Rail Relocation Grants, Deadline October 19

Eligible Projects
In accordance with SAFETEA–LU, eligible projects are construction projects undertaken for the improvement of the route or structure of a rail line that either: (1) Are carried out for the purpose of mitigating the adverse effects of rail traffic on safety,  vehicle traffic flow, community quality of life, or economic development; or (2) involve a lateral or vertical relocation of any portion of the rail line (see 49 CFR 262.7). Eligible construction projects are defined in 49 CFR 262.3 as locating, surveying, and mapping; track and related structure installation, restoration, and rehabilitation; acquisition of rights-of-way; relocation assistance, acquisition of replacement housing sites, and acquisition and rehabilitation, relocation, and construction of  replacement housing; and elimination of obstacles and relocation of utilities. Pre-construction activities, such as preliminary engineering, design, and costs associated with project-level compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), are
considered part of the overall construction project (49 CFR 262.3(6)) and are also eligible for funding
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Because section 9002 of SAFETEA–LU directs that only construction costs are eligible costs, activities such as planning studies and feasibility analyses are not eligible for funding. FRA wants to emphasize that in order for the project to be eligible, the rail line must be the element that is moved or improved. Grade separation projects that involve raising or lowering the road, for example, are not eligible. Similarly, quiet zones and stand-alone grade crossing improvement projects are not eligible. Station improvement projects where there is little or no related track work are also not eligible. As explained in the Final Rule, if station or grade crossing improvements are part of an otherwise eligible rail line relocation or improvement project, then the costs
associated with the grade crossing or station work may be eligible (see 73 FR 39879). However, the majority of the proposed project scope must involve relocating or improving a rail line.
Eligible Applicants
Only States, political subdivisions of States, and the District of Columbia are eligible for grants under the Program (see 49 CFR 262.3 and 262.7). FRA considers political subdivisions of States to be entities such as cities, counties, townships, boroughs, and villages.
All applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 5 p.m. E.D.T. on October 19, 2011. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early to ensure that all materials are received before this deadline.
For further information regarding this notice and the grants program, please contact John Winkle via e-mail at John.Winkle@dot.gov, or by mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W38–311, Washington, DC 20590 Attention: John Winkle.

 

 

Rail Relocation Grants, Deadline October 19

Community Food Projects, Deadline Nov. 17

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE;

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

 Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

NIFA  requests applications for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) for fiscal year (FY) 2012 to support:  (1) the development of Community Food Projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining;  (2) Planning Projects to assess the food security needs and plan long-term solutions to help ensure food security in communities; and (3) a project that provides Training and Capacity Building on a nationwide basis to entities interested in developing new Community Food Projects or assisting current grantees and others to effectively operate their food security projects.  It is anticipated that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2012 will be approximately $5,000,000.  Prior to submitting their applications, prospective applicants are encouraged to participant in a Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program pre-application submission webinar.  The purpose of the webinar will be to discuss the matching requirement and what costs are allowable on the project.  It is strongly encouraged that all applicants participate in the webinar on October 27, 2011 between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm Eastern Time. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the NIFA internet site for future reference.

 

1.  Community Food Projects (CFP)

Applicants should request a budget commensurate with the proposed project.  No single CFP award shall exceed $125,000 in any single year or more than $300,000 over three years.  Applications that exceed the budgetary guidelines will not be reviewed. Applicants may request one, two or three years of funding, but in all cases, the grant term may not exceed three years for any proposal.  A CFP project may be supported by only one grant under this program.  All CFP awards will be made based on the merit of the proposed project with budgets considered only after the merits of the project have been determined. USDA reserves the right to negotiate final budgets with successful applicants.

 2. Planning Projects (PP)

Applicants should request a budget commensurate with the proposed project.  No single PP award shall exceed $25,000 for the total budget period.  The maximum PP award period shall not exceed three years.  Applications that exceed the budgetary guidelines will not be reviewed. All PP awards will be made based on the merit of the proposed project with budgets considered only after the merits of the project have been determined. USDA reserves the right to negotiate final budgets with successful applicants.

3. Training and Capacity Building (TCB) Projects

 Applicants should request a budget commensurate with the proposed project.  It is anticipated that awards will be made for $500,000 total over a two to three year period. The grant term may not exceed three years.  Applications that exceed the budgetary guidelines will not be reviewed. Awards will be made based on the merit of the proposed project with budgets considered only after the merits of the project have been determined. USDA reserves the right to negotiate final budgets with successful applicants.

 

Eligible Applicants

1.  CFP, PP and TCB Eligibility

Only private, nonprofit entities meeting the following three requirements are eligible to receive a CFP or PP grant: (a) have experience in the area of (i) community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-size farms, including the provision of food to people in low-income communities and the development of new markets in low-income communities for agricultural producers; or (ii) job training and business development activities for food-related activities in low-income communities; (b) demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation; and (c) demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, evaluators, practitioners,and other interested parties, including a plan for dissemination of results.

CFP and PP applicants MUST provide matching on a dollar-for-dollar basis for all federal funds awarded.  Match must be documented for all project years at the time the application is submitted. CFP and PP grantees may provide matching funds through cash and/or in-kind contributions, including third-party in-kind contributions fairly evaluated, including facilities.  The non-federal share of the funding may come from state government, local government, other non-profit entities, or private sources.  Examples of qualifying matching contributions may include direct costs such as:  rent for office space used exclusively for the funded project; duplication or postage costs; and staff time from an entity other than the applicant for job training or nutrition education.

 Matching funds are not required for the TCB award. 

Applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Tuckermanty; National Program Leader, Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program; National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Mail Stop 2225 Washington, DC 20250-2225; telephone: 202-205-024;1 fax: 202-401-0776; e-mail: etuckermanty@nifa.usda.gov; or Katrena R. Hanks; Program Specialist, Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program; National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Mail Stop 2225; Washington, DC 20250-2241; telephone 202-401-5286; fax 202-401-4888; e-mail khanks@nifa.usda.gov.

Community Food Projects, Deadline Nov. 17

Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership, Deadline Oct. 14

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service anticipates receiving a combination of base funded appropriations and the Administration’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in FY 2012 to support the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership (Partnership) and its efforts to complete on-the-ground, fish habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Partnership recognize that a substantial amount of the protection, restoration and enhancement of fish habitat will be done at the local level by local watershed associations, municipalities, tribes, states and non-governmental organizations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Partnership will work with organizations to encourage local conservation actions that fit within the Partnership’s Strategic Plan priorities.

Focus Areas:
Fish habitat protection and restoration, specific to one or more of the following:
Tributary stream restoration or protection to improve:

  • Fish and aquatic species passage
  • Riparian habitat
  • Large woody debris
  • Water temperatures
  • Natural stream flow functions
  • Natural stream channel form
  • Coastal and connecting channel wetland restoration, enhancement and protection
  • Connecting channel restoration or protection to improve:
  • Fish and aquatic species passage
  • Riparian habitat

Eligibility:
GLBFHP funding requests should range between $10,000 and $200,000. Larger project requests can be submitted and will be considered if additional funding becomes available. We anticipate funding approximately 8 projects, averaging $50,000 to $75,000.
Projects must be within the Great Lakes watershed.
States, tribes, tribal authorities, local governments and non-profits can apply. Federal agencies can also apply, but might not be eligible for all funding sources.
Match and partner contributions are encouraged. In-kind and federal match is allowed.

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Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership, Deadline Oct. 14