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					Coral Reef Grants Workshop
Targeted Watersheds Grants
         Program

       • Designed to encourage
         successful community-based
         approaches and
         management techniques to
         protect and restore the
         nations waters.
            Eligibility Criteria
• Nominations submitted by the Governor
• States/territories may prepare or solicit
  watershed proposals in a manner most
  appropriate to their state and nominate the most
  meritorious to EPA.
• Watershed organizations should contact their
  State as soon as possible to ascertain its
  internal procedures.
• Governors are limited to two watershed
  nominations within their jurisdiction.
    Application Requirements

• EPA will consider any activity that will
  result in the protection, preservation, and
  restoration of a watershed, that
  incorporates a watershed-based
  approach, is well developed and will
  produce measurable environmental
  outcomes.
• Projects must be ready-to-go and have a wide array of
  public support.

• Projects must show measurable environmental results in
  a short time frame (2-3 yrs) and quantify their particular
  environmental parameter during the course of the
  project.

• The criteria that will be used to evaluate the nominations
  include:
                     Innovation
                     Tangible Solutions
                     Broad Support
                     Outreach Program
                     Financial Integrity
          Funding Amounts

• This year, grant awards will range from
  $600,000 to $900,000, and a 25% non-
  federal match is required.
2004 Solicitation Process


• 14 watersheds were selected

• Grants ranged from $700,000 to
  $1,300,000 with an additional 25%
  leveraged from other sources.
    2003 Solicitation Process
• EPA received 176 nominations including
  projects in every state, Puerto Rico and
  the Virgin Islands.

• 20 watersheds were selected.

• Grants ranged from $300K to $1M
                Example
• Hanalei Bay Watershed Initiative funding
  will be awarded the Hanalei Heritage River
  Program to support local efforts for
  ecologic restoration, community
  development and historic and cultural
  preservation. Planned projects include:
  cesspool replacement, exclusion fencing,
  erosion control BMP implementation, and
  monitoring.
 Five Star Restoration Program

• The Five Star Restoration Program brings
  together students, conservation corps,
  other youth groups, citizen groups,
  corporations, landowners and government
  agencies to provide environmental
  education and training through projects
  that restore wetlands and streams.
• The program provides challenge grants,
  technical support and opportunities for
  information exchange to enable
  community-based restoration projects.
  Eligibility Criteria


• Grassroots organizations

• Community Groups
    Application Requirements

• Five Star Restoration Grant applications
  can be downloaded from the National Fish
  and Wildlife Foundation site at:
  http://nfwf.org/programs/5star-rfp.htm
          Funding Amounts

• EPA's funding levels are modest,
  averaging about $10,000 per project.
  However, when combined with the
  contributions of partners, projects that
  make a meaningful contribution to
  communities become possible.
Geographic Distribution
         Example – Puerto Rico
•   Project Name: Culebra Island Coral Reef Restoration
•   Five-Star Funds:$13,950
•   Grant To: Culebra Island Fishermen Association
•   Project Location:Culebra, Puerto Rico

• The Culebra Island Fisherman Association will train
  volunteer divers on coral conservation and aquaculture,
  expand an existing system of coral aquaculture farms to
  provide a sustainable source of propagules for future
  restoration efforts, produce geo-referenced maps to plan
  future restoration efforts, and initiate a pilot coral reef
  restoration program at one of the identified sites.
                    Example - USVI
•   Project Name: Protect Lameshur Bay Mangrove Forest
•   Five-Star Funds:$16,080
•   Grant To: Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
•   Project Location:Lameshur Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands

