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Information Related to FY2012 Section 319 Funding

Competitive Grant

EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible tribes and intertribal consortia to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and other on-the-ground projects that will result in significant steps towards solving NPS impairments on a watershed-wide basis. Proposals are due January 20, 2012. EPA anticipates awarding an estimated $3 million in Federal funds under this solicitation. For detailed information regarding this RFP, please refer to the PDF below and the associated deadline table.  Access the RFP for Section 319 Grants to Indian Tribes in FY2012 through Grants.gov.


Deadline EPA uses to determine eligibility to receive competitive 319 grants October 14, 2011
Last day to submit questions about RFP January 11, 2012
Deadline for receipt of proposals in hard copy to Region or electronically via grants.gov January 20, 2012
Headquarters notifies Regions/Tribes of selections for competitive 319 grants April 2, 2012
Tribes submit final grant application to Region for competitive 319 grants April 23, 2012

If your ability to submit on time is affected by inclement weather issues in EPA Region 10, please contact EPA Region 10 NPS Tribal Coordinator Krista Mendelman (mendelman.krista@epa.gov) at 206-553-1571 to arrange an extension.

Base Grant

EPA anticipates awarding section 319 base grants to eligible tribes in the amount of $30,000 or $50,000 of federal section 319 funding (depending on land area) on a noncompetitive basis. For tribes with 640,000 acres or more, the base allocation is $50,000; for tribes with 640,000 acres or less, the base allocation is $30,000.  Section 319 base funds may be used for a range of activities that implement the tribe's approved NPS management program, including: hiring a program coordinator; conducting NPS education programs; providing training and authorized travel to attend training; updating the NPS management program; developing watershed-based plans; and implementing watershed-based plans and on-the-ground watershed projects.

Note that FY11 base grant guidelines apply to FY11 base grants and beyond; reference these guidelines for your FY12 base grant proposal work plans.

Proposed work plan deadlines vary by Region, see chart below to determine appropriate deadline:

Region 1 January 31, 2012
Region 2 February 10, 2012
Region 4 February 1, 2012
Region 5 March 1, 2012
Region 6 March 1, 2012
Region 7 January 31, 2012
Region 8 February 1, 2012
Region 9 March 1, 2012
Region 10 January 13, 2012

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