Urban Waters Grant, Deadline Feb. 7

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program – 2013 Request for Proposal

Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
OVERVIEW
The Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration with a particular focus on urban waters and watersheds. The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Southern Company, FedEx and others, are pleased to solicit applications for the 2013 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program.

The partners are pleased to announce an expanded partnership with USFS, EPA, and NOAA through the Federal Urban Waters Partnership that will provide additional resources for restoration work in urban areas. In 2013, NFWF anticipates that approximately $1,500,000 in combined total Five Star/Urban Waters funding will be available:

FIVE STAR PROJECT ELEMENTS
Approximately $160,000 is available from EPA, in addition to support from corporate partners listed below, to fund projects meeting the Five Star program elements. Projects competitive for this funding include:

  •     On-the-Ground Restoration: Projects must include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in stream and/or coastal habitat restoration.
  •     Measurable Results: Projects must result in measurable ecological, educational and community benefits.
  •     Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.
  •     Environmental Education/Training: Projects should integrate meaningful education and training into the restoration project either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum.

URBAN WATERS PROJECT ELEMENTS
Approximately $540,000 is available from USFS, EPA, and NOAA through the Federal Urban Waters Partnership, along with funding from partners listed below, to improve water quality, increase access, and restore riparian and forest habitat in urban watersheds throughout the United States. All projects submitted for consideration of Urban Waters funding must include a minimum 1:1 match of non-federal funds. More information on the Federal Urban Waters Partnership is available at www.urbanwaters.gov.

Competitive projects will include a focus on one of more of the following priorities:

  •     Urban Forest Restoration: Projects focused on improving water quality in urban rivers downstream from forested lands through invasive species removal, forested habitat restoration and forest connectivity around urban waterways.
  •     Education and Training: Develop educational programs to provide training to schools, businesses, community groups, and homeowners on how to implement tree plantings or other programs to reduce water pollution and stormwater flow or to promote low-impact design (LID) and/or green infrastructure practices.
  •     Stormwater management: Develop projects intended to control rain water through tree canopy interception and reduce stormwater flow, controlling flooding and slowing run-off into surface water.
  •     Monitoring: Establish or advance a monitoring program, especially to those bodies of water used for subsistence fishing, drinking water sources, or human contact to identify areas of concern and possible places where restoration efforts can be effectively targeted.
  •     Outdoor Recreation: Design community-based projects that promote access to urban waterways and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities.

In addition to the overall goal of partnerships, restoration and community outreach, urban projects should focus on the neighborhood benefits of watershed restoration to:

Local economic development
Public health
Livability and as a neighborhood asset
Underserved and economically distressed communities

The EPA Urban Waters funds can be used to fund projects intended to protect and restore urban waterways through activities such as public outreach, convening stakeholders, education, training, studies, surveys and designs, demonstration projects, monitoring, and development of urban water project implementation plans.

The USFS Urban Waters funds can be used to implement high impact projects to remove invasives/restore forest fragments in urban areas, as well as forestry projects to plant and maintain trees in neighborhoods, promote riparian buffers, create schoolyard habitat, and engage residents at significant sites used by the community such as schools, parks, and trailways.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

The Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program is open to any entity that can receive grants. While partnerships are encouraged to include state and federal agencies, those entities may not serve as the grantee unless the community partners demonstrate that the state or federal agency is best suited to coordinate the community-based project.
GRANT SIZE

Grants will be $20,000.00 to $50,000.00 and will vary in size, duration and scale. In general, most smaller-scale, one-year projects will be in the $20,000-$30,000* range. Two-year, larger-scale urban projects will be eligible for grants up to $50,000. Only a very limited number of projects meeting the highest competitive criteria will be awarded at the $50,000 level, so please budget accordingly. We anticipate the average grant award will be $25,000-$35,000.

MATCH

A minimum 1:1 match of cash and/or in-kind/contributed goods and services to funds requested is expected. The ratio of matching funds offered by the applicant is one criterion considered during the review process. All potential sources of match, including cash contributions and dollar equivalent value of in-kind goods and services (including volunteer services) must be listed on the application.

