Childhood Blood-Lead Screening and Lead Awareness (Educational) Outreach for Indian Tribes

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Purpose of this program:

To encourage Indian Tribes to recognize the risks to children associated with lead exposure and address them by conducting blood-lead screening for tribal children and providing lead awareness activities to Indian Tribes.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Assistance may be available for activities which relate to blood-lead screening of tribal children and outreach efforts to educate Indian families about the dangers of exposure to lead-based paint hazards among children.

Who is eligible to apply...

Eligible recipients are Federally recognized Indian Tribes or Tribal consortiums (an association or partnership with one or more Federally recognized Indian Tribes) only. For certain competitive funding opportunities, the Agency may limit eligibility to a particular subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency?s competition policy.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Tribal consortiums must submit letters of interest and support from Tribal Chair that is being represented in the proposal.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Proposals must be submitted to EPA for review. Successful applicants will be contacted by EPA and will be required to submit "Application for Federal Assistance," SF 424, "Budget Information: Non-Construction Programs," SF 424A, "Assurances-Non-Construction Programs, Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters," SF 424B, "Certification Regarding Lobbying," "Pre-Award Compliance Review," EPA 4700-4, and other required forms to complete the application process. Applicants will also be required to submit a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for blood-lead screening grants after the awards have been granted (award recipients may use a template developed by EPA to aid Tribes in completing this requirement. The template may be found at http://epa.gov/lead/.)

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Each proposal shall be subjected to administrative coordination to determine adequacy in relation to grant regulations and to technical and program evaluation to determine merit and relevancy of the project. For competitive awards, EPA will review applications, proposals or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria in the solicitation/announcement of the competitive funding opportunity. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

All proposal are due to EPA Project Officer on or before the 60th day after the notice of available funding is published in the Federal Register.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days after deadline for proposal submittal.

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants must submit a proposal for the pre-application procedure. The proposal consists of two parts: (1) A work plan and (2) a budget. The Agency will use the applicant's work plan and budget to select projects to be funded under the grant program. This program is excluded from comverage under E.O. 12372, ?Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.? An environmental impact assessment is not required for this program.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

As described in 40 CFR Part 31, subpart L.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

None.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Federally recognized Indian Tribes.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants of up to $50,000 for an outreach (education) project, $75,000 for baseline assessment activities, and $125,000 for a combined proposal for both outreach (education) and baseline assessment activities. A separate budget breakdown is required to indicate outreach and baseline assessment funds in combined proposals. Proposals for amounts greater than specified may be submitted in cases where the size of the Tribal population served is substantially greater than the average Tribe or the proposal is for a Tribal consortium. Final distribution of the funds will be dependent upon the number of qualified applicants, tribal populations served by each grant, and other factors, as deemed appropriate by EPA.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

FY 03 $1,093,851; FY 04 est $1,212,000; and FY 05 est $1,212,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Examples of funded projects include the development of a customized lead poisoning prevention brochure and poster for Native Americans, development of a series of lead poisoning prevention coloring books sheets with Native American themes, setting up a blood-lead testing booth during a Little League baseball sign-up session, arranging in-home lead inspections, and blood-lead testing at a Head Start facility.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

It is anticipated that 50 proposals will be received and about 15-30 awards will be granted in Fiscal Year 2004 under this program. In Fiscal Year 2003, 9 grants were funded for baseline assessment and 12 for outreach activities for a total of 21 grants. Native American children have been tested for lead and culturally sensitive outreach materials on lead have been distributed to Native American communities.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

EPA will review all proposals. Applicants who submit proposals for both blood-lead screening and lead awareness must submit two separate proposal packages, since screening and outreach submissions will be evaluated separately. Proposals will be reviewed for quality, strength, and completeness against the following criteria. The maximum rating score of a proposal is 100 points (plus 5 bonus points in the budget section). A. Blood-Lead Screening Proposal. 1. General (20 points). The applicant's proposal must include reasonable and attainable goals and an approach that is clearly detailed. The applicant must describe how the effectiveness of the project will be determined. 2. Blood-lead collection activity (50 points). The applicant's description of plans to develop a blood-lead screening program for tribal children will be evaluated. 3. Project management (20 points). The applicant should describe positions of staff, roles and responsibilities, and their qualifications. 4. Budget and schedule (10 points). The evaluation will be based on the extent to which the budget and schedule is reasonable, clear, and consistent with the intended use of the funds. Although matching funds are not required, up to five bonus points will be given to proposals indicating financial contributions and/or in-kind services provided to the project. B. Lead Awareness (Educational) Outreach Proposal. 1. General (20 points). The proposal's description of implementing an educational outreach program must include reasonable and attainable goals and an approach that is clearly detailed. The proposal must describe how effectiveness of the project will be determined. 2. Outreach (50 points). The proposal should fully describe the proposed educational outreach efforts for Tribal Indian communities. The messages in the proposal should be consistent with EPA/HUD/CDC lead-based paint program policies, guidelines, regulations, and recommendations. 3. Project management (20 points). The applicant should describe positions of staff, roles and responsibilities, and their qualifications. 4. Budget (10 points). The evaluation will be based on the extent to which the budget and schedule is reasonable, clear, and consistent with the intended use of the funds. Although matching funds are not required, up to five bonus points will be given to proposals indicating financial contributions and/or in-kind services provided to the project.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are expected to be completed within 2 years from award of grant.

Formula and Matching Requirements

There are no formula or matching requirements.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Quarterly reports are due at the end of each quarter. Financial status report, due at the end of the grant period.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,? non-federal entities that expend $300,000 ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 31, 2003) or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than $300,000 ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 31, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No A-133.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

For blood-lead screening grants, a data management system must be in place to record blood-lead sample collection data, such as Indian Tribe names and locations, ages of children (in months), gender, date of sample collection, method of sample collection (capillary or venous), name and address of the laboratory performing the analysis, laboratory analysis method and date, and blood-lead level. For the Lead Awareness grants, records must indicate the number of families educated about the dangers of lead exposure, the type, location, and number of educational materials distributed per Indian tribal area.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended, Title 10.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

EPA Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments (40 CFR part 31); Environmental Protection Agency.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

See EPA Regional Offices listed in Additional Contact Information - FMR Help.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

For general information: Darlene Watford, National Program Chemicals Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7404T), Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 566-0516.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: