Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)
In 1992, Congress passed the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act (42 U.S.C. 4368b) which authorizes EPA to provide General Assistance Program (GAP) grants to federally-recognized tribes and tribal consortia for planning, developing, and establishing environmental protection programs in Indian country, as well as for developing and implementing solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands.
The goal of this program is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to manage their own environmental protection programs, and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with individual tribal needs and applicable federal laws and regulations.
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- New Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia (PDF) (86 pp, 585 K)
- Allowable & Unallowable Tribal Solid Waste Program Implementation Activities Under GAP (PDF) (5 pp, 181 K) Lists of example allowable and unallowable tribal solid waste program implementation activities. These tables are a resource for GAP Project Officers and grantees negotiating solid waste program implementation work plan components and commitments.
- Summary of responses to comments received (PDF) (8 pp, 66 K)
- New GAP Guidance Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (9 pp, 172 K)
- June 2013 GAP Guidance PowerPoint slides (PPT) (16 pp, 118 K)
- The GAP Online Regional User Guide (PDF) (38 pp, 1.4 MB) is a reference for the EPA Regional Office Project Officer. The guidance explains how the Regional Project Officers can view the Region’s work plans using GAP Online.
- The GAP Online Tribal User Guide (PDF) (81 pp, 2.5 MB) is a reference for GAP tribal grantees. The guidance explains how tribal grantees can enter their work plans and submit their work to the Region using GAP Online.
- The GAP Online Quick Reference Guide (PDF) (13 pp, 232 K) is a condensed reference for GAP tribal grantees. The guidance explains how tribal grantees can quickly enter, update, and submit work plans to the Region using GAP online.
- Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Standardized Work Plan Format for FY2007 and Beyond - EPA is requiring a standardized work plan format to ensure collection of the minimum information needed for national reporting purposes, consistent with statute, grant regulations, and EPA Orders. This allows us to better characterize the environmental and public health benefits of these activities in a consistent manner. The standardized work plan format will be required for all new awards and supplemental amendments to existing awards.
- The Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992 (PDF) (2 pp, 28 K)
- Public Law 103-155, Amendment to the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992 (PDF) (1 pg, 15 K)
- Evaluation of the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) (PDF) (118 pp, 818 K) - a program evaluation to determine how effective GAP has been in building Tribal environmental capacity.