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Grants to Georgia Nonprofits and Agencies for Preservation Projects

Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program (GOSP)


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
190202

Funding Source
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Georgia

Important Dates
LOI Date: 10/13/23
Deadline: 05/30/24 Midnight Save

Grant Description
Grants to Georgia government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and recreation authorities for environmental preservation projects. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to protect lands that are essential to clean water, outdoor recreation, and wildlife, and to improve parks and trails.

The purpose of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program is to provide support to state parks and trails; to support local parks and trails of state and regional significance; to provide stewardship of conservation land; and to acquire critical areas for the provision or protection of clean water, wildlife, hunting, or fishing, for military installation buffering or for natural resource-based outdoor recreation.

The three GOSP project types are:

  • Local Parks and Trails of State and Regional Significance: These funding opportunities are specially reserved for local governments, constituted recreation authorities, and non-governmental entities to acquire and/or improve local parks, trails, and conservation lands. The Local Parks and Trails of State and Regional Significance Application shall be used to apply for any of the three distinct projects below:
    • Acquisitions of property, including conservation easements
    • Local stewardship funding for maintenance, restoration, or improvement projects
    • Combination projects that involve both the acquisition of land, either through fee-simple or conservation easement purchase, and for maintenance, restoration, or improvement of the land or conservation easement acquired
  • State Stewardship: State stewardship funding opportunities are available for State agencies and nongovernmental entities only. These entities may apply for maintenance, restoration, or improvement projects to enhance public access, use, or safe enjoyment of permanently protected conservation land and current state-owned parks.
  • State Land Acquisition: State Land Acquisitions funding opportunities are available for State agencies and nongovernmental entities only. These agencies may apply to acquire critical areas for the provision or protection of clean water, wildlife, hunting, military installation buffering, or for natural resource-based outdoor recreation. The State Land Acquisition Application shall be used to apply for either of the two distinct projects below:
    • Acquisitions of property, to include conservation easements.
    • Combination projects that involve both the acquisition of land, either through fee-simple or conservation easement purchases, and the maintenance, restoration, or improvement of the lands or conservation easements acquired.

For more information on eligible expenses, see: https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/pdf/2023_2024_GOSP_Manual_Approved.pdf#page=13

For additional information about project types, see: https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/pdf/2023_2024_GOSP_Manual_Approved.pdf#page=16



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Project Applicants include:
1) Qualified local governments as defined in paragraph 18 of subsection (a) of O.C.G.A. 50- 8-2:

A county or municipality which:
(A) Has a comprehensive plan in conformity with the minimum standards and procedures;
(B) Has made its local plan implementation mechanisms consistent with those established in its comprehensive plan and with the minimum standards and procedures; and
(C) Has not failed to participate in the department's mediation or other means of resolving conflicts in a manner which, in the judgment of the department, reflects a good faith effort to resolve any conflict.
Must be in good standing with the Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

2) Any constituted recreation authority registered with DCA
3) State agencies
4) Nongovernmental entities, defined as any nonprofit organization primarily concerned with the protection and conservation of land and natural resources, as evidenced by its organizational documents.

All aspects of prospective projects and acquisitions must completely reside within Georgia’s borders.

Ineligible
Applications for projects in which any part of it resides in another state other than Georgia, either in part or in whole, will not be considered for funding.

Local governments and constituted recreation authorities may not apply for state stewardship or state acquisition grants.

For a list of items ineligible for reimbursement or match, see: https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/pdf/2023_2024_GOSP_Manual_Approved.pdf#page=15

Pre-Proposal Conference
DNR Grants Staff will conduct two webinar-based Educational Workshops, covering the highlights of the Program and offering training on the application process. These workshops will be at no cost to the public, but participants should register below. Each webinar will be limited to 100 log-ins to accommodate effective question and answer opportunities. Early registration is encouraged to secure your desired date.

Workshop dates and times are as follows:
- Thursday, June 22, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Please register for GOSP Educational Workshops at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3214496340881496664

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Pre-Application Information
The proposed 2023-2024 funding cycle timeline is as follows:
- August 1, 2023: Pre-application period opens
- October 13, 2023, midnight: Pre-applications due
- October 16 - December 2023: GADNR staff reviews, evaluates and ranks Pre applications
- January - spring 2024: Proposal of Conservation Projects approved by the GOSP Board of Trustees, Board of Natural Resources and the Appropriations Subcommittees of the House and Senate over GADNR and GEFA
Note: Meeting dates for the January Board of Trustees and Board of Natural Resources
meetings will be publicly noticed at http://www.gadnr.org/grants.
- Spring 2024: All Pre-applicants are notified of results, and selected Pre-applicants are
invited to submit Second-level applications
- May 30, 2024, midnight: Second-level applications due
- Summer 2024: Financial workshops conducted for successful applicants

The application process consists of two phases. The Pre-application is an initial submission of project plans and funding needs. After the project evaluation process, successful pre-applicants will be invited to a second-level application, which primarily consists of higher-level, greater detailed information requirements. All invitees will receive funding pending a fully completed Second-level Application.

Property appraisals are required for all acquisition projects and must be based on current fair market value of the land. Appraisal requirements also apply to any property proposed as match for acquisition or stewardship projects. Where an appraisal is necessary, one current full narrative appraisals produced by a licensed appraiser, which meets current State guidelines, is required for the Pre-application phase. The Applicants will be required to submit second full narrative appraisal during the Secondlevel Application if invited.

Conserve Georgia grant funds can reimburse up to 75% of a project’s total cost. Grantees must provide at least 25% of the total project cost as a match, either in the form of cash or in-kind match.

For links to pre-application resources and second-level application forms, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Estimated Size of Grant
Conserve Georgia grant and loan requests have a $500,000 minimum and are limited to a maximum award of $3,000,000.

Term of Contract
Grant Term: 2 Years

Grantees may request project term extensions if the project is expected to exceed the 24-month deadline. Extensions will be limited to an additional 90 days and approved or disapproved by GADNR staff.

Contact Information
Apply Online: https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/2023_dnr-gaoutdoorstewardshipact

If you have any questions or need additional information concerning the GOSP workshops, please contact Bethany Carnes at bethany.carnes@dnr.ga.gov or 404-463-0288

Soheila Naji, Outdoor Stewardship Grant Coordinator
Telephone: (404) 463-8570
E-mail: soheila.naji@dnr.ga.gov

Taylor Brown, Grants Unit Supervisor
Telephone: (404) 463-8601
E-mail: Taylor.Brown@dnr.ga.gov

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 1370 East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
(404) 463-8570

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