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Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)

Detailed information about this program is below:

Category Information About This Specific Program
Title Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP), Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 66.926

GAP provides tribes and intertribal consortia:

  1. Financial assistance to build tribal government capacity to administer environmental regulatory programs that may be delegated by EPA on Indian lands;
  2. Financial assistance for tribes to meaningfully participate in environmental program administration by EPA or authorized states, territories, other tribes, or local governments;
  3. Financial assistance for the tribal solid and hazardous waste program development and implementation in accordance with the purposes and requirements of applicable provisions of law, including the Solid Waste Disposal Act (commonly known as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA) and the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act; and
  4. Technical assistance from EPA to Indian tribal governments and intertribal consortia in the development of multimedia programs to address environmental issues on Indian lands.
Type of Assistance Grant
Eligible Applicants Indian Tribal Governments and Intertribal Consortium
Eligible Activities Planning, developing and establishing capacity to implement environmental protection programs administered by EPA and implementation of solid and hazardous waste programs. Specific activities could include defining and developing administrative and legal infrastructures; conducting assessments, monitoring, planning and other actions; fostering compliance with federal environmental statutes by developing appropriate tribal environmental programs, ordinances and services; and establishing the capacity to meaningfully participate in authorized environmental program implementation activities of federal, state, local and other tribal governments.
Excluded Activities/Other Restrictions Funds cannot be used to fund activities not closely related to and consistent with the programs administered by EPA. Excluded activities include:
  • Salaries and expenses of a tribe’s chief executive, tribal council or judiciary branch.
  • General costs of government services normally provided to the general public such as fire and police.
  • Goods or services for personal use.
  • Construction activities, including landfill construction, wastewater treatment facility construction, drinking water system construction, construction related to nonpoint source pollution control, and purchase of construction equipment such as trucks or graders.
  • Feasibility studies and National Environmental Policy Act reviews associated with such facility construction, including environmental impact studies and assessments.
  • Environmental protection program implementation, other than solid and hazardous waste programs.
  • Operation and maintenance of tribal drinking water and wastewater facilities.
Pre-Funding Requirements (if applicable)

Applicant must meet eligibility requirements in title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in section 35.502, including, for an intertribal consortium, adequate documentation that all GAP-eligible member tribes authorize the consortium to apply for and receive the award.

Typical Award Amount (if applicable) From $75,000 to $400,000, average award of $110,000
Total Awarded Fiscal Year 2017 (if applicable) $64,340,000
Match Requirement (if applicable) None
Solicitation Process/Timeline Proposal deadline is usually at the start of the calendar year.
Proposal Elements/Scoring Criteria Proposal review information and criteria are determined by EPA regional offices. Find the regional office and tribal contact information nearest to you.
Contact Information (primary contact and website or other source)

Lisa Berrios
Phone: (202) 566-1739
CFDA Number 66.926 web page

Website Information about Successful Tribal Applicants/Projects Indian Environmental General Assistance Program website
Headquarters Office U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
American Indian Environmental Office
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (2690 M)
Washington, D.C. 20460