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Tribal Assistance Program Grants
There are 560 federally recognized Indian tribes in the United States, spread across 40 million acres of tribal lands. As states generally have no jurisdiction in Indian Country, it is the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) responsibility to work with Tribes to insure the environment is protected. The EPA American Indian Environmental Office Tribal Grants website provides a comprehensive overview of grants available to tribes. Note that some grants are awarded by EPA Headquarters and some by the Regions. Visit the Headquarters Grants and Debarment website for information on open grants, grant regulations and how to apply.
The Office of Federal Financial Management published standards for both paper and electronic grants in the April 8, 2003 Federal Register. Grant application documents can be found here. An EPA workgroup is currently working on simplifying all the Tribal Web pages for both headquarters and the regions. Until then, here are some websites with basic information on tribal grants.
Note: each EPA region has slightly different application formats and dates; call the Tribal Program Manager (TPM) for your reservation for specifics. Region 8 TPMs are listed on our EPA Tribal Contacts page.
Grants Administered by TAP
Congress created the General Assistance Program (GAP) on October 24, 1992, by passing the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act. It was first implemented by EPA in fiscal years 1991–1993 as the Multimedia Assistance Program. These grants help tribes develop the technical skills and administrative infrastructure to manage their environmental programs. GAP grants provide financial assistance for capacity-building activities and they can be used to complement and/or supplement other project and program-specific grants.
Clean Air Act Grants
Tribes are eligible for CAA 103 or 105 grants.
Clean Water Act Grants
The EPA American Indian Environmental Office Tribal Grants website provides a comprehensive overview of water grants available to tribes.
The EPA American Indian Environmental Office Tribal Grants website provides a comprehensive overview of pesticides grants available to tribes.
Grants are available in from other programs such as pesticides, ust/lust, and brownfields. Please visit the EPA American Indian Environmental Office Tribal Grants website for specifics.
The Region 8 Tribal Assistance Program is providing application documents for all grant applications.