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FY 2024 Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Partnership Grants

Type: Posted • Opportunity: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2024-25198

Description

The principal objective of the Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Partnership Grants solicitation is to support the recovery of the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon. Proposals submitted under this solicitation will be evaluated based on alignment with program priorities, including: 1) consistency with priority habitat restoration actions identified in the 2019 Recovery Plan for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and the Species in the Spotlight Priority Actions: 2021-2025 5-year action plan for Atlantic salmon; 2) improvement of fish passage and connectivity between the Gulf of Maine and freshwater spawning and rearing habitats within designated Critical Habitat, in locations with river-specific stocks or within a river that hosts a wild or naturally reared run of Atlantic salmon; 3) incorporation of proven restoration techniques, focusing on removal of barriers as the highest priority. Proposals may include the following types of activities: feasibility studies; planning and assessments directly linked to restoration implementation; engineering design and permitting; on-the-ground implementation; pre- and post-removal implementation monitoring; stakeholder engagement, or a combination thereof. The principal objective of the Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Partnership Grants solicitation is to support the recovery of the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon. Proposals submitted under this solicitation will be evaluated based on alignment with program priorities, including: 1) consistency with priority habitat restoration actions identified in the 2019 Recovery Plan for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and the Species in the Spotlight Priority Actions: 2021-2025 5-year action plan for Atlantic salmon; 2) improvement of fish passage and connectivity between the Gulf of Maine and freshwater spawning and rearing habitats within designated Critical Habitat, in locations with river-specific stocks or within a river that hosts a wild or naturally reared run of Atlantic salmon; 3) incorporation of proven restoration techniques, focusing on removal of barriers as the highest priority. Proposals may include the following types of activities: feasibility studies; planning and assessments directly linked to restoration implementation; engineering design and permitting; on-the-ground implementation; pre- and post-removal implementation monitoring; stakeholder engagement, or a combination thereof.

Proposals selected through this solicitation may be funded through multi-year cooperative agreements. NOAA anticipates typical federal funding for awards will range from $100,000 to $700,000 over three years. NOAA will not accept proposals with a federal funding request of less than $100,000 or more than $1.5 million total over three years. NOAA anticipates up to $700,000 will be available under this solicitation in FY24 to support the first year of selected projects. Funds will be administered by the Community-based Restoration Program within the NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation. Awards are dependent upon the amount of funds Congress makes available to NOAA in the FY24 - FY26 budgets.

Background
The principal objective of the Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Partnership Grants solicitation is to support the recovery of the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon. The program priorities include consistency with priority habitat restoration actions identified in the 2019 “Recovery Plan for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon” and the “Species in the Spotlight Priority Actions: 2021-2025” 5-year action plan for Atlantic salmon.

The proposals will be evaluated based on their ability to demonstrate how the proposed habitat restoration actions will contribute to the recovery of the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon, identified by NMFS as a “Species in the Spotlight”.

Grant Details
The grant aims to improve fish passage and connectivity between the Gulf of Maine and freshwater spawning and rearing habitats within designated Critical Habitat, in locations with river-specific stocks or within a river that hosts a wild or naturally reared run of Atlantic salmon. It also focuses on incorporating proven restoration techniques, with a priority on removal of barriers.

The proposals may include feasibility studies, planning and assessments directly linked to restoration implementation, engineering design and permitting, on-the-ground implementation, pre- and post-removal implementation monitoring, stakeholder engagement, or a combination thereof.

Proposals selected through this solicitation may be funded through multi-year cooperative agreements. NOAA anticipates typical federal funding for awards will range from $100,000 to $700,000 over three years.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profits, commercial (for profit) organizations, and state, local and Native American tribal governments. Applicants must propose work within one or more Salmon Habitat Recovery Units (SHRUs) in the state of Maine. Federal agencies or employees of federal agencies are not eligible to apply.

Period of Performance
NOAA anticipates that the period of performance for most awards will be for 3 years. Award periods may be extended up to five years at the discretion of NOAA and based on project needs.

Grant Value
Up to $700,000 will be available under this solicitation in FY 2024 to support the first year of selected projects. Dependent on the level of funding made available by Congress, NOAA anticipates an additional $1.5 million may be available over the next two years (FY 2025 - FY 2026) to support selected awards.

Place of Performance
Applicants must propose work within one or more Salmon Habitat Recovery Units (SHRUs) in the state of Maine.

Overview

Category of Funding
Natural Resources
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Program (CFDA)
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 1/31/24 the Department of Commerce posted grant opportunity NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2024-25198 for FY 2024 Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Partnership Grants. The grant will be issued under grant program 11.463 Habitat Conservation.

Timing

Posted Date
Jan. 31, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
March 31, 2026, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 765 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis as they are received annually. To assure consideration for funding in the current federal fiscal year, applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 1, 2024. To assure consideration for funding in subsequent fiscal years, applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2025, and March 31, 2026. Applications received after these deadlines may be processed and considered for funding in the current fiscal year or in the next fiscal year, subject to the availability of funds. Applications must be received by www.Grants.gov.
Last Updated
Jan. 31, 2024, 9:40 a.m. EST
Version
8
Archive Date
April 30, 2026

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
State governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Private institutions of higher education
City or township governments
County governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Additional Info
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, non-profits, commercial (for profit) organizations, and state, local and Native American tribal governments. Applicants must propose work within one or more Salmon Habitat Recovery Units (SHRUs) in the state of Maine. Physical and/or mailing addresses for applicant organizations are not required to be located within the SHRU boundaries. The SHRUs encompass the full range of the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic salmon, including: 1) Merrymeeting Bay, which covers the Androscoggin and Kennebec, and extends east to include the Sheepscot, Pemaquid, Medomak, and St. George watersheds; 2) Penobscot Bay, which covers the entire Penobscot basin and extends west to and includes the Ducktrap watershed; and 3) Downeast Coastal, including all coastal watersheds from the Union River east to the Dennys River.Applications from federal agencies or employees of federal agencies will not be considered. Federal agencies are strongly encouraged to work with states, non-governmental organizations, municipal and county governments, and others that are eligible to apply.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$1,500,000
Floor
$100,000
Estimated Program Funding
Not Provided
Estimated Number of Grants
Not Listed

Contacts

Contact
Maria Aguiniga Grants Management Specialist
Email Description
Office
Contact Phone
(301) 628-1384

Documents

Posted documents for NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2024-25198

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