by: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Grantees are strongly encouraged to discuss FY22 workplans and budgets with EPA Project Officers and share drafts prior to deadlines. Early submittals are welcome. Funding cannot be guaranteed for submittals received after deadlines shown above. Late submissions may not be accepted or considered and/or may be given a reduced award amount. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit applications early.

In-person planning meetings and phone calls between EPA POs and grantees/applicants are scheduled to occur between October 2020 and January 14, 2021. These meetings and calls should include discussion of past progress, review of ETEPs, discussion of ideas for FY22 grant workplan activities, and cost principles (e.g., how to confirm costs are necessary, reasonable, allowable, and allocable).

Note: Please ensure that you have registered, or renewed your registration, for the System for Award Management at EPA cannot issue awards without a current SAM registration.

PPGs allow eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to combine funds from at least two eligible environmental financial assistance programs into a single grant, improve environmental performance, increase programmatic flexibility, achieve administrative savings (such as reduction in cost share), and strengthen the partnerships between the tribe and EPA.

Grantees are not required to provide matching funds for the GAP program, and GAP is exempt from competition under sections 6(c) 1 and 2 of EPA’s Policy for Competition of Assistance Agreements (EPA Order 5700.5A1). Note: Some assistance programs within a PPG may have a match/cost share requirement.

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab on the link above. Locate CFDA Number 66.926 on the list and click “Preview”.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact Information:
Jeremy Bauer, Manager, Tribal Branch
U.S. EPA Region 9, TIP-3
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, California 94105

Phone: (415) 972-3054

CFDA Number:

GAP stand-alone - 66.926; PPG with GAP - 66.605

Funding or Pin Number:

GAP stand-alone - EPA-CEP-02; PPG with GAP - EPA-CEP-01

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Geographic Focus:

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