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Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Projects of Special Merit Competition - FY2021

Cooperative Agreements to USA Coastal Administration Agencies
for Hazard Mitigation, Resource Planning, and Public Access

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories approved coastal administration agencies for the development of innovative projects that will further their goals and strategies. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects addressing coastal hazards, ocean and Great Lakes resources, and public access.

Funding Opportunity Description: The objective of Section 309 assistance is to encourage each State or Territory with a federally-approved coastal management program (CMP) to continually improve its program in specified areas of national importance. The intent of Projects of Special Merit (PSM) funding is to offer CMPs the opportunity to develop innovative projects that further their approved enhancement area strategies and focus on the following national enhancement area priorities: Coastal Hazards, Ocean and Great Lakes Resources, and Public Access.

Proposed projects shall further the objectives of an approved enhancement area strategy but shall not be essential to meeting specific benchmarks in the strategy. PSM projects shall not be dependent on long-term levels of funding to succeed. 

Proposals must focus on one or more of the following priority enhancement area objectives:

  • Coastal Hazards: Preventing or significantly reducing threats to life and property by eliminating development and redevelopment in high-hazard areas, managing development in other hazard areas, and anticipating and managing the effects of potential sea-level rise and Great Lakes level change. Projects may support state, local, or regional coastal hazards initiatives that are prioritized within a CMP’s 2021-2025 Section 309 Assessment and Strategy.
  • Ocean and Great Lakes Resources: Planning for the use of ocean and Great Lakes resources. Projects may support state, sub-regional, or regional planning initiatives that are prioritized within a CMP’s 2021-2025 Section 309 Assessment and Strategy. 
  • Public Access: Planning to improve public access to the coasts. Projects may support state, local, or regional public access initiatives that are prioritized within a CMP’s 2021-2025 Section 309 Assessment and Strategy. 

In alignment with the 2018-2023 National CZM Strategic Plan, and consistent with Section V.C. of this announcement, priority may be given this year to at least one project that advances equity and inclusion in coastal management through one or more of the above enhancement objectives. This can include work such as: meaningfully engaging with and supporting underserved and historically marginalized communities; broadening access to information (e.g. through translation of communications and products); analyzing and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations related to hazards, ocean and Great Lakes resources, or public access; or advancing diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion policies and practices of coastal programs, in alignment with approved 309 strategies.

Eligible expenses can be found at https://coast.noaa.gov/data/coasthome/funding/_pdf/NOAA-NOS-OCM-2021-2006621.pdf#page=4.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182588

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,500,000

Number of Grants:

It is estimated that approximately 5-10 proposals will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

It is anticipated that awards will range from $50,000 to $250,000. The maximum amount that may be requested for the federal share of a PSM is $250,000.

Term of Contract:

The standard financial assistance award period for FY 2021-funded projects is 18 months.

NOAA may extend an award up to an additional 18 months, for a maximum performance period of three years if circumstances warrant. In order to qualify for an extension, award recipients must be in good standing (i.e., up-to-date on all progress and financial reports), demonstrate progress during the initial period of performance, and be able to demonstrate that additional time is likely to result in successful completion of the project.

It is anticipated that projects funded under this announcement will have an award start date of October 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Any coastal State or Territorial CMP that has been approved by NOAA pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act (16 U.S.C. § 1455) is eligible under this announcement if the requirements established at 15 C.F.R. § 923.121 are met. Specifically, applicants must have an approved Assessment and Strategy for the 2021-2025 assessment period that includes at least one strategy for one or more of the priority enhancement areas identified in Section I.B of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). In addition to strategies that were originally approved as part of a State or Territory's Assessment and Strategy, approved strategies also include strategies that were added or substantially modified and approved by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management prior to the closing date of the competition.

The designated lead agency for implementing each approved CMP is eligible to submit projects for funding under this competition. For the purposes of this competition, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission is an eligible applicant. Eligible applicants may submit a proposal on behalf of State agency partners within the approved State CMP network, if applicable. Local governments and nonprofits may participate as partners on the proposed projects; however, projects should be focused upon enhancing the approved State CMP. Each applicant may submit no more than two applications for consideration under this competition.

NOAA employees are not permitted to assist in the preparation of applications. For proposals that involve collaboration with current NOAA projects or staff, NOAA employees may provide a limited statement verifying the nature and extent of the collaboration and confirming prior coordination activities. Letters of support from NOAA employees are not allowable and will not be included among the application materials considered by merit reviewers.

Federal agencies and employees are not allowed to receive funds under this announcement, but may serve as collaborative project partners. In-kind services from federal agencies and employees cannot be considered as part of an applicant’s match on shared costs. If Federal agencies are collaborators, applicants are expected to provide detail on the planned level of federal engagement in the application. Examples may include, but are not limited to, partnership services, serving in a review capacity, or participating in priority task teams, working groups, or leadership teams.

This announcement will not award funding for construction projects. A construction project is defined as an award in which the major purpose of the project or program is construction.

Funds may not be used for land acquisition or construction projects.

Funding restrictions may be found at https://coast.noaa.gov/data/coasthome/funding/_pdf/NOAA-NOS-OCM-2021-2006621.pdf#page=22.

Pre-proposal Conference:

At least one informational teleconference with the NOAA program officers will occur on dates to be determined, in October or early November 2020. Teleconference information will be sent out via the CZM Program Managers’ list-serve, or you may contact Kris Wall to obtain call-in information.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates:
- Full proposals must be received and validated by Grants.gov on or before 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on January 15, 2021.
- Successful applicants will be notified that they are being recommended for funding by July 2021, at the latest. The official award notice is anticipated to be made by September 2021. The anticipated start date for cooperative agreement awards made under this competition is October 1, 2021, regardless of the start date for a State’s annual CMP award.
- Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by e-mail that their application was not recommended for funding after the final selection package has been approved by the NOAA Grants Management Division, which is expected to be approximately July 2021.

During the competition period, eligible applicants (the designated lead agency for implementing each approved CMP) should submit any questions regarding the competition via email to the competition manager listed above. Questions received that are broadly applicable will be added to a FAQ documented located at https://coast.noaa.gov/czm/enhancement/ and will continue to be updated throughout the application period. Questions and answers will be compiled on a bi-weekly basis, at a minimum, and posted to the website listed above, in order for all potential applicants to have access to the same level of information. All competition policy-related questions should be submitted to NOAA no later than two weeks prior to the application deadline in order to allow NOAA to respond in a timely manner for the information to be useful for all potential applicants developing proposals.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM):
- To enable the use of a universal identifier and to enhance the quality of information available to the public as required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, 31 U.S.C. 6101 note, to the extent applicable, any proposal awarded in response to this announcement will be required to use the System for Award Management (SAM), which may be accessed online at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/

- Applicants are also required to use the Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (www.dnb.com) as identified in OMB guidance published at 2 CFR 25, found at http://go.usa.gov/xZZn4. A recipient's DUNS number must correspond with the recipient's information in SAM.Gov

- Applicants should allow a minimum of thirty days to receive a DUNS number and to be registered in SAM.Gov, or to assure that required annual updates are complete. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through www.grants.gov

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329031

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Kris Wall
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
4003 Cirrus Drive
Medford, OR 97504
kris.wall@noaa.gov.

Office for Coastal Management
NOAA National Ocean Service
1305 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

CFDA Number:

11.419

Funding or Pin Number:

NOAA-NOS-OCM-2021-2006621

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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

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