Coastal Zone Management Grants, Deadline Dec. 16

The Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program in the Office of the Great Lakes offers grant funds annually for creative projects that further the following objectives:
• Protect and restore healthy coastal ecosystems, including fish and wildlife habitat
• Create and enhance public access to the Great Lakes and coastal resources
• Preserve historic maritime structures
• Revitalize urban waterfronts
• Minimize loss of life and property in areas vulnerable to coastal hazards including erosion, floods, and dangerous currents
• Promote stewardship of coastal resources
• Protect coastal water quality

Grant amounts must be no less than $10,000 and no greater than $100,000 and require a 1:1 match. Local match can be in the form of cash, in-kind services, and other grant funds from non-federal sources.

Who is eligible to apply?
• Coastal government including cities, counties, villages and townships
• Area-wide agencies including conservation districts, county and regional planning agencies
• Universities and school districts
• Tribal governments
• Nonprofit organizations (non-construction projects only)

Focus areas:
Public Access:
• Site planning, design, and engineering for low-cost construction projects
• Low-cost construction projects such as non-motorized coastal trails, boardwalks, barrier-free canoe/kayak launches and fishing piers, pervious parking lots and walkways, viewing decks, interpretive signage, and other amenities to improve public access
Coastal Habitat:
• On-the-ground protection and restoration projects for Great Lakes beaches, dunes, wetlands, streams and nearshore habitat
• Feasibility studies and planning for habitat protection, restoration and resource management
• Inventories of natural features that are incorporated into a local or statewide plan
Coastal Hazards:
• Development of regional coastal hazard atlases
• Development and implementation of local shoreline management plans or coastal zoning ordinances providing construction setbacks or buffers that complement those of the state’s high risk erosion area program
• Site-level shoreline erosion assessments on public lands for implementation of soft-shore approaches to shoreline stabilization
Coastal Water Quality:
• Development of ordinances, policies and/or plans addressing management of coastal nonpoint source pollution
• On-the-ground implementation activities to protect and improve beach health at public-owned Great Lakes beaches
Coastal Community Development:
• Development of ordinances, policies and plans focused on management of coastal resources based on an ecosystem approach
• Planning & feasibility studies for waterfront redevelopment and ports management
• Development and promotion of regional coastal tourism and recreation opportunities
• Collaborative regional or multi-jurisdictional planning or policy development

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Coastal Zone Management Grants, Deadline Dec. 16

Public Humanities Project Grants, Deadline Jan. 11, 2017

Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming.

This grant program supports a variety of forms of audience engagement. Applications should follow the parameters set out below for one of the following three formats:

• Community Conversations: This format supports one- to three-year-long series of community-wide public discussions in which diverse residents creatively address community challenges, guided by the perspectives of the humanities.

• Exhibitions: This format supports permanent exhibitions that will be on view for at least three years, or travelling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States (including the originating location).

• Historic Places: This format supports the interpretation of historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions, which might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs. NEH encourages projects that explore humanities ideas through multiple formats. Proposed projects may include complementary components that deepen an audience’s understanding of a subject: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website, mobile app, or discussion programs.

Eligible Applicants:
State governments
County governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Special district governments

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Public Humanities Project Grants, Deadline Jan. 11, 2017

GLRI Grants, Apps Due Jan. 13, 2017

Up To $26 Million Available From EPA for GLRI Projects

EPA anticipates funding projects in the following categories:

  • Great Lakes Taxonomy and Barcodes to Support Early Detection Monitoring (EPA-R5-GL2016-TAG)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $1,600,000 for approximately 4 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $400,000 in EPA funding to support the taxonomic vouchering of invertebrate specimens and the development of reference barcodes.

  • Invasive Species Control (EPA-R5-GL2016-ISC)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $10,000,000 for approximately 18 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $600,000 in EPA funding that control invasive species and initiate the long-term stewardship of project sites.

  • Foundations for Invasive Species Collaborations (EPA-R5-GL2016-FFC)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $1,500,000 for approximately 5 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $300,000 in EPA funding that initiate species-specific Great Lakes invasive species management collaborations.

  • Phosphorus Risk Reduction Pilots in Western Lake Erie Agricultural Watersheds (EPA-R5-GL2016-PRR)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $1,500,000 for approximately 5 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $500,000 in EPA funding for a pilot initiative that seeks to expand the tools available to farmers seeking to reduce phosphorus losses through a risk management approach.

  • Agricultural Watershed Management Implementation (EPA-R5-GL2016-AWM)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $5,200,000 for approximately 10 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $750,000 in EPA funding to reduce nonpoint source pollution to the Great Lakes from agricultural sources.

  • Urban Watershed Management Implementation (EPA-R5-GL2016-UWM)

EPA expects to provide up to approximately $5,400,000 for approximately 13 projects in amounts up to a maximum of $500,000 in EPA funding to reduce nonpoint source pollution to the Great Lakes from urban sources.

