Volunteer Fire Grants, Due June 15

Michigan Volunteer Fire Assistance

Application Due Date: 06/15/2011

Program Objective(s): To assist fire departments in acquiring fire fighting equipment for local communities.

Eligibility: Fire departments in rural communities with populations of 10,000 or less and that have publicly-owned forested land within protection area.

Application Process:

  • 1.Local fire department makes application to Division’s Management Unit Office. Applications are mailed to fire departments during the application period.
  • 2. Management Unit prioritizes applications within unit and forwards to Division.
  • 3. Division office prioritizes applications Statewide and awards grants.
  • 4. Fire department purchases equipment and sends documentation to Division.
  • 5. Division pays 50 percent of the cost, up to allocation amount.

Deadline(s): Applications by June 15 of each year; project completion by August 1 of the following year.

Timeline(s): Grantees are notified of a grant award by November 15

Dollar Amount(s) Available: No minimum or maximum amount.

Source(s) of Funds: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service.

Contact(s): Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division, Jack Schultz 517-373-1218 schultzc1@michigan.gov.

Volunteer Fire Grants, Due June 15

S2 Grants – As Things Look Today

There is a lot of talk and information going around about the next round of S2 funding. We are providing the latest information available for you  here so that you may check the facts for yourself. This program applies to wastewater projects. As of this week the money has not yet been appropriated and therefore a grant application is not yet available.

This information was originally presented in this blog in early December, here.

Now the focus has moved towards implementation. Here is an FAQ published last week by the MDNRE (MDEQ).

 

 

S2 Grants – As Things Look Today

Conservation Innovation Grants, Deadline March 4

The Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture, is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted from Michigan only.

Stream Restoration Project, Kid's Creek

Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. Funds will be awarded through a State wide competitive grant process which will require all applicants to submit a complete and fully documentedapplication package.

DATES: Applications must be received at the NRCS Michigan State Office by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), on March 4, 2011. ADDRESSES: The address for hand-delivered, US Postal delivery, express mail or overnight courier service for applications is: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grants Program, 3001 Coolidge Rd., Suite 250, East Lansing, MI 48823.

For more information contact: Steven V. Law CIG Program Manager Natural Resources Conservation Service 3001 Coolidge Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 Phone: (517) 324-5282 Fax: (517) 324-5180 Email: Steven.Law@mi.usda.gov
Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Individuals
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Small businesses

Document Type:     Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:     USDA-NRCS-MI-11-01
Opportunity Category:     Discretionary
Current Closing Date for Applications:     Mar 04, 2011
Archive Date:     Apr 03, 2011
Funding Instrument Type:     Grant
Category of Funding Activity:     Agriculture
Expected Number of Awards:     3
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $225,000
Award Ceiling:     $75,000
CFDA Number(s):     10.912  —  Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     No

Conservation Innovation Grants, Deadline March 4

Great Lakes Water Protection Act

This was a bi-partisan sponsored bill presented to the US Senate January 26. The bill is SB 147 and is sponsored by Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.

The text of the initial bill is provided below.

 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Great Lakes Water Protection Act’.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON SEWAGE DUMPING INTO THE GREAT LAKES.

Section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1342) is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(s) Prohibition on Sewage Dumping Into the Great Lakes-

`(1) DEFINITIONS- In this subsection:

`(A) BYPASS- The term `bypass’ means an intentional diversion of waste streams to bypass any portion of a treatment facility which results in a discharge into the Great Lakes.

`(B) GREAT LAKES- The term `Great Lakes’ has the meaning given the term in section 118(a)(3).

`(C) TREATMENT FACILITY- The term `treatment facility’ includes all wastewater treatment units used by a publicly owned treatment works to meet secondary treatment standards or higher, as required to attain water quality standards, under any operating conditions.

`(D) TREATMENT WORKS- The term `treatment works’ has the meaning given the term in section 212.

`(2) PROHIBITION- A publicly owned treatment works is prohibited from intentionally diverting waste streams to bypass any portion of a treatment facility at the treatment works if the diversion results in a discharge into the Great Lakes unless–

`(A)(i) the bypass is unavoidable to prevent loss of life, personal injury, or severe property damage;

`(ii) there is not a feasible alternative to the bypass, such as the use of auxiliary treatment facilities, retention of untreated wastes, or maintenance during normal periods of equipment downtime; and

`(iii) the treatment works provides notice of the bypass in accordance with this subsection; or

`(B) the bypass does not cause effluent limitations to be exceeded, and the bypass is for essential maintenance to ensure efficient operation of the treatment facility.

`(3) LIMITATION- The requirement of paragraph (2)(A)(ii) is not satisfied if–

`(A) adequate back-up equipment should have been installed in the exercise of reasonable engineering judgment to prevent the bypass; and

`(B) the bypass occurred during normal periods of equipment downtime or preventive maintenance.

`(4) NOTICE REQUIREMENTS- A publicly owned treatment works shall provide to the Administrator (or to the State, in the case of a State that has a permit program approved under this section)–

`(A) prior notice of an anticipated bypass; and

`(B) notice of an unanticipated bypass by not later than 24 hours after the time at which the treatment works first becomes aware of the bypass.

`(5) FOLLOW-UP NOTICE REQUIREMENTS- In the case of an unanticipated bypass for which a publicly owned treatment works provides notice under paragraph (4)(B), the treatment works shall provide to the Administrator (or to the State in the case of a State that has a permit program approved under this section), not later than 5 days following the date on which the treatment works first becomes aware of the bypass, a follow-up notice containing a description of–

`(A) the cause of the bypass;

`(B) the reason for the bypass;

`(C) the period of bypass, including the exact dates and times;

`(D) if the bypass has not been corrected, the anticipated time the bypass is expected to continue;

`(E) the volume of the discharge resulting from the bypass;

`(F) any public access areas that may be impacted by the bypass; and

`(G) steps taken or planned to reduce, eliminate, and prevent reoccurrence of the bypass.

