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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics announced a new funding opportunity for providing technical assistance to businesses seeking to develop and adopt pollution prevention (P2) practices that advance environmental justice in underserved communities. The EPA anticipates awarding $8 million in 2023, with individual grant awards ranging from $100,000 to $800,000 for the funding period.
Full details and requirements for the application are available here.
The deadline for applications is June 20, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST.
The EPA anticipates awarding $8 million in 2023, with individual grant awards ranging from $100,000 to $800,000 for the funding period.
Eligible applicants include states, state entities (i.e. colleges and universities recognized as instrumentalities of the state), the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the U.S., and federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia.
Colleges and universities must be chartered, commissioned, or publicly owned or operated by the state or federally recognized tribe to be eligible.
Applications must propose projects that provide P2 technical assistance to businesses (e.g., information, training, expert advice) in order to improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities by increasing the supply, demand, and use of safer and more sustainable products, such as those that conform to EPA’s Recommendations for Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing (Recommendations), which include Green Seal-certified products.
For example, an eligible project includes increasing the use of certified products in schools in disadvantaged communities to lower exposures for students and others. In partnership with school districts and childcare facilities in disadvantaged communities, eligible applicants can work with janitorial cleaning suppliers and service provider companies to replace conventional cleaning products with safer and more sustainable choices.
Applications can be submitted via grants.gov and must include:
|1.0 Strategy and Approach|
|Description of Proposed Project and Technical Assistance Approach||11||The quality and extent to which the project narrative provides a clear description of the project, how the project is consistent with the definition of P2, and how the technical assistance will be delivered to businesses, such as through: direct on-site technical assistance to businesses; offsite or remote technical assistance to businesses; developing and delivering training courses or webinars and developing or delivering written materials or online content.|
|Environmental and Human Health Concern||6||The quality and extent to which the project narrative describes the anticipated human health and/or environmental concern(s) affecting disadvantaged communities and explains in general terms how the project(s) is intended to address those concerns.|
|Effectiveness and Efficiency of the P2 Technical Assistance Approach||11||The quality and extent to which: the project narrative describes an effective and efficient approach for how the technical assistance is provided; how that approach is likely to encourage the targeted businesses to adopt practices to increase the supply, demand and/or use of safer and more sustainable products that can improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities and how the expected outputs and outcomes can be achieved.|
|Identifying Businesses and Products Impacting Disadvantaged Communities.||10||The quality and extent to which the project narrative describes the methodology and criteria the applicant intends to use to identify the businesses, products or product categories with public health and environmental impacts on disadvantaged communities.|
|Engagement with Disadvantaged Communities||3||The quality and extent to which the project narrative describes how they intend to engage disadvantaged communities that are expected to benefit from technical assistance provided to businesses.|
|Leveraging Expertise through Partnerships||4||The quality and extent to which the project narrative describes a plan to leverage the expertise of partners and stakeholders in the project or explains why partnerships are not needed for the proposed work.|
|Documenting P2 Best Practices||9||The quality and extent to which the project narrative describes a plan to develop at least one case study and any other materials (e.g., outreach materials, videos, trainings, etc.) to document adopted P2 practices.|
|Amplifying P2 Best Practices||8||The quality and extent to which the project narrative describes a plan and clearly demonstrates a commitment to widely share P2 best practices and outreach materials developed during the grant (e.g., webinars, toolkits, assessment checklists, training modules, videos) and share lessons learned from the grant implementation (e.g., insights, challenges, successes, recommendations) to encourage project replication.|
|2.0 Environmental Results, Measurement, & Reporting|
|Environmental Results, Measurement, & Reporting||14||Applications will be evaluated based on the quality and extent that the reporting plan provides a comprehensive and effective approach for documenting, tracking, measuring and reporting outputs and outcomes|
|3.0 Programmatic Capability & Environmental Results Past Performance|
|Project Completion||3||Past performance in successfully completing and managing assistance agreements (federal and non-federal grant agreements).|
|Reporting History||3||History of meeting the reporting requirements under prior federal and non-federal assistance agreements.|
|Organizational Excellence and Plan||3||Organizational experience and plan for timely and successfully achieving the objectives of the proposed project.|
|Staff Experience||6||Staff expertise/qualifications, staff knowledge and resources or the ability to obtain them to successfully achieve the goals of the proposed project.|
|Timeline||3||Applications will be evaluated based on the quality and extent to which project narratives set forth a reasonable timeline for executing tasks associated with the project. The timeline must include the following components: project tasks; anticipated dates (from start to completion of each task); milestone markers (including the timing and approaches used to follow up with business); development of case studies and other outreach materials and a brief explanation for achieving project goals and objectives by the end of the project.|
|Budget Description||3||Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality and extent to which their budget description addresses the following components: A description of the procedures and controls to ensure awarded grant funds will be expended in a timely and efficient manner; and A description of why budget costs are integral and necessary to carry out the proposed project(s), where additional information may be needed to determine if they are eligible, adequate, reasonable and cost-effective to implement the project.|
|Budget Table||3||Applicants will be evaluated based on the quality and extent to which the budget table provides estimated costs (by budget category) that are eligible, adequate, reasonable and cost-effective to implement the project.|
Questions on the Environmental Justice Through Safer and More Sustainable Products Grant and this Funding Opportunity Announcement can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Opportunity # EPA-I-OCSPP-OPPT-FY2023-002