Coastal land conservation projects – RFP Released for Funding

The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). The deadline is Oct. 11, 2013.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) anticipates approximately $3,000,000 may be available through CELCP appropriations and approximately $800,000 through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Typical awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $1,000,000.  Projects selected for funding can anticipate a grant start date between July 1 and Oct. 1, 2014. The Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) may select up to two projects to recommend to NOAA by Nov. 15, 2013 for the national competition.

The RFP Application Package is available at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/CELCP_RFP_-_9-18-13_434189_7.pdf

A lot of acronyms involved in this opportunity!  Coastal land issues touch various fields, thus many organizations have their fingers in this. Want help navigating the grant proposal process? Call or email our grants specialist, Jim Hegarty,  616-364-