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Environmental Education Grant

February 22nd, 2016

Environmental Education (EE) Grants

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year, supporting more than 3,600 grants.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 EE Grants Program. Applications are due by April 8, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

How to Apply

The 2016 EE Grants Program includes one Request for Proposals (RFP), also known as a Solicitation Notice. The 2016 EE Local Grants RFP is currently available in PDF format. The RFP will be available on www.grants.gov shortly.

There will not be an RFP for EE Model Grants in 2016.

Determine Eligibility

  • Applicants must represent one of the following types of organizations to be eligible for an environmental education grant:
    • local education agency
    • state education or environmental agency
    • college or university
    • non-profit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
    • noncommercial educational broadcasting entity
    • tribal education agency (which includes schools and community colleges controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation)
  • Applicant organizations must be located in the United States or territories and the majority of the educational activities must take place in the United States; or in the United States and Canada or Mexico; or in the U.S. Territories.

Complete the Application and Budget Forms, according to the directions in the RFP.

  • Each RFP contains complete instructions for submitting a proposal, including all required information and limitations on format. A summary of the required information is below. Read the RFP thoroughly for application procedures, including those for applying through www.grants.gov.
  • Find the forms on the “Application Forms” tab. Materials should be submitted in the following order:
    • Two Federal forms: Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424) and Budget (SF 424-A)
    • Work Plan (up to 8 pages):
      1. Project Summary (recommended 1 page)
      2. Detailed Project Description
      3. Project Evaluation Plan
      4. Detailed Budget Showing Match and Sub-grants (not included in the page limit)
      5. Appendices (not included in the page limit)
        • Timeline
        • Logic Model Showing Outputs and Outcomes
        • Programmatic Capabilities and Past Performance
        • Letters Stating Responsibilities of Partners, if applicable

Submit the Proposal Materials

  • Applications must be submitted electronically. Submit to www.grants.gov by following the instructions in Appendix IV of the RFP.


FDEP Section 319 grant

February 22nd, 2016

Division of Water Restoration Assistance
319(h) Grant Solicitation
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Nonpoint Source Management Program is pleased to announce the solicitation for applications for Section 319(h) Grant assistance for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). The program welcomes you to apply for grant funds for your nonpoint source management projects.

The FY17 application form, eligibility criteria, evaluation criteria, guidance and instruction documents can be found on the department’s website and on the department’s FTP site.

The schedule for the FY17 grant cycle is as follows:

April 1, 2016 – Project proposals are due to the department for review and ranking. Project proposals received after April 1 may be excluded from the selection process.
Spring 2016 – Summer 2016 – Projects will be evaluated and sent to EPA for approval. Status letters will be mailed to all applicants.
Spring 2017 – Summer 2017 – EPA will provide comment and/or approval of the draft Work Plans and grant recipients will be notified of the award.
Summer 2017 – Fall 2017 – Contracts will be executed for projects approved by EPA. No costs will be reimbursed for work occurring outside the contract period.
September 30, 2020 – Contract requirements should be completed. All projects should be completed and invoiced by this date.
Please read the solicitation documents carefully. Failing to follow instructions can result in your project being denied funding.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Kate Merchant at 850-245-2952 or kathryn.merchant@dep.state.fl.us, or Katie Britt at 850-245-2938 or katherine.britt@dep.state.fl.us.

Nonpoint Source Management Program
Division of Water Restoration Assistance
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS# 3570 (mailing)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 4th Floor (physical)
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
850-245-2836



FEMA Fire staffing grant

February 22nd, 2016

APPLICATION PERIOD DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE FY 2015 STAFFING FOR ADEQUATE FIRE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE (SAFER) GRANTS

The FY 2015 SAFER application period will open on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8 am EST and will close on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 5 PM EST.

Begin preparing your application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the technical assistance tools that are available. It is important to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) thoroughly as it contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – Available Now
Application Checklist
This checklist will help you prepare your SAFER grant application
Self-Evaluation – Hiring of Firefighters
Rehiring, retention, attrition, and new hires
Career, combination, and volunteer fire departments
Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Fire Departments
Combination and volunteer fire departments
Self-Evaluation – Recruitment and Retention – Interest Organizations
National, State, Local, or Tribal Volunteer Firefighters Interest Organizations
Economic Hardship Supplemental Information – Hiring of Firefighters
This checklist will help those departments applying under the Hiring of Firefighters category to gather information on the economic conditions of their fire department in preparation of a SAFER grant application
FY 2015 SAFER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
SAFER Grants Help Desk: If you have questions about the NOFO or technical assistance tools listed, call or e-mail the SAFER Grants help Desk. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is firegrants@fema.dhs.gov.

