Grant program to support coastal watershed restoration
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a request for applications (RFA) from eligible entities to administer a sub-award grant program to support goals of the Southeast New England Program for coastal watershed restoration. EPA expects the total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity will be up to $5 million for FY2017 and up to $12 million over three years pending federal appropriations.
The Southeast New England Program (SNEP) serves as a collaborative framework for advancing ecosystem resiliency; protecting and restoring water quality, habitat and ecosystem function; and developing and applying innovative policy, science and technology to environmental management in southeast coastal New England. Objectives under these goals include improving water quality to reduce the impact of nutrients on water quality and aquatic life; restoring physical processes that support critical habitat and ecosystem function; and aligning restoration and management efforts on a regional scale to achieve greater effectiveness and efficiency.
This RFA focuses primarily on reducing the impacts of nutrients, especially nitrogen, on aquatic life and coastal ecosystems, restoring physical processes that support critical habitat and ecosystem function, and measuring, monitoring, and reporting change in condition and the effectiveness of actions. Under this focus, EPA intends to fund a single entity to manage a competitive sub-award grant program to support projects that build capacity to implement strategic protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems and their watersheds, including associated water quality and aquatic habitats, in southeast New England.
Eligible applicants under this RFA are tribal, state, regional and local governments; institutes of higher education; nonprofit institutions and organizations; intertribal consortia; and interstate agencies. Applicants must have the authority and ability to work in all SNEP state, regional, and local jurisdictions, and be capable of undertaking activities that advance SNEP priorities. Applicants may include existing partnerships of organizations, partnerships of organizations formally created in response to this RFA, and individual organizations. For the purposes of this program, a partnership is an entity linked with or in a collaborative arrangement with other groups or organizations having similar goals for the restoration of southeast coastal New England. The selected recipient will manage the assistance agreement to bring together partners and to provide sub-awards to eligible sub-awardees. EPA expressly reserves the right to make no award or to incrementally fund a selected one.
Initial applications are due June 12, 2017. An information webinar will be held Tuesday, May 9, 2017.