Conservation Innovation Grants - Chesapeake Bay Watershed
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CONSERVATION INNOVATION GRANTS - CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED
Mar 28, 2005 Applications must be received in the NRCS National Office by 5pm, Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, March 28, 2005. Written applications should be sent to Ms. Sheila Leonard or Mr. Frankie Comfort, Grants and Agreements Specialists, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Rm. 5220-S, Washington, DC 20250
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Apr 27, 2005
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Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments County governments City or township governments Special district governments Public and State controlled institutions of higher education Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Private institutions of higher education Individuals For profit organizations other than small businesses Small businesses
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The Chesapeake Bay watershed covers over 64,000 square miles extending over parts of six States including Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is the largest estuary in the United States and one of the most productive in the world. The Chesapeake Bay watershed has a rich diversity of productive agriculture operating in close proximity to nearly 17 million residents. Studies during the 1970s concluded that nutrient over-enrichment, dwindling underwater bay grasses and toxic pollution were contributing to the degradation of Chesapeake Bay habitats. Agriculture has been identified as one of the significant contributors of pollutants in the watershed, which in turn has a direct impact on degradation of habitat both in the bay and upstream tributaries. Restoration, protection, and enhancement of the productive capability of the Chesapeake Bay depends in part on how quickly and effectively new and innovative conservation technologies and approaches can be developed and disseminated. The CCC announces the availability of up to $5 million for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This funding is in addition to the $15 million announced on Jan. 11, 2005, for the CIG nationwide competition for fiscal year 2005. The CCC will accept applications for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, submitted to NRCS from eligible entities, including Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, State and local governments, and non-governmental organizations and individuals. The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals or guides, or to the private sector. Applications are solicited for the full range of natural resource conservation concerns detailed in the Chesapeake Bay watershed CIG request for proposals (RFP). Applications are accepted for projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including the states of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Proposal submissions to NRCS National Headquarters must be accompanied by a letter of review from the appropriate NRCS State Conservationist(s). Complete applications will be evaluated by a technical peer review panel and scored based on the Criteria for Proposal Evaluation identified in this RFP. Scored applications will be forwarded to a Grant Review Board. The Grant Review Board will make recommendations for project approval to the Chief. Final award selections will be made by the Chief. Grant awards will be made from the NRCS National Office after the grantee agrees to the terms and conditions of the NRCS grant agreement. Applicants may apply to both the nationwide and the Chesapeake Bay watershed CIG competitions but must submit separate applications. Proposals funded through one RFP will not be funded through the other. For Technical Contact: Kari Cohen CIG, Program Manager 202.720.2335 email@example.com