Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance/Quality Control Requirements for Long Island Sound Futures Fund Grantees 

Projects funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entail that grant agreements contain language requiring project partners complete a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) before project activities, specifically data collection, are undertaken. Grantees agree to these terms upon signing of the grant contract. 

Projects that require a QAPP have the following Standard Term and Condition entered in their grant agreement:

​Quality Assurance Project Plan - The Grantee shall complete a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) in accordance with EPA QA/R-5: EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project Plans (http://www.epa.gov.quality). The QAPP must be submitted to the EPA Project Officer at least 30 days prior to the initiation of data collection or data compilation. The QAPP shall be completed and approved by NFWF prior to any data collection or data compilation. 

Types of Data Requiring a QAPP

Examples of the type of data collected or used which requires a QAPP include: New Data, Existing Data (aka secondary data), Water Monitoring, Model Use, Model Development, Volunteer/Citizen Science Monitoring, etc. Existing data is defined as a new use for data collected for a different purpose, whether by the same or different groups. 

The question to be answered by the QAPP: Are these data of suitable quality and quantity for use in the project, regardless of how useful they were for their original, intended use?

Technical Assistance Support for QAPP Development

NFWF has contracted with Cardno, a global infrastructure, environmental and social development company, to provide expert guidance to LISFF grantees to help them develop their QAPP. Please refer to NFWF’s QAPP Development Guide or contact Victoria Mangus, Coordinator, Regional Programs (Northeast Region), for additional information about this support.

QAPP Review and Approvals

Once the draft QAPP is completed and submitted to NFWF, QAPPs for projects in New England states will be reviewed by EPA Region 1. QAPPs for projects in New York will be reviewed by EPA Region 2. QAPPs working across both Connecticut and New York are assigned by the EPA to one of the two regions for review.  

NFWF will advise grantees concerning the status of the QAPP review (e.g. approved, requested revisions, etc.) and help route the final QAPP for all required signatures.​​​​​​​