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Mississippi Conservation Delivery for Outreach, Education, and Technical Assistance

Type: Posted • Opportunity: USDA-NRCS-MS-MULTI-24-NOFO0001364

Description

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is seeking support from natural resource conservation partners to work together to help enhance conservation delivery in the State of Mississippi. The overall intent of this announcement is to solicit partnerships to help enhance the implementation of key conservation objectives and priorities outlined further in this document.

Proposals will be accepted from eligible entities delivering conservation programs and services in Mississippi for competitive consideration of awards for projects between one (1) and five (5) years in duration. NRCS anticipates the amount of funding available for this announcement will be approximately $5,000,000 which may be awarded to multiple recipients. Proposed projects must be performed in the State of Mississippi.

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 noncompliant applications may be eliminated from competition and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. The Mississippi State Conservationist reserves the right not to fund any or all applications. NRCS will accept applications under this notice for single or multiyear applications submitted by eligible entities.

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 3, 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 15, 2024 and expects to execute awards by September 15, 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 seeking support from natural resource conservation partners to work together to help enhance conservation delivery in the State of Mississippi. The overall intent of this announcement is to solicit partnerships to help enhance the implementation of key conservation objectives and priorities outlined further in this document.

Grant Details
The goals and objectives of this program include using climate-smart management and sound science to enhance the health and productivity of agricultural lands, leading efforts to adapt to the consequences of climate change in agriculture and forestry, restoring, protecting, and conserving watersheds, increasing carbon sequestration, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting agricultural health, building resilient food systems and infrastructure, fostering agricultural innovation, promoting environmental justice, increasing food security, and fostering a culture of civil rights, diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, transparency, and accountability. Conservation partners are invited to apply for NRCS assistance with projects focused on key conservation objectives such as Climate Smart Agriculture, Easement Program Technical Assistance, Conservation Outreach, and Organic and Specialty Workshops. Proposed projects must be performed in the state of Mississippi.

Eligibility Requirements
Proposals will be accepted from eligible entities delivering conservation programs and services in Mississippi for competitive consideration of awards for projects between one (1) and five (5) years in duration. Eligible applicants include city or township governments, county governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education), nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education), private institutions of higher education, public and State-controlled institutions of higher education, small businesses, special district governments, and state governments.

Period of Performance
Projects may be between one (1) and five (5) years in duration with an estimated project start date of September 15, 2024. The agency anticipates making selections by June 15, 2024 and expects to execute awards by September 15, 2024.

Grant Value
NRCS anticipates the amount of funding available for this announcement will be approximately $5,000,000 which may be awarded to multiple recipients. The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $50,000 and the estimated funding ceiling is $1,000,000.

Place of Performance
Proposed projects must be performed in the State of Mississippi.

Overview

Category of Funding
Agriculture
Environment
Natural Resources
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 3/4/24 Natural Resources Conservation Service posted grant opportunity USDA-NRCS-MS-MULTI-24-NOFO0001364 for Mississippi Conservation Delivery for Outreach, Education, and Technical Assistance with funding of $5.0 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 10.902 Soil and Water Conservation. It is expected that 20 total grants will be made worth between $50,000 and $1.0 million.

Timing

Posted Date
March 4, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
May 3, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 20 Days
Last Updated
March 4, 2024, 10:02 a.m. EST
Version
1
Archive Date
June 2, 2024

Eligibility

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

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$1,000,000
Floor
$50,000
Estimated Program Funding
$5,000,000
Estimated Number of Grants
20

Contacts

Contact
Sandra Jerzak Grant Management Specialist
Email Description
If you have any questions related to preparing application content.
Contact Phone
(507) 591-4280
Additional Information
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