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CAFO Waste Storage and Transfer System Program

Grants to New York Soil and Water Conservation Districts to Implement
Eco Friendly Waste Management Systems on State Farms

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New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

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04/16/19 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to New York Soil and Water Conservation Districts to implement environmentally sound waste management systems on farms throughout the State. Funding is intended to support the installation of systems for waste transfer and storage on farms with a whole farm storage capacity of less than six months.

Storage and transfer system projects funded by the CAFO Waste Storage and Transfer System Program will provide at least 6 months of storage for the facilities being served by the proposed storage. This may be the entire farm (i.e., all animals and process wastewaters associated with the SPDES ID number) or a portion of the farm (e.g., one barn among many associated with the SPDES ID number). Farms that do not currently have a minimum storage capacity of six months for all their livestock covered by their CAFO General Permit may apply.

The goal of the Program is to provide cost-share funds through Soil and Water Conservation Districts to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) for the implementation of water quality protection projects that will establish manure storage capacity and/or reduce/prevent the nonpoint source contribution from agricultural activities.

Eligible expenses include:

- Architectural and/or engineering services
- Consultant and legal services
- Personal and Technical services to implement individual farm-level BMP systems
- Other direct expenses related to implementation (e.g., funding for erosion and sediment control plans, cultural resource impact determinations for ground-disturbing BMPs).
- Implementation expenses (Site Preparation, Construction of structural components, and Waste Storage Closures)

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GrantWatch ID#: 185328

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum state award will be $385,000 per proposal.

Term of Contract:

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 contract start date will be the date of the award letter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals for funding will be accepted from Soil and Water Conservation Districts, who will be referred to as "Project Sponsors." It will be the Project Sponsor’s responsibility to ensure project completion and necessary reports are accepted and filed with the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee.

Participating farms must be regulated by one of the CAFO General Permits and will need to provide the SPDES ID Number (e.g., NYA000123). Using the Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) to calculate whole farm storage duration, farms with a whole farm storage duration of six months or more are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Projects:

- Proposals must be on behalf of one farm only; no multi-farm proposals will be accepted.
- Proposed Waste Storage facilities must be designed to provide at least six months of storage for the waste(s) from the facilities to be served by the storage. The storage does not have to provide at least six months for the entire farm. A farm may propose to implement more than one Waste Storage and Transfer System within the same application.
- BMPs to be implemented on rented property should not be submitted for funding unless there is a written lease for the use of the property for the life span of the BMP (10 years).

State assistance payments may not be used to cover the lease or purchase of equipment that is not directly related to the function of the BMP system. (If the equipment is directly related to the function of the BMP system, state assistance payments can be used.)

Manure application equipment will not be considered for funding.

The landowner and/or operator is solely responsible for the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of BMPs. These costs cannot be reimbursed.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Timeline:

- First (#1) Proposal Period: September 15, 2017 – November 20, 2017
- Second (#2) Proposal Period: May 1, 2018 – August 6, 2018
- Third (#3) Proposal Period: February 7, 2019 – April 16, 2019

Proposals for funding under the CAFO Waste Storage and Transfer System Program must be received by 4:30 PM local time on the last day of the Proposal Period in order to be considered for funding during that proposal period. Awards for the Third Proposal Period will be made by May 8, 2019.

Proposals for funding must be submitted through the NYS SWCC Sharepoint Site. Mailed, delivered, faxed or emailed proposals will not be accepted unless specified by the Department. The Department reserves the right to request paper copies as necessary. Incomplete or late proposals may be re-submitted during subsequent proposal periods.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are not limited in the number of proposals per each proposal period.

Only one award will be given per CAFO permittee (i.e., per CAFO SPDES ID Number) for the duration of the program. This means that if a CAFO Permittee received an award in Round 1 or 2, they would not be eligible to apply in Round 3.

A list of questions about the RFP, answers to those questions as well as any addenda to the RFP, will be added to a Questions and Answers Document and posted to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets website at under CAFO Waste Storage and Transfer System Program. (This document will also be uploaded to the NYS SWCC Sharepoint site, and hard copies may be requested by contacting the Program Manager.) 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. All questions shall be submitted to Bethany Bzduch one week prior to the last day of each proposal period (for Round 3 - April 9, 2019). All questions must be submitted in writing (e-mail will be accepted.) Applicants should note that all clarifications are to be resolved prior to the submission of a proposal and review of the Questions and Answers document is encouraged.

The State will provide a maximum of 75 percent of the total eligible costs for the project. This program requires that a minimum 25 percent of the total eligible costs be contributed by the landowner, operator, and/or project sponsor.

Contact Information:

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

Present questions to:

Bethany Bzduch
New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee
10 B Airline Dr.
Albany, NY 12235
(518) 457-3738 (phone)

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