Environmental Quality and Protection Resource Management
To provide financial assistance, through grants or cooperative agreements as a partnership to reduce or remove pollutants in the environment for the protection of human health, water and air resources; to restore damaged or degraded watersheds; and to respond to changing climate. Objectives are implemented through core programs such as: the Abandoned Mine Land program which addresses physical safety hazards and water quality through restoration of abandoned hardrock mines; the Hazard Management and Resource Restoration, also known as Hazmat program, which remediates sites impacted by hazardous materials and illegal activities, coordinates emergency response actions, and ensures the Bureau of Land Management facilities and operations comply with applicable environmental regulations; and the Soil, Water and Air (SWA) program which develops guidance for land use plans and plan implementation. The Soil, Water, and Air program also assures that fundamental resources are inventoried and assessed, managed, and monitored to support appropriate management response to public land conditions.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants); DISSEMINATION OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION; TRAINING
Fiscal Year 2014: Utah and Colorado Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program (AMRP), reclaiming abandoned mine openings and lands affected by past mining activities. In addition, the State of Utah, AMRP’s mandate only allows them to address physical safety hazards at non-coal mine openings. BLM can supplement AMRP funding to allow them to address the environmental problems, if they exist at the opening, at the same time that they are addressing the physical safety hazard. Fiscal Year 15: Ongoing Utah and Colorado Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program (AMRP), reclaiming abandoned mine openings and lands affected by past mining activities. In addition, the State of Utah, AMRP’s mandate only allows them to address physical safety hazards at non-coal mine openings. BLM can supplement AMRP funding to allow them to address the environmental problems, if they exist at the opening, at the same time that they are addressing the physical safety hazard. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1737(b), Public Law 94-579, as amended; Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements, 16 U.S.C. 1011, Public Law 104-208, Section 124, as amended Public Law 105-277, Section 135; and Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, Public Law 110-161, Division F, Section 125.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Not applicable. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
For more information on local requirements, cooperative rangeland project proposals should be coordinated with Bureau of Land Management local State or District Office. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov or via hardcopy to the project office and include: a title, objectives, timeframe, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement.
Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.
How are proposals selected?
General criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to federal lands and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
How may assistance be used?
Partnership projects are limited to public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management located mostly in the Western United States and Alaska unless other specific legislative authority exists. Hazmat and Abandoned Mine Land projects will support: inventory and site assessments; mitigation, remediation, and restoration activities; and maintenance and monitoring of actions taken. Funded projects will protect public health, safety and environmental resources by eliminating contamination and hazards and restoring natural resources. The Soil, Water and Air Program Support: soil survey and interpretation, ecological site determination, soil erosion control, and sustaining soil productivity; acquisition of water rights and inventory of water resources to assure availability of water to meet management objectives; monitoring and improvement of quality, and implementation of appropriate best management practices; Colorado River Basin salinity control activities; and air resource management including air quality, visibility, noise, climate, and climate change issues. For more specific information please contact that headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, or annual Program Performance Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. For any grant or cooperative agreement that is terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will not be extended, the grantee must submit a final Program Performance Report 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will additional reporting requirements as described in the announcement packages at www.grants.gov. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly Standard Form 425, Federal Financial Reports 30 days following end of the reporting period. A final SF 425 is required 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. The program has no statutory formula matching requirements. However, matching funds or in-kind services by the applicants are encouraged and those projects are more likely to be funded.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions for most projects, however, most projects are awarded for a one to five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. No commitment will be made to fund projects beyond one year. New and continuing projects will be re-evaluated each year based on performance, merit, and funding availability. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient of payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.
Nancy E. Dean, Environmental Quality and Protection, Bureau of Land Management (WO 280), 1849 C St., N.W., 204 LS, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7136.
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $6,504,840; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $1,000 to 1,762,000. Average amount is $62,700 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Information about the Bureau of Land Management environmental quality and protection programs can be found at www.blm.gov, including: the Cooperative Conservation Based Strategic Plan for the Abandoned Mine Lands Programs, Abandoned Mine Land Program Policy Bureau of Land Manual 3720 and Handbook H-3720-1, Hazard Management and Resource Restoration Manual 1703, and CERCLA Response Actions Handbook H-1703-1. Manuals providing basic program policy guidance for the Soil, Water and Air Program are found in Bureau of Land Management Manual 7000 series and may be obtained at www.blm.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Bat management assistance with the Abandoned Mine Lands program. Soil, Water, and Air program assistance in developing groundwater policy and tools for policy application. Fiscal Year 2015: Bat management assistance with the Abandoned Mine Lands program. Soil, Water, and Air program assistance in developing groundwater policy and tools for policy application. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.