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Questions and Answers Regarding the RFP: Building State, Territorial, and Tribal Capacity To Address Children's Environmental Health: Environmental Triggers of Childhood Asthma


View questions and answers raised during the November 30, 2004 pre-proposal assistance call.

Last Updated on 11/4/04

REVISED ANSWER 1. Can a local, city or county health department or state university apply for a grant under this solicitation?

Local, city or county health departments or universities are not eligible to apply for funding under this solicitation themselves unless they are the lead agency for a state/territorial/tribal or regional asthma coalition as defined in the solicitation. In such state/territorial/tribal or regional asthma coalitions, there must be documented significant sustained involvement of senior representatives of the environment and health departments of the appropriate state, territory or tribe. The applicant must clearly build a compelling case for the involvement of the environment and health departments in this project as described above. This is essential because the purpose of this funding opportunity remains building state, territorial and tribal capacity to address children's environmental health in the context of the environmental triggers of childhood asthma.

When state, territorial or tribal environment or health agencies/departments are the direct recipients and lead administrators of the project, or within asthma coalitions, other partners are encouraged to participate and are eligible for compensation through sub-contracting agreement(s) between the lead agency/department and collaborating partners as long as the state/territorial/tribal department/agency maintains a substantive, hands-on role in the management and implementation of the project.

2. Is the lead agency for a county asthma coalition eligible to apply for a grant under this solicitation?

Lead organizations of a state/territorial/tribal or regional asthma coalition in the geographic areas of EPA Regions 2-10 may apply on behalf of the asthma coalition. Lead organizations might be a county government or non-governmental entity as long as the coalition has documented significant sustained involvement of senior representatives of the environment and health departments of the states, territories or tribes in their geographic area. Since the purpose of this solicitation is to build state, territorial and tribal capacity to address the environmental triggers of childhood asthma, the major direct sustained involvement of the state, territorial or tribal environment and health department personnel in the asthma coalition is more important than the geographic area (e.g. county) addressed by the asthma coalition.

3. Are college students eligible to apply for a grant under this solicitation?

Individuals are not eligible to be grant recipients under this solicitation. However, they are encouraged to work in partnership with eligible applicants on projects.

4. Is a university eligible to apply under this solicitation if they are working with their state public health department and asthma coalition?

A university could be a convenor of a partnership that involves senior representatives of environment and health departments/agencies from the eligible states, territories or tribes in a documented, significant and sustained manner. The university might also be part of a state/terrritorial/ tribal or regional (e.g. the asthma coalition of the greater metropolitan area of Smallville) in the geographic area defined as eligible as long as, once again, there is documented significant sustained involvement of senior representatives of the environment and health departments of the appropriate state, territory or tribe. In each of these scenaria, the applicant must clearly build a compelling case for the significant and sustained involvement of senior representatives of the environment and health departments in this project. The purpose of this funding opportunity remains building state, territorial and tribal capacity to address children's environmental health in the context of the environmental triggers of childhood asthma.

5. Now that the due date for the Letter of Intent has been extended to November 15, 2004, how does that affect the Letter of Intent I submitted by the original due date?

Those organizations that have already submitted a Letter of Intent (LOI), may take advantage of the extra time and submit a new LOI. Simply indicate on the cover note that this submission should replace the one previously submitted. However, if they choose to go with the LOI already submitted, THAT IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE. It is entirely up to them and no action on their part is required.

6. What is meant by the phrase “Areas with disproportionate impact from environmental health hazards related to childhood asthma?”

Asthma disproportionately affects children from lower-income families and children from different racial and ethnic groups. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Health Interview Survey describe the following observations:

  • In 1997-2000, 5.5% of all children had an asthma attack in the previous 12 months.

  • More than 8% of Black non-Hispanic children living in families with incomes below the poverty level had an asthma attack in the previous 12 months.

  • Approximately 6% of White non-Hispanic children and 5% of Hispanic children living in families with incomes below the poverty level had an asthma attack in the previous 12 months.

  • More than 6% of children living in families with incomes below the poverty level had an asthma attack in the previous 12 months. About 5% of children living in families with incomes at the poverty level and higher had an asthma attack in the previous 12 months.

In addition, areas with disproportionate impact from environmental health hazards related to childhood asthma might include efforts in geographic areas with high levels of ozone and particulates that can trigger or worsen the childhood asthma.

7. Does the applicant have to an existing state asthma plan or CDC funded program to be an eligible applicant under this solicitation?

No. The work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) complements the on-going efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their work on state asthma programs. These efforts support each other. We in EPA would encourage state agencies to work with CDC but there is no requirement for an applicant to be involved in a CDC state asthma program to be eligible for an award under this solicitation.

8. Are purchases of materials to reduce the exposure of individuals to asthma triggers such as purchasing mats, air filters, ventilation, pillow covers, and mattress covers allowable expenses under this solicitation?

