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State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA)/COVID-19 Projects

Grants to USA Agencies and Tribes to Improve
Public Health and Address the Effects of COVID-19

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)

Conf. Date:

06/02/20

Deadline Date:

06/30/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories government agencies and tribal governments for public health projects that address the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to complete. Funding is intended to benefit underserved communities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income and minority communities. EPA also continues to make effective responses to COVID-19 issues a top priority. As part of these efforts, this notice announces EPA re-opening the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) and the availability of funds for applicants to propose projects focusing on COVID-19 and other areas. The SEJCA program provides funding to eligible entities to work collaboratively with underserved communities to understand, promote and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and/or the environment in those communities. For purposes of this announcement, the term “underserved community” refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations. 

Applicants will be expected to work with underserved communities and their representative organizations to achieve meaningful and measurable results during the funding period. The needs and perspectives of community residents in underserved communities should be a driving factor in the work performed by applicants. To support the nation-wide effort against the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic, EPA will give special consideration to applications proposing actions to address the impacts of COVID-19 on communities with environmental justice concerns. 

For this competition, EPA will give special consideration to applications that focus on the following program priority:

  • Public Education, Training, Emergency Planning, and/or Investigations on Impacts of COVID-19 on Underserved Communities and Vulnerable Populations 

For eligible project activities and project examples, see https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-04/documents/2020_rfa_sejca_4_30_2020.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189888

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Number of Grants:

EPA anticipates the award of approximately five (5) cooperative agreements

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each award is not expected to exceed $200,000 per award.

Term of Contract:

Funded assistance agreements will have a two-year project period. Applicants should plan for projects to start on October 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant must be one of the following entities:
(1) A state, U.S. territory, or commonwealth;
(2) An instrumentality of the state (i.e. government-created organization which performs governmental functions but does not have full power of the state government).
(3) Tribal governments, must be either federally-recognized or state-recognized – including Alaska Native Villages
(4) Local governments - includes cities, towns, municipalities, and counties

The following entities are ineligible to receive a SEJCA award as the lead applicant. However, eligible entities are strongly encouraged to partner with these organizations (and others) as appropriate to successfully perform a SEJCA project:
- Public and Private Institutions of Higher Education, including State Colleges and Universities
- Hospitals and medical facilities
- Incorporated non-profit organizations
- Businesses and Industry
- Faith-based organizations and local churches
- Civic and Philanthropic organizations

Funds awarded under this announcement may not be used to support lobbying activities or any activities related to lobbying or the appearance thereof. Subawards made to nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not allowed.

For a list of ineligible activities, see https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-04/documents/2020_rfa_sejca_4_30_2020.pdf#page=13.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address questions about the SEJCA Program and this solicitation. Interested persons may access the pre-application assistance calls by dialing 866-299-3188 and entering the code 202-564-6349# when prompted. Instructions for how the hearing-impaired may access the calls will be available on the EPA Environmental Justice website at the link below:
https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/state-environmental-justice-cooperative-agreementprogram#tab-2

- Thursday, May 21, 2020 (LIVE) 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (ET)
- Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (LIVE) 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (ET)

Pre-Application Information:

Application packages must be submitted through Grants.gov and must be submitted on or before 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2020.

Applicants should confirm receipt of their application with Jacob Burney as soon as possible after submission.

If your organization is not currently registered with Grants.gov, please encourage your office to designate an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) and ask that individual to begin the registration process as soon as possible. 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). The process of obtaining both your DUNS number and SAM registration could take a month or more. Registration on Grants.gov, SAM.gov, and DUNS number assignment is free.
- SAM: https://www.sam.gov/SAM/
- DUNS: https://www.dnb.com/

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326650
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

For Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) submission questions, please call the Grants.gov 24-hour helpline at 1-800-518-4726 or visit http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html.

Agency Contact:
Jacob Burney
202-564-2907
Burney.Jacob@epa.gov.

If an applicant does not have the technical capability to apply electronically through grants.gov because of limited or no internet access which prevents them from being able to upload the required application materials to Grants.gov, the applicant must contact OGDWaivers@epa.gov or the address listed below in writing (e.g., by hard copy or email) at least 15 calendar days prior to the submission deadline under this announcement to request approval to submit application materials through an alternate method.

Mailing Address:
OGD Waivers
c/o Jessica Durand
USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N. W.
Mail Code: 3903R
Washington, DC 20460

Courier Address:
OGD Waivers
c/o Jessica Durand
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Rm # 51278
Washington, DC 20004

CFDA Number:

66.312

Funding or Pin Number:

EPA-OP-OEJ-20-02

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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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