Matching funds may be federal or non-federal in nature. Federal funds may be used to match only non-federal NFWF funding sources for a project. It is expected that grant awards of NFWF federal funds will be matched 1:1 with non-federal funds or in-kind services. Check with NFWF to confirm applicability.

To be eligible, matching contributions must be raised and dedicated specifically for the project, and be voluntary in nature (mitigation, restitution, or other permit or court-ordered settlements are ineligible).
RESTRICTIONS
Grant funds may not be used for political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying or litigation activities or to support projects resulting from legal requirements (e.g., permit conditions, mitigation or settlement agreements). However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts. (Note: proposal must provide clear distinction between required and voluntary actions).
GRANT GUIDELINES

  •     Applicants must fully address the key elements discussed above.
  •     Grant requests must be for $20,000 – $50,000.
  •     Projects should be completed within one to two years of award.
  •     For USFS urban waters funding, a preference is given to projects that take place on, or directly benefit public lands.
  •     Partnerships should include at least five organizations contributing to project success through funding, technical support, workforce support, land and/or other in-kind services. Note: Applicant is considered a partner.
  •     Partnerships should include a variety of public and private entities, such as:
  •      Youth groups: schools, youth conservation corps, Scout troops, civic and environmental clubs, etc.
  •         Colleges and Universities: academia, departments, and local cooperative extension districts
  •         Resource Conservation and Development Councils and Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  •         Conservation Organizations
  •         Businesses or Corporations
  •         Local citizens and community groups
  •         Government agencies: State, local, federal and/or tribal governments and agencies
  •         Technical and design experts: local environmental and restoration consultants, landscape architects, environmental planners, and others that offer technical and design expertise
  •         Foundations or other funders
  •     Proposals seeking larger grants (greater than $30,000) are expected to demonstrate greater matching contributions, a larger number and diversity of project partners and more significant ecological and educational outcomes.
  •     Grant funds may not be used to cover indirect costs unless they meet both of the following conditions:
  •         The grantee organization has a federally-approved indirect rate; and
  •         Indirect cost requests in budget should not exceed 15% of the total grant request (even when the federally-approved rate is greater than 15%).
  •     Projects with a budget primarily consisting of indirect costs and salaries and projects with matching funds primarily consisting of foregone indirect costs will not be as competitive.
  •     Organizations or project sites that previously have received funding under this program are eligible to reapply; however, preference may be given to those that previously have not received support.

OTHER CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE APPLICATIONS
Highest priority will be given to projects that:

  •     Help meet ecological and conservation needs of priority species and habitats in priority watersheds.
  •     Provide measurable and meaningful conservation outcomes.
  •     Establish or enhance a diverse partnership from the public and private sectors, and explain the role and significance of the partnership to the project’s success.
  •     Identify and expand job training and job readiness to develop community capacity for restoration.
  •     Implement or complement an established conservation and/or watershed management plan and demonstrate that the agency or organization that developed the plan is a partner in — or at least supportive of — the project.
  •     Support improvements to water quality especially to those bodies of water suited for subsistence fishing.
  •     Specifically describe how education and outreach will shape and sustain behavior change of specific audience(s) to achieve your conservation goals and how you will evaluate the impact of your efforts. Additionally, describe how lessons learned about the effectiveness of the education component in achieving conservation goals will be applied and broadly shared with others. Proposed activities should be highly collaborative and designed to address strategic conservation goals.
  •     Clearly present a reasonable and detailed budget (including appropriate hourly rates for the type of activities proposed) and document contributions (dollars and/or in-kind) are matched by a broad range of public and private sources and meet or exceed the minimum 1:1 matching requirement.

DEADLINE
Applications must be submitted online in Easygrants by 11:59 pm EST, Thursday, February 7, 2013.

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Urban Waters Grant, Deadline Feb. 7

Trails Funding, Apps Due Dec 15

What types of projects will be considered for the 2010 grants?
• Those that have hikers as the primary constituency, though multiple human-powered trail uses are eligible.
• Those that secure trail lands, including acquisition of trails and trail corridors and the costs associated with
acquiring conservation easements.
• Projects that will result in visible and substantial ease of access, improved hiker safety and/or avoidance of
environmental damage. Higher preference is often given to projects with volunteer labor.
• Projects that promote constituency building surrounding specific trail projects – including volunteer recruitment
and support.

