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Funding Opportunities/E-mail list

Posted on behalf of Michael Russ <RUSS.MICHAEL@epamail.epa.gov>

In response to comments made at the Fall, 1998 Great Lakes Planning meeting,
the USEPA's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) has begun posting
information about funding opportunities which may be helpful in addressing
Great Lakes priorities.  We will not be able to identify all such offerings,
but will try to keep our e-mail list informed of those which are brought to
our attention.  Information about these offerings will be posted to:

Anyone interested in joining the e-mail distribution list for this
information can join the "moderated group" receiving our information by
sending an email with only the word *subscribe* (w/out quotes) in the body
to: funding-request@glnpo.net

The web page at http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/fundoptn.html currently
includes information about offerings from: USEPA-GLNPO (closes 1/15/1999);
USEPA-ORD (various closing dates from 1/21/1999-2/18/1999); USEPA - Wetlands
and others *Five-Star Restoration Challenge* (closes 2/1/1999); and Health
Canada - Health Protection Branch (closes 2/26/1999).  An RFA from USEPA -
EMPACT (closes 3/26/1999) will be posted to this web site shortly.  For your
convenience, I have included below the information GLNPO has recently sent
out to our e-mail list regarding each of the offerings, including
information about the USEPA-EMPACT offering which will not be posted to our
website until early January.

USEPA-GLNPO Request for Preproposals

USEPA*s Great Lakes National Program Office is requesting Preproposals for
Great Lakes projects.  This request is part of the *FY1999-2000 Great Lakes
Priorities and Funding Guidance" and seeks Preproposals for projects
  -   Contaminated Sediments
  -   Pollution Prevention and Reduction (Binational Toxics Strategy)
  -   Habitat (Ecological) Protection and Restoration
  -   Exotic Species
  -   Emerging Issues

A total of $3.8 million is targeted for awards in the Summer and Fall of
1999.  The deadline for Preproposals is January 15, 1999.  We are again
requesting that preproposals be developed using our electronic Preproposal
Submission System (PSS2).  State pollution control agencies, interstate
agencies, other public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions,
organizations, and individuals are eligible to apply.

The Great Lakes Funding Guidance and the PSS2 program are also available on
the Internet from http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/99guid.html .  To be added
to our distribution list, please contact Lawrence Brail
(brail.lawrence@epa.gov / 312-886-7474.  For general questions, please
contact Michael Russ
(russ.michael@epa.gov /312-886-4013).


Request for Applications - USEPA/ORD

December 16, 1998

Dear Great Lakes Colleague:

USEPA*s Office of Research and Development (ORD) conducts an extramural
grants program, Science To Achieve Results (STAR).  If your interest in the
Great Lakes basin includes scientific research, you may be interested in the
$20 million in nationwide RFAs currently available.  See
http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/ for the following RFAs and application
- Integrated Assessment of Consequences of Climate Change $3M closes:
- Ecological Indicators $8M closes: 2/04/99
- Regional Scale Analysis and Assessment $4M closes: 1/21/99
- Urban Air Toxics$2M  closes: 2/18/99
- Mercury: Transport and Fate through a Watershed $3M closes: 2/04/99

If you apply, please consider the Great Lakes priorities identified at
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund.  Note that these priorities are not part of
the STAR criteria or evaluations.  Please also remember that the deadline
for GLNPO preproposals is January 15, 1999.


Request for Applications - Health Canada (Toxic Substances Research
Initiative Secretariat)

December 14, 1998

The Toxic Substances Research Initiative Secretariat has announced a request
for applications worth a total of $40 million (Canadian) over the next four
years.  It appears that most Canadian organizations can compete for these
funds to conduct scientific research on a variety of issues dealing with
toxic substances.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 26, 1999.

A complete description and application package can be found at the following


Request for Applications - USEPA, NACo, NASCC, NFWF, WHC (Five-Star
Restoration Challenge)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Association of
Counties (NACo), the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps
(NASCC), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and the Wildlife
Habitat Council (WHC) are pleased to announce the Five-Star Restoration
Challenge Grant Program. The Five-Star Restoration Program, an outgrowth of
President Clinton's Clean Water Action Plan, provides modest financial
assistance to support community-based wetland and riparian restoration
projects, to build diverse partnerships, and to foster local natural
resource stewardship.

The Clean Water Action Plan calls for innovative, collaborative approaches
by federal, state, tribal, and local governments, the private sector, and
the public to restore and sustain the health of the nation's waters. The
Five-Star Restoration Program is one of several initiatives supported by EPA
to implement the Plan and to address pollution problems which are beyond the
scope of existing environmental programs.

Challenge Grant Guidelines:

- The stars in "Five-Star" are the partners, funders, and/or participants
necessary to complete the project including youth organizations (e.g. state
or local youth conservation corps, county job training programs), local
governments (e.g. boards of county com- missioners, departments of planning,
environment or parks and recreation), private entities, etc.  Projects must
therefore involve diverse partnerships of ideally five organizations, that
contribute funding, land, technical assistance, workforce support, and/or
other in-kind services.

- Awards will be between $5,000 and $20,000.

- Projects must include a strong on-the-ground habitat restoration
component, and may also include education, outreach, and community

- Projects must demonstrate ecological, educational, and/or socio-economic
benefits resulting from the completion of the project.

- The projects must be ready to complete within a one-year time-frame but
may be a discrete part of a larger restoration effort.

- Preference will be given to projects which are part of a larger watershed
or community stewardship effort and that include a description of long-term
management activities.

- Projects that are part of a mitigation requirement will not be considered
under the Five-Star Program.

How to apply:

The Five-Star Restoration Challenge Grant program is open to any public or
private entity. Applicants should complete the attached application form,
including project narrative and budget request. Applications should be sent
to EPA and must be postmarked by February 1, 1999. Projects will be
evaluated to the extent by which the above guidelines are met. Applicants
will be notified of their awards by mid-March.

*For more information, please call the EPA Wetlands Information Hotline at

Request for Applications - EPA EMPACT program

This is to let you know about the second year of a funding opportunity for
communities under the national initiative called Environmental Monitoring
for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT).  The ultimate goal of
EMPACT is to improve the delivery of timely, useful and accurate
environmental and public health information to all Americans. If you*d like
to have a copy of the fact sheet on EMPACT, please call our Hotline at

EPA has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for community-sponsored
projects in EMPACT metropolitan areas.  The RFA is available on the Internet
at www.epa.gov/empact .   The due date for applications is March 26, 1999.

Of the eight EMPACT metropolitan grants awarded nationally in 1998, three
were for projects in Region 5 states.  Grants of up to $500,000 each were
awarded in Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. While only local governments
within the largest metropolitan areas are eligible to apply, most winning
projects were developed in partnership with state and local governments,
community groups, universities, and the private sector.  I expect that
similar partnerships will prove to be the most competitive proposals this

If you have questions about the EMPACT program, please contact Elissa
Spiezman by e-mail (Spiezman.Elissa@epa.gov) or by phone (312-353-2073).

For information about funding opportunities through USEPA*s Great Lakes
National Program Office, contact russ.michael@epa.gov or visit the funding
page on our website: http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/glf.html

Michael Russ

Voice: 312-886-4013
Fax:     312-886-2403
E-mail: russ.michael@epa.gov

Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
Great Lakes National Program Office (G-17J)
77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604