Fire Prevention & Safety Research Grants, Deadline Jan. 18

Fire Prevention and Safety Grants are separated into two Activities.  Projects that can be funded are:

    Fire Prevention and Safety: Applicants can apply for up to three projects. Examples of eligible projects include: Smoke Alarms, Sprinkler Awareness, Public Education campaigns, Code Enforcement/Awareness, Firefighter Safety, Training, Wildfire Prevention /Awareness, Arson Prevention/Awareness, Risk Assessments, and General Prevention/Awareness. Applicants requesting Risk Assessments are precluded from applying for additional projects. Fire departments are subject to the same cost-share requirements as under the AFG Grants.

    Firefighter Safety Research and Development: Applicants can apply for a grant with up to a three-year period of performance, but are limited to $1 million per application. For multi-year projects, they can divide the $1 million over the period of performance however they deem necessary. Projects must address injury outcomes or provide a strong justification the proposed outcomes can be linked to injury outcomes. Behavioral, Clinical, and Social Science studies, Database/Data Collection and analysis projects/systems, Technology and Product Development Studies, and research regarding dissemination and implementation of effective programs and projects and preliminary studies are all examples of eligible projects.

Applicants must submit only one application during this application period and may include requests for either one or both activities.


Is there a cost share for fire departments?

Yes. Fire departments are subject to the same cost-share requirements applied under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Fire departments may only apply in the Fire Prevention and Safety Activity. 15 U.S.C. 2229(b) (6). Fire departments serving populations of less than 20,000 must match the federal grant funds with an amount of nonfederal funds equal to five percent of the total project cost. Fire departments serving areas with a population between 20,000 and 50,000, inclusive, must match the federal grant funds with an amount of nonfederal funds equal to ten percent of the total project cost. Fire departments serving populations over 50,000 must match the federal grant funds with an amount of nonfederal funds equal to twenty percent of the total project cost. All nonfederal funds must be in cash, i.e., in-kind contributions are not eligible. No waivers of this requirement will be granted except for applicants located in Insular Areas as provided for in 48 U.S.C. 1469a.

Will there be a cost share requirement for national, regional, state, local or community organizations this year?

No. There is no cost share for grants under the Fire Prevention and Safety Activity nor the Firefighter Safety Research and Development Activity to eligible national, regional, state, local, or community organizations (other than fire departments as described above). Private and public nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, nonfederal governmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations are eligible to apply for funding, and there is no cost share required for these organizations under either FP&S Grant Activity. The Federal share for FP&S Grants is limited to $1,000,000 per application.

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Fire Prevention & Safety Research Grants, Deadline Jan. 18

Michigan Legislature Great Lakes Water Quality Bond Fund Update

An update to my previous post:

12/4/2012 HJ 77 Pg. 2456 read a second time
12/4/2012 HJ 77 Pg. 2456 substitute H-1 adopted
12/4/2012 HJ 77 Pg. 2456 placed on third reading
12/6/2012 HJ 79 Pg. 2553 read a third time
12/6/2012 HJ 79 Pg. 2553 passed; given immediate effect Roll Call # 719 Yeas 68 Nays 40
12/6/2012 HJ 79 Pg. 2553 inserted full title
12/6/2012 HJ 79 Pg. 2553 returned to Senate
12/12/2012 Expected in
SJ 79
12/12/2012 Expected in
SJ 79


Michigan Legislature Great Lakes Water Quality Bond Fund Update

Urban Waters Grant, Deadline Feb. 7

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program – 2013 Request for Proposal

Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.
The Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks 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. The National Association of Counties, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Southern Company, FedEx and others, are pleased to solicit applications for the 2013 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program.

The partners are pleased to announce an expanded partnership with USFS, EPA, and NOAA through the Federal Urban Waters Partnership that will provide additional resources for restoration work in urban areas. In 2013, NFWF anticipates that approximately $1,500,000 in combined total Five Star/Urban Waters funding will be available:

Approximately $160,000 is available from EPA, in addition to support from corporate partners listed below, to fund projects meeting the Five Star program elements. Projects competitive for this funding include:

  •     On-the-Ground Restoration: Projects must include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in stream and/or coastal habitat restoration.
  •     Measurable Results: Projects must result in measurable ecological, educational and community benefits.
  •     Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.
  •     Environmental Education/Training: Projects should integrate meaningful education and training into the restoration project either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum.

Approximately $540,000 is available from USFS, EPA, and NOAA through the Federal Urban Waters Partnership, along with funding from partners listed below, to improve water quality, increase access, and restore riparian and forest habitat in urban watersheds throughout the United States. All projects submitted for consideration of Urban Waters funding must include a minimum 1:1 match of non-federal funds. More information on the Federal Urban Waters Partnership is available at

Competitive projects will include a focus on one of more of the following priorities:

  •     Urban Forest Restoration: Projects focused on improving water quality in urban rivers downstream from forested lands through invasive species removal, forested habitat restoration and forest connectivity around urban waterways.
  •     Education and Training: Develop educational programs to provide training to schools, businesses, community groups, and homeowners on how to implement tree plantings or other programs to reduce water pollution and stormwater flow or to promote low-impact design (LID) and/or green infrastructure practices.
  •     Stormwater management: Develop projects intended to control rain water through tree canopy interception and reduce stormwater flow, controlling flooding and slowing run-off into surface water.
  •     Monitoring: Establish or advance a monitoring program, especially to those bodies of water used for subsistence fishing, drinking water sources, or human contact to identify areas of concern and possible places where restoration efforts can be effectively targeted.
  •     Outdoor Recreation: Design community-based projects that promote access to urban waterways and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities.

