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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Drinking Water Tribal Set-Aside Funds

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9
Drinking Water Tribal Set-Aside Program
2015 Guidance and Procedures for Applying for Assistance

EPA Region 9 (EPA) is pleased to issue the 2015 guidance and procedures for applying for assistance from the Drinking Water Tribal Set-Aside (DWTSA) program. This program provides funding for tribes within Region 9 (California, Nevada, and Arizona) for public drinking water system infrastructure.  Funds are awarded through direct grants to tribes or interagency agreements with the Indian Health Service. The funding will be used to address the most significant public health threats for public water systems.

Approximately $6 million of FY15 funds may be available. In addition, projects ranking higher than Health Category 9 may be considered under the anticipated FY16 appropriation. Matching funds are not typically required; however, in cases where commercial entities and/or non-tribal populations receive water from the public water system, EPA may require the tribe to provide a funding contribution proportional to the water demand of the commercial entity and/or non-tribal populations. Similarly, for projects whose costs are correlated with water usage, a funding contribution may be required for water systems using over 150 gallons per capita per day, with the contribution proportional to the amount over 150 gallons per capita per day used. Additionally, given the limited funds available under this program and EPA’s goal to maximize the number of projects it can fund, EPA may work with applicants to explore the availability of funding from other federal agencies, tribal or third-party sources to contribute to the total project cost.

This assistance will be awarded under Section 300j-12 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. §1452.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number is 66.468.

Important Dates

November 17, 2014 - EPA must receive proposals by this date, including the proposal form, tribal government endorsement, and any preliminary feasibility studies and supporting documents. Proposals received after November 17, 2014 will not be considered for funding.

Mail two hard copies of the proposal and any documentation to:

Emmanuelle Rapicavoli, WTR 3-2
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA  94105

E-mail one electronic copy of the proposal and any documentation to:

Emmanuelle Rapicavoli (Rapicavoli.Emmanuelle@epa.gov)

Electronic files exceeding 8 megabytes can be mailed in, or separated into emails that do not exceed 8 megabytes.

December 2014 — EPA will notify each applicant of the draft proposal priority and whether the project was selected to continue with the application process.

January 2015 — Applicants can submit comments on the draft prioritization. For projects selected to continue with the application process, applicants must submit responses to any EPA comments, and capacity and managerial checklists.

February 2015 — EPA will notify applicants of the final priority list and funding decision, along with guidance letters for projects to be funded by grant.

March 2015 — Tribe submits grant application, or Indian Health Service submits draft Memorandum of Agreement and Project Summary (exact dates will be included in funding decision notification letters).

September 2015 — EPA awards funds for selected projects.

Contents of Guidance

  1. Description of Program - 1
  2. Award Information - 4
  3. Eligibility Information - 4
  4. Step 1: Proposal Submission Information - 10
  5. Step 2: Comments on Draft Prioritization, Capacity and Managerial Checklists and Final Feasibility Studies - 12
  6. Step 3: Grant Application/Interagency Agreement Process - 13
  7. Funding Allocation Methodology - 14
  8. Ranking Criteria - 15
  9. Award Administration Information - 17
  10. Agency Contacts - 17
  11. References/Endnotes - 18
    • Appendix A: Standardized Preliminary Engineering Report Template
    • Appendix B: Sample Programmatic and Administrative Conditions
    • Attachment 1: Project Proposal Form (DOC) (2 pp, 45K)

Full Text of the DWTSA Guidance (PDF) (43 pp, 1.3M)

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