`(6) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF NOTICES- A publicly owned treatment works providing a notice under this subsection, and the Administrator (or the State, in the case of a State that has a permit program approved under this section) receiving such a notice, shall each post the notice, by not later than 48 hours after providing or receiving the notice (as the case may be), in a searchable database accessible on the Internet.

`(7) SEWAGE BLENDING- Bypasses prohibited by this section include bypasses resulting in discharges from a publicly owned treatment works that consist of effluent routed around treatment units and thereafter blended together with effluent from treatment units prior to discharge.

`(8) IMPLEMENTATION- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Administrator shall establish procedures to ensure that permits issued under this section (or under a State permit program approved under this section) to a publicly owned treatment works include requirements to implement this subsection.

`(9) INCREASE IN MAXIMUM CIVIL PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS OCCURRING AFTER JANUARY 1, 2031- Notwithstanding section 309, in the case of a violation of this subsection occurring on or after January 1, 2031, or any violation of a permit limitation or condition implementing this subsection occurring after such date, the maximum civil penalty that shall be assessed for the violation shall be $100,000 per day for each day the violation occurs.

`(10) APPLICABILITY- This subsection shall apply to a bypass occurring after the last day of the 1-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this subsection.’.

SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF GREAT LAKES CLEANUP FUND.

(a) In General- Title V of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) is amended–

(1) by redesignating section 519 (33 U.S.C. 1251 note) as section 520; and

(2) by inserting after section 518 (33 U.S.C. 1377) the following:

`SEC. 519. ESTABLISHMENT OF GREAT LAKES CLEANUP FUND.

`(a) Definitions- In this section:

`(1) FUND- The term `Fund’ means the Great Lakes Cleanup Fund established by subsection (b).

`(2) GREAT LAKES; GREAT LAKES STATES- The terms `Great Lakes’ and `Great Lakes States’ have the meanings given the terms in section 118(a)(3).

`(b) Establishment of Fund- There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust fund to be known as the `Great Lakes Cleanup Fund’ (in this section referred to as the `Fund’).

`(c) Transfers to Fund- Effective January 1, 2031, there are authorized to be appropriated to the Fund amounts equivalent to the penalties collected for violations of section 402(s).

`(d) Administration of Fund- The Administrator shall administer the Fund.

`(e) Use of Funds- The Administrator shall–

`(1) make the amounts in the Fund available to the Great Lakes States for use in carrying out programs and activities for improving wastewater discharges into the Great Lakes, including habitat protection and wetland restoration; and

`(2) allocate those amounts among the Great Lakes States based on the proportion that–

`(A) the amount attributable to a Great Lakes State for penalties collected for violations of section 402(s); bears to

`(B) the total amount of those penalties attributable to all Great Lakes States.

`(f) Priority- In selecting programs and activities to be funded using amounts made available under this section, a Great Lakes State shall give priority consideration to programs and activities that address violations of section 402(s) resulting in the collection of penalties.’.

(b) Conforming Amendment to State Revolving Fund Program- Section 607 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1387) is amended–

(1) by inserting `(a) In General- ‘ before `There is’; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

`(b) Treatment of Great Lakes Cleanup Fund- For purposes of this title, amounts made available from the Great Lakes Cleanup Fund under section 519 shall be treated as funds authorized to be appropriated to carry out this title and as funds made available under this title, except that the funds shall be made available to the Great Lakes States in accordance with section 519.’.

Great Lakes Water Protection Act

NOAA Estuary Restoration Grants, Deadline March 10

On behalf of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Council (Council), NOAA Fisheries Service is soliciting proposals for estuary habitat restoration projects. This year Congress is anticipated to appropriate limited funds to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for implementation of the Estuary Habitat Restoration Program as authorized in Section 104 of the Estuary Restoration Act of 2000, Title I of the Estuaries and Clean Waters Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-457) (accessible at http://www.usace.army.mil/CECW/ERA/Pages/home.aspx).

The Council requests that all proposals address the potential effects of sea level change and other impacts related to climate change as they relate to the viability of the proposed restoration. Projects should demonstrate that climate change information has been or will be integrated into project design, and that the project overall is robust to climate change. Selected projects must provide ecosystem benefits, have scientific merit, be technically feasible, and be cost-effective. Proposals selected for Estuary Habitat Restoration Program funding may be implemented in accordance with a cost-share agreement with the Corps; or a cooperative agreement with the Corps or NOAA, subject to availability of funds. The Council anticipates up to $7 million may be available for estuarine habitat restoration; awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $1 million.
Current Closing Date for Applications:     Mar 10, 2011
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $7,000,000
Award Ceiling:     $1,000,000
Award Floor:     $100,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

Eligible Applicants
Eligible applicants are institutes of higher education, U.S. Territories, state, local and Indian tribal governments, and non-governmental organizations. For purposes of this Act the term “non-governmental organization” does not include for profit enterprises. Applications from Federal agencies or employees of Federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, conservation corps organizations and others that are eligible to apply. The participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in under-served areas is strongly encouraged. The applicant must provide the real estate interests necessary for implementation, operation, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and replacement of the project. In most cases this means the applicant must have fee title to the lands necessary for the project although in some cases an easement may be sufficient.

NOAA Estuary Restoration Grants, Deadline March 10