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Biochar Grants

Grants to Nebraska and Kansas Individuals, Agencies, and
Organizations to Promote the Production and Use of Biochar

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Nebraska Forest Service and Kansas Forest Service

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Nebraska and Kansas individuals, government agencies, environmental groups, neighborhood organizations, and school representatives for projects that enable the production and use of biochar. Applicants must first contact the funding source before applying.

Projects must use wood-based biochar and fall into one of the following categories:

- Category 1 - Demonstrate the utilization of biochar to validate your project activities as a viable biochar use
- Category 2 - Expand the capacity for local biochar production
- Category 3 - Expand the use of biochar through education and/or marketing.

Suitable projects may include, but are not limited to:

- Landscaping with biochar (example: improving plant health or increasing soil moisture retention)
- Using biochar within livestock operations (example: manure management or odor control)
- Applying biochar to agricultural fields or horticultural activities(example: improving soil health or reducing groundwater leaching)
- Water filtration projects (example: inclusion of biochar in green infrastructure ie: bioswale)
- Manufacturing equipment to produce biochar (constructing a low-cost biochar kiln)

Funds can be used to reimburse the following expenses. See the rules governing reimbursement for additional information:

1. Wood Based Biochar- Costs of purchasing appropriate wood based biochar material.
2. Installation - Costs associated with installing biochar.
3. Site preparation - Activities necessary to prepare the project site for biochar installation.
4. Data Collection Supplies – Equipment necessary to monitor projects such as soil moisture probes, data logger, soil corers, sample tubes, etc.
5. Data Analysis – Water, soil, plant tissue, biochar, etc. analyses performed by a laboratory.
6. Biochar Production Equipment – Costs associated with buying a kiln and/or materials to manufacture biochar production systems.
7. Equipment design - Costs of obtaining professional planning and design services for production equipment.
8. Marketing – Costs of tradeshow registration, developing a marketing campaign, or hosting a biochar outreach event.
9. Educational Activities - Costs associated with informing and educating the public about biochar and the community’s involvement in the Great Plains Biochar Initiative. Includes costs of informational signs for biochar projects.
10. Other costs preapproved by NFS – Any costs not listed above may be approved if developed in partnership with NFS to meet the goals of the grant.

Please note: Wood-based biochar, biochar production equipment, and/or marketing costs (items 1, 6, 8) must constitute at least 50% of the funds requested in this grant application.

Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria (not necessarily in order of importance):

1. Potential for biochar market growth – projects should demonstrate potential to grow the market for biochar.
2. Positive environmental impact - projects must positively impact the environment.
3. Metrics for measuring success – identify how you will determine if your project is successful
4. Data collection – describe any data collection that will occur
5. Project support – projects should have diverse partners. Describe the project partners and their roles in the project
6. Educational value – describe any educational components of the project
7. Geographic location - a goal of the program is to work with communities throughout Nebraska and Kansas
8. Potential for project replication – describe how to project could benefit others

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184149

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Funding Request: $5,000

Term of Contract:

Project Completion Deadline: Projects must be completed by December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone is eligible to apply for funds. Targeted applicants include public land managers, state and local government agencies, agricultural producers, horticultural producers, neighborhood organizations, environmental groups, school representatives, and anyone else interested in biochar.

Projects must be located in Nebraska or Kansas.

Costs Not Eligible for Reimbursement:

1. Property - any costs related to the purchase of real property.
2. Sheds, buildings, signs, benches, gazebos, and other structures.
3. Non-biochar landscaping materials – including, but not limited to, live plant material, mulch, weed barriers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides.
4. General supplies – including, but not limited to, computers, laptops, TVs, microscopes.
5. Food – any costs for food or drinks.
6. Travel costs – any costs associated with traveling for projects and/or events.
7. Staff time – to include salary and benefits.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Procedures:
If you are considering applying for grant funding. Please reach out to Heather Nobert, Nebraska Forest Service for application materials. This will provide an opportunity for questions prior to completing the application. If you have already received the application materials please contact Heather to inform of your intention to apply for grant funding.

Application Period: Project proposals will be accepted through January 18, 2019.

The Nebraska Forest Service is available to assist with project development prior to completing the necessary application paperwork.

Matching Requirement: No match is required for applications that do not request funding for biochar production equipment. However, applicants that have a match component of their application are highly desirable. A 1:1 match is required for requests for funding of biochar production equipment only. Donated and in-kind goods and services, as well as cash are allowed toward match.

Reimbursement of Project Expenses (payment of grant funds): No grant funds will be provided up-front. Instead, all projects funds must be paid as a reimbursement after the projects are completed or after a significant phase has been completed (up to 2 payments).

Contact Information:

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

Submit all documents and supporting information to:

Heather Nobert
Nebraska Forest Service
203A Forestry Hall
P.O. Box 830815
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583-0815

Or submit applications by email to Health Nobert.

For questions please contact:

Heather Nobert
Nebraska Forest Service

Dave Bruton
Kansas Forest Service
785-945-6147 or 785-313-2295

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas;   Nebraska