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This modification is initiated to clairfy the closing date of this announcement. Applications shall be submitted on or prior to midnight on 01/31/2013.
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Funding Opportunity Number:
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Original Closing Date for Applications:
Jan 31, 2013
Current Closing Date for Applications:
Jan 31, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
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Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Restoration and Implementation
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Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
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Fish and Wildlife Service
There is no "Full announcement" associated with this Notice, as all information is as follows:Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to restore piping plover (Charadrius melodus), a federally threatened shorebird. This opportunity is open to all State and Federal agency personnel, cities, towns or county governments, as well as non-governmental organizations, and individuals. Award InformationWe anticipate that up to $125,000 will be available through this request for proposals. Additional funds will be available in subsequent years. We expect to announce awards in February 2013, and the earliest start date for funded projects may likely be 1 April 2013. Before submitting a proposal for funds, please carefully review all the information and instructions in the RFP.BackgroundRestoration funds ($715,000) were recovered through a natural resource damages settlement with Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc; to compensate for piping plover injured by the Bouchard Barge 120 Oil Spill in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Natural Resource Trustees (Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and State of Rhode Island) prepared a publically reviewed Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (Restoration Plan) that proposes to restore piping plover by implementing an enhanced management program at breeding sites in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The program consists of a three-part approach, including targeted predator management, increased enforcement of local beach ordinances on plover-nesting beaches, and outreach and education. To review the Restoration Plan, visit http://www.fws.gov/newengland.2013 PrioritiesThrough this request we intend to fund proposals that address one or more of the priorities identified in the Restoration Plan. Any predator removal efforts funded under this request must follow the procedures and protocols outlined in the Restoration Plan and all federal, state and local permits must be obtained. Predator removal efforts shall be implemented by USDA Wildlife Services or other qualified professionals. Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:a. Priority will be given to sites located within or close to the area impacted by the Spill (Buzzards Bay, Block Island and the southeast coast of Rhode Island); however, other areas in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will also be considered. Locations outside of MA and RI will not be considered. b. Number of piping plovers likely to benefitc. Site monitoring indicates substantially-reduced reproductive success of piping plovers due to predation or human disturbanced. Likelihood that proposed work will be effective in substantially contributing to increased reproductive success or survival of piping plovers at the site(s)e. Monies cannot be used to meet basic compliance with state and federal laws or to meet mitigation requirements of state and federal permits f. Technical capacity and qualifications of project teamApplicant RequirementsFailure to comply with the following requirements may result in forfeiture of grant eligibility. Projects must be completed within two (2) years of notification of funding. Prior to submitting a proposal, the applicant(s) must contact all contributing partners, as appropriate, including State natural resource agency personnel, Federal biologists and resource managers and relevant local landowners, to discuss the proposed project and ensure that the work can be conducted if funded (required permits can be issued, etc.). Affirmation of support for all partners must be provided on the cover page (see Format below). All participants of funded projects must procure all necessary Federal, State, and local permits prior to project initiation. Landowner permission must be secured and provided with the project application. Each funded organization must obtain a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number for the project and register at http://www.SAMS.govProposal Requirements and FormatA proposal must not exceed 5 pages in length, including cover page, executive summary, tables, an itemized budget, and supplemental information on PI qualifications, etc. The page limit does not include SF-424 or other required forms. Proposals must include the following sections: 1) Cover Page: One page containing the project title, PI(s) and respective affiliations/contact information, the total amount of the request and the total amount of the project (if different), the timeline of the project, and a statement affirming that all PIs and key collaborators are aware of the project and agree to the terms of the proposal. 2) Executive Summary: A one page summary of the proposed project that outlines objectives, demonstrates a need for the project based on past data, and describes the total budget. The summary must be suitable for public release on the USFWS website. 3) Body of the Proposal: Introduction – Brief background – the objectives and anticipated outcome, Methods – A description of project activities in support of objectives, including targeted predator species and timeline, Budget – the budget, with justification , broken down by objective, including any outside funding (matching funds are not required) 4) Qualifications: A statement detailing the qualifications of PIs and partner organizations. Proposals must be accompanied by all required forms (SF – 424, SF – 424A, SF-424B – see http://www.grants.gov). Proposal ReviewA panel of Service and other Federal and State Agency representatives will review the proposals and recommend proposals to the Service for funding. Project rank will be based upon how closely the project meets the criteria addressed above and in the Restoration Plan. While not a requirement, the use of matching funds and partnerships to augment project resources is encouraged, and will be considered in the ranking process. Minimization of overhead and other indirect costs is also encouraged, and will be considered in the ranking process. Indirect costs in excess of 17.5% are not likely to be competitive and may not be supported. All applicants will be notified of the final disposition of their proposals. The final funding amount and specific scope of work for selected proposals will be negotiated between the applicant and the Service. Applicants must be in good standing on all previously awarded Federal grant agreements to be eligible to receive additional funds. Funded applicants will be required to provide semiannual and final project reports. The semiannual reports should be summaries of approximately 1-2 pages, must be suitable for public distribution, and should include statements about project progress and unexpected setbacks or challenges. The final report must include an executive summary, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions, and final budget details. The final project report is due within 90 days from the end of the grant and must be approved by the Service prior to final payment. Funded applicants must be aware that any deviations from the procedures or objectives specified in an approved project proposal must be presented to, and approved by, the Service before implementing any such deviations.Deadline and Award DetailsClosing date: January 31, 2013. Proposals must be submitted by midnight on January 13 to be considered for review. Estimated number of awards: 5. Estimated total funding $125,000. Award ceiling: $50,000. Award floor: $10,000. These details are available for download in PDF format at the following URL: http://www.fws.gov/PipingPlover2013
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