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Upcoming Grant Application Deadline



Title: WAG Application
For your information, applications for these grants is next week- February 18.
 
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(Please note: the criteria and application information found below is the same material
you would receive by contacting River Network via phone or email.)

Watershed Assistance Grants
Criteria and Applications
(1999)

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Watershed Assistance Grants (WAG) program is to support innovative efforts that build the capacity of community-based partnerships to conserve or restore watersheds. Building capacity involves increasing the partnership’s ability to identify and resolve watershed problems and issues well beyond the life of the grant.

CRITERIA

Projects selected for funding will:

Preference will be given to projects that also:

ELIGIBILITY

Grants will be made to local watershed partnerships in the United States.

A grant may be made directly to a partnership if it is an incorporated entity.

If the partnership is not incorporated, the grant recipient may be a nonprofit group, tribe, local government, or agency that is active in the partnership. In this case, the grantee needs to demonstrate strong support from other members of the partnership for its role as grant recipient.

DEADLINES

GRANT AMOUNTS

Two types of grants will be awarded based on the stated criteria:

  1. Watershed Assistance Project Grants ($4,000 - $30,000); and
  2. Watershed Assistance Mini-grants (under $4,000).

** Watershed Assistance Project Grants in amounts of $4,000- $30,000 are available for projects of significant impact. Project funds should be utilized within a twelve-month period.

Sample Watershed Assistance Projects

(The following examples are simply illustrative; they are not intended to limit proposals in any way. Note that the "problem" may be the lack of an existing broad-based partnership.
Click here for more samples)

PROBLEM: Ecological issues exist that require the numerous jurisdictions with a stake in the watershed to coordinate their watershed management efforts.
ORGANIZING APPROACH:
Involve combinations of tribal, government and community representatives to coordinate the planning and actions of the key jurisdiction and interests within a watershed.
FUNDING COULD BE USED TO:
Convene representatives from involved jurisdictions to analyze existing efforts and develop a plan for future, coordinated watershed protection and restoration strategies.

PROBLEM: There are a variety of known potential watershed stressors present, but their actual impacts on the river are unknown.
ORGANIZING APPROACH:
Carry out a community-based impact assessment. This would include designing a monitoring approach using volunteers and schools to assess the real impacts of the stressors, and a community involvement process to develop an action plan to mitigate them.
FUNDING COULD BE USED TO:
Design a monitoring approach, hire a coordinator, research potential sources for monitoring equipment, collect community feedback and produce a mitigation strategy.

PROBLEM: In a watershed with mixed urban and agricultural land uses, new "Total Maximum Daily Loads" have been established for nutrients and sediment. While the limits are clear, it is not at all clear how best to go about meeting them—or whose responsibility it will be to meet them.
ORGANIZING APPROACH:
Establish a "watershed roundtable" where NPDES permit holders in the basin and others contributing to nutrient and sediment loads can determine options for meeting the new watershed limits and identify preferred approaches.
FUNDING COULD BE USED TO:
Build a list of potentially interested parties, convene two meetings and hire a facilitator for the meetings, establish a process for developing a plan for concerted action to meet the limits of the TMDL.

To apply for a project grant, complete and return application WAG – P

** Watershed Assistance Mini-grants of up to $4,000 are available for targeted, short-term technical assistance projects. The mini-grants will meet narrowly defined, critical response needs of watershed partnerships, and will be evaluated for their effectiveness in meeting immediate needs.

Sample projects include:

To apply for a mini-grant, complete and return application WAG - M

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Kathy Luscher
Watershed Program
River Network
PO Box 8787
Portland, OR 97207
Phone: 503/241-3506 x16
Fax: 503/241-9256
Email:
kluscher@rivernetwork.org

ABOUT RIVER NETWORK

River Network works to protect America's rivers by building effective partnerships to strengthen community-based conservation of America's rivers and watersheds. Our Watershed Program provides technical assistance, information and seed funding to help local river conservation groups flourish. The River Conservancy is our initiative to directly preserve some of America's best rivers by acquiring riverlands for long-term protection.

