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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Tribes to Evaluate Air Quality in Local Communities

Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring for Communities - American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funding

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Air and Radiation (OAR)

Conf. Date:

01/11/22

LOI Date:

01/14/22

Deadline Date:

03/25/22 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes to evaluate air quality in local communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to reduce health outcome disparities as a result of pollution and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), this notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to conduct ambient air monitoring of pollutants of greatest concern in communities with environmental and health outcome disparities stemming from pollution and the COVID-19 pandemic. EPA will award funds to support community and local efforts to monitor their own air quality and to promote air quality monitoring partnerships between communities and tribal, state, and local governments.

EPA is soliciting applications from eligible entities, as described in Section III.A., for projects designed to monitor air pollutants of greatest concern in communities with disproportionate and adverse health outcomes. EPA’s objective in issuing these awards is to enable communities to monitor their own air quality and to promote monitoring partnerships between communities and tribal, state, and/or local governments that:

  • Leverage existing air quality monitoring expertise;
  • Expand use of community monitoring advisory groups and other approaches that give the community a voice in the monitoring of their air quality; and
  • Build a foundation of trusting relationships and enhanced understanding from which sustainable solutions to community air pollution problems can be found.

Applications should include detailed, well thought-out projects for enhancing air quality monitoring, including but not limited to: building capacity and knowledge of local-scale, real-time air quality; measuring levels of certain air pollutants; collecting data in situations where there is persistent and complex air pollution (e.g., wildfires); or advancing air monitoring system resiliency.

For further information, see Page 5 of the RFP document in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200345

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$20,000,000

Number of Grants:

50-70

Estimated Size of Grant:

EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20-30 assistance agreements ranging in value from $25,000 to $100,000 (i.e., “Small Grants”) and 30-40 assistance agreements ranging in value from $100,001-$500,000 (i.e., “Large Grants”).

Term of Contract:

The estimated project period for awards resulting from this solicitation is expected to begin by July 2022. Proposed project periods may be up to three years from the project start date. Because this is one-time funding, projects must be completed within three years and/or address how equipment will be maintained and operated beyond this timeframe without the expectation of additional resources. EPA will only consider extending project periods due to extraordinary circumstances that an applicant could not foresee when the application was submitted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In accordance with Assistance Listing 66.034, applications will be accepted from states (including the District of Columbia); local governments; U.S. territories and possessions; Indian tribes; public and private hospitals and laboratories; and other public or private nonprofit organizations.

For-profit organizations are not an eligible entity for this funding opportunity. Additionally, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply.

To be eligible for the tribal set-aside, the applicant must meet the definition of Indian tribe under Section 302(r) of the Clean Air Act: “The term ‘Indian tribe’ means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including Alaska Native village, which is Federally recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.”

To be eligible for the community-based organization set-aside, the applicant must be an eligible nonprofit or not for profit corporation in good standing under state or tribal law with authority to enter into binding legal agreements. The community-based organization need not be tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code but may use documentation of tax-exempt status to demonstrate that it is a nonprofit. Entities applying for the community-based set-aside must specify the community they represent and provide documentation, such as their charter, mission statement, or other official documentation of the organization; and include a statement demonstrating the effectiveness as a representative of the applicable community (See Section III.C.6).

For information on ineligible costs and activities, see Page 16 of the RFP document in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Funding Opportunity Information Session
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM (EST)
Participants will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by EPA in a public forum. The webinar will run from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST. Registration is not required.

Join the meeting using Zoom: https://usepa.zoomgov.com/j/1613283271

If you do not have access to the internet, you may join by phone at: 1-669-254-5252 (San Jose) or 1-646-828-7666 (NY); meeting ID: 161 328 3271

Approximately one week after the information session, EPA will post the webinar recording and slides on https://www.epa.gov/grants/enhanced-air-quality-monitoring-communities.

Pre-Application Information:

Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than March 25, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) in order to be considered for funding.

To allow for efficient management of the competitive process, EPA requests submittal of an informal notice of an Intent to Apply by January 14, 2022.

Submission of an Intent to Apply is optional; it is a process management tool that will allow EPA to better anticipate the total staff time required for efficient review, evaluation, and selection of submitted applications.

Timeline:
- December 13, 2021: RFA opens
- January 11, 2022: Information session
- January 14, 2022: Optional intent to apply
- February 18, 2022: Last day to submit questions
- March 25, 2022: RFA closes - Applications due
- July-August 2022: Anticipated notification of selection
- September-October 2022: Anticipated award

Please note that the registration process also requires that your organization have a Unique Entity Identifier (e.g. DUNS number) and a current registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more. Applicants must ensure that all registration requirements are met in order to apply for this opportunity through grants.gov and should ensure that all such requirements have been met well in advance of the submission deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336951

For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link listed above.

RFA: https://www.epa.gov/grants/enhanced-air-quality-monitoring-communities

Webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EJ22q9f-ks

Contact Information:

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

Submit letters of intent to apply to AirMonitoring@epa.gov.

Please email the email address listed above by January 5, 2022, if you are a person with a disability needing other reasonable accommodations in order to meaningfully participate in the meeting, or a person with limited English proficiency needing language assistance services.

CFDA Number:

66.034

Funding or Pin Number:

EPA-OAR-OAQPS-22-01

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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