Life-Cycle of a Regional Geographic Initiative Program

Funding for regional initiatives from this program should generally be considered "seed" or "start-up" funds. Regional geographic initiative projects generally can expect funding for approximately four years. Although the amount of time it takes for a particular program to become a solid, working program will vary, four years is the current working timeframe for this program under which an initiative should be set up and running. Typically, the first year of funding may be used for project development and partnership building. The remaining three years are devoted to project implementation.

At the end of the 4 years initiatives should be adopted and funded by the EPA base programs; or handed off to states/locals/others, with continued EPA participation but no funding.