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GLIN==> Funding Opportunity - Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Program - application deadline is Nov. 17

Title: Mich-RAP: Funding Opportunity - Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Program - application deadline is Nov. 17
ArcelorMittal Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Program Request for Proposals

Applications must be postmarked:  November 17, 2008

Eligible Projects
To be eligible for consideration, projects must be located within the Great Lakes watershed.  Potential Canadian grantees are urged to check with the NFWF technical contact to ensure eligibility developing an application.  In addition, where applicable, projects should be coordinated with local and regional watershed management plans that address the water quality, fish, or wildlife needs in the Great Lakes.  Finally, projects must also directly address at least one of the priority areas identified by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration’s Habitat/Species Strategy Team:

Please note that preference will be given to projects that 1) demonstrate measurable ecological or environmental benefits, 2) include specific provisions for long-term management and protection, as appropriate, 3) support implementation of a local or regional habitat plan and 4) take a collaborative approach to project planning and implementation. 

Emphasis on Coastal Wetland and Tributary Restoration
All proposals that address one the above identified priorities will be considered for funding.  In 2008, however, we are placing a special emphasis on and are encouraging submission of proposals that address coastal wetland and tributary restoration.

Examples of activities associated with coastal wetland restoration include:

Examples of tributary restoration include:

For the purposes of this program, the Great Lakes watershed will be defined by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement: Article 1. (h) "Great Lakes System" means all of the streams, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water that are within the drainage basin on the St. Lawrence River at or upstream from the point at which this river becomes the international boundary between Canada and the United States.

Ineligible Projects
Projects that seek funding for land or easement acquisition, political advocacy, lobbying, or litigation are not eligible.

Grant Guidelines
In making award decisions, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Foundation) seeks to represent the geographic diversity and the variety of communities and organizations in the Great Lakes watershed. The following guidelines will be used by an advisory team of experts from the Great Lakes region to evaluate proposals requesting support under the Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program.

Technical Assistance
For assistance with questions regarding the application, contact Moira Mcdonald at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Moira.Mcdonald@nfwf.org.

Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are either non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, tribes, or state and local governments (i.e., counties, townships, cities, boroughs, conservation districts, planning districts, utility districts, school districts or other units of local government) from the Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin portions of the Great Lakes watershed. Individuals, federal government agencies, and private for-profit firms are eligible for grants only through the Fish Enhancement, Mitigation and Research Fund for Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence Basin (see below).

Lake Ontario/St Lawrence Basin Projects
Projects in the Lake Ontario watershed or the St. Lawrence River Basin will be reviewed for funding by both the Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Program and the Fish Enhancement, Mitigation and Research Fund (FEMRF).  The FEMRF has no applicant restrictions. Individuals, federal government agencies, and private for-profit firms are eligible for FEMRF funding, as well as non-profit organizations, tribes, and state and local governments.  For more information on the FEMRF visit http://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/fwc/femrf.htm

A complete application package should include the following:

Please include one original and two copies of the application package.  Please do not bind application materials.  Applications must be postmarked no later than November 17, 2008, and should be sent to:

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Attn: Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program
1 Federal Drive
Ft. Snelling, MN 55111

Applications must be postmarked:  November 17, 2008
Anticipated announcement of awards:  April 15, 2009

General Procedures for Recipients
After project selection, Foundation staff will prepare grant agreements and other necessary paperwork. Additional information about the project as well as the grantee’s organization and its finances will be solicited during this time. Please note that preparation of grant agreements will take approximately 6-10 weeks after receipt of the additional information by the Foundation. However, the Foundation will work with grant recipients on a case-by-case basis to expedite grant awards as necessary. Funds will be advanced to qualified grantees based on immediate cash needs of the project; some awards may be made on a reimbursable basis. Grantees will be expected to submit interim and final financial and programmatic reports. Grantees must also include 35mm slides or digital images that depict the accomplishments of the project made under this grant. Additional information on the grant process will be provided to successful applicants after project selection.

Partner Information
For additional information on the partners involved in this program and their work in the Great Lakes see the following links:

ArcelorMittal – www.arcelormittal.com/usacr
EPA – http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/glf.html
FWS – http://www.fws.gov/midwest/greatlakes/glcoastal.htm
FEMRF http://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/fwc/femrf.htm