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EPA Releases Final FY 2015 Exchange Network Grant Solicitation Notice

The FY 2015 Exchange Network (EN) Grant Program Solicitation Notice is now available to interested applicants at http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/.  Applications are due to EPA by November 24, 2014.

In FY 2015, EPA expects to award about $10 million for 40 to 50 assistance agreements for EN Phase 2 (or Phase 1) projects of up to $500,000 each. EPA also expects to award an additional $1.4 million for three to four partnership assistance agreements for E-Enterprise for the Environment projects related to the EN of up to $500,000 each.  The exact number of assistance agreements will depend on the final amount of EPA’s appropriation for the grant program, the number of applications submitted to EPA by the application deadline, the amounts of proposed budgets, and the outcome of application reviews.  The primary outcome expected from EN assistance agreements is improved access to, and exchange of, high-quality environmental data from public- and private-sector sources. With this outcome in mind, applications should demonstrate support for and results toward EN program priorities.

EPA will accept project proposals for EN assistance agreements in one of two ways: 1) a hard copy mailed or delivered application, including one original and two copies; or 2) a proposal submitted electronically through Grants.gov. EPA anticipates that it will announce selection decisions in or around April 2015. EPA plans to issue the awards by July 31, 2015.

EPA will be hosting webinars to assist applicants. Webinar details will be provided at http://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/grants/.   For more information, please contact Salena Reynolds, Exchange Network Grant Program Manager at 202.566.0466 or Reynolds.selena@epa.gov.