Generally, applicants for both competitive and non-competitive opportunities should continue to submit their applications to EPA electronically through Grants.gov. However, there are limited exceptions to this requirement under certain circumstances. As is standard policy, if an applicant has internet accessibility issues (related to COVID-19 or not) that prevent them from using Grants.gov, they may request a Grants.gov Exception (PDF). View instructions for how to request a Grants.gov Exception. On a case by case basis, applicants may also request permission from the applicable program or grants office to submit their competitive or non-competitive application outside of Grants.gov due to unforeseen exigent circumstances for a specific opportunity. Submittal issues related to COVID-19 may qualify as unforeseen exigent circumstances. Please also see the Frequent Question, "What flexibilities are available for applicants that have difficulty registering for Sam.gov and cannot submit applications to EPA through Grants.gov?". If you have any questions on application submission issues through Grants.gov please contact your EPA program point of contact.