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Caribbean Partners for Conservation (CPC) Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Announcement for Program Funding – Caribbean Area

Type: Posted • Opportunity: USDA-NRCS-PR-MULTI-24-NOFO0001338

Description

Notice of Funding Opportunity Summary

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing the potential availability of funding for agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration and developing state and community-level conservation leadership. Proposals must be for projects based in the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)) and focus on conservation issues as noted in Section A (2) of this notice. Collaborative projects that provide on-the-ground support for Caribbean NRCS Field Offices are highly encouraged. Research proposals will not be accepted, nor considered. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2024 will be up to $1,500,000.00. Proposals are requested from City or township governments, county governments, Federally recognized Native American tribal governments, state governments, nonprofits having or not having a 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education), or institutions of higher education for competitive consideration of awards for 2 projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. Organizations may use this opportunity to request additional funding for existing agreements in the Caribbean Area.

Awarded organizations may be required to attend administrative training and may be required to present project updates in the form of a formal presentation to the Caribbean NRCS leadership.

This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or non-compliant proposals may be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant.

For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D. of the full Notice of Funding Opportunity for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov.

Key Dates

Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 8th, 2024. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800- 518-4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts.

For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.). Questions related to eligibility, or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed.

The agency anticipates making selections by June 1st, 2024 and expects to execute awards by July 20th, 2024. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

Background
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing the potential availability of funding for agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration and developing state and community-level conservation leadership. The goals and objectives of this program are to use climate-smart management and sound science to enhance the health and productivity of agricultural lands, lead efforts to adapt to the consequences of climate change in agriculture and forestry, restore, protect, and conserve watersheds to ensure clean, abundant, and continuous provision of water resources, protect agricultural health by minimizing major diseases, pests, and wildlife conflicts, and foster agricultural innovation.

Grant Details
The purpose of the Caribbean Partners for Conservation awards will be to leverage NRCS and partner resources on proposals that address specific goals such as increasing implementation of conservation practices that promote soil health principles, aiding in adapting to and mitigating against increasing extreme weather events, increasing productivity of grasslands and improving animal husbandry, providing habitat for local wildlife species of concern, supporting urban farming and conservation efforts in Puerto Rico and the USVI. Priority will be placed on projects that provide support to both Puerto Rico and USVI field offices and/or clients, support landscape planning efforts at the watershed or landscape level that reduces sediment and nutrient loading, conduct conservation planning assistance including certification of field practices with producers.

Eligibility Requirements
Proposals are requested from City or township governments, county governments, Federally recognized Native American tribal governments, state governments, nonprofits having or not having a 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education), or institutions of higher education for competitive consideration of awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. Organizations may use this opportunity to request additional funding for existing agreements in the Caribbean Area.

Period of Performance
Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration with an estimated project start date of June 1st, 2024. The agency anticipates making selections by June 1st, 2024 and expects to execute awards by July 20th, 2024.

Grant Value
NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2024 will be up to $1,500,000.00. The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $75,000.00, and the estimated funding ceiling is $200,000.00.

Place of Performance
Proposed projects must be performed in Puerto Rico and/or U.S. Virgin Islands.

Overview

Category of Funding
Agriculture
Environment
Natural Resources
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 2/8/24 Natural Resources Conservation Service posted grant opportunity USDA-NRCS-PR-MULTI-24-NOFO0001338 for Caribbean Partners for Conservation (CPC) Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Announcement for Program Funding – Caribbean Area with funding of $1.5 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 10.902 Soil and Water Conservation. It is expected that 6 total grants will be made worth between $75,000 and $200,000.

Timing

Posted Date
Feb. 8, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
May 8, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 64 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Applications must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
Last Updated
Feb. 8, 2024, 12:35 p.m. EST
Version
1
Archive Date
June 7, 2024

Eligibility

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

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$200,000
Floor
$75,000
Estimated Program Funding
$1,500,000
Estimated Number of Grants
6

Contacts

Contact
Alberto Aviles Grantor
Email Description
If you have any questions related to preparing application content.
Contact Phone
(860) 871-4220
Additional Information
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