  • Agricultural Incentive Program Effectiveness (EPA-R5-GL2016-AIP)

EPA expects to provide up to $750,000 in EPA funding for one cooperative agreement to undertake a socio-economic analysis of the effectiveness of current approaches intended to engage agricultural producers and change on-farm decision making to improve water quality in the GLRI Priority Watersheds (Lower Fox River, WI; Saginaw River, MI; Maumee River, OH; and Genesee River, NY).

A webinar explaining the grant application process will be held at 1 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.

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GLRI Grants, Apps Due Jan. 13, 2017

Scrap Tire Grants, Deadline Dec. 9

The Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant is available for property owners to clean up old or abandoned scrap tire piles. MDEQ will give priority to collection sites where tires were accumulated prior to Jan. 1, 1991, as well as collection sites that pose an imminent threat to public health, safety, welfare, or the environment.  Local units of government and non-profit organizations are also eligible for funding for cleanup days and roadside cleanup grants.  Priority in these grants will be given to entities that have never received funding and those that provide the most accessibility to proper disposal of scrap tires.

The Market Development Grant is available for projects that demonstrate new or increased uses of scrap tires in manufactured products. MDEQ will prioritize proposals based on the amount of scrap tire material to be used in developing the project or product, demonstration of a new use of scrap tire material, and demonstration of a viable market for the proposed product.

These grants will be available to reimburse up to 50 percent of the cost of purchasing scrap tires. Grants are also available to reimburse up to 50 percent of the cost of purchasing equipment and/or for research and development to provide for a new or increased use for scrap tires.

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Scrap Tire Grants, Deadline Dec. 9

Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline Jan. 31, 2017

Eligible applicants for the program are Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses.

An estimated $50 million in Budget Authority is available in FY2017 to fund:

  • Grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Guaranteed Loans for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Grants to contact Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Development Assistance

Rural Small Business Projects must be located in a rural area with populations of 50,000 or less. The Agricultural Producer Projects can be located in rural or non-rural areas.

Application Deadlines for the year are as follows:

  • January 31, 2017       REAP Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
  • March 31, 2017          Grants of $20,000 or Less   AND   Grants Greater than $20,000 (unrestricted)
  • Guaranteed Loans are on a continuous application cycle and compete monthly

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Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline Jan. 31, 2017

EPA Brownfield Assessment & Cleanup Grants, Deadline Dec. 20

The total funding available under the national competitions for Assessment and Cleanup Grants is estimated at $54 million subject to the availability of funds and other applicable considerations. EPA may expend up to 25 percent of the amount  appropriated for Brownfields Grants on sites contaminated with petroleum. EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 294 grants among assessment and cleanup grant types. Under this competitive opportunity, EPA anticipates awarding an estimated 60 Cleanup Grants for an estimated $12 million.

Proposals will be evaluated based, among other factors, on the extent to which the applicant demonstrates: economic and environmental needs of the target communities; a vision for the reuse and redevelopment of brownfield sites and the capability to achieve that vision; reasonable and eligible tasks and use of grant funding; incorporation of equitable and sustainable approaches; community engagement, partnerships and leveraged resources to complete the project; and economic, environmental, health, and social benefits associated with the reuse and redevelopment of brownfield sites.

Cleanup Grants provide funding to carry out cleanup activities at specific brownfield sites owned by the applicant. An applicant can apply for up to $200,000 per brownfield site and can submit up to three site-specific cleanup proposals. Applicants that exceed the maximum number of proposals allowable for Cleanup Grants will be contacted, prior to review of any of the proposals by EPA, to determine which proposals the applicant will withdraw from the competition. A separate proposal must be submitted for each site.

An applicant must be the sole owner of the site that is the subject of its Cleanup Grant proposal and must own the site by December 20, 2016, in order to be eligible to receive a cleanup grant. The Brownfields Law requires applicants to provide a 20 percent cost share for Cleanup Grants.

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EPA Brownfield Assessment & Cleanup Grants, Deadline Dec. 20

Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Restoration Act Grants, Deadline Dec. 12

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is accepting Fiscal Year 2017 project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act).  The six goals of the Act are:

1) Restoring and maintaining self-sustaining fish and wildlife resources.
2) Minimizing the impacts of contaminants on fishery and wildlife resources.
3) Protecting, maintaining, and, where degraded and destroyed, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, including the enhancement and creation of wetlands that result in a net gain in the amount of those habitats.
4) Stopping illegal activities adversely impacting fishery and wildlife resources.
5) Restoring threatened and endangered species to viable, self-sustaining levels.
6) Protecting, managing, and conserving migratory birds.

The Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources.  The purpose of the Act is to provide assistance to States, Indian Tribes, and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.  Supported in part by President Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a total of approximately $1.56 million is projected to be available to support projects this fiscal year.  Deadline for proposal submission is Monday, December 12, 2016 by 6:00 pm.

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Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Restoration Act Grants, Deadline Dec. 12