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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Cooperative Weed Management Areas Request for Applications

 

The U.S. Forest Service announces that approximately $640,000 in new funds are expected to be available for Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) in the Great Lakes Basin. For this work, the minimum requested Federal share is $15,000 and the maximum is $40,000. A minimum 20% match of the total project cost is required. This funding will be competitively awarded based on applications received through the February 22, 2019, deadline at Grants.gov.

Background
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes.

As one of the initiative’s 16 task force members, the U.S. Forest Service uses GLRI resources to strategically target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and accelerate progress toward long-term restoration goals for this important ecosystem.

On September 24, 2014, the EPA released GLRI Action Plan II, a new action plan that guides Federal agencies in the protection of watershed resources through FY 2019. Planned actions build on restoration and protection work carried out under the first GLRI Action Plan with a major focus on these goals:

  • Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern
  • Preventing and controlling invasive species
  • Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful/nuisance algal blooms
  • Restoring habitat to protect native species

View more information about GLRI and read the GLRI Action Plan II.

This application is for the GLRI Cooperative Weed Management Areas Program Area. The goal of this program area is to detect, prevent, eradicate, and/or control invasive plant species to promote resiliency, watershed stability, and biological diversity on Federal, State, or private land.

Who May Apply
GLRI funding is available to Cooperative Weed Management Areas (and similar organizations, e.g., Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas and Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management) that work within the Great Lakes Basin of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. CWMAs and similar groups are organized partnerships of Federal, State, and local government agencies, tribes, individuals, and various interested groups that manage invasive species (particularly plants) within a defined area, generally a county or larger in size. Applications may include work on all land ownerships within the Great Lakes watershed of the United States (appendices A and B of the application instructions document has maps and county listings).

How to Apply
See the FY 2019 GLRI CWMA RFA Instructions Document for complete instructions.

Submit all applications for this GLRI funding opportunity through Grants.gov. Search for Grant Opportunity USFS-GLRI-CWMA-2019. Grants.gov has a full set of instructions on how organizations can apply for opportunities on its website.

All forms required for the grant package are available through Grants.gov. Use the Grants.gov workspace to view the instructions and forms, and to complete the application package. Grants.gov recommends submitting your application package 24–48 hours before the closing date to give you time to correct any potential technical issues that disrupt your initial application submission. All applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov, and no alternate submission methods or formats will be accepted.

You must complete several registration steps before you can submit your application. Please review the requirements for submitting an application and take steps early to be ready to submit your application by the February 22, 2019, deadline.

Registrations must be current and in place at the time you submit your application, including these:

  • System for Award Management (SAM) registration
  • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) registration
  • Grants.gov registration by an authorized official representative

Applications no longer require the documented support of State Foresters. However, you are encouraged to work with your State forestry agency and research how your project fits into the goals and objectives of the State Forest Action Plan. Click here to look up State Foresters.

Complete application packages will include the following:

Required forms available through the Grants.gov application package:

  • SF–424, Application for Federal Assistance
  • SF–424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction programs
  • SF–424B, Assurances for Non-Construction programs
  • AD–1047, Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and other Responsibility Matters
  • Attachments Form (must be included in the application package in order to attach additional forms below).

Required forms available through the Grants.gov application package only if applicable as determined by applicant:

  • SF–LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, and/or

FS-1500-35, Certification Regarding Lobbying

  • AD-1049, Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace (for all non-State entities), or

AD-1052, Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace (for State and State Agencies)

  • AD–3030, Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status (for Corporate Applicants)

 

Required agency-specific forms to be submitted by uploading through the Attachments Form available through the Grants.gov application package:

Customer Support for Grants.gov: Customer support is provided via a toll-free number (800–518–4726) and email at support@grants.gov. For questions related to the specific grant opportunity, contact the appropriate person listed below.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 1:30 p.m. Eastern / 12:30 p.m. Central – Webinar to discuss the RFA: purpose of the grant program area, eligibility, and how to apply in the Grants.gov system. View the webinar
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 – Applications must be submitted to the U.S. Forest Service through Grants.gov by 6:00 p.m. Eastern.
  • Friday, March 29, 2019 – U.S. Forest Service expects to notify all applicants regarding selection results.  

 

Review Process

All applications will undergo a preliminary review to dismiss incomplete or ineligible applications. An application review team consisting of staff from the U.S. Forest Service, State forestry agencies, and nongovernmental organizations will collaboratively review, evaluate, and prioritize project applications. The review team will complete the review of applications and develop a recommended ranking list of projects. The recommended list of applications will be submitted to the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Director and Region 9 Regional Forester for approval. All applicants will be notified of the final selection or non-selection of their applications. Full text of all applications and reviewer comments may be posted on our website after selections have been made.

Contact Us
If you have questions regarding the types of projects or components that can be considered, contact your respective U.S. Forest Service Field Office Representative:

New York:
Constance Carpenter, Durham Field Office, conniecarpenter@fs.fed.us, 603–868–7694

Ohio and Pennsylvania:
Al Steele, Morgantown Field Office, asteele@fs.fed.us, 304-285-1544

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana:
Carleen Yocum, St. Paul Field Office, cyocum@fs.fed.us, 651–649–5276

For general questions related to this RFA, contact John Kyhl at jkyhl@fs.fed.us or call 651–366–7706. For questions related to projects occurring on or in coordination with a National Forest, contact Jason Stevens at jasontevens@fs.fed.us or call 414-297-3649.

The ranked list of FY 2016 GLRI Cooperative Weed Management Area proposals has been published.

 


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