Eligible applicants are:
- Governmental entities, including state agencies and interstate agencies
- State-designated or federally recognized Indian tribes
- Local governments
- Public or nonprofit institutions of higher education, such as colleges and universities
- Nonprofit organizations
- Intertribal consortia
School districts or high schools designated as one of the above entities are also eligible to apply.
For the purposes of this program, nonprofit organizations are defined as any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that is operated mainly for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purpose in the public interest and is not organized primarily for profit; and uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operation of the organization, including tax-exempt nonprofit neighborhood and labor organizations.
An intertribal consortium must meet the definition of eligibility in the Environmental Program Grants for Tribes Final Rule, as described in Title 40, Section 35.504 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (66 FR 3782; January 16, 2001) (FRL-6929-5), and be a nonprofit organization within the meaning of Title 2, Section 200.1 of the CFR.
All projects must be located in disadvantaged communities. Projects that address priority areas 1 and 2 must be located in the five Gulf states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas, and be within the Gulf of Mexico watershed. Projects in Florida must be located within eligible counties detailed on pages 38-40 of the NOFA file.
For priority 4 projects, all project activities must be located in the eligible coastal counties of the five Gulf states. Refer to page 8 of the NOFA file for a map of eligible counties, and pages 38-41 of the NOFA file for a list of eligible counties.
Eligible applicants must apply as part of a partnership of five or more eligible entities submitting a single application to fund multiple projects/activities. Two of the partners must be small community-based organizations, which for the purposes of this program are defined as organizations with ten or fewer full-time equivalent employees.
Federally recognized tribes in the Gulf states, as well as minority-serving institutions (MSIs), are strongly encouraged to apply and/or partner for this program. For the purposes of this program, MSIs include:
- Historically Black colleges and universities
- Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs)
- Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs)
- Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions (AANAPISIs)
- Predominantly Black institutions (PBIs)
There is no limit to the number of applications an organization may submit.
Ineligible entities include:
- For-profit entities, including for-profit colleges, universities, trade schools, and hospitals
- Nonprofit organizations as described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities, as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995