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Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program (ANPSACP)

Grants to New York Conservation Districts to Reduce
Watershed Pollution from Agricultural Sources

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee (NYS SWCC)

Deadline Date:

07/22/19 4:30 PM Local Time

Description:

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Grants to New York soil and water conservation districts and groups of conservation districts for the reduction and prevention of nonpoint source pollution in state watersheds. Funding is intended to support planning activities and projects to implement agricultural best management practice systems.

The New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee (State Committee) invites Soil and Water Conservation Districts, or groups of Districts acting jointly, to submit proposals for funding under the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program. Program funds are available for nonpoint source abatement and control projects that plan (AEM Tier III) or implement (AEM Tier IV) Agricultural Best Management Practice Systems on New York State farms. All projects must consist of activities that will reduce, abate, control, or prevent nonpoint source pollution originating from agricultural sources.

The goal of the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program is to reduce and or prevent the nonpoint source contribution from agricultural activities in watersheds across the state. The program utilizes the Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) framework and provides cost-share funds through Soil and Water Conservation Districts for activities, plans and the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) Systems.

Eligible Expenses:

- Personal services for contract administration
- Technical services to implement individual farm-level plans or BMP systems
- Architectural, Engineering, Consultant and legal services
- Plans and specifications, including personal services to conduct individual farm level agricultural nonpoint source abatement and control plans
- Other direct expenses related to planning and implementation (e.g. funding for cultural resource impact determinations for ground disturbing BMPs)
- Best Management Practice System implementation costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179489

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$15,000,000

Term of Contract:

For planning projects, the standard term will be three years. The standard term for implementation projects will be three full construction seasons plus three months for project administration and completion of the final report. The earliest contract start date would be 10/01/2019 and the latest end date would be 06/30/2025. These dates may be subject to change. The project sponsor may request a different term, if necessary. Funding of proposals that extend over more than one State fiscal year will be subject to the reappropriation of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals for funding will be accepted from Soil and Water Conservation Districts, or a group of Districts acting jointly, who will be referred to as "Project Sponsors." (Groups of Districts acting jointly should submit one application with one district assuming lead sponsor status.)

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals for funding under the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program must be submitted through the NYS SWCC Sharepoint Site by 4:30 PM local time, July 22, 2019. Mailed, delivered, faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted unless specified by the Department. The Department reserves the right to request paper copies as necessary.

Timeline:

- Release Request for Proposals: April 2019
- Deadline for submittal of questions: July 8, 2019
- Final Questions and Answers Posted: July 15, 2019
- Deadline for Proposal Submission: July 22, 2019
- Award Announcement: October 2019

All grant funding opportunities will require applicants to register as a user on the Grants Gateway online application system in order to apply. In addition, all not-for-profit organizations must be prequalified in order to do business with New York State. Please visit Grants Gateway (see Contact Information below) and select the Grantee section to register and prequalify.

All questions must be submitted in writing to Bethany Bzduch by July 8, 2019. 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 as well as any addenda to the RFP, will be added to the Frequently Asked Questions Document posted on Sharepoint along with the electronic version of this RFP and other program attachments. Questions and responses will be posted starting no later than May 20, 2019 through July 15, 2019. All questions and answers shall be incorporated into the RFP as a formal addendum.

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.

For planning and implementation pre-proposal requirements and application attachments, see https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/rfps/rfp0204/RFP0204%20-%20Round%2025%20Request%20for%20Proposals.pdf#page=4.

Match: If the proposal contains no contribution from the owner or operator of agricultural land, then the State may fund up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs for planning or BMP implementation. The amount of State funding may be increased by a percentage equal to the percentage of the total eligible costs that are contributed by the landowner or operator provided, however, that in no event shall the amount of State funding exceed 87.5 percent of total eligible costs. For more details about match contributions, see https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/rfps/rfp0204/RFP0204%20-%20Round%2025%20Request%20for%20Proposals.pdf#page=5.

Contact Information:

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

To register, prequalify, and apply online through Grants Gateway: https://grantsmanagement.ny.gov/

Bethany Bzduch
New York State Soil & Water Conservation Committee
10 B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235
P: (518) 457-3738
F: (518) 457-3412
Bethany.bzduch@agriculture.ny.gov

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP 0204

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York