• The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
  (VIMAS) at the University of the Virgin Islands
  will provide elementary school children on St.
  John and St. Thomas islands with an opportunity
  to learn about the ecological and socio-
  economic values of mangrove ecosystems
  through interactive and critical thinking activities,
  targeted educational materials, and a workshop
  series/tour of the restoration area.
• As part of this project, mangrove seedlings
  will be propagated and monitored on
  Lameshur Bay.
• Schoolchildren will then have an
  opportunity to tour the areas and view the
  restoration in process;
• Educational materials will be provided to
  the students in the form of comic and
  coloring books.
              Example - Hawaii
• Project Name: Hanalei Watershed Riparian Restoration
  Five Star Grant: $13,000
  Grant to: Hanalei Heritage River Program
  Project Location: Hanalei, Hawaii

• The Hanalei Heritage River Program, in
  partnership with the University of Hawaii, the
  Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and others, will
  develop riparian restoration techniques for the
  lower Hanalei River watershed in order to
  reduce significant bank erosion and flood
  damage caused by non-native riparian weeds.
  Project partners will remove these exotic species
  and plant native vegetation using several
  different experimental techniques.
• The local school and community groups will
  derive educational benefits by participating in
  the propagation and planting of the native
  riparian plants, monitoring of experimental
  areas, and interpretation of the river and riparian
  vegetation. The results of the work will be used
  to develop and implement a comprehensive
  riparian management plan for the Hanalei River,
  an American Heritage River.
  Wetlands Program Development
             Grants
• priority is given to funding projects that
  address the three priority areas identified
  by EPA:
  – Developing a comprehensive monitoring and
    assessment program;
  – improving the effectiveness of compensatory
    mitigation; and
  – refining the protection of vulnerable wetlands
    and aquatic resources.
          Eligibility Criteria

• States, local governments, and national
  non-profit, non-governmental
  organizations are eligible to apply.
    Application Requirements
• work plans must include:
  – (1) A summary of key objectives, outcomes,
    and final products;
  – (2) A detailed description of project tasks, an
    explanation of environmental results of the
    project and how the project will contribute to
    developing or improving the wetland program;
  – (3) Address the selection criteria specified in
    Section V
– (4) A strategy for transferring the knowledge
  or techniques gained through this effort to
  other areas and a description of how the
  results can be adapted to other areas;

– (5) A project monitoring and evaluation
  component including performance evaluation
  measures and reporting schedule;

– (6) A time-line or period of performance
  estimating activities from the start of the grant.
  Qualify if some work is seasonal or tied to a
  specific date;
• (7) A budget and estimated funding amounts for each
  work plan component - the budget should correspond to
  the SF424 Grant Application form budget categories.
  Budgets must include all items in the total project costs,
  not just those for the Federal Share. Remember to
  include the required match to the budget;

• (8) A description of roles and responsibilities of the
  recipient and any major partners in carrying out the work
  plan commitments;

• (9) Contact information for the Program Manager, Grant
  Project Lead Manager, and Account Manager who will
  be responsible for the project;
Geographic Distribution

 • Region 02      -   72

   – New Jersey       22
   – New York         46
   – Puerto Rico      3
   – Virgin Islands   1
                  Example
• University of Hawaii, Hawaii Institute of
  Marine Biology

• Under this grant, which was awarded pursuant
  to a competitive process under the Wetlands
  Grants Program, we are providing $86,354 and
  the University is providing $28,792 for the
  assessment, mapping, and monitoring the
  health. of coral reefs.
• The areas selected are coral reefs adjacent to streams
  and water bodies impaired by pollutants as identified
  under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.

• The grantee will document baseline conditions of the
  reefs so that changes as a result of management
  activities taken in the TMDL process can be monitored.