Applicants should keep in mind that the purpose of this solicitation is to build state, territorial and tribal capacity to address the environmental triggers of childhood asthma. This is to be accomplished through the health and environmental departments of these governments working together on projects to address the environmental triggers of childhood asthma. The purchase of materials to reduce exposure of children to environmental triggers could be an allowable expense if were a part of a demonstration project involving an innovative approach within a larger intervention strategy. This grant cannot be used simply to supply materials like pillow covers to children with asthma.

9. Is a partnership between a county health department and an academic institution sufficient under this solicitation or does the state health department have to be involved?

County health departments or academic institutions are not eligible to apply for funding under this solicitation themselves unless they are the lead agency for a state/territorial/tribal or regional asthma coalition as defined in the solicitation. In such state/territorial/tribal or regional asthma coalitions, there must be documented significant sustained involvement of senior representatives of the environment and health departments of the appropriate state, territory or tribe. The applicant must clearly build a compelling case for the involvement of the environment and health departments in this project as described above. This is essential because the purpose of this funding opportunity remains building state, territorial and tribal capacity to address children's environmental health in the context of the environmental triggers of childhood asthma.

When state, territorial or tribal environment or health agencies/departments are the direct recipients and lead administrators of the project, or within asthma coalitions, other partners are encouraged to participate and are eligible for compensation through sub-contracting agreement(s) between the lead agency/department and collaborating partners as long as the state/territorial/tribal department/agency maintains a substantive, hands-on role in the management and implementation of the project.

10. Is partnering with a social service department required? What is the connection between social service departments and children’s environmental health?

A partnership with a state, territorial or tribal social service agency is not required. However, management of environmental triggers of asthma in child care facilities has been included as one of the possible types of activities under this solicitation. In some states, territories and tribes, responsibility for oversight of these facilities falls under the responsibilities of the social service agency. For that reason, involvement of state, territorial and tribal social service agencies with the state, territorial and tribal environment and health departments might be a highly effective partnership.

11. Is a non-governmental organization eligible to apply under this solicitation?

A non-governmental organization is not eligible to apply for funding under this solicitation themselves unless they are the lead agency for a state/territorial/tribal or regional asthma coalition as defined in the solicitation. In such state/territorial/tribal or regional asthma coalitions, there must be documented significant sustained involvement of senior representatives of the environment and health departments of the appropriate state, territory or tribe. The applicant must clearly build a compelling case for the involvement of the environment and health departments in this project as described above. This is essential because the purpose of this funding opportunity remains building state, territorial and tribal capacity to address children's environmental health in the context of the environmental triggers of childhood asthma.

When state, territorial or tribal environment or health agencies/departments are the direct recipients and lead administrators of the project, or within asthma coalitions, other partners are encouraged to participate and are eligible for compensation through sub-contracting agreement(s) between the lead agency/department and collaborating partners as long as the state/territorial/tribal department/agency maintains a substantive, hands-on role in the management and implementation of the project.

12. Is this program being funded by FY 2004 or FY 2005 funds?

All EPA resources are known as “two year monies.” This FY 2004 solicitation has been funded with FY 2004-2005 monies.

13. The RFA states that there is no match required for this program. If an applicant were to supply a cash or in-kind match, would this ultimately benefit them during the evaluation process? Also, if this is the case, would cash or in-kind be more preferable?

No cost sharing or match contributions are required. Since there are no cost sharing or match criteria, these elements cannot affect the scoring of the proposal.

14. Other than the requirements specified in the RFA, is there a certain type of applicant that is typically more competitive than other applicants? Is there a list of prior awardees available?

This is the second offering of a competitive solicitation by the Office of Children’s Health Protection which has focused on building capacity to address children’s environmental health in the context of the environmental triggers of childhood asthma. However, the eligible applicants are different for the two solicitations so no generalizations in this area are possible. All types of applicants listed as eligible under this solicitation should expect to receive equal consideration in line with the published criteria. Selection criteria are not weighted in preference of any specific type of eligible applicant. Last year’s awards have just been completed. A list of prior awardees should be posted on this grants web page during the week of October 25th.

15. Does the state environmental department have to work with the state health department to be eligible under this grant solicitation?

A state environment department is considered an eligible applicant under this solicitation. Collaboration with the state health department and social service department is encouraged as appropriate but not required. Please note, however, that the Technical Evaluation Criteria assign up to 30 of the possible 110 points to the collaboration between environment, health and other appropriate agencies.

16. Does EPA expect a completed project addressing grant target investment and project areas with the money available from this grant or can this grant money be put toward a larger project with funding from other sources that will eventually address the same grant targets?

The applicant should describe a project that is responsive to the Solicitation’s Target Investment Areas and Project Areas and can stand on its own as a discrete effort with clear measurable outcomes. The application must define this discrete project in terms of the problem that is being addressed, what will be achieved, by whom, in what time frame, who will benefit etc. Again, measurable outcomes are very important. The project will be evaluated against the published criteria. The project performance period is one year from the date of award. It is quite acceptable for this project to be a component of a larger project with funding from other sources but the project to be funded under this Solicitation must be able to stand alone as well.


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