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RIVER NETWORK
WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
APPLICATION FOR WATERSHED ASSISTANCE PROJECT GRANT(WAG – P)

Please send one, typed copy of the proposals and attachments. River Network will send you a postcard to acknowledge the receipt of your application.

Note that "1 page" is defined as one, single-sided 8.5" x 11" page using no smaller than 10 point font.

Please include in your application:

1. Cover Sheet – (1 page)

Please address the following issues in the order listed below:

Applicant Information

Applicant organization
Organization type (nonprofit, tribal, governmental, etc.)
Project Manager
Address, telephone, fax
Email and web-site address

Project Information

Project Title
Requested Amount
Project Duration
Project Summary

2. The Proposal (3-5 pages)

Please address the following issues in the order listed below:

Background Information

Indicate the stage, if any, of the partnership (e.g., just beginning, performing and doing well, etc.). Provide the size of the watershed and, if known, the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC). List the primary land and water uses/users within the watershed.

Problem Statement

Clearly state the watershed issue/problem the proposed project will address. Include the overall objectives of the project. Identify the organizational technique/strategy that the partnership will use to make measurable progress toward addressing the stated issue or problem. Be as specific as possible.

Plan of Work

Identify the work to be conducted, by whom and by when. Include a project timeline that identifies when the work will be complete and the projected dates for major interim milestones. Show how the work will lead to the measurable progress identified above and discuss how project success will be evaluated. Discuss how the results of the project, even if all project objectives are not met, will serve to advance organizational practices in watershed partnerships.

Key Personnel

Identify the existing and/or potential participants in the partnership. Indicate their roles, responsibilities and qualifications. The partnership should reflect meaningful participation by all interests affected.

Financial Plan

Present the project budget in summary categories: personnel, equipment and supplies, travel, consultants, overhead, etc. Projects proposing to spend more than 10% on overhead will not be considered. Identify what portion of the budget is to be supported by this grant. Identify other secured and potential sources of support for the proposed project and/or the partnership.

3. Attachments

Please also include the resume of the project manager.

Please do:

Grant Finalists will be asked to provide River Network with information related to their fiscal systems.

Send your completed application to:

River Network
Watershed Assistance Project Grants
Attn: Kathy Luscher
PO Box 8787
Portland, OR 97207

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RIVER NETWORK
WATERSHED ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
APPLICATION FOR A WATERSHED ASSISTANCE MINI-GRANT
(WAG – M)

Please send one, typed copy of the proposals and attachments. River Network will send you a postcard to acknowledge the receipt of your application.

Note that "1 page" is defined as one, single-sided 8.5" x 11" page using no smaller than 10 point font.

Please include in your application:

1. Cover Sheet – (1 page)

Please address the following issues in the order listed below:

Applicant Information

Applicant organization
Organization type (nonprofit, tribal, governmental, etc.)
Project Manager
Address, telephone, fax
Email and web-site address

Project Information

Project Title
Requested Amount
Project Duration
Project Purpose (Clearly state, in 50 words or less, how the money will be used)

2. The Proposal (1-2 pages)

Please address the following issues in the order listed below:

Background Information

Indicate the stage, if any, of the partnership (e.g., just beginning, performing and doing well, etc.). Provide the size of the watershed and, if known, the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC). List the primary land and water uses/users within the watershed.

Key Personnel

Identify the members of the project team and partnership including those supported by this request, by other funding sources and volunteers, indicating their roles, responsibilities and qualifications. The project team should reflect meaningful participation by all interests affected.

Financial Plan

Present the project budget in summary categories: personnel, equipment and supplies, travel, consultants, overhead, etc. Projects proposing to spend more than 10% on overhead will not be considered

3. Attachments

Please also include the resume of the program manager

PLEASE DO:

Grant Finalists will be asked to provide River Network with information related to their fiscal systems.

Send your completed application to:
River Network
Watershed Assistance Mini-Grants
Attn: Kathy Luscher
PO Box 8787
Portland, OR 97207

 

 


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