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Deadline: April 15, 2019

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Environmental Regulatory Enhancement

The Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE) program is designed to support projects that plan, develop, and implement initiatives designed to improve the capability of the governing body of an Indian tribe to regulate environmental quality pursuant to Federal and tribal environmental laws. The ERE program enhances the ability of tribal governments to provide effective stewardship over the lands, water, and air that encompass their native communities.

The ERE program supports the principle that projects must follow tribal cultural preservation and natural resource management priorities in order to achieve environmentally healthy and sustainable AI/AN (Native American and Alaska Natives) communities. Therefore, ERE will support locally designed projects that strengthen environmental regulatory programs in a manner consistent with the goals of tribal and Alaska-Native communities.

Program areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing training and education to employees responsible for enforcing or monitoring compliance with environmental quality laws
  • Developing tribal laws, regulations, and ordinances on environmental quality
  • Enforcing and monitoring environmental quality laws, regulations, and ordinances
  • Establishing baseline conditions for regulatory purposes
  • Informing the community about regulations and environmental stewardship in order to assist enforcement
  • Building the technical and program capability of the tribe or organization to inform governance, the development of tribal laws, and enhance monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws
  • Mitigation of environmental impacts to AI/AN lands due to Department of Defense activities

Amount: A total of $1,021,545 is available to make up to four awards that range from $100,000-$300,000 and average $182,000 per budget period for a total of up to three 12 month budget periods (36-month project period). Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project.


  • Federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes
  • Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native Regional Associations and/or Corporations with village specific projects
  • Other tribal or village organizations or consortia of Indian Tribes
    Tribal governing bodies

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298045

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