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2015 Request for Application
2015 Request for Application
A. Applicant Eligibility
A01: Am I eligible to apply for the RFA?
A02: How does EPA define nonprofit organization?
A03: Are states, municipalities or tribal governments eligible to apply for the RFA?
A04: If I have questions regarding this announcement, will EPA respond to them?
A05: A consultant has offered to help my organization prepare our application if we agree to hire her firm as a technical assistance provider if our application is successful. Is that practice acceptable to EPA?
A06: May successful applicants charge fees for training and technical assistance services that are funded in whole or in part under their EPA cooperative agreements?
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B. Project Eligibility
B01: The RFA restricts training and technical assistance to small PWSs, serving 10,000 or less people. We have several water system owners with both small PWSs and large PWSs. Would these system owners be eligible for training or technical assistance?
B02: Does an onsite/decentralized wastewater system include an individual home sewerage system?
B03: I was wondering if the funds would enable small water systems/disadvantaged communities to update water system planning documents.
B04: Can you please direct me to information that clearly delineates the types of projects that are eligible to apply for these funds?
B05: If a county/municipality operates several distinct "systems"; that are not connected to each other, and one of these distinct systems serves less than 10,000 people, would it qualify as a "small system"?
B06: Is this grant just for training or more than that? Would this grant help us with repairs/replacement to existing lines? Is there another choice that would be better?
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C. Threshold Issues
C1: If I put charts and exhibits in my proposal can they be a smaller font than the 12 point font that is required of the body of the proposal?
C2: Is there a grant ceiling or floor for applications?
D. Evaluation Issues
D1: The RFA states the performance period will be for eighteen (18) months. May an applicant submit a twelve (12) month period proposal? If so submitted, will it be viewed negatively?
D2: Section II. B., regarding anticipated substantial federal involvement mentions a review of qualifications of key personnel with a caveat that EPA ""does not have the authority to select employees or contractors employed by the recipient"
D3: Will entities that already provide technical assistance to small public water suppliers have an advantage in the proposal selection phase?
E. Timing and Logistics
E1: When does EPA anticipate that awards will be announced?
F. Budget Concerns
F01: Would the selected technical assistance provider be allowed to charge for training?
F02: The RFA states an eighteen-month project period. Do you anticipate that this type of funding would be available in future years?
F03: If an applicant applies for a certain amount...e.g., $1,000,000...and after reviewing the applications the agency feels that the work in the proposal is eligible but that there is only $750,000 will the Agency consider a partial award?
F04: Does EPA have a limit on indirect costs that can be charged?
F05: If in calculating the total cost, you propose $10 million for the cost of the program plus $1 million for cost share/matching, would the total cost be considered $11 million thus above the $10 million threshold?
F06: When determining cost share/match, can the average hourly wage of the trainees attending the courses be used as cost share?
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G. Funding Clarifications
G1: How does the RFA application process work? Is it a reimbursement program or up-front funding?
G2: Can the funds for this grant program be used for the purchase of sewer maintenance/inspection equipment?
H01: Page two of the announcement states, ""EPA has previously awarded financial assistance agreements to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance activities that are similar to those described in this announcement."" C
H02: Will EPA seek external reviewers for the Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water RFA?
H03: What systems within the 50 states are we to work with, how are those systems chosen, who will choose them, and who has the contact information?
H04: We operate a few small water systems and I’d like to know more about the above funding opportunity. Could you please give me your phone number so that I can ask you some questions?
H05: We are planning to apply for this grant and would like to know more about the trainees. If this a cooperative agreement, how can we get the contact information for the trainees?
H06: Our organization has been asked by two different entities to act as a sub-awardee on the submissions. Each covers a different National Priority Area (they do not overlap responsibilities or programs within our organization). Would it be appropriate?
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