AFG Home Page: www.fema.gov/firegrants
AFG Regional Representatives: http://www.fema.gov/fire-grant-contact-information
AFG Help Desk: E-mail: firegrants@fema.dhs.gov
Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960

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NOAA Habitat Restoration Grant

February 18th, 2016

NOAA seeks applications for $9 million in
community-based habitat restoration
Funding will focus on projects that improve protected species recovery and support sustainable fisheries

Contact
Kate Brogan, katherine.brogan@noaa.gov, 301-427-8030

February 5, 2016

As part of its efforts to promote healthy ecosystems and resilient coastal communities, NOAA is announcing today the availability of $9 million in Community-based Restoration Program funding for coastal and marine habitat restoration in 2016.

NOAA is seeking proposals from non-federal partners for habitat restoration projects that will improve the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and help promote productive fisheries. The selected projects will not only support species recovery and sustainable fisheries, but will also yield community and economic benefits such as increased resiliency in the face of coastal hazards, and additional business and recreational opportunities.

Oregon

Projects will restore habitat for protected species, like this project in Oregon that restored estuary and wetland habitat critical to Oregon Coast chinook and coho salmon. (Credit: NOAA)

“Investing in habitat restoration and recovery leads to real, lasting differences for communities, businesses, and the environment,” said Pat Montanio, director of the Office of Habitat Conservation for NOAA Fisheries. “Healthy habitat is a key component of an ecosystem-based solution for recovering protected species and ensuring sustainable fish populations. Innovative approaches to restoration also provide crucial ecosystem services, such as protection from extreme weather events, coastal flooding, and erosion.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Community-based Restoration Program, which was established in 1996 and authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 (MSA). Since the program’s beginning, NOAA has provided more than $140 million to implement more than 2,000 habitat restoration projects, all through strong partnerships with over 2,500 organizations. Through the MSA and the Community-based Restoration Program, NOAA and its partners are helping to create healthy habitats and resilient fish populations in the United States.

The deadline for applications for the Community-based Restoration Program funding opportunity is April 6. NOAA will accept proposals with a federal funding request between $100,000 and $5 million over a three year project period. More information can be found online at grants.gov or from NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation.

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Florida Inland Navigation District grants

February 16th, 2016

The Florida Inland Navigation District is accepting applications from Local Governments for assistance funding through the District’s 2016 Waterways Assistance Program. The application will be available for downloading on our web site at http://www.aicw.org in fillable PDF format or a 2 part Word format. You may also request CD version or printed copy of the application by e-mail (to JZimmerman@aicw.org) or by letter. Applications will not be automatically mailed to you unless requested. Applications are due in the District office by 4:00 PM, April 01, 2016.

Through the 27 years of this program, the District has provided over $193 million in funding assistance to local governments within our District to perform waterways improvement projects. Project types eligible for funding include public navigation, public waterway access facilities, public recreation, inlet management, beach re-nourishment, environmental education and boating safety projects directly related to the waterways. The District has some limited grant eligibility for land acquisition which includes opportunities for waterway access. Generally, ineligible costs include project maintenance, landscaping, in-house staff and reoccurring fees. Please see the program rules for more details on project eligibility.

Eligible Federal, State and Regional Governments may apply for assistance funding through the District’s FY 2016 Cooperative Assistance Program. Eligible project types include public navigation and mooring, public waterway access facilities, inlet management, beach re-nourishment, environmental education, and boating safety projects directly related to the waterways. The application will be available for downloading on our web site at http://www.aicw.org in fillable PDF format or a 2 part Word format. You may also request a CD version or printed copy of the application by e-mail (to JZimmerman@aicw.org) or by letter. Applications will not be automatically mailed to you unless requested. Applications are due in the District office by 4:00 PM, April 01, 2016.

The funding level of this year’s program will be determined in July based upon the availability of funding and the quality and number of applications received. Please contact me should you have questions or need more information about this program.

Local Governments please use Waterway Assistance Program (WAP) application

State and Federal Agencies please use Cooperative Assistance Program (CAP) application.

Sincerely,

Janet Zimmerman, Assistant Executive Director

Florida Inland Navigation District

1314 Marcinski Rd

Jupiter, FL 33477

561.627.3386