Full Title: EPA Grants to Tribes: Additional Actions Needed to Effectively Address Tribal Environmental Concerns
Author(s): United States Government Accountability Office
Publisher(s): United States Government Accountability Office
Publication Date: November 19, 2020
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The Environmental Protection Agency provides grants to Indian tribes to help protect health and the environment. EPA awarded over $985 million directly to tribes for FY 2014-2019 through 43 grant programs.
Tribes use the grants to help prevent air and water pollution, to educate the community about the dangers of radon, and more. More tribes are applying for a stagnant or declining pool of funds—leaving each tribe with less.
But multiple grant awards may be combined into a Performance Partnership Grant, which offers tribes greater flexibility to address funding gaps. Our 5 recommendations to EPA include updating guidance on this flexibility.