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NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program (FY 2018)

Grants to Multiple USA States Nonprofits, For-Profits,
IHEs, and Agencies to Strengthen Coastal Ecosystems

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Deadline Date:

03/07/18 11:59 PM Electronic Receipt, or Postmarked by Date

Description:

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Grants starting at $75,000 to multiple USA states and territories nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, and government agencies to promote the resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities. Projects may involve coastal habitats restoration activities that develop resilience through the conservation and restoration of sustainable ecosystem functions and processes.

Projects should also reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

To be eligible under this competition, applicants must conduct projects in coastal areas in one or more of the following U.S. jurisdictions: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Washington, and Wisconsin.

This program supports activities that restore or create natural infrastructure and natural landscape features to provide valuable ecosystem functions and services, such as habitat for fish, improved water quality and quantity, flood reduction, and erosion protection.

Proposed projects should also support sustainable fisheries managed by NOAA under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (Managed Species), contribute to the recovery of protected resources managed by NOAA under the Endangered Species Act (Listed Species) – including species identified by NMFS as “Species in the Spotlight,” and/or benefit native fish species of the Great Lakes.

Proposals may include: planning, feasibility and design projects; implementation projects; or projects that combine the two.

Overview and Goals:

The principal objective of the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program is to implement projects that build resilience of U.S. coastal communities and ecosystems. Resilience is the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and successfully adapt to adverse events. Specifically, the FY2018 Coastal Resilience Grants solicitation is seeking coastal habitat restoration projects that build resilience by conserving and restoring sustainable ecosystem processes and functions and reducing the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

Extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions can have significant impacts on coastal ecosystems and the human communities that rely on them. Functional, healthy coastal ecosystems contribute to healthy coastal economies and communities. Because these three aspects of resilience (ecosystems, economies, and human communities) cannot be effectively addressed in isolation, this program intends to invest in collaborative projects that provide both ecological and socioeconomic benefits. This program supports activities that restore or create natural infrastructure and natural landscape features to provide valuable ecosystem functions and services, such as habitat for fish, improved water quality and quantity, flood reduction, and erosion protection. Proposed projects should also support sustainable fisheries managed by NOAA under the Magnuson- Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (Managed Species), contribute to the recovery of protected resources managed by NOAA under the Endangered Species Act (Listed Species) – including species identified by NMFS as “Species in the Spotlight” -and/or benefit native fish species of the Great Lakes.

In FY2017, the Coastal Resilience Grants Program FFO contained two project categories—Strengthening Coastal Communities and Habitat Restoration. Pending FY2018 appropriations, NOAA plans to fund high-scoring proposals from the Strengthening Coastal Communities category submitted in response to the FY2017 FFO, in addition to new project proposals submitted under this FY2018 Coastal Resilience Grants Program FFO. The NOAA Office for Coastal Management will administer new awards established under the FY2017 FFO for Strengthening Coastal Communities. The NOAA Restoration Center will administer new awards that build resilience through coastal habitat restoration selected under this FY2018 FFO.

Project Activities:

This competition seeks coastal habitat restoration activities that strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and reduce vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure from impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Successful projects should restore sustainable ecosystem processes and functions that provide habitat for fish, reduce vulnerability to hazards such as flooding and erosion, and result in improvements to communities and economies. Examples of community and economic benefits include improved commercial fisheries, agriculture, tourism, or public amenities.

Activities that strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and human communities may include, but are not limited to:
-Re-establishing hydrologic connectivity (e.g. tide gate removal) and sediment processes that provide wetland habitat and reduce flooding (extent or frequency) in human communities;
-Removing dams that block migration for migratory fish and pose a risk to surrounding communities;
-Rebuilding coral reefs to recover Listed and/or Managed Species and reduce the energy and effects of storm waves, including erosion;
-Removing or replacing old levee infrastructure to restore functional floodplain habitat for fish, enhance flood storage capacity, and improve agricultural production through the resulting flood reduction; or
-Improving stream flow levels to provide habitat for fish during migratory periods and reliable access to water for communities and agriculture.

Proposals for projects that assess project feasibility and result in project designs, rather than project implementation, will be considered under this competition.

Project Assessment:

Applicants should propose both ecological and socioeconomic metrics for evaluating the anticipated outcomes of the project. Proposals should include a plan for socioeconomic metric identification and quantification, as well as pre- and post-restoration ecological monitoring plans for implementation and basic effectiveness. Among the projects selected for funding, NOAA may provide funding to develop socioeconomic valuation studies or assess additional ecological effectiveness.

Program Priorities:

The NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program is intended to reduce risk associated with extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions, by supporting activities that strengthen the resilience of U.S. marine and coastal ecosystems and coastal communities. In FY2018, the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants solicitation is seeking coastal habitat restoration projects that build resilience by conserving and restoring sustainable ecosystem processes and functions and safeguarding people and infrastructure.

