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Shellfish, Salt Marsh, and Eelgrass Restoration Massachusetts

ID: USDA-NRCS-MA-SHELL-24-NOFO0001382 • Type: Posted

Description

Notice of Funding Opportunity Summary

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing potential availability of cooperative agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources to assist with conducting important coastal restoration throughout Massachusetts. NRCS recognizes the importance of shellfish, salt marsh, and eelgrass restoration and the beneficial outcomes it can have on the environment and climate change. Restoration of rare and declining communities, including coastal habitats has been an underutilized practice in Massachusetts. This agreement will be used to encourage the restoration of coastal habitats through the use of this NRCS practice by conducting outreach, providing training, identifying and completing projects, and monitoring of outcomes.

NRCS-Massachusetts is making a funding opportunity available for applicants to submit proposals with an award ceiling of $600,000 and a minimum project award of $300,000. NRCS will be awarding a cooperative agreement for up to a five-year period. If, in coordination with NRCS, additional resources are needed at a rate that exceeds this schedule, NRCS may add funds to this agreement to support continued partnership over the performance period.

The primary goal is to expand coastal restoration to NRCS customers throughout eastern Massachusetts. The project list ranges in size from less than an acre private or leased property to several hundred-acre private properties. Applicants will identify the average number of projects they could complete with a minimum of five being acceptable for this agreement. NRCS will work with the selected applicant to make the choice of priority restoration sites each year of the agreement based on interest and need. Applicants will be required to hold 1-2 restoration trainings per year for NRCS staff and partners to expand their knowledge on the subject. Applicants should provide a list of training ideas to NRCS for the length of the agreement. Applicants will be awarded based on the specified scoring criteria in Section E of this announcement. Eligible applicants are identified in Section C of this announcement. Applicants should be familiar with all applicable state, federal, local laws, policies, and regulations that apply to coastal restoration in the locales of Massachusetts.

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Key Dates

Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on June 29, 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 30, 2024, and expects to execute awards by August 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 announcing potential availability of cooperative agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources to assist with conducting important coastal restoration throughout Massachusetts. NRCS recognizes the importance of shellfish, salt marsh, and eelgrass restoration and the beneficial outcomes it can have on the environment and climate change. The primary goal is to expand coastal restoration to NRCS customers throughout eastern Massachusetts.

Grant Details
The agreement will be used to encourage the restoration of coastal habitats through conducting outreach, providing training, identifying and completing projects, and monitoring outcomes. The project list ranges in size from less than an acre private or leased property to several hundred-acre private properties. Applicants will identify the average number of projects they could complete with a minimum of five being acceptable for this agreement.
NRCS will work with the selected applicant to make the choice of priority restoration sites each year of the agreement based on interest and need. Applicants will be required to hold 1-2 restoration trainings per year for NRCS staff and partners to expand their knowledge on the subject.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants are identified in Section C of this announcement. Applicants should be familiar with all applicable state, federal, local laws, policies, and regulations that apply to coastal restoration in Massachusetts.

Period of Performance
NRCS will be awarding a cooperative agreement for up to a five-year period. If additional resources are needed at a rate that exceeds this schedule, NRCS may add funds to this agreement to support continued partnership over the performance period.

Grant Value
$600,000 award ceiling with a minimum project award of $300,000.

Place of Performance
Coastal restoration services must be performed in Massachusetts.

Overview

Category of Funding
Agriculture
Funding Instruments
Cooperative Agreement
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 5/30/24 Natural Resources Conservation Service posted grant opportunity USDA-NRCS-MA-SHELL-24-NOFO0001382 for Shellfish, Salt Marsh, and Eelgrass Restoration Massachusetts with funding of $600,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 10.902 Soil and Water Conservation. It is expected that one grant will be made worth between $300,000 and $600,000.

Timing

Posted Date
May 30, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT
Closing Date
June 29, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Past Due
Closing Date Explanation
Applications must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
Last Updated
May 30, 2024, 3:47 p.m. EDT
Version
1
Archive Date
July 29, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Info
This opportunity is open to all domestic applicants. Neither foreign entities or individuals are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$600,000
Floor
$300,000
Estimated Program Funding
$600,000
Estimated Number of Grants
1

Contacts

Contact
Jessica Benavides-Paredes Grantor
Email Description
If you have any questions related to preparing application content.
Contact Phone
(000) 000-0000
Additional Information
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