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Building Partner Capacity and Promoting Resilience and Equity under Clean Water Act Wetlands, Nonpoint Source, Monitoring and Assessment, and Listing Programs Grant

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, IHEs,
and Hospitals to Support Training Activities for Water Quality Programs

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Water, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds

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08/10/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, governments, Tribes, IHEs, hospitals, and laboratories to develop and support training activities for water quality improvement programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to provide support for training and related activities to build the capacity of agricultural partners, state, territorial and tribal officials and nongovernmental stakeholders in activities to be carried out to support the goals of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d) Program, the Nonpoint Source (CWA Section 319) Program, the Wetlands Program, the CWA 401 Program, and the Water Quality Monitoring Program. Awardees will assess and assist state, territorial and tribal officials, nongovernmental stakeholders, and other stakeholders through knowledge exchange and capacity building. 

Awards made under this announcement will support EPA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 – FY 2022 Strategic Plan for the following goal and objective: Goal 1- Core Mission: Deliver real results to provide Americans with clean air, land, and water, and ensure chemical safety; Objective 1.2 - Provide for Clean and Safe Water: Ensure waters are clean through improved water infrastructure and, in partnership with states and tribes, sustainably manage programs to support drinking water, aquatic ecosystems, and recreational, economic, and subsistence activities. Information on the EPA Strategic Plan is available at

Applications must be for projects that improve water quality by conducting or promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.

National Priority Areas

Each application submitted under this announcement must address one, and only one, of the eleven National Priority Areas described below.

  1. National Priority Area I: Nonpoint Source Agricultural Conservation Benefit Assessment and Partner Training
  2. National Priority Area II: Advance the State of Professional Training for Watershed Planners and Coordinators
  3. National Priority Area III: Training and Related Activities to Advance Integration of Clean Water Act programs with Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning and Implementation
  4. National Priority Area IV: State and Tribal Nonpoint Source Program Training Workshops
  5. National Priority Area V: Wetland Program Training Workshops
  6. National Priority Area VI: Training Workshops on Fish Monitoring and Advisory Programs and Recreational Waters or Beach Monitoring Programs
  7. National Priority Area VII: Clean Water Act Tribal Wetland and Water Quality Assessment and Management Workshops
  8. National Priority Area VIII: State and Tribal Aquatic Resource Monitoring Technical Training and Capacity Building Workshops
  9. National Priority Area IX: Clean Water Act Section 303(d) National Listing and TMDL Training Workshops
  10. National Priority Area X: Training and Related Activities to Advance CWA Section 303(d) Program Implementation
  11. National Priority Area XI: Cross-Program (CWA Section 303(c), 303(d) and 402) Training Workshops to advance effective and integrated implementation of CWA programs

For information about each of the above National Priority Areas, see the RFA in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197112

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Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that up to 17 awards will be made under this announcement to be funded incrementally.

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For a list of the expected total awards for each of the 11 National Priority Areas, see pages 2-3 of the RFA in Supporting Documents below.

Term of Contract:

4-6-year project periods, depending on which National Priority Area is addressed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

States, local governments, federally recognized Indian Tribes, intertribal consortia, interstate agencies, territories, possessions of the U.S. (including the District of Columbia), public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories and public or private non-profit institutions are eligible to apply.

Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply. Non-profit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply.

Implementation projects are not eligible for funding under this announcement.

For Threshold Eligibility Criteria, see

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by electronic submission through by 11:59 P.M. ET August 10, 2021.

Questions about this RFA must be submitted in writing via e-mail and must be received by the Agency Contact identified below before July 30, 2021. Written responses will be posted on EPA’s website at the URL for Full Text link below.

Please note that the registration process also requires that your organization have a Unique Entity Identifier (e.g. DUNS number) and a current registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more. Applicants must ensure that all registration requirements are met in order to apply for this opportunity through and should ensure that all such requirements have been met well in advance of the submission deadline.

Applicants may submit more than one complete application package under this announcement as long as each application is separately submitted and addresses only one National Priority Area.

Applicants should confirm receipt of their application with Connie Cahanap as soon as possible after the
submission deadline—failure to do so may result in your application not being reviewed.

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