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Developing Tools that Bring the Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) to Life

Grant to a New York, Vermont, or Quebec IHE, Agency, Nonprofit,
or For-Profit for Phosphorus Reduction in Area Water Supplies

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Foundation / Corporation

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Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP)

Deadline Date:

01/18/19 4:30 PM EST Receipt


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Grant of up to $50,000 to a New York, Vermont, or Quebec college, university, nonprofit organization, for-profit company, or non-federal government agency for efforts to reduce phosphorus and improve the water quality of the Lake Champlain Basin. Funding is intended to support the development of publicly accessible interpretation tools such as visualizations, videos, and interactive infographics.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission award a grant for projects that increase the public’s understanding of the Lake Champlain Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) and implementation plan. Entitled Developing Tools that Bring the Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) to Life, the award will fund the development of tools including interactive infographics, videos, visualizations, or other digital content that is highly visible, which will help the public understand phosphorus reduction efforts they can make in the Lake Champlain Basin.

The successful applicant will develop at least two highly accessible TMDL interpretation tools in a publicly-accessible project with specific required outputs. These tools should be targeted to specific sectors of the public (e.g., homeowners, students, elected officials) and intensely marketed in order to improve the understanding of the TMDL and implementation plan, personal actions that the general public can take to reduce phosphorus movement across the landscape, and the influence that these actions may have on stakeholders’ lives (e.g. their budgets). The tools should highlight actions that people in any part of the Basin can take.

Project Background:

TMDLs for phosphorus have been developed for both the Vermont and New York portions of the Lake Champlain Basin. A TMDL is an estimate of the amount of pollutant that a water body can receive without impairing vital uses, such as drinking water supply or aquatic habitat. The Lake Champlain phosphorus TMDL for Vermont is a particularly complex and substantial document, which focuses in large part on the broad-scale reductions in phosphorus needed by specific land uses to improve water quality in each of twelve lake segments (e.g., agriculture in Missisquoi Bay). As a result of this complexity, Lake and watershed stakeholders may be deterred from taking actions to help the phosphorus reduction effort, as they are not aware of manageable individual behaviors that they can undertake. The Lake Champlain Basin Program funds projects to develop publicly accessible TMDL interpretation tools. This tool will help the public understand the TMDL and its implementation and will increase individual efforts to protect the Lake.

Specific tasks and outputs include:

a) Development of at least two digital publicly-accessible TMDL interpretation tools;
b) Distribution of digital interpretive material or development of a distribution and marketing strategy for online and media outlets that will result in increased public understanding of the Lake Champlain TMDL and implementation plan;
c) Produce a final report summarizing the TMDL interpretation tools, how they would be made accessible to the public, and any other aspects of the project. The format and content of the final report will follow LCBP reporting guidelines.

Applicants may budget costs that are associated with the project as direct expenses, including personnel costs, travel, project supplies, meeting expenses, and subcontracts. Some allocation of project funds for indirect costs also is acceptable. (However, the indirect budget must not exceed 10% of the direct project budget, unless the applicant has a federally negotiated indirect rate.)

Evaluation and Selection Criteria:

1. Demonstrated technical knowledge of the Lake Champlain TMDL
2. Demonstrated experience developing interactive visualizations to interpret technical information to a broad audience.
3. Experience delivering and marketing watershed or other environmental issues to stakeholder audiences.
4. Technical merit and applicability of the proposed product toward the priority objectives.
5. Demonstrated ability to accomplish the deliverables (tasks and outputs) as outlined above.
6. Potential for the project to enhance the knowledge of the Lake Champlain TMDL within the Lake Champlain Basin.
7. Clarity, conciseness and adherence to the proposal guidelines.
8. Appropriateness of budget and budget justification, describing how the funds awarded will be used to produce the set of deliverables, outputs and outcomes as outlined above.

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is a Congressionally-designated initiative to restore and protect Lake Champlain and its surrounding watershed. The LCBP coordinates and funds efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s resources. The LCBP works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec, private organizations, local communities, businesses and citizen groups. These partners lead collaborative, non-partisan actions to address water quality and environmental challenges that cross political boundaries in a multi-national watershed. Management efforts are guided by the comprehensive management plan Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184936

Number of Grants:

Although LCBP reserves the right to make no awards, they anticipate granting one award from this RFP.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000 is available to support this project.

Term of Contract:

Work is expected to begin in March 2019 and is to be completed no later than March 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, and non-federal government agencies.

Individuals and representatives from organizations that participated in the development or review of this RFP and its contents are ineligible to apply.

LCBP grant funds cannot be used to produce for-profit products or to cover costs associated with regulatory compliance or direct fundraising efforts. LCBP grant funds also cannot be used for land purchases, food or drink, endowment funds, or lobbying or legislative advocacy of any kind.

Pre-Application Information:

Electronic versions of proposals must be received no later than 4:30pm EST on January 18, 2019. Late, incomplete, or non-electronic proposals will not be considered. Hardcopies will not be accepted.

Successful applicants will be notified in March 2019.

No in-kind or cash match is required, though match will be considered favorably during budget review.

Direct all pre-submission inquiries to Ryan Mitchell, Lake Champlain Basin Program Communications and Publications Coordinator and NEIWPCC Information Officer.

Lake Champlain Opportunities for Actions Management Plan:

About the Lake Champlain Basin Program:

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

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Direct all pre-submission inquiries to:

Ryan Mitchell
Lake Champlain Basin Program Communications and Publications Coordinator
NEIWPCC Information Officer
54 West Shore Rd., Grand Isle, VT 05458
p: 802-372-3213; f: 802-372-3233;;

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York;   Vermont

Canada: Quebec