The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering its grants community the opportunity to provide input and suggestions for improving the competition process for EPA grants. Providing input and suggestions is entirely voluntary and responders may choose to provide input on as many or as few of the areas listed below. Notwithstanding any references to a "survey" that appear in connection with providing these voluntary suggestions, this is not a survey nor is it intended to be.

* 1. What type of organization do you represent? Please identify all that apply.

* 2. Please identify what EPA Region you are located in. [e.g. Region 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont); Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands); Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia); Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee); Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin); Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas); Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska); Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming); Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Pacific Islands); or Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)]

* 3. How you do typically learn about EPA competitive grant opportunities? Please identify all sources you use (e.g. grants.gov, mailing lists, EPA websites, etc.)

* 4. Are there ways EPA could make it easier to apply for its competitive opportunities? If yes, please elaborate.

* 5. What do you feel are the major problems or impediments, if any, in competing for EPA grants?

* 6. How can EPA improve its grant programs to better address community needs? All suggestions and recommendations appreciated.