• The grant money will fund studies under the Hawaii
  Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program
  (CRAMP), an ongoing statewide coral reef assessment
  project. Region 9's grant will enable the program to
  assess additional reefs in areas where pollutants such
  as sediments and nutrients may affect the health of the
  coral reef ecosystems.
                   Example
• Hawaii Department of Land and Natural
  Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources.
• Under this grant, which was also awarded under
  the Region’s competitive Wetlands Grant
  Program, EPA is providing $103,145, and the
  State of Hawaii is providing $37,975 to address
  alien seaweed.
• Alien species invasions of Hawaii’s coral reefs
  are a major threat to the survival of these reefs.
  In some areas, alien seaweeds are overgrowing
  coral reefs and the ecosystem is rapidly shifting
  from diverse coral reefs to a seaweed dominant
  community.
• The only control mechanism currently available
  to address seaweed present in the reefs is labor
  intensive hand removal of the plants in such a
  way which does not damage the coral and does
  not fragment the seaweed which results in its
  spread to new sites.
• Under the grant program, DLNR will train
  volunteer groups to eradicate alien seaweeds.
  Educational displays warning the public about
  alien seaweeds will be developed for the airports
  and Waikiki Aquarium.
Clean Water State Revolving Fund
• Since 1995, 28 percent of all CWSRF loan
  agreements have been used to fund
  nonpoint source pollution control projects.

• Also states can use the SRF to implement
  Comprehensive Coastal Management
  Plans developed through EPA’s National
  Estuary Program.
            Eligibility Criteria
• Typical applicants have been municipalities and
  other public organizations. However, more than
  15 states now accept loan applications from not-
  for-profit organizations or private entities.

• Oftentimes, not-for-profit organizations partner
  with other state agencies, government loan
  programs, municipalities or banks.
    Application Requirements
• EPA must receive the state/territories
  proposals by June 30. Therefore, you
  should contact your state/territory
  representative to coordinate the
  appropriate process and timeline.

• You may contact Pedro Modesto at (787)
  977-5828.
                  Example
• Winona Wetlands Purchase
• The City of Port Townsend, Washington was
  able to meet both storm water management
  objectives and a wetlands preservation goal by
  obtaining funding from Washington's SRF to
  purchase an area known as the Winona
  Wetlands. This wetland acts as a critical storm
  water basin for the area and provides valuable
  wildlife habitat.
  Environmental Education Grants
• The goal of the program is to support
  environmental education (EE) projects that
  enhance the public’s awareness,
  knowledge, and skills to make informed
  and responsible decisions that affect
  environmental quality.
           Eligibility Criteria
• Colleges and universities, local and tribal
  education agencies, state education or
  environmental agencies, not-for-profit
  organizations, and non-commercial
  educational broadcasting entities are
  eligible to apply for funds under the
  program.
     Application Requirements
• Factors considered in making final selections
  include:
• .. cost-effectiveness
• .. effectiveness of collaboration and partnerships
• .. environmental or educational importance of
  the project
• .. effectiveness of delivery methods
• .. methods for evaluating and improving project
• .. measurable results
• .. geographic distribution of projects
          Funding Amounts
• Since 1992, EPA has received between $2
  and $3 million in grant funding per year
  and has awarded nearly 2,900 grants.
  Grantees are located in all 50 states and
  various U.S. territories.

• In 2004, a total of 178 grants were given
  for a total amount of $2,780,786.
Geographic Distribution
Geographic Distribution – Region 2
                     Example
• Sea Life Park Marine Research Education
  Foundation $5,000

  Beach Detectives - Investigating Marine Environments
  This grant supports a project that combines nine teacher
  training workshops with a one-hour educational
  television program "KidScience" to present a curriculum
  for fifth and sixth graders that identifies sources and
  impacts of pollution affecting beach and marine
  environments. Follow-up class field trips take
  participants to community beach sites to implement the
  "Beach Detectives" curriculum and activities. Data
  collected from student beach research is posted on the
  KidScience Internet home page.
• Tropical Reforestation and Ecosystems Education
  (TREE) Center $12,310

