Coastal Zone Land Acquisition, Deadline Oct. 11

This is a request for proposals for coastal land conservation projects from eligible entities for federal funding through the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP).  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC) anticipates approximately $3,000,000 may be available through CELCP appropriations and approximately $800,000 through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative administrated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The Office of the Great Lakes (OGL), Department of Environmental Quality, will review projects based on the federal criteria contained in the national CELCP Guidelines and may select up to two projects to recommend to NOAA for the national competition.

Typical awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $1,000,000.  Projects selected for funding can anticipate a grant start date between July 1, 2014 and October 1, 2014.
Eligible Applicants:

State, county, township, city, or village governments.  Tribal governments, conservation districts, state colleges, and universities.

Match Requirement

Federal funds awarded under CELCP require non-federal match at a 1:1 ratio.  Match may be in the form of cash, in-kind contributions, such as the value of donated lands or interests therein, or a combination of the two.  Federal funds may not be used as match.

Project Location

Projects must be located within the State of Michigan’s CELCP boundary.

Coastal Zone Land Acquisition, Deadline Oct. 11

Rural Development Capacity Initiative Grants, Deadline Nov. 12

This Notice announces the availability of $5,676,077 for competitive grant funds for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program through the Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency within the USDA Rural Development mission area herein referred to as the Agency. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the Federal grant. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. This Notice lists the information needed to submit an application for these funds.

Congress initially created the RCDI in Fiscal Year (FY) 2000 to develop the capacity and ability of nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas.

Low-income rural community—An authority, district, economic development authority, regional council, or unit of government representing an incorporated city, town, village, county, township, parish, or borough whose income is at or below 80 percent of either the state or national Median Household Income as measured by the 2010 Census.

Regional Collaboration—Multi-jurisdictional areas typically within a State, territory, or Federally-designated Tribal land but which can cross State, territory, or Tribal boundaries.

The Regional Collaboration approach is intended to combine the resources of the Agency with those of State and local governments, educational institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors to implement regional economic and community development strategies, including the enhancement of community-based philanthropic endowments.

Rural and rural area—Any area other than (i) a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants; and (ii) the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such city or town.

Matching funds are cash or confirmed funding commitments and must be at least equal to the grant amount and committed for a period of not less than the grant performance period. These funds can only be used for eligible RCDI activities. Matching funds must be used to support the overall purpose of the RCDI program.

In-kind contributions such as salaries, donated time and effort, real and nonexpendable personal property and goods and services cannot be used as matching funds.

Grant funds and matching funds must be used in equal proportions. This does not mean funds have to be used equally by line item.

Fund uses must be consistent with the RCDI purpose. A nonexclusive list of eligible grant uses includes the following:

1. Provide technical assistance to develop recipients’ capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development, e.g., the intermediary hires a staff person to provide technical assistance to the recipient or the recipient hires a staff person, under the supervision of the intermediary, to carry out the technical assistance provided by the intermediary.

2. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct community development programs, e.g., homeownership education or training for business entrepreneurs.

3. Develop the capacity of recipients to conduct development initiatives, e.g., programs that support micro-enterprise and sustainable development.

4. Develop the capacity of recipients to increase their leveraging ability and access to alternative funding sources by providing training and staffing.

5. Develop the capacity of recipients to provide the technical assistance component for essential community facilities projects.

6. Assist recipients in completing pre-development requirements for housing, community facilities, or community and economic development projects by providing resources for professional services, e.g., architectural, engineering, or legal.

7. Improve recipient’s organizational capacity by providing training and resource material on developing strategic plans, board operations, management, financial systems, and information technology.

8. Purchase of computers, software, and printers, limited to $10,000 per award, at the recipient level when directly related to the technical assistance program being undertaken by the intermediary.Show citation box

9. Provide funds to recipients for training-related travel costs and training expenses related to RCDI.

Construction costs are not eligible.

Rural Development Capacity Initiative Grants, Deadline Nov. 12

Assistance to Firefighters Grants – Pre-App Webinar

FY 2013 ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE
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FEMA is currently providing technical assistance to help organizations prepare for the upcoming FY 2013 application period schedule to run later this fall. Workshops are designed to provide valuable information and insights to potential applicants understand the FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, and its funding priorities. The schedule is dynamic and workshops will be added, repeated and varied in day and time to allow for the widest possible participation and anticipated demand.

Presentation topics will include:
•    Programmatic changes since FY 2012
•    Funding priorities
•    AFG funding opportunities
•    Application evaluation criteria
•    SAM.gov registration

MICHIGAN REGION FIVE SCHEDULE
Conference Call with Webinar Workshops
•    Registration is required to participate
•    Each workshop is approximately 1 – 2 hours in length
•    Selected workshops will also offer visual material via your web browser (Webinar).

9/17/2013    To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755# Webinar will be Central Time
  • FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm

9/18/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       1:00 pm

9/18/2013   To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm

9/19/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm

9/21/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       9:00 am

9/23/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       1:00 pm

9/24/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm

9/25/2013     To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       1:00 pm

9/26/2013    To join the meeting use this link and call into the conference number.

  • https://fema.connectsolutions.com/afgwebinar-regionv/ Conference Number(s): 1-800-320-4330
  • Participant Code-845755#
  • Webinar will be Central Time      FEMA Region 5,       7:00 pm
Assistance to Firefighters Grants – Pre-App Webinar

Dam Management Grants, Deadline Nov. 15

The Department of Natural Resources has announced its Dam Management Grant Program is now open for proposals. The second year of this grant opportunity will provide $350,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 to address Michigan’s failing dam infrastructure through the funding of dam removals and critical repair/maintenance.

The DNR’s Dam Management Grant Program is focused on the growing issue of abandoned, unused or hazardous dams in Michigan. The purpose of the program is to provide funding and technical assistance to local and state units of government, non-profit groups and individuals to manage dam removals or repair/major maintenance projects that will enhance aquatic resources and fishing opportunities, and also to reduce infrastructure costs and improve public safety in Michigan.

There were six recipients as part of the Dam Management Grant Program’s first year, when $2.35 million was granted.

Dam Management Grants, Deadline Nov. 15

Clean Vessel Pumpout Grants, Deadline Sept. 15

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This MDNR program provides funding for new or upgraded marine sewage disposal facilities, pumpouts and dump stations. Approval is based on the type of marine sewage disposal facility proposed, geographic location, number of boats served and cost of the facility.  Greater priority will be given to projects which provide increased access to pumpouts and dump stations, taking into account cost considerations to provide the highest benefit for the monies spent.

Eligibility:
Grants are provided to both private and public boating facilities as long as they are open to the public.  Eligible projects primarily include dump stations, additional pumpouts at large boating facilities or those covered by a pumpout agreement, pumpouts for mooring facilities with a minimum of 15 slips, and upgrading of older pumpout systems.

Local Match: 25%, 75% by Reimbursement

Grants are limited to the cost of a pump out and holding tank hook up.

Source(s) of Funds:
The U.S. Sport Fish Restoration account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, commonly known as the Wallop-Breaux Fund is the source of funding.  The Michigan DNR has a limited amount of federal funds available for this program.  We will continue to accept applications, but the ability to award new grants is dependent upon future federal funds.

Clean Vessel Pumpout Grants, Deadline Sept. 15