Projects that are likely to achieve the following goals will be considered priorities by the panel reviewers and/or Selecting Official:
-Projects that demonstrate sustainability and result in resilience to extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions, through site location or natural landscape design features (e.g. allowing for wetland migration or water temperature refugia);
-Projects that benefit all three components of resilience (ecosystems, economies, and human communities), as demonstrated by quantifiable ecological and socioeconomic metrics that assess habitat improvement, increased or maintained economic activity, improved or protected infrastructure and public safety, or enhanced recreation, etc.;
-Projects that reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure, resulting in benefits to multiple stakeholders and sectors of the population;
-Projects that demonstrate collaboration and alignment among multiple entities, including state and federal agencies, by proposing projects or project types described in comprehensive planning efforts such as coastal vulnerability or resilience studies, watershed management plans, species recovery plans, and/or fishery management plans.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157848

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$9,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

NOAA anticipates typical awards for planning, feasibility and design-only projects will range from $75,000 to $300,000.

NOAA anticipates typical awards for implementation projects or design and implementation projects will range from $250,000 to $1,000,000.

NOAA will not accept proposals with a federal funding request of less than $75,000 or more than $2,000,000.

Term of Contract:

Applications should cover a period of performance between 12 and 36 months.

Proposed award periods should include the time needed to complete post-restoration monitoring and monitoring reports, if restoration implementation is proposed in the application.

NOAA anticipates that the period of performance for most awards will be 36 months; however, an award performance period may be extended up to 48 months at the discretion of NOAA.

The earliest anticipated start date for awards will be October 1, 2018. Pre-award costs are generally unallowable; however, pre-award costs may be considered during pre-award negotiations between the applicant and NOAA. Incurring pre-award costs before NOAA’s Grants Management Division (GMD) provides an award document is at the applicant's own risk.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Local Governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Regional Organizations
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, U.S. territories and states, Native American tribes, and local governments as defined at 2 C.F.R. 200.64, which includes counties, municipalities, and cities.

For the purposes of this program, coastal areas are defined as those within coastal shoreline counties or coastal watershed counties. Coastal shoreline counties are directly adjacent to the open ocean, major estuaries, or the Great Lakes. Coastal watershed counties are located along inland rivers and streams with a significant impact on coastal and ocean resources. Please review Section I.A.1 and the evaluation criteria in Section V.A.1 to understand the preferred target species within coastal areas.

Applications from individuals, federal agencies, or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Individuals and federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, and others that are eligible to apply. Involvement of other federal agencies should be clearly described in the project proposal. Foreign governments are not eligible to apply for funding under this announcement.

The Department of Commerce and NOAA are strongly committed to increasing the participation of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), i.e., Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal colleges and universities, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian institutions, and institutions that work in underserved communities. This will be considered by the Selecting Official (SO) as he/she considers the balance/distribution of funds by type of institutions or partners, as described in Section V.C.

Information distinguishing eligible versus ineligible organization types:

The following information describes ineligible project proposal types:
-Proposals that solely benefit Listed Species under the jurisdiction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service are not eligible, unless the species is jointly managed by NOAA.
-Proposals that focus on marine debris prevention and removal, acquisition of real property, or beach renourishment that is solely for recreational purposes are ineligible.
-Proposals addressing hard infrastructure only for water quality improvement are not eligible.

Ineligible activities include, but are not limited to, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, elimination of combined sewer outfalls, and replacement of failing septic systems and implementation of agricultural animal waste management plans. However, projects that improve water quality through the creation or enhancement of fish habitat are eligible.

The following activities will not be considered for federal funding: (1) activities that alleviate the liability associated with legally required mitigation for the adverse effects of an activity regulated or otherwise governed by local, state or federal law; (2) activities that constitute compensatory restoration for natural resource damages under federal, state or local law; and (3) activities that are required by a separate consent decree, court order, statute, or regulation.

Pre-Application Information:

Federal funds awarded under this program must be matched with non-federal funds at a 2:1 ratio of federal to non-federal contributions. For example, an applicant requesting $500,000 in federal funding must provide at least $250,000 in non-federal matching contributions, for a total budget of $750,000.

This program has a mandatory pre-proposal. Pre-proposals must be received by email by 11:59 PM Eastern time on March 7, 2018.

The Full Application deadline will be no earlier than May 7, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. The actual deadline will be provided by direct notice to all eligible applicants, after pre-proposal review. At least 40 days will be provided for completion of a Full Application.

Full Applications must be received by Grants.gov, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the due date.

All applicants wishing to submit a paper application package should contact the agency contact two days prior to the full proposal deadline. Applications received later than five business days following the closing date will not be accepted.

Schedule:
-January 24: Publication of Federal Funding Opportunity.
-March 7: Deadline for pre-proposal submissions.
-March: Pre-proposal review and notification to applicants.
-Early May: Full proposals due (date sent directly to eligible applicants).
-June 30: Recommended applications submitted to NOAA’s Grants Management Division.
-July: Public announcement of recommended applications. Notifications made to unsuccessful applicants.
-July-September: Awards finalized by NOAA Grants Official and award recipients formally notified.

Resources for NOAA Resource Center applicants:
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/habitat-conservation/resources-noaa-restoration-center-applicants

How to Build Your Proposals:
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/funding-and-financial-services/how-build-your-proposals

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300259

Contact Information:

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

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal by email to:
resilience.grants@noaa.gov

For assistance, contact:
Melanie Gange
301-427-8664
melanie.gange@noaa.gov

CFDA Number:

11.463

Funding or Pin Number:

NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2018-2005502

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   California;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   Texas;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   Wisconsin

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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