The EPA Urban Waters team is excited to share the below information on two funding opportunities, both of which may be relevant to your organization.
The first is a Request for Proposals from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the opportunity to apply for grants ranging from $20,000 - $50,000. While applications are not due until February 7, 2013, this information is very time sensitive as a webinar will be held this Thursday, Dec. 6th.
The second funding opportunity, available from the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD), will award $10 million to one entity to serve as an Administrator for the SC2 Network as described below. This may be of interest to you if your organization is in a position to be an applicant, team up with a consortium of eligible applicants, or if your organization represents a distressed community that might ultimately make an assistance request once an administrating entity is selected.
We hope you find this information useful, and we will continue to share funding opportunities brought to our attention.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Request for Proposals for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Five-Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants. Details are available at www.nfwf.org/urbanwaters/rfp. The grant programs seek to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration with a particular focus on urban waters and watersheds.
EPA’s OWOW Five Star Program and the Urban Waters Program partnered with U.S. Forest Service to contribute funds to this grant program. Additional private funds were leveraged by NFWF to make approximately $1.5 million available for grants of between $20,000 and $50,000 each. Additional Urban Waters Federal Partnership agencies are also considering contributing to the total funding available.
There is a webinar scheduled for potential applicants this Thursday, December 6, at 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will review the RFP and provide an overview of the program. Applicants are encouraged to participate in the webinar, but it is not mandatory. To register, click here. If you are unable to participate, the recorded webinar will be posted online for review and you may also direct questions to the contacts listed at http://www.nfwf.org/fivestar. Applications must be postmarked by February 7, 2013, and award notifications are scheduled for July 31, 2013.
Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces NOFA
On November 28th, HUD announced its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the SC2 Network. HUD has been an integral partner of the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative, a federal interagency initiative focused on improving technical assistance and capacity support to cities facing long-term economic challenges. The SC2 Network is one of SC2’s four key components.
The NOFA competes out approximately $10 million in funding to be awarded to only one entity or a consortium to manage and implement the SC2 Network. Entities that are eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations, foundations, anchor institutions, for-profit companies, or a consortium of these entities with demonstrated ability to raise philanthropic support. Anchor institutions are defined as entities that represent educational institutions, or regional and national organizations that support economic drivers such as in housing, infrastructure, and/or economic and workforce development.
The SC2 Network is a capacity building program to assist the nation’s most distressed cities, and will function as a central portal to connect such places to national and local experts with wide-ranging expertise and skills.
Applicants must apply by January 28, 2012. For more information on the SC2 Network, as well as how to apply, interested applicants should visit: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms_apps_idx.html. At this website, applicants will be prompted to enter an identifier code for the SC2 Network. To get the SC2 Network NOFA, along with the application materials, applicants should enter 14.534 under the heading for “CFDA Number.”