EPA has announced two implementation competitions for Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRGs) – a general competition for applications from states, municipalities, tribes, tribal consortia, and territories, and a competition only for tribes, tribal consortia, and territories. These competitions are open to entities that received planning grants to develop Priority Climate Action Plans (PCAPs) under phase 1 of the CPRG program, as well as entities that did not directly receive a planning grant that are applying for funds to implement measures included in an applicable PCAP. Eligible applicants may only apply for funding to implement measures contained in an applicable PCAP.
Below are the suggested steps you should follow to apply for the Tribes and Territories Only competition by the deadline of May 1, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. ET.
Steps to apply
To track these 8 suggested steps, you can use this CPRG Tribes and Territories Only Implementation Grants Application Checklist (provided by EPN and Anese & Associates) with links to Mandatory and Optional Documents and additional resources (provided by EPN, Anese & Associates, Climate Justice Alliance, ClimateXChange, and the Conveners Network). Using the CPRG Tribes and Territories Only Implementation Grants Application Checklist can help you divvy up sections among partners, track your work, and mark sections as complete. All of the sections on this checklist need to be included in your final application.
|If You Are Not Already, Register for SAM.gov and Grants.gov – by Friday, January 5
To register on SAM.gov,* go here. For help, access the registration checklist and EPN’s SAM.gov registration webinar. In addition, EPN holds SAM.gov registration office hours every two weeks on Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. ET. We’ll help you begin, continue, or finish up your registration process. To sign up and get the Zoom link, go to tinyurl.com/EPNSAM. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Also, please review the Intro to Grants.gov – Understanding User Roles and Learning Workspace – User Roles and Workspace Actions to assist with application submission.
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|Review EPA Resources – by Friday, January 26
A: Carefully read the CPRG summary and the entire Tribes and Territories Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure that your project is a good fit. You can also access an overview of both the Tribal and Territories and General competitions here, created by the University of Minnesota-led Region 5 Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center.
B: Double check the CPRG Eligibility on page 16.
C: Read the CPRG Tribes and Territories Qs and As.
F: Check out the CPRG Training, Tools, and Technical Assistance.
G. Email questions to CPRG@epa.gov about the NOFO.
H. Sign up for the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants program newsletter to receive announcements about future implementation grant application webinars.
|Solidify Partners & Envision – by Friday, February 23
A: Solidify your partners and collectively envision your proposal.
B: Schedule a time to speak with your partners and brainstorm about your proposal.
E: Divvy up sections of the project using the Project Narrative Template (see instructions below, Step 5) and Mandatory and Optional Documents (see instructions below, Step 7) among partners.
|Submit Optional NOI – by Friday, March 1
|Read, Write, and Review the Project Narrative, Budget Narrative, and Technical Appendix – by Friday, March 22
B: Access the optional Tribes and Territories Only Competition Workplan Outline to organize the Workplan and ensure that all sections (corresponding with the evaluation criteria) outlined in the NOFO are addressed.
D: Write the budget narrative, which can be completed in the same document as the Cover Sheet and Workplan or submitted as a separate file. Remember, this does not count toward the 15-page Workplan limit.
E: Create the Technical Appendix. Again, this can be included in the same document as the Cover Sheet and Workplan or submitted as a separate file, and it doesn’t count toward the 15-page Workplan limit.
F: Review your Project Narrative using the CPRG Evaluation Criteria to ensure that all requirements have been met in each section and that all possible points should be awarded.
|Lead Organizations Submit PCAPS – by Monday, April 1
If you are a lead organization for tribes and territories, we recommend that you submit a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) (PCAP template created for states, but can be adjusted as needed) as the first deliverable under the CPRG Planning Grant as soon as possible (ASAP!) to allow time for you to focus on the Implementation Grants application, which includes GHG reduction measures identified in the PCAP. In addition, even though the deadline for tribes is technically April 1, 2014, tribes and territories that want the option to participate in the general CPRG Implementation Grants competition will need to meet the General March 1, 2024, deadline.
If you did not directly receive a planning grant but are eligible to seek funding to implement one or more GHG reduction measures that are included in an applicable PCAP, EPA will publicly post all PCAPs received on the CPRG website, and you can access the list of CPRG Planning grant contact information for states, municipalities, and Tribes here (the list will continue to be udpated on the CPRG Planning Grant Information page).
|Complete Mandatory and Optional Documents – by Wednesday, April 24
A: Create the following Mandatory Documents, all of which should be completed directly in Grants.gov:
B: Create the Optional Documents and submit directly to Grants.gov.
– Optional GHG emission reduction calculations spreadsheet
C: Review your application using the CPRG All Evaluation Criteria to again ensure that all requirements have been met in each section and that all possible points should be awarded.
|Review and Submit – by Friday, April 26
Although the deadline is Wednesday, May 1, plan to submit to Grants.gov, ideally by Friday, April 26, to give yourself time to troubleshoot if you have any difficulty submitting. These step-by-step instructions and video can help. Please plan to set aside at least three hours to submit your application to Grants.gov.
A: To begin the submission process, go to Grants.gov and click the red “Apply” button at the top of the “view grant opportunity” page associated with this opportunity.
B: Upload your application, including:
C: Submit and confirm that all verifications & confirmations from Grants.gov are received & saved.
D: Take …a nap!
*Special thanks to Jaimie Lewis and staff at Anese & Associates for creating elements of the Checklist, including the Sample Project Narrative, Project Narrative Template, Technical Appendix, Memorandum of Agreement, and Optional Budget Spreadsheet, to Holly Baker of Climate Justice Alliance for creating the Commitment Letter template, to ClimateXChange for their webinar and recap article on climate action planning best practice, and to the Conveners Network for their PCAP template.