• Environmental Restoration in Hawaii

• The Tropical Reforestation and Ecosystems Education
  (TREE) Center on the island of Hawaii is conducting an
  adult education program on environmental issues
  affecting the native Hawaiian habitat. The grant provides
  funding for classroom lectures, hands-on projects on
  how to propagate endemic Hawaiian plants, field study,
  and a case study project to restore habitat with native
  plants. Restoration work is designed to assist in the
  completion of the interpretive site at the Kaloko-
  Honokohau National Historical Park.
    Clean Water Act Section 319(h)
    Nonpoint Source Implementation
               Grants
•   This program supports the establishment
    of the State Nonpoint Source Management
    Program. The Nonpoint Source
    Management Program is intended to assist
    the States and Territories in their
    implementation of their broad array of
    authorities to address all of the water
    quality threats and impairments caused by
    nonpoint source pollution.
 Clean Water Act Section 604(b)
Water Quality Management Planning
              Program
•   Water Quality Management Planning Grants
    are awarded to States to support water
    quality management planning activities.
•   Priority is given to watershed restoration
    planning. The grants are authorized by
    Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act and
    are generally awarded to state water quality
    agencies as continuing environmental
    program agreements.
   Clean Water Act Section 106
  Water Pollution Control Program
• This program supports the establishment of the State
  Water Quality Program to control surface water pollution.

• Elements of the Water Quality Program include the
  development of Water Quality Standards; issuance of
  Water Quality Certificates or where delegated the
  issuance of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination
  System (NPDES) permits; enforcement; development of
  the bi-annual Water Quality Integrated Report (CWA
  305(b) Report and CWA 303(d) list); development and
  establishment of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL).
            Eligibility Criteria
•   Funds under this program are available to
    State and Tribal Agencies.
•   Non-Government Organizations are
    encouraged to contact the Puerto Rico
    Environmental Quality Board or the U.S. Virgin
    Islands Department of Environmental
    Protection to confirm opportunities (contracts
    or grants) for non-government organizations in
    any given Fiscal Year.
              Contacts
• EPA: Edna Villanueva, PPG Project
  Officer (787) 977-5861

• DPNR: Anita Nibbs (340) 773-1082
Clean Water Act Section 104(b)(3)
    Water Quality Cooperative
      Agreements Program
• The grants are used to develop,
  implement, and demonstrate innovative
  approaches relating to the causes, effects,
  extent, prevention, reduction, and
  elimination of water pollution.
           Eligibility Criteria

• Assistance under this program is generally
  available to States, territories, Indian
  Tribes, and possessions of the U.S.
  (including the District of Columbia); public
  and private universities and colleges;
  hospitals; laboratories; and other public or
  private nonprofit institutions and
  individuals.
    Application Requirements

• Applicants may be requested to
  demonstrate they have appropriate
  background, academic training,
  experience in the field, and necessary
  equipment to carry out projects.

• There is no match requirement.
• The funds will support research,
  investigations, experiments, training,
  demonstration, surveys, and studies
  relating to the prevention, reduction, and
  elimination of water pollution.
         EPA STAR Grants
• National Center for Environmental
  Research’s Science to Achieve Results
  (STAR) program funds research grants
  and graduate fellowships in numerous
  environmental science and engineering
  disciplines through a competitive
  solicitation process.
           Eligibility Criteria
• STAR Requests for Applications invite
  research proposals from academic and
  non-profit institutions located in the U.S.,
  and state and local governments.
    Application Requirements
• Click on the highlighted funding
  opportunities below to view the
  announcement on screen (HTML). Click
  on the following for standard STAR grant
  application forms and instructions --
  Forms/Standard Instructions and
  additional Quality Systems Guidance for
  STAR Grants -- available in MSWord and
  PDF formats.
          Funding Amounts

• Grants and/or cooperative agreements are
  expected to be awarded in the range of
  $150,000 - $300,000 per year for up to
  three years, contingent on availability of
  funds, progress of the research, and
  programmatic needs.
       Current Opportunities
• Nonlinear Responses to Global Change in
  Linked Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems
  - Open: June 30, 2005 - September 29,
  2005
• STAR Fellowships For Graduate
  Environmental Study - Open: July 7, 2005
  - Closing: October 18, 2005, 4:00 pm
  EST
More information at:

• www.epa.gov/ncer/grants/

				
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