Award amounts range from $500 to $5,000.
• Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and must submit their IRS designation letters.
• Except for land acquisition programs, acceptable projects should be completed in one year. Multi-year projects
will be considered only in exceptional cases.
• Grants will not be awarded to (a) religious organizations for religious purposes, (b) private foundations or (c)
political causes, candidates or legislative lobbying efforts.
• The grantee must complete a final report on the project’s progress, successes and failures, funds dispersal and
what role the grant played in the project, due April 30, 2011.

Applications must be submitted electronically by December 15, contact us for more information!

Trails Funding, Apps Due Dec 15

Funding for Wildlife Conservation, Deadline Dec 1

SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Offers Funding for Wildlife Conservation
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is a nonprofit private charitable foundation created by the Worlds of Discovery (SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove) to support wildlife conservation, research, and education around the world.

Since its launch in 2003, the fund has granted a total of $5 million to more than 350 projects in 60 countries. The fund’s grantees include global organizations as well as smaller, grassroots organizations. The fund focuses its resources in four strategic areas — Species Research, Habitat Protection, Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, and Conservation Education.
The fund has no set minimum or maximum grant amount. In the past, the fund has supported projects ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 each for a one-year term. The fund will consider multi-year proposals.

The fund will accept online applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the United States, non-U.S. based nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, accredited universities and research centers, and institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums or the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

Grant applications are reviewed once a year with a deadline date of December 1.

Funding for Wildlife Conservation, Deadline Dec 1

Building Healthy Communities Grant, Deadline Sept 15

Building Healthy Communities Grant Program
Home Depot is offering their second cycle of grants for the year through their Building Healthy Communities Grant Program. Grants, up to $2,500, are now available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. who are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase or tools or materials.
Only grants submitted through the online application process will be considered for funding. All unsolicited donation requests received via mail, phone or e-mail will be referred to this online grant program.

All applicants are required to pass an eligibility quiz before applying. Organizations that pass will be considered, but not guaranteed a grant. The Home Depot Foundation receives many worthwhile requests and can not accommodate all of them. Many times, requests that pass the eligibility test and fall within the stated guidelines are not funded.

Once grant applications are reviewed and approved, all applicants will be contacted within the timeframe set forth above. Please do not contact your local store or Customer Care to inquire about the status of your application. Should you have any questions about this grant program, please e-mail.

Guidelines:
Only registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, tax-exempt public schools and tax-exempt public agencies in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
Grants are for community improvement projects that include activities such as construction or refurbishment of affordable or transitional housing, building, rebuilding, painting, refurbishing, increasing energy efficiency or sustainability, landscaping, planting of native trees, community facility improvements and the development and/or improvement of green spaces.

Grants must support work completed by community volunteers in the U.S.
Projects must be completed within six months following notification that the grant has been awarded.
Grants are solely given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools and materials.
Grants are not awarded for recurring funding. We invite grantees to re-apply in subsequent years based on program results, although there are no guarantees of receiving grants in subsequent years.

Organizations who have received a Building Healthy Communities grant must wait 12 months before applying for additional grants through this program. Each approved applicant must complete a Final Report before additional funding requests will be considered.

The Home Depot Foundation does not make grants through this program to support any of the following:
Organizations that are not registered 501(c)(3) charities, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies
Scholarships or other direct support to individuals or families
Fraternal, political, labor, athletic or social organizations, civic clubs, candidates or projects
Religious organizations whose improvement project primarily serves their congregation and not the overall community
Sponsorship of events such as conferences, festivals, dinners, sports competitions, art exhibits, fundraisers(e.g. dinners, walks/runs/relays, golf tournaments and auctions)
Requests for our Kids Workshop kits and/or aprons
Capital campaigns, endowments or endowed chairs
Activities of organizations serving primarily their own membership
Institutional overhead and/or indirect costs
Film, music, television, video or media production projects or broadcast underwriting
Goodwill advertising or marketing

If you pass the eligibility quiz, you will be automatically directed to the Building Healthy Communities grant application. If you do not pass the eligibility quiz, your request does not fall within the guidelines for funding through the Building Healthy Communities grant program.

