Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Joint Venture Habitat Restoration and Protection

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Joint Venture Habitat Restoration and Protection: GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE JOINT VENTURE HABITAT RESTORATION AND PROTECTION REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP): Information and Guidance for Fiscal Year 2012 Program Overview Information Federal Agency Name: U.S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Division of Migratory Birds, Joint Ventures (JV) and Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) Funding Opportunity Title: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Joint Venture Habitat Restoration and Protection Announcement Type: Announcement of availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and request for proposals (RFP) Funding Opportunity Number: FWS-JV-GLRI-12 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 15.662 Great Lakes Restoration Restoration, protection and enhancement of Great Lakes fish, wildlife, and their habitats. Dates: Email or paper applications are due to the appropriate Regional Fish and Wildlife Service WSFR Offices by Friday, January 13, 2012, 4:00 p.m. local time at the Regional Office. Email applications should be incorporated into a single PDF file and paper applications should include a PDF copy of the application on CD. See table at the end of this RFP for mail and email addresses. Electronic applications submitted through Grants.gov will be accepted up until Friday, January 13, 2012, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Late applications will not be accepted. Purpose: The goal of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is to target the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem by funding and implementing federal projects that address these problems. As part of this initiative, the two bird habitat joint ventures that are in the Great Lakes watershed the Upper Mississippi and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture and the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture will be working with the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs in the Midwest and Northeast Regions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to competitively fund state and other partner projects for long-term habitat restoration, enhancement or protection, for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds. Preference will be given to activities that help meet the habitat goals of the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture Implementation Plan or the Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain (BCR 13) Bird Conservation Region Plan, other relevant bird conservation plans, and State Wildlife Action Plans. Award Information: Up to $1 million in funds may be available during fiscal year 2012. Grant requests between $25,000 and $290,000 will be accepted. We expect to announce the awards in February, 2012. Eligibility and Match Requirements: Eligible applicants for this competitive grant program include state fish and wildlife agencies and other non-federal conservation agencies or organizations that provide at least 25% of the grant request (Federal share) as non-federal match for habitat restoration, enhancement and protection activities. (Note: grants cannot be awarded to outside entities for restoration or enhancement work on Federal lands). Projects must be within the U.S. watershed of the Great Lakes as defined by the U.S. EPA (links to maps of the Great Lakes Watershed and Lower Great Lakes Watershed in NY and PA) within states bordering the Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). A Federal interest will be attached to real property interests acquired with grant funds or contributed as match and must be titled to, or held by, either the Grantee or an approved Subgrantee. An eligible proposal is a plan of action supported by grant and partner funds to conserve habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife through acquisition (including fee title, permanent conservation easements and donations of real property interests), restoration and/or enhancement that contains a grant request between $25,000 and $290,000 and matching contributions of at least 25% of total grant request (Federal share), with a target completion date within one year of the date of award. Grant awards may only be used for activities that begin after the grant agreement is signed - this grant program is not eligible for reimbursement of completed or ongoing projects. Matching contributions may take the form of cash, goods, services, or land value and must equal at least 25% of the requested Federal funds; permanent, non-reimbursable, and dedicated to a project; and documented by a signed letter of commitment from an authorized representative of the match provider in the application. The letter of commitment must detail the amount of matching funds or value of donated land and/or services. Land as match must have a current (less than 1 year) appraised value. Proposal Submission and Ranking Process: Each proposal must include: applicant and organization contact information, a detailed scope of work that describes the need, approach and benefits, project timeline, a budget table identifying partners and match with project-cost details, a project map, aerial photograph if available (Google Earth map is fine) and a completed SF-424 form, Application for Federal Assistance. This form with instructions can be found at: http://www.grants.gov/ Ranking and selection of projects will be based on information provided in the application. Highest consideration will be given to projects with several of the following attributes, in priority order: 1) Benefits to priority bird species, habitats and geographic areas indentified in applicable Joint Venture bird conservation plans; 2) readiness to begin project (to ensure