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EPA Releases Final FY 2017 Exchange Network Grant Solicitation Notice

The FY 2017 National Environmental Information Exchange Network (EN) Grant Program Solicitation Notice is now available at https://www.epa.gov/exchangenetwork/exchange-network-grant-program.  Applications are due to EPA by November 18, 2016.
In FY 2017, EPA expects to award about $9 million for 30-40 assistance agreements for Exchange Network projects.  Most awards will be in the $50,000 to $300,000 range. Awards to a single applicant cannot exceed $300,000.  EPA may make a limited number of awards to collaborative, partnership assistance agreements.  Budgets for these projects cannot exceed $500,000.  The exact number of assistance agreements will depend on the final amount of EPA’s appropriation for the EN 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 only accepts project proposals for EN assistance agreements submitted electronically through Grants.gov, unless applicants have a waiver.  EPA anticipates that it will announce selection decisions in or around April 2017, and plans to issue awards by July 31, 2017.  For more information, please contact EPA’s Salena Reynolds at reynolds.salena@epa.gov.