EPA Revises Its Policy Related to the Federal Lobbying Form
Applicants and award recipients seeking new financial assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using Grants.gov should be aware that the agency has a specific requirement related to the federal forms it is accepting.
In a recipient/application information notice originally issued in September, but revised and reissued on Dec. 21, EPA explained that all initial applications for competitive and noncompetitive grants and cooperative agreements must include all the necessary forms for the award. However, for all EPA noncompetitive funding applications submitted on or after Oct. 1, 2018, the agency has removed the Grants.gov Lobbying Form (SF-LLL) from the list of required forms that should be included with the original proposal submission. Only for applications EPA receives that request more than $100,000 in federal funds, EPA requests that those applicants submit the EPA Form 6600-66, Certification Regarding Lobbying.
The details of what forms EPA will require under an award will be described in the solicitation and will be included as mandatory in the Grants.gov funding package associated with the solicitation. This list of forms includes: SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, EPA Key Contacts Form, EPA Form 470-4 and the Project Narrative Attachment Form (for competitive applications).
EPA points out that this notice does not apply to existing grants or applications submitted prior to Oct. 1, 2018, that have already been accepted by EPA. The agency urges grant recipients to contact the project officer or grant specialist listed on the notice of award if they have further questions.
To ensure you have the best chance at winning a federal award, always make sure to pay attention to the required forms when applying for an award from EPA, or any of the other federal awarding agencies.
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