DNR Urban and Community Forestry Grants, Deadline Sept. 16

The Department of Natural Resources has announced applications are available for the 2011 Community Forestry Grants program.

Grant applications for community forestry activities are available from the DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Program. These grants are funded through the USDA Forest Service, State, and Private Forestry Program.

“Trees provide many benefits to communities, including shade, oxygen, and beautifully landscaped streets,” said Kevin Sayers, DNR UCF program coordinator. “These grants will help enhance the livability of our communities through tree planting and improve the management of our valuable natural resources.”

Local units of government, nonprofit organizations and schools are eligible to apply. All projects must be performed on non-federal public land or land open to the public. Community forestry projects considered for funding include:

  •     community tree management and planning activities
  •     training and education activities
  •     purchase of trees, and
  •     Arbor Day celebrations

Grant applications must be received by Sept. 16, 2011, to be given funding consideration for this grant cycle. Projects must be completed by Sept. 1, 2012.

This year up to $100,000 may be awarded statewide for approved projects. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds. The match may be made up of cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds. Depending on the category, grants up to $20,000 may be requested.

DNR Urban and Community Forestry Grants, Deadline Sept. 16

Value Added Producer Grants, Deadline Aug. 29

These USDA Rural Development grants may be used for planning activities and for working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy. Eligible applicants are independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures. Awards may be made for planning activities or for working capital expenses, but not for both. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $300,000. Rural Development is encouraging applications that will support communities in urban or rural areas, with limited access to healthy foods and with a high poverty and hunger rate.

Ten percent of available funds are reserved to fund applications submitted by Beginning Farmers or Ranchers and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers or Ranchers as defined at 7 CFR 4284.902. An additional 10 percent of available funds are reserved to fund Mid-Tier Value Chain projects (both collectively referred to as ‘‘reserved funds’’). Grants made to Majority Controlled Producer-Based Business Ventures may not exceed 10 percent of the total funds obligated for the program in the fiscal year.

This program has a $37M budget and is anticipating approximately 250 awards.

Value Added Producer Grants, Deadline Aug. 29

Assistance to Firefighter’s Grants, Deadline Sept. 9

The application period for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program opens August 15. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. The purpose of AFG is to enhance through financial assistance the safety of the public and firefighters regarding fire and fire-related hazards. The authority for AFG is derived from the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, as amended. Congress appropriated $404,190,000 for the FY 2011 AFG (Public Law 112-10). FEMA strives to provide clear guidance and application tools to assist applicants.

Funding Instrument Type:     Grant
Category of Funding Activity:     Disaster Prevention and Relief
Category Explanation:     Preparedness Grant
Expected Number of Awards:     5000
Estimated Total Program Funding:     $380,747,000
Award Ceiling:     $0
Award Floor:     $0
CFDA Number(s):     97.044  —  Assistance to Firefighters Grant
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

For more information please visit the website.

Assistance to Firefighter’s Grants, Deadline Sept. 9

Charlevoix/Emmet County Community Foundation Grants, Deadline Oct. 3

Area community foundations invite nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and municipalities to submit grant requests to put local charitable dollars to work in Charlevoix and Emmet counties.

Grant applications to support arts and culture, education, the environment, community and economic development, health and human services, recreation and youth are available by calling the respective community foundation office. All applicants must call to discuss their proposals in advance. Eligible nonprofit organizations must serve residents of Charlevoix County or Emmet County and work to enrich or improve life for local residents in some way.

The deadline for submission is Oct. 3. Applications will be reviewed by adult community members and youth advisory committee members and recommendations will be reviewed by the respective Boards of Trustees.

The community foundations accept resources from donors and then use a portion of the income earned from the investment of these gifts to help foster positive change in the area.

Charlevoix/Emmet County Community Foundation Grants, Deadline Oct. 3

Great Lakes Education Programs, Letters of Intent Due August 31

The Department of Commerce Great Lakes B-WET grant program is a competitively based program that supports existing environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new programs, and encourages the development of partnerships among environmental education programs throughout the Great Lakes watershed. Projects support organizations that provide students “meaningful” watershed educational experiences and teachers professional development opportunities in the area of environmental education, while helping to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Great Lakes.

Original Closing Date for Applications:     Sep 30, 2011

Letters of Intent (LOIs) must be received by the Pacific Services Center by 5:59 p.m. Hawaii Time on August 31, 2011. LOIs must be emailed to < nos.psc.bwethawaii@noaa.gov > or received at the NOAA Pacific Services Center office through surface mail by the deadline. Full proposals must be received through Grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. ET / 5:59 p.m. Hawaii time, September 30, 2011. If applicants do not have Internet access and submit through surface mail, full proposals must be received no later than 5:59 p.m. Hawaii time, September 30, 2011. Failure to follow the guidelines as described in this announcement will deem a proposal incomplete and result in proposals not being considered for further review.

Current Closing Date for Applications:     Oct 07, 2011
Expected Number of Awards:     12

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     No

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments.

Great Lakes Education Programs, Letters of Intent Due August 31

Water Quality Grants, NOI Due Sept. 7

Nearly $4 million in water quality grants available!

The DEQ today announced nearly $4 million in available grants to protect, restore and manage watersheds.

The grant program is open to state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Proposals are requested for watershed management planning projects as well as projects that implement previously approved watershed management plans.

Funding for the program includes approximately $1 million from the Clean Michigan Initiative’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Grants and approximately $2.9 million from Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act.

Grant awards are contingent on the sale of Clean Michigan Initiative general obligation bonds to support these projects and the appropriation of funding by the Michigan Legislature and
U.S. Congress.

Notices of Intent are due Sept. 7. Full applications from invited applicants are due Oct. 19.

Water Quality Grants, NOI Due Sept. 7