Section 10016 - Eligibility, Criteria, Review and Selection Process (California Code of Regulations)

§ 10016. Eligibility, Criteria, Review and Selection Process

(a) Eligibility.

(1) Individuals are not eligible to receive grants.

(2) Any private nonprofit or public entity may submit an application for discretionary grants.

(3) Applicants that have previously received grant funds may be eligible for future grant awards.

(4) Organizations that have not received previous grants under the Environmental Enforcement and Training Grant program may receive preference over organizations currently or previously having been authorized grant awards.

(5) Local environmental regulators may request local assistance grants to assist in the enforcement of environmental laws, based upon a showing of substantial need and a lack of other available funding sources.

(6) The Commission may seek additional grant funding based on need if the environmental law enforcement training is mandated or if there are substantial changes in the law that require it to revise its environmental law courses.

(7) Applications that propose projects that are inconsistent with the Agency's statutory authority are ineligible for funding and will not be evaluated.

(b) Criteria. The narrative/work plan will be used as the primary basis for awarding grants. The Secretary will award grants based upon the following criteria:

(1) The Secretary will consider only one application per applicant for a given project. Applicants may submit more than one application if the applications are for separate and distinct projects or activities.

(2) Every application will be evaluated based on the merit of the proposed project in comparison to other applications. Past performance may be considered during the evaluation process for those applicants who have received previous grants.

(3) California Law requires the Agency to conduct its programs in a manner that ensures the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and income levels including minority populations and low-income populations in the State. Receipt of grant awards will be conditioned upon the incorporation of environmental justice objectives as they relate to environmental enforcement into proposed training courses. Training courses should therefore include, as appropriate, one or more of the following components:

(A) Developing an understanding of environmental justice laws and principles.

(B) Developing targeted enforcement projects or plans benefiting communities most burdened by pollution sources or impacts.

(C) Ensuring public participation and information sharing whenever possible.

(4) Applicants may receive grants to develop a new activity or substantially improve the quality of existing programs upon a showing that the project will have a direct impact on environmental enforcement and/or training activities.

(5) The Secretary will review and consider the responsiveness of the work plan to the Agency's environmental enforcement and training objectives, the overall effectiveness of the project design, the clarity of the measures of success and the qualifications of project staff.

(c) Review And Selection Process

The Secretary will review, evaluate, and select grant recipients. Applications will be screened to ensure that they meet all requirements described in this Article.

(1) After all applications are received, the Secretary will mail acknowledgements to applicants.

(2) After the individual projects are reviewed and evaluated the Secretary will compare the applications and make final selections. Additional factors that the Secretary may take into account in the selection process include geographic and socioeconomic balance; diverse nature of the projects, cost, and projects whose benefits can be sustained after the grant is completed.

(3) Once applications have been recommended for funding, the Secretary will notify the finalist(s) in writing by mail and request additional information necessary to complete the award process, such as tax identification numbers. The finalist(s) may be required by existing law to complete additional government forms prior to receiving grant funds.

(4) Limited funding is available and the Secretary may not fund all applications.

(5) The Secretary will notify in writing by mail those applicants whose projects are not selected for funding.

(6) The decision of the Secretary concerning the discretionary grants awarded pursuant to this section is final and not subject to appeal.

(1. New section filed 8-7-2003; operative 9-6-2003 (Register 2003, No. 32).)

Note: Authority cited: Section 14301, Penal Code. Reference: Section 14301(b), Penal Code; and Sections 71110(a), 71110(b) and 71110(c), Public Resources Code.

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