Environmental Protection Agency

Title Due Date Maximum Award Amount Description
Fiscal Year 2022 Tribal Wetland Program Development Grants $3,600,000.00

Tribal Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist tribal governments and intertribal consortia to develop or refine tribal programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine tribal wetland programs.The goals of EPA’s wetland program include increasing the quantity and quality of wetlands in the U.S. by conserving and restoring wetland acreage and improving wetland condition. In pursuing these goals, EPA seeks to develop the capacity of all levels of government to develop and refine effective, comprehensive programs for wetland protection and management.

Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program (EJ TCTAC) $6,000,000.00

The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment for all people with an emphasis on assisting those communities adversely and disproportionately affected by environmental, climate, and human health harms and risks. EPA, as illustrated by the funding provided under the Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act (IIJA) and annual appropriations, intends to make significant investments in the health, equity, and resilience of these, and all communities, to address past, current, and future environmental health and justice challenges. To maximize these significant investments, new and innovative strategies and approaches for issues such as community engagement and participation in environmental programs, equitable distribution of financial resources, capacity-building and outreach, and technical assistance and training to enhance access to financial assistance opportunities and promote effective grants management and performance, are necessary especially for underserved communities that have, and continue to be, plagued by environmental pollution and health, and environmental justice, challenges.EPA is seeking applications from eligible entities to establish and operate Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTAC). The EJ TCTAC’s will provide technical assistance, training, and other eligible forms of assistance, resources, and support to program participants.

2022 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Tribal and Insular Area Grants $800,000.00

Reducing emissions from diesel engines is one of the most important air quality challenges facing the country. From transportation to energy generation, the diesel engine powers almost every sector of the American economy. Due to improved EPA diesel engine regulations and emissions standards over the past few decades, engines currently coming off the manufacturing line are now sixty times cleaner than before. However, despite these tighter standards for new engines, the nearly eight million legacy diesel engines already in use continue to emit large amounts of PM2.5 and NOx. These air pollutants contribute to serious public health problems like asthma, lung disease, and various other cardiac and respiratory illnesses, which result in thousands of premature deaths, millions of lost workdays, and numerous other negative health impacts every year in the United States.The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program promotes an array of diesel emissions strategies by working with manufacturers, fleet operators, air quality professionals, environmental and community organizations and state and local officials to address the varying priorities of different regions and sectors. DERA supports environmental justice by prioritizing emissions reductions in areas receiving disproportionate impacts from diesel fleets to provide an environment where all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards.

Assessing Perchlorate Occurrence in Ambient Waters Following the Usage of Fireworks $2,500,000.00

Ensuring clean and safe drinking water is important for protecting human health and the environment. While perchlorate comes from multiple sources, higher concentrations come from its use as an oxidizer in rocket propulsion systems, explosives, road flares, and fireworks. Fireworks, when used around surface and groundwater sources have the capacity to contaminate surface and groundwater used as drinking water sources. Prior research has investigated contamination from fireworks; however, there are gaps in understanding the magnitude and extent of perchlorate contamination before and after fireworks discharge around drinking water sources. This research will provide states and utilities with a better scientific understanding of the behavior of perchlorate after fireworks events to ultimately provide them with information and a construct as to whether management options are needed.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) -San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund, Fiscal Year 2022 $5,000,000.00

Since 2008, EPA has administered the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund (SFBWQIF) competitive grant program. Over the next five years the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), aims to broaden the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) reach and focus under the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund (SFBWQIF). The BIL specifically expands the SFBWQIF to focus on inequities in the access to Federal funding and implementation of projects and climate resilience in underserved communities. It provides additional funding to advance the Biden Administration’s goal of investing in America’s infrastructure and delivering environmental and public health benefits for communities with environmental justice (EJ) concerns. The purpose of this RFA is to expand water quality restoration efforts in underserved communities and build regional resilience to climate change stressors through funding of efforts and partnerships within historically underserved communities (i.e., economically underserved or other populations with disproportionate exposure to environmental harm). The EPA is soliciting applications under the BIL funded SFBWQIF Request for Applications (RFA) to fund projects that have measurable positive impacts in underserved communities, particularly those facing climate change stressors in the San Francisco Bay and its watersheds.

San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund, FY2022 $24,000,000.00

Since 2008, EPA has administered the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund (SFBWQIF) competitive grant program to fund projects that protect and restore San Francisco Bay. Such projects must demonstrate environmental results for water quality and aquatic habitat (e.g., wetlands). To date, EPA has awarded over $71 million and leveraged an additional $191 million to restore wetlands, improve water quality, and implement green development practices (e.g., employ natural hydrologic processes to treat polluted runoff). Information about past SFBWQIF projects and current funding opportunities can be found on our website (https://www.epa.gov/sfbaydelta/san-francisco-bay-water-quality-improvem…).

2022 SOUTH FLORIDA PROGRAM $750,000.00

The EPA South Florida Program provides competitive grants to address the immediate and emerging ecological pressures and threats to south Florida waters including fresh waters, estuaries, bays, and coral reef, central to South Florida’s economic and ecological wellbeing. Aquatic ecosystems play a vital role supporting healthy and resilient estuaries, coastal, inland, and near-shore infrastructure by providing food, habitat, nutrient removal, water filtration, storm attenuation, carbon storage, shoreline stabilization, and other financial and tangible benefits.This RFA solicits applications for the South Florida Program region that includes the 16-county area covered by South Florida Water Management District as well as the Florida Keys; Florida Reef Tract; Caloosahatchee Estuary; Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie Estuary; Florida Bay, and Biscayne Bay.

Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund (LISCIF) $5,000,000.00

Since the federal Clean Water Act became law in 1972, investments in water pollution control programs have led to measurable improvements in the water quality of Long Island Sound (the Sound). Obvious sources of pollution were controlled through permit programs. Tidal wetlands were protected, wastewater treatment plants improved, and industrial discharges controlled. However, to fully restore the health of the Sound, a cooperative effort focusing on the overall ecosystem was needed. As a result, EPA, New York, and Connecticut formed the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) in 1985, a bi-state partnership consisting of federal and state agencies, user groups, concerned organizations, and individuals dedicated to restoring and protecting the Sound. In 1994, the LISS developed a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) to protect and restore Long Island Sound. This plan was revised in 2015 with 20 ambitious ecosystem targets to drive further progress through 2035. The 2015 revision identified three underlying principles to integrate into all LISS efforts: 1) resiliency to climate change, 2) long-term sustainability, and 3) environmental justice. In 2020 LISS formalized the Environmental Justice Work Group (EJWG), which meets quarterly and includes a subgroup focused on outreach and engagement with underserved communities.

National Tribal Air Association Operations $1,005,000.00

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to provide comprehensive air quality policy and regulatory analysis including support and national coordination activities to assist tribes in understanding, participating in and responding to EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation’s policy and regulatory activities.

National Priorities: Research on Disinfectants, Disinfection By- Products (DBPs), and Opportunistic Pathogens in Drinking Water Distribution Systems $2,123,000.00

Ensuring clean and safe drinking water is important for protecting human health and the environment. Opportunistic pathogen and disinfection by-product (DBP) contaminants in drinking water distribution systems remains a water quality issue that is prevalent across the Nation. More information is needed on the occurrence of DBPs and opportunistic pathogens, along with identifying environmental conditions and niches favorable to colonization, microbial growth, and propagation in drinking water distribution systems. This research will help inform water infrastructure management and risk-mitigation practices to ensure safe drinking water. This National Priorities Request for Applications (RFA) will solicit innovative research to address knowledge gaps on the occurrence of pathogens and DBPs in drinking water distribution systems across the United States.