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Florida Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Grant Program

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribal Governments, and
Schools for Repair of Weather-Related Tree Damage in Urban Areas

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) - Division of Administration

Deadline Date:

11/13/18 2:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, tribal governments, and educational institutions to assess and repair damage to the urban forest component. Funding is intended to mitigate the effect of the loss of tree cover due to the recent hurricanes and other weather-related events.

There are four grant categories:
1. Public Urban Canopy Replacement
2. Public Tree Inventory or Assessment
3. Community Tree Storm Preparedness Planning
4. Information and Education on Storm Preparedness

The primary purpose of this UCF grant program is to mitigate the effect to the urban forest component of community infrastructures throughout the State of Florida impacted by recent hurricane and other weather-related events. The loss of tree cover in these communities has created negative economic, ecological, and aesthetic consequences. These include decreased property values, loss of tourism appeal, extensive cleanup and recovery costs, loss of green infrastructure leading to increased costs associated with stormwater runoff, loss of energy conservation benefits, and degraded air and water quality. Damaged trees also pose safety hazards to citizens and structures. Improvements to surviving urban trees need to be made to improve their health and reduce damage from future storms. Local community leaders and the public also need to learn more about how their urban trees benefit their community, from an economic, social, and environment standpoint. They also need to learn how to properly select, plant and care for trees to minimize future storm damage and how to utilize green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff.

Approximately 60% of the funding will be allocated to tree planting practices, with 40% of the remaining funds allocated for inventory, storm planning and informational and educational projects related to storm preparedness. Practices may be implemented on county or municipally-owned lands, including parks or natural areas, as well as highway and street rights-of-way not maintained by the Federal government. Funds will be allocated to regions with priority given to fiscally distressed communities.

FDACS, Florida Forest Service (FFS) is requesting proposals for grants to:

- Replant trees destroyed by Hurricane Irma and Nate and other weather-related events, and plant appropriate new trees in areas where they would serve as wind buffers in the event of future storms.

- Conduct inventories of trees in public areas and assess the condition of individual trees.

- Create a community urban forestry storm preparedness plan.

- Implement informational and educational programs to improve the understanding of citizens and local officials of the benefits of maintaining a healthy canopy of trees in urban areas as related to storm preparedness. These programs will help citizens and officials to take measures in advance to minimize storm damage from trees and react decisively when storms occur.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154847

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$300,000

Number of Grants:

Anticipated number of awards: 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may not exceed $20,000. The minimum amount allowed is $2,000.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance will run from agreement execution through 12/31/19.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified applicants are nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, local governments, state governments and Native American tribal governments.

DUNS
Applicants are required to provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number on the application (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform).

System for Award Management (SAM) Registration
The applicant must be registered in the System of Award Management (SAM) https://www.sam.gov/portal/. The applicant will be required to maintain a registration for the duration of the award.

Expenses associated with travel and per diem are not eligible. Expenses associated with invasive removals are not eligible but may be used as match.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates
- Notice of Federal Financial Assistance Funding Opportunity Advertisement: From 09/06/2018 To 11/13/2018
- Application Submission Deadline: 11/13/2018 2:00 p.m. EST
- Submission of Questions: From 09/06/2018 To 11/13/2018
- Responses to Questions Posted: From 09/06/2018 To 11/13/2018
- Evaluation of Applications: From 11/14/2018 To 12/30/2018
- Award Notice: 01/05/19
- Subrecipient Agreement End Date: 12/31/2019

Awards are made as 50-50 matching grants (50 percent federal, 50 percent applicant). Reimbursement requests must have documentation of the 50% match at the time of submission. Awardees will only be reimbursed up to the amount of match submitted with the request.

No overhead costs will be paid from grant funds. Overhead costs, up to 5% of the total project cost (match plus award), can be used as part of the local match with documentation.

More information about the program: http://www.myflorida.com/apps/vbs/vbs_www.ad_r2.view_ad?advertisement_key_num=142151

Contact Information:

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

Completed hard copy application packages shall be mailed or delivered to:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Purchasing Office
407 South Calhoun Street
Mayo Building – Room SB-8
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800

Please direct all questions to:
Vianka Colin
Vianka.Colin@freshfromflorida.com
Phone: (850) 617-7188
FAX: (850) 617-7190

CFDA Number:

10.664

Funding or Pin Number:

18-DG-11083112-001

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida