The Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will accept project requests in the following accounts:
- Federal land acquisitions through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
- Environmental Protection Agency State and Tribal Assistance Grants for certain water infrastructure projects.
- Certain State and Private Forestry projects within the U.S. Forest Service.
The Subcommittee will not accept project requests for any other account. To see the full guidance from this Subcommittee, please click here.
To submit a request, click on the link for the appropriate account to download the submission template.
Federal land acquisitions through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Federal acquisition of lands and water and interests therein must be for the purpose of land and habitat conservation and the encouragement of outdoor recreation, as established by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965. Land acquisition project requests funded from the LWCF should be requested through the agency that would manage the land being acquired. The four land management agencies are: within the Department of the Interior, (1) the Bureau of Land Management, (2) the Fish and Wildlife Service, (3) the National Park Service; and within the Department of Agriculture, (4) the Forest Service.
Environmental Protection Agency State and Tribal Assistance Grants for certain water infrastructure projects.
STAG infrastructure grants will be limited to only to projects that are publicly-owned or owned by a non-profit entity and that are otherwise eligible for the funding from that state’s Clean Water or Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) loan programs. Privately-owned projects are NOT eligible for infrastructure grants, even if they are otherwise eligible for assistance under a SRF program. The Committee will look favorably upon requests for projects that are listed on a state’s most recent Intended Use Plan.
There is a minimum 20% cost share requirement for any portion of a project funded through a STAG infrastructure grant. For example, a $1 million project could receive a maximum of $800,000 from the Federal government, with the remaining $200,000 the responsibility of the grantee. In almost all cases, other federal funds cannot be used to meet this 20% cost share. Ability to fund the 20% cost share is required before EPA can award a STAG grant. Please note that only the non-federal portion of assistance provided by a SRF can be applied towards a project’s matching requirement.
Please see pages 7-10 of the guidance for examples of eligible and ineligible STAG grants.
Certain State and Private Forestry projects within the U.S. Forest Service
The Forest Service is an agency within the Department of Agriculture. The State and Private Forestry account provides technical and financial assistance, usually through the network of State Foresters, to improve the management, protection, and utilization of the Nation’s forests. Community projects are usually limited and include various specific urban and community forestry projects and specific forest disease or pest treatment areas. Requests for specific State fire assistance projects or specific forestry assistance projects in this account are eligible. The Subcommittee will look favorably upon requests for projects that are listed on any federal or state ordinal list or are clearly demonstrated to meet the goals of a State Forest Action Plan(s).