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River Scenery Guidance, Training and Demonstration Project

Grants to New York Nonprofits, For-Profits, Schools,
and Agencies to Plan and Develop Sites with Scenic Vistas

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New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) - Hudson River Estuary Program

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12/14/18 12:00 PM (Noon)


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Grants to New York nonprofits, for-profits and consulting firms, and academic institutions to establish and preserve sites that feature scenic views. The project will result in the development of a handbook that illustrates best practices while maintaining environmental integrity.

This project will provide landowners, including individuals and institutional property owners, such as parks and historic sites, with principles and practices to help them plan for establishing and maintaining scenic vistas. The project will recognize the impact of forest succession and soil and water management approaches on long term scenic outcomes and advise on how to mitigate the impact of tree clearing on wildlife habitat. The project will produce a handbook/planning guide and provide associated training and outreach as well as two demonstration projects as case studies.

Awarded funds may be used for expenses specifically related to the proposed project, including wages and consultant fees. Expendable and non-expendable equipment directly related to the proposed project may qualify for funding, but requires pre-approval (prior to proposal submission) by NEIWPCC and must be justified in the proposal. Indirect costs are allowed, but must be in line with the following procedures: Applicants with a valid Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement with their cognizant federal agency must use that rate, and must provide documentation of the negotiated rate. Applicants that do not have a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement may
charge a maximum indirect rate of 10 percent of direct costs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184569

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Term of Contract:

The project is expected to be awarded in January 2019 and to be completed no later than September 30, 2020. No contract extensions will be allowed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants who are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP include: for-profit organizations and consulting firms, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, state and federal agencies and municipalities.

To be eligible for this RFP, the project must include the Hudson River Estuary and tidal portions of its tributaries from the Federal Dam at Troy to and including Riverdale NY on the East shore and the NYS border on the west shore.

The applicant chosen for this project should possess the academic and/or professional expertise and certifications in the relevant subject areas, and have a strong track record in delivering projects of this nature and facilitating successful working relationships with communities, and municipal and state government. Applications must include identification of a New York State licensed landscape architect and an ecologist or related environmental professional with forestry, soils, and wildlife habitat expertise as part of project team.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate extensive relevant technical experience as well as experience and capacity to conduct and manage effective and persuasive public outreach. Attention to detail in documenting qualifications that meet the scoring requirements is strongly advised.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A conference call will be held on November 15, 2018 at 1:30 PM EDT to answer clarifying questions submitted by potential applicants. If you want to participate in the conference call, please send a request to participate to Sherri Mackey, NYSDEC, by close of business on November 9, 2018.

Pre-Application Information:

- Informational Meeting Call for Applicants: November 15, 2018
- Proposals Due to NEIWPCC: December 14, 2018 12:00 PM (noon)
- Applicants Notified of Funding Decisions (subject to change): January 18, 2019
- Detailed Project Work Plans Due: February 1, 2019
- Anticipated Project Start Date (subject to change): February 15,2019
- Quarterly Report: April 10, 2019
- Quarterly Report: July 10, 2019
- Quarterly Report: October 10, 2019
- Quarterly Report: January 10, 2020
- Quarterly Report: April 10, 2020
- Quarterly Report: July 10, 2020
- Initial Draft of Final Report Due: August 31, 2020
- Final Report Due to NEIWPCC: September 30, 2020

Matching funds are not required, but if any are provided, they should not be included in the task-based budget.

Contact Information:

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

To register for the conference call:

For information regarding the application process, contact:
Peter Zaykoski, NEIWPCC
(978) 349-2526

For information regarding the RFP topic, contact:
Becky Thomas

650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York