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Public Outreach Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, IHEs, Individuals, Businesses
and Agencies in Eligible Areas for Environmental Protection

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Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP)

Deadline Date:

10/12/18 Noon Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofits, individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, colleges, and universities to protect the environment in the Greater Charlotte watershed and estuarine system. Specific goals of funding include habitat loss, water quality, water flow, and stewardship.

The watershed includes all or portions of Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, Manatee, Polk, and Sarasota Counties.

The CAC Grants Committee considers if the Public Outreach Grant application:

- Helps to fulfill the Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) by producing a desired result/benefit that addresses at least one of the common priority problems. Applications will be more favorably reviewed if the project addresses a water quality outreach issue.
- Benefits those who live within the CHNEP study area.
- Has demonstration value to the community.
- Informs and educates the public. This is important of all projects.
- Has long-term applicability and addresses resource management issues.
- Increases awareness of the CHNEP and its purposes.

The common priority problems are:

- Hydrologic Alterations: Adverse changes to amounts, locations, and timing of estuarine and freshwater flows.

- Fish and Wildlife Habitat Loss: Degradation and elimination of headwater streams and other habitats caused by development, conversion of natural shorelines, cumulative impacts of docks and boats, invasion of exotic species, and cumulative tank system loadings, atmospheric deposition, and groundwater.

- Water Quality Degradation/Nutrient Enrichment: Including but not limited to pollution from agricultural and urban runoff, point-source discharges, septic and future impacts.

- Stewardship Gaps: Promote programs and methods to educate the public and enhance personal responsibility for ecosystems of the Charlotte Harbor watershed.

Watersheds within the Greater Charlotte Harbor Watershed:

- Dona & Roberts Bays
- Myakka River
- Lemon Bay
- Peace River
- Charlotte Harbor
- Pine Island Sound
- Caloosahatchee River
- Estero Bay

Education programs are encouraged to target both adults and children. Projects that focus primarily on children should include a description of any adult education opportunities that will be accomplished with the project. Programs that include field trips are allowed; however, the target audience, number of participants and any participant fees must be detailed. Enhancement or expansion of existing programs is permissible. Applicants are encouraged to be innovative. Consider the cost to reach each person with your project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148454

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant request is $5,000, but most applications are funded in the $2,500 to $3,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Grant duration is from November 2017 - August 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply:
Any citizen, organization, business, government agency, school, college, university or entity may apply for a Public Outreach Grant. The project must occur within the greater Charlotte Harbor watershed.

The CAC Grants Committee will review all applications that meet the minimum criteria utilizing the following metrics to guide their evaluations and recommendations to fund:
-Clearly identifies the CCMP priority action that the project will implement.
-The project is expected to have long-term (greater than 3 year) impact.
-Clearly states the objectives of the project
-Identifies the constituency or audience to benefit from the project
-The project targets a community(ies) that has been historically underserved by the CHNEP
-Describes how the project will increase awareness of the CHNEP and its purposes.
-The project timeline and budget are realistic.
-The project milestones are reasonable and achievable.
-Project team has the expertise to conduct project tasks.
-The Applicant has the capacity and expertise to successfully conduct the project.
-The project costs are reasonable.
-The project has demonstration value to the community.
-The Applicant included criteria to self-evaluate the success of the project.
-The Applicant included plans for continued funding of the project, if applicable.

Public Outreach Grants do not fund the following:
-Improvements on private property or projects that personally benefit the Applicant, such as
purchases that remain on the property of an individual and are only available for private use.
-Political action or legislative advocacy.
-Fundraising activities.
-Reprinting of existing material unless part of a larger educational program.
-Supporting an organization’s capital improvement or endowment fund or an organization’s usual operating costs.
-Promotional items and clothing. Exception: T-shirts with CHNEP logo visible to identify project participants.
-Project completed prior to the award of the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

NOTE: The CHNEP grant cycle has changed.

The CHNEP Grants Committee encourages applicants to submit their draft Public Outreach Grant application by 4:30 pm Friday Sept. 21, 2018 for review and comment by CHNEP Program staff. (This step is not mandatory.) Applicants can then revise their application and submit their Final application for review by the Grants Committee.

In order for an application to be considered for award, it MUST be received by 4:30 pm, Friday October 12, 2018.

Important Dates:

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 by 4:30 p.m. (optional): Submit 1 copy of the draft application Project Narrative and Budget to CHNEP program office as a hard or electronic copy (preferred). If submitting by email, choose a file name that uniquely identifies your project.

October 5, 2018: CHNEP Program staff will complete its review of all submitted draft applications and provide comments to applicants to ensure minimum evaluation criteria (page 3) are met. Friday, October 12, 2018 by 4:30 p.m. (mandatory): One copy of the final application is due to the CHNEP Program Office. The Transmittal Form must be signed (electronic signature acceptable) by an individual authorized to negotiate a purchase order for the Applicant.

Applicants are welcome to contact the program office staff about their applications up to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday October 10, 2018. However, only information that is contained in the application (or revised application) will be reviewed by the CAC Grants Committee.

Mid-December 2018: Funding decisions will be announced by mid-December 2018. Awardees will be notified so they can complete the required paperwork. Work can begin once the applicant is recognized by the City of Punta Gorda as a vendor and the City has issued a purchase order. A W-9 form is required to be recognized as a vendor. Additional guidance will be provided to assist awardees.

Friday, June 28, 2019: Awardees must submit at least one progress report on work accomplished to date.

December 27, 2019: Awardees must complete the project and submit the final report and invoice by Friday December 27, 2019. Awardees will be reimbursed after the Final Report and invoice for work completed is received.

Matching funds are not required; however, in-kind and cash match are encouraged and can indicate the applicant’s level of commitment to the proposed project.

Applicants are reimbursed funds once the final report and invoices for work accomplished are accepted.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Liz Donley, Deputy Director

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
326 West Marion Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 575-5090

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