completion within one year of the grant award date); 3) long-term duration of resource benefits; 4) involvement of two or more partners including state partners; 5) higher ratio of non-Federal match to grant request than the required 25% minimum; 6) importance as a catalyst to future conservation actions or as part of a larger set of connected conservation lands or actions in the landscape and 7) documented benefits to federally-listed species, and/or those identified as highest priorities in the relevant State Wildlife Action Plan. It is highly recommended that applicants consult with the appropriate joint venture coordinator prior to submitting an application to ensure that adequate and relevant information is provided. Special Note: GLRI Joint Venture funds will be targeted towards improving fish and wildlife habitat and their populations within watersheds of Areas of Concern (AOC; (http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/aoc/) wherever possible, as a coordinated effort between the Service's Coastal, Joint Venture, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Programs. In addition, projects that will result in a reduction of excessive phosphorus inputs into a watershed should be highlighted. Though proposals within AOCs and/or those that will reduce phosphorus are encouraged, it is not a requirement for funding. Administration, Compliance and Reporting: Grantees for selected projects will be required to work with the respective Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program to develop and sign a grant agreement and complete necessary compliance with National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347), Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1534), Floodplain Management Act, Protection of Wetlands, Executive Orders 11988 and 11990, Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1451, et seq.) and National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 1451, et seq.) and regulations listed below. Real property acquisition projects will require an appraisal and appraisal review completed in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Upon project completion, a detailed project report will be submitted to the grant specialist in the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. The applicant is responsible for ensuring the full amount of the non-Federal match as listed on the SF-424. All projects must comply with pertinent federal regulations and cost principles including: 2 CFR Part 225 Cost Principles for State, Local and Tribal Governments or 2 CFR Part 230 Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations, 43 CFR Part 12 Administrative and Audit Requirements and Cost Principles for Assistance Programs, The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act A Legacy for Users, August 10, 2005, Public Law 109-59, Section 1119(o) and Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.) and its implementing regulations at 49 CFR 24. It is the applicants responsibility to comply with these regulations and it is highly recommended that applicants that are unfamiliar with these regulations consult with the appropriate Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program grant specialist prior to submitting an application to ensure that they will be able to comply. Contacts: Potential applicants may contact the pertinent Regional Joint Venture Coordinator to discuss eligibility of project proposals prior to the deadline. Applications will be received through the Grants.gov web site, or via email to the pertinent Regional Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program office (r3fedaid@fws.gov or FW5FAReports@fws.gov). Below is a list of Regional Office and Joint Venture contact information: States by Fish and Wildlife Service Region Regional Contact Information and address for submitting applications Joint Venture Contact Information Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 3 Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building 1 Federal Drive Fort Snelling, MN 55111 612-713-5130 Primary Contact: Lucinda Corcoran 612-713-5135, Lucinda_Corcoran@fws.gov Email for submitting applications: r3fedaid@fws.gov Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1 Federal Drive Fort Snelling, MN 55111 Contact: Andy Forbes, Ph: (612) 713-5364 andrew_forbes@fws.gov Barb Pardo, Ph: (612) 713-5433 Barbara_pardo@fws.gov New York, Pennsylvania U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5 Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035-9589 Primary Contact: Colleen Sculley 413-253-8508 colleen_sculley@fws.gov Email for submitting applications: FW5FAReports@fws.gov Atlantic Coast Joint Venture U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035 Contact: Mitch Hartley 413-253-8779 mitch_hartley@fws.gov
Federal Grant Title: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Joint Venture Habitat Restoration and Protection
Federal Agency Name: Fish and Wildlife Service
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: FWS-JV-GLRI-12
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 15.662
CFDA Descriptions: Great Lakes Restoration
Current Application Deadline: Jan 13, 2012
Original Application Deadline: Jan 13, 2012
Posted Date: Oct 28, 2011
Creation Date: Jan 03, 2012
Archive Date: Feb 13, 2012
Total Program Funding: $1,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $290,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $25,000
Expected Number of Awards: 100
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
State fish and wildlife agencies and other non-federal conservation agencies or organizations that provide at least 25% of the grant request (Federal share) as non-Federal match. Projects must be within the US watershed of the Great Lakes.
Grant Announcement Contact
Judy Driscoll, 413-253-8409 judy_driscoll@fws.gov
judy_driscoll@fws.gov [judy_driscoll@fws.gov]
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