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Climate Resilient Farming Program

Grants to New York Conservation Districts to
Improve Agricultural Resilience to Climate Change

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Deadline Date:

02/26/18 4:30 PM Local Time

Description:

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Grants to New York soil and water conservation districts to address agriculture’s impact on climate change and improve on-farm resiliency and adaptation to climate conditions. Program categories include water management, soil health enhancement, and agricultural waste storage cover and flare systems.

The goal of the Climate Resilient Farming Program is to reduce the impact of agriculture on climate change (mitigation) and to increase the resiliency of New York State farms in the face of a changing climate (adaptation).

Mitigation:

Estimates of annual greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture (apart from agricultural energy use, which is classified differently) in New York State range from 5.3 to 5.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent1. Manure management is responsible for roughly 15% of the emissions; emissions from soils are slightly under a third of the total. This represents a major opportunity to reduce emissions. Transitioning from open liquid manure storage systems to manure storage systems with covers and flares would allow methane (CH4), a gas with 34 times the global warming footprint2 of carbon dioxide (CO2), to be captured and destroyed. Soil health practices can sequester carbon from the atmosphere as soil organic matter and allow for more efficient use of nitrogen by crops, thereby reducing nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from soils (N2O has 298 times the global warming potential of CO2).

Adaptation:

Climate projections for New York State include increased summer and winter temperatures, increased overall precipitation, increased intense precipitation events, and more instances of short duration summer droughts. New York farms will likely face more frequent dry periods in the summer as well as more frequent and severe flood events—possibly in the same season. Manure storage covers, enhanced water management systems, and soil health efforts all have the potential to reduce the worst impacts of climate change on farms. This program intends to capitalize on the opportunities to mitigate agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening the resiliency of New York State’s farms.

Preference will be given to projects that can demonstrate strong potential both in mitigation and adaptation.

Project Eligibility:

The goals of the program are to reduce NYS agriculture’s impact on climate change through greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon sequestration, and to reduce climate change’s impact on NYS agriculture by increasing on-farm resiliency in the face of climate change impacts to the region, including increased heavy storm events, overall rainfall, and periods of drought. Strong proposals will show opportunities both in terms of mitigation and adaptation/resiliency.

All applications must be for one of the following tracks:
-Track 1: Agricultural waste storage cover and flare systems
-Track 2: Water management systems
-Track 3: Soil health systems

Track 1: Agricultural waste storage cover and flare systems

The following practice systems from the Agricultural Best Management Practice Systems Catalogue are eligible for cost share for Track 1:
-Waste Storage and Transfer System
-Manure and Agricultural Waste Treatment System
-Nutrient Management System - Cultural

Track 2: Water management systems

The following practice systems from the Agricultural Best Management Practice Systems Catalogue are eligible for cost share for Track 2:
-Riparian Buffer System
-Stream Corridor and Shoreline Management System
-Erosion Control System – Structural
-Irrigation Water Management System
-Access Control System
-Prescribed Rotational Grazing System

Practice components from the Green Infrastructure chapter of the New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual may also be used to fulfill Track 2 goals.

Track 3: Systems that enhance soil health

The following practice systems from the Agricultural Best Management Practice Systems Catalogue are eligible for cost share for Track 3:
-Soil Conservation System - Cultural (Note: cover crop practices will be awarded on a per acre basis for a three year term)
-Erosion Control System – Structural
-Prescribed Rotational Grazing System
-Riparian Buffer System

See Appendices A, B, and C (Guidance Documents 1, 2, and 3) for more information about eligible practice systems and components.

Eligible expenses include:
-Architectural and/or engineering services
-Consultant and legal services
-Other direct expenses (e.g. funding for cultural resource impact determinations for ground disturbing BMPs).
-State assistance payments may not be used to cover the lease or purchase of equipment not directly related to the function of the BMP. If the equipment is directly related to the function of the BMP state assistance payments can be used. Equipment costs may also be an eligible match contribution. It is advisable for applicants to request clarification on the eligibility of specific equipment during the open questions and answers period and all determinations will be added to the Questions and Answers document.
-Certain BMPs and/or BMP components are eligible for per acre reimbursement rates. Please see Guidance Document 3 for a detailed list. Any questions or requests for clarification should be asked during the question and answer period, and all determinations will be added to the Questions and Answers document. BMPs to be implemented on rented property should not be submitted for funding unless there is a written lease for the use of the property for the life span of the BMP.
-All costs associated with the operation and maintenance of BMPs will be the sole responsibility of the landowner and/or operator and cannot be used as a match to State funding. The project sponsor must require that the landowner and/or operator maintain the practice during its expected life span.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176488

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Term of Contract:

The earliest contract start date will be April 1, 2018 and the latest end date would be December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals for funding will be accepted from Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Proposals may be for multiple projects and/or on multiple farms, but must be for one track only. Districts may submit more than one application, including separate applications for multiple tracks on the same farm.

Note: Some tracks have overlapping eligible systems. Applicants must choose the most appropriate track for their proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Available Funding:

Track 1: Agricultural waste storage cover and flare systems
Funding Available: $1,000,000
Cost Share/Match: Up to 75% total eligible costs

Track 2: Water management systems
-Funding Available: $795,000
-Cost Share/Match: Up to 75% total eligible costs

Track 3: Systems that enhance soil health
-Funding Available: $205,000
-Cost Share/Match: Up to 75% total eligible costs

Proposals must be submitted via SharePoint by 4:30 PM local time on 2/26/18 to be considered for funding.

All questions must be submitted to Brian Steinmuller in writing by 2/12/18. Applicants should note that all clarifications are to be resolved prior to the submission of a proposal. A list of questions about the RFP, answers to those questions, and any addenda to the RFP, will be added to the Questions and Answers document posted on the Department website and the State Committee’s SharePoint site along with the electronic version of this RFP and other program attachments. A complete questions and responses document will be posted no later than 2/16/18. All questions and answers shall be incorporated into the RFP as a formal addendum.

Proposal Timeline
-RFP Release: 12/7/17
-Questions Submittal Due Date: 2/12/18
-Questions and Answers Final Posting: 2/16/18
-Proposal Due Date: 2/26/18

Contact Information:

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

Brian Steinmuller
(518) 457-0562
Brian.steinmuller@agriculture.ny.gov

NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee
10 B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP0145

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York