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Building Healthy Communities Grant, Deadline Sept 15

Grant for Non-Profit Humanities Programs, Open Sept 1

Arts & Humanities Touring Program Grants (up to 40% of expenses or $3,000)

Michigan’s Arts & Humanities Touring Directory represents 204 of our state’s most talented performing and visual artists and humanities presenters. It provides schools, libraries, museums, civic and service groups, festival organizers, and other Michigan nonprofits a wide variety of cultural programming in the fields of dance, music, storytelling, theater, and traditional and visual arts. The Touring Program grants are available to nonprofit organizations who may request up to 40 percent of presenters’/exhibitors’ fees and travel expenses. Request for a grant may not exceed $3,000 per application, and an organization may not submit more than four grant applications or request more than $4,000 in a fiscal year. Applications are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deadline: Application process begins September 1, 2009. Grants are first come-first served until funding is exhausted.

Questions? Contact Phyllis Rathbun at 517-372-7770.
Forms: Grant Application and Guidelines. [NEW – as of July 29, 2009]. Grantee Final Report Form.

Grant for Non-Profit Humanities Programs, Open Sept 1

NOAA Coastal Grant Programs Announced

NOAA has released details on several grant programs:

Habitat Restoration – Due Sept. 30
NOAA delivers funding and technical expertise to restore coastal and marine habitats. These habitats support valuable fisheries and protected resources, improve the quality of our water, provide recreational opportunities for the public’s use and enjoyment and buffer our coastal communities from the impacts of storms and sea level rise. Partnerships funded through NOAA have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components that provide social and economic benefits in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements that benefit NOAA trust resources. Through this solicitation, NOAA seeks to openly compete funding available for multi-year national and regional habitat restoration Partnerships. Partnerships will result in implementation of a wide-range of individual habitat restoration projects, from locally-driven, grass-roots projects that emphasize stewardship and hands-on restoration, to mid-scale, watershed level projects that yield significant ecological and socio-economic benefits. NOAA envisions working jointly on such Partnerships through its Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) to identify, evaluate, fund, and administer projects that offer this range of ecological, socio- economic and stewardship benefits to coastal watershed communities. This document describes the types of habitat restoration Partnerships that NOAA envisions establishing, portrays the qualities that NOAA deems desirable in such Partnerships, and describes criteria under which applications will be evaluated for funding consideration. Partnership applications selected through this announcement will be implemented through a multi-year cooperative agreement, and will ultimately involve joint selection of multiple community-based habitat restoration projects funded as sub-awards made through the Partner organization. Funding of approximately $10 million is expected to be available to establish habitat restoration Partnerships in 2010, with annual funding anticipated to maintain them for up to 3 years duration. Requests for funding to establish Partnerships typically exceed the funds available for this purpose and the selection process will be highly competitive. Typical Partnership awards will range from $500,000 to $1,000,000 per year. Funds will be administered by the NOAA Restoration Center within NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation. This is not a request for individual community-based habitat restoration project proposals so municipalities will want to contact current CRPs to request assistance.

Marine Debris Removal Project – Due Oct 31
The NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP), authorized in the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act (MDRPR Act, 33 U.S.C. 1951 et seq.), provides funding to catalyze the implementation of locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention, assessment and removal projects that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Projects funded through the MDP have strong on-the-ground habitat components involving the removal of marine debris and derelict fishing gear, as well as activities that provide social benefits for people and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Through this solicitation the MDP identifies marine debris removal projects, strengthens the development and implementation of habitat restoration through the removal of marine debris within communities, and fosters awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats across a wide geographic area. Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a cooperative agreement. Funding of up to $2,000,000 is expected to be available for Community-based Marine Debris Removal Project Grants in FY 2010.

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NOAA Coastal Grant Programs Announced