Fiscal Year 2012 General Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program

The summary for the Fiscal Year 2012 General Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Oregon State Office, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Fiscal Year 2012 General Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program: Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 General Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (General WREP)Announcement of Funding, Proposal Requirements, and Review CriteriaAgency: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)Action: Notice of request for proposals through the General WREP.Dates: Eligible partners may submit proposals for General WREP by email and hardcopy; all proposals must be received on or before Friday, February 10, 2012.Address: Applicants must submit electronic proposals to and two hard copies to Loren Unruh, Leader - Programs at 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 900, Portland, Oregon 97232. If submitting more than one proposal, submit each proposal separately.For Further Information Contact: Loren Unruh, Leader-Programs, (503) 414-3235 or loren.unruh@or.usda.govOverview: General WREP is a component of WRP through which NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to target and leverage resources to carry out high-priority wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement activities and improve wildlife habitat on eligible lands. WREP partners are required to contribute financial or technical assistance match as detailed below. All projects funded through WREP must meet all WRP eligibility and program requirements. All WREP transactions will be processed through normal contracting procedures. Availability of Funding: NRCS is announcing the availability of up to $15 million in financial assistance (FA) funds or $2 million in technical assistance (TA) funds through the FY 2012 General WREP. Funds are available nationwide to eligible participants through approved partnership projects.Under General WREP, NRCS enters into multiyear agreements with eligible State and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and Indian Tribes to target and leverage resources to carry out high-priority wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement activities and to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Eligible partners should submit complete proposals to the appropriate NRCS State Conservationist or director.FY 2012 General WREP Funding Options and Match Requirements: In FY 2012, NRCS will make General WREP funds available for either a FA or TA agreement option, which have specific activity and match requirements as follows:FA Option: NRCS will make $15 million in FA funds available for agreements that will either result in new enrollments of eligible land under a permanent easement, a 30-year easement, a 30-year contract on acreage owned by Indian Tribes, or a restoration cost-share agreement, or will result in implementation of restoration or management of existing easements. This option provides FA funds only; there will be no TA funds provided to the partner through this option. FA funds will be provided either directly to the eligible landowner through an appropriate agreement or contract or will be provided to the partner for actual implementation of restoration or management practices or activities. Under this FA option, partners are required to provide one of the following matches: (a) Cash-only contributions of at least 5 percent of the restoration costs (b) In-kind-only contributions of at least 20 percent of the restoration or management costs(c) A combination of in-kind and cash contributions of at least 20 percent of the restoration or management costsTA Option: NRCS will make $2 million in TA funds available for agreements that will provide technical assistance services to expedite closing, restoration or management design or planning, or monitoring of existing enrollments. This option provides TA funds only. TA funds must only be used to further existing enrollments; the funds are not to be used for technical assistance activities that would result in new enrollments. General WREP technical assistance activities may include easement acquisition related services, title package review and assembly, contracting services, restoration or management designs or planning, construction stakeout and supervision, or conducting monitoring. For TA proposals, partners are required to provide a match of at least 50 percent cash or in-kind services.
Federal Grant Title: Fiscal Year 2012 General Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program
Federal Agency Name: Oregon State Office
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: AG-0436-S-12-002
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 10.072
CFDA Descriptions: Wetlands Reserve Program
Current Application Deadline: Feb 10, 2012
Original Application Deadline: Feb 10, 2012
Posted Date: Jan 24, 2012
Creation Date: Jan 26, 2012
Archive Date: Mar 11, 2012
Total Program Funding: $17,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $15,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $1
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Information on Eligibility
FOR PROPOSED PROJECTS WITHIN THE STATE OF OREGON ONLY: Only States and local units of government, Indian Tribes, and nongovernmental organizations are eligible to submit a proposal and enter into agreements with NRCS. A nongovernmental organization is an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Individual landowners may not submit WREP proposals through this submission process. However, once a WREP project has been approved and announced, eligible landowners may apply for WREP through their local NRCS office. As part of the agreement, approved partners may also help facilitate the submission of landowner applications, provide additional technical or financial assistance to landowners, and provide other resources as defined in the agreement.
Grant Announcement Contact
Loren Unruh Leader - Programs Phone (503)414-3235

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