In addition to the overall goal of partnerships, restoration and community outreach, urban projects should focus on the neighborhood benefits of watershed restoration to:

Local economic development
Public health
Livability and as a neighborhood asset
Underserved and economically distressed communities

The EPA Urban Waters funds can be used to fund projects intended to protect and restore urban waterways through activities such as public outreach, convening stakeholders, education, training, studies, surveys and designs, demonstration projects, monitoring, and development of urban water project implementation plans.

The USFS Urban Waters funds can be used to implement high impact projects to remove invasives/restore forest fragments in urban areas, as well as forestry projects to plant and maintain trees in neighborhoods, promote riparian buffers, create schoolyard habitat, and engage residents at significant sites used by the community such as schools, parks, and trailways.

The Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program is open to any entity that can receive grants. While partnerships are encouraged to include state and federal agencies, those entities may not serve as the grantee unless the community partners demonstrate that the state or federal agency is best suited to coordinate the community-based project.

Grants will be $20,000.00 to $50,000.00 and will vary in size, duration and scale. In general, most smaller-scale, one-year projects will be in the $20,000-$30,000* range. Two-year, larger-scale urban projects will be eligible for grants up to $50,000. Only a very limited number of projects meeting the highest competitive criteria will be awarded at the $50,000 level, so please budget accordingly. We anticipate the average grant award will be $25,000-$35,000.


A minimum 1:1 match of cash and/or in-kind/contributed goods and services to funds requested is expected. The ratio of matching funds offered by the applicant is one criterion considered during the review process. All potential sources of match, including cash contributions and dollar equivalent value of in-kind goods and services (including volunteer services) must be listed on the application.

Matching funds may be federal or non-federal in nature. Federal funds may be used to match only non-federal NFWF funding sources for a project. It is expected that grant awards of NFWF federal funds will be matched 1:1 with non-federal funds or in-kind services. Check with NFWF to confirm applicability.

To be eligible, matching contributions must be raised and dedicated specifically for the project, and be voluntary in nature (mitigation, restitution, or other permit or court-ordered settlements are ineligible).
Grant funds may not be used for political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying or litigation activities or to support projects resulting from legal requirements (e.g., permit conditions, mitigation or settlement agreements). However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts. (Note: proposal must provide clear distinction between required and voluntary actions).

  •     Applicants must fully address the key elements discussed above.
  •     Grant requests must be for $20,000 – $50,000.
  •     Projects should be completed within one to two years of award.
  •     For USFS urban waters funding, a preference is given to projects that take place on, or directly benefit public lands.
  •     Partnerships should include at least five organizations contributing to project success through funding, technical support, workforce support, land and/or other in-kind services. Note: Applicant is considered a partner.
  •     Partnerships should include a variety of public and private entities, such as:
  •      Youth groups: schools, youth conservation corps, Scout troops, civic and environmental clubs, etc.
  •         Colleges and Universities: academia, departments, and local cooperative extension districts
  •         Resource Conservation and Development Councils and Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  •         Conservation Organizations
  •         Businesses or Corporations
  •         Local citizens and community groups
  •         Government agencies: State, local, federal and/or tribal governments and agencies
  •         Technical and design experts: local environmental and restoration consultants, landscape architects, environmental planners, and others that offer technical and design expertise
  •         Foundations or other funders
  •     Proposals seeking larger grants (greater than $30,000) are expected to demonstrate greater matching contributions, a larger number and diversity of project partners and more significant ecological and educational outcomes.
  •     Grant funds may not be used to cover indirect costs unless they meet both of the following conditions:
  •         The grantee organization has a federally-approved indirect rate; and
  •         Indirect cost requests in budget should not exceed 15% of the total grant request (even when the federally-approved rate is greater than 15%).
  •     Projects with a budget primarily consisting of indirect costs and salaries and projects with matching funds primarily consisting of foregone indirect costs will not be as competitive.
  •     Organizations or project sites that previously have received funding under this program are eligible to reapply; however, preference may be given to those that previously have not received support.

Highest priority will be given to projects that:

  •     Help meet ecological and conservation needs of priority species and habitats in priority watersheds.
  •     Provide measurable and meaningful conservation outcomes.
  •     Establish or enhance a diverse partnership from the public and private sectors, and explain the role and significance of the partnership to the project’s success.
  •     Identify and expand job training and job readiness to develop community capacity for restoration.
  •     Implement or complement an established conservation and/or watershed management plan and demonstrate that the agency or organization that developed the plan is a partner in — or at least supportive of — the project.
  •     Support improvements to water quality especially to those bodies of water suited for subsistence fishing.
  •     Specifically describe how education and outreach will shape and sustain behavior change of specific audience(s) to achieve your conservation goals and how you will evaluate the impact of your efforts. Additionally, describe how lessons learned about the effectiveness of the education component in achieving conservation goals will be applied and broadly shared with others. Proposed activities should be highly collaborative and designed to address strategic conservation goals.
  •     Clearly present a reasonable and detailed budget (including appropriate hourly rates for the type of activities proposed) and document contributions (dollars and/or in-kind) are matched by a broad range of public and private sources and meet or exceed the minimum 1:1 matching requirement.

Applications must be submitted online in Easygrants by 11:59 pm EST, Thursday, February 7, 2013.

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Urban Waters Grant, Deadline Feb. 7