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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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01/16/20 - 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 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). See the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. §4368b). 

As described in the GAP Guiding Principles (See Attachment A: 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: GAP Allowable/Unallowable Solid Waste Chart), 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 (See Attachment E: Eligibility of Tribes and Intertribal Consortia), GAP funds are prioritized first for tribes, second for existing consortia, and lastly for new consortia.

Guiding Principles:

Allowable Solid Waste Implementation Activities Under GAP:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176835

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Estimated Size of Grant:

In general, first-time GAP applicants will receive $75,000 to support their first year of GAP activities. Amendments to existing grants may be in any amount, although most awards will range from $75,000 to $120,000 per year. Requests for more than $120,000 will be considered if needs are sufficiently justified and funding is available.

Term of Contract:

Activities must begin in FY21 (October 1, 2020).

GAP grant project periods 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 solid and hazardous waste program implementation activities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Recipients:

Indian tribal governments (tribes) and intertribal consortia are eligible to receive funds under this program. These terms are defined in 40 CFR 35.502 as follows:

An Indian tribal government (tribe), except as otherwise defined in statute or applicable program-specific regulation, is any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village, which is recognized as eligible by the U.S. Department of the Interior for the special services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

An intertribal consortium is a partnership between two or more tribes authorized by the governing bodies of those tribes to apply for and receive assistance under GAP.

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 grant:
- Submit GAP workplan and budget to the EPA project officer by: Thursday, January 16, 2020 Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Submit complete application to by: Thursday, January 16, 2020

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 16, 2020 Thursday, April 30, 2020
- Submit complete application to by: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Inter-tribal consortium:
- Submit GAP workplan and budget to the EPA project officer by: applying for GAP funding Thursday, January 30, 2020 Thursday, January 30, 2020
- Submit complete application to by: Thursday, January 30, 2020

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 (like reduction in cost share), and strengthen the partnerships between the Tribe and EPA. The 20 EPA grant programs eligible for inclusion in a tribal PPG are listed in Section 3.2 below. Tribes receiving two or more EPA grants must discuss the prospect of forming a PPG with their grant project officers before developing individual grant applications.

Note: Applicants must ensure that they have registered, or renewed their registration, for the System for Award Management at An EPA award cannot be made without a current SAM registration.

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: other types of grants within a PPG may require matching for those grants.

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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 | Email:

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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