EPA Grants: Spend with Minority (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Grants

EPA Cooperative Agreements incorporate fair share goals for purchasing from disadvantaged businesses, including small businesses and women-owned and minority-owned business enterprises.  Refer to the Minority Business Enterprises and Woman Business Enterprises Grant Utilization website. These goals are described as percentages in the Administrative Conditions section of  the agreement signed by the University and EPA. See sample extract below.
Note: EPA grants do not require the development of a Small Business Subcontracting Plan.  
Effective February 5, 2015, the EPA REPORTNG PROVISION changed the threshold for annual MBE/WBE reportiing to $150,000, when certain types of budgeted procurement exceed this amount.  Therefore, reports will only be filed each October for awards greater than the $150,000 threshold.  If the total dollar amount for an agreement increases to more than $150,000, an annual report will be required. See provision text below.


REPORTING PROVISION extracted from full text

"MBE/WBE reporting is required annually for assistance agreements where there are funds budgeted for procuring construction, equipment, services  and supplies, including funds budgeted for direct procurement by the recipient or procurement under subawards or loans in the “Other” category, that exceed the threshold amount of $150,000, including amendments and/or modifications.

The Administrative Conditions will then incliude the MBE/WBE gpals for the particular geographic region in which the research will be done.


Please note:
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for making progress toward and tracking small and minority business utilization.
  • PIs and their support staff can search for appropriate vendors by using:
  • When MBE/WBE reporting is required, the Supplier Diversity Program Manager files an annual disadvantaged utilization report, EPA Form 5700--52A, with the EPA by October 30th of each year for the period of October 1st of the prior year to September 30th of  the current year..