Michigan Non-Point Source Grant Program, July 20-Aug. 17

The DEQ anticipates that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released in late July.  Up to $4.3 million in state and federal funding will be available for nonpoint source control projects that implement priority recommendations in approved watershed management plans.  Final funding amounts will be determined through the State and federal budget processes.  The application and award process will be similar to previous years (FY16 RFP information available here).  We strongly suggest that applicants consult with NPS staff as they work with partners and stakeholders to develop potential projects.  To be eligible for funding, unapproved watershed management plans must have been submitted by February 20, 2016 and must be approved by the DEQ on or before July 20, 2016.

Draft guidance documents are available below to facilitate project development and for planning purposes.  This information is subject to change.  Final information will be included in the full RFP scheduled for release on or about July 20, 2016.

Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofits and units of government that can supply proof of a successful audit at the time of the application.  Nonprofits are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as well as regional planning agencies and Michigan colleges or universities.  Units of government include state agencies, county, city, township, and village entities.  Entities that cannot provide audit proof will be deemed ineligible.  No fiduciary arrangements will be allowed.

Eligible watersheds are watersheds covered by a watershed management plan approved as meeting state and federal guidance.

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Michigan Non-Point Source Grant Program, July 20-Aug. 17

Solid Waste Program Grants, Deadline Jan. 31

The Solid Waste Management (SWM) Grant Program has been established to assist communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified organizations will receive SWM grant funds to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas, and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas.

Funds may be used to: Evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the maintenance and operation of active landfills in rural areas; provide technical assistance and/or training to help associations reduce the solid waste stream; and provide technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills in rural areas which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development/implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements.

The application period has been extended to January 31, 2014 for FY14 only. Any applications received after October 1, 2013 will be accepted. The purpose of the modification is to give SWM applicants additional time to compensate for the federal government shutdown.

Budget: $3.4M; Expected number of awards: 30

An organization is eligible to receive a SWM grant if it: a. Is a private, non-profit organization that has tax-exempt status from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS); b. Is a Public body; c. Is a federally acknowledged or State-recognized Native American tribe or group; d. Is an Academic institution; e. Is legally established and located within one of the following: � a state within the United States � the District of Columbia � the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico � a United States territory f. Has the legal capacity and authority to carry out the grant purpose; g. Has a proven record of successfully providing technical assistance and/or training to rural areas; h. Has capitalization acceptable to the Agency, and is composed of at least 51 percent of the outstanding interest or membership being citizens of the United States or individuals who reside in the United States after being legally admitted for permanent residence; i. Has no delinquent debt to the Federal Government or no outstanding judgments to repay a Federal debt; j. Demonstrates that it possesses the financial, technical, and managerial capability to comply with Federal and State laws and requirements. k. Contracts with a nonaffiliated organization for not more than 49 percent of the grant to provide the proposed assistance.

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Solid Waste Program Grants, Deadline Jan. 31

Michigan P2 Grants, Deadline 4/30

The Michigan P2 (Pollution Prevention) Program is now accepting grant applications!

Local Climate Action Grant Objectives
This grant request will target the following climate actions:
• Developing and implementing a “local climate action plan” to reduce GHG emissions and reduce energy consumption.
• Adopt formal resolutions and ordinances that support energy and climate change initiatives.• Create a community inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
• Organizing or strengthening a citizen climate and/or energy task force for a municipality, county, or region.
• Support ongoing partnerships between neighborhoods/blocks and city government that will address climate and energy issues.
• Improve infrastructure and operations, and adopt climate-smart practices through land use plans, zoning, and building codes.
• Identify opportunities for waste and energy savings in buildings, waste and water treatment processes, and other local government operations including: transportation and roads; handling of solid and hazardous waste; janitorial and food services; laundry operations; environmental purchasing; electronic waste disposal; composting; heating and cooling; recycling; energy and water usage; etc.
• Developing sustainable land use guidelines for the community to address energy usage and climate change.

All proposals must meet the following requirements:
1. Eligible applicants include county governments, local health departments, municipalities, and regional planning agencies. However, subcontractors can be private for-profit or non-profit organizations.
2. Organizations receiving grants are required to provide a match of at least 25 percent of the total project cost. Grantee contributions may include dollars, in-kind goods and services, and/or third party contributions.
3. Total grant fund request must be no larger than $50,000.
4. The applicant must expend grant funding within one year or two years of the start date of the grant agreement, and complete all tasks within the term of the contract.
5. The project must contain a critical evaluation and measurement component, including how “success” is defined and how it will be determined.

Each project must include the elements listed below:
Development of a climate action program. The program should outline how your organization will implement the following practices below:
• Developing a local sustainable climate action plan to address GHG emissions and save energy and reduce waste in the community.
• Identify and work with key community stakeholders to implement your climate action plan, working with residents and community groups.
• Identify and develop a local inventory and baseline of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in your community and strategies to reduce those emissions.
• Identify opportunities for waste and energy savings in buildings, waste and water treatment processes, and other local government operations including: transportation and road; handling of solid and hazardous waste; janitorial and food services; laundry operations; vehicle servicing; environmental purchasing; electronic waste disposal; composting; heating and cooling; energy and water usage; and recycling
• Adopt local resolutions or ordinances committing to local climate change actions and strategies.
• Develop sustainable climate change action strategies that continue beyond the life of this grant.
• Identify and develop local sustainable land use planning efforts to reduce climate change.
• Create a plan to improve infrastructure, operations, and enable climate-smart practices through land use plans, zoning and building codes, solid waste and water management programs, and through policies dealing with roads and public transportation.
• Develop local climate change education and outreach materials and workshops.

A total of $250,000 in funding is available for this grant program. Organizations receiving grants are required to provide a match of at least 25 percent of the total project cost. The match requirement of at least 25 percent has been established by law. Grantee contributions may include dollars, in-kind goods and services, and/or third party contributions. Indirect costs may be calculated by using your agencies indirect rate, up to 20 percent of staff salary and fringes (see page 13 for indirect cost definition). The maximum dollar amount requested should be based upon what is needed to carry out the identified tasks and products. Total grant fund requests must be no larger than $50,000. Project contracts can run for one or two years and will be on a cost-reimbursement basis.

Requests for funding will be accepted from March 1, 2010, through April 30, 2010.

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Michigan P2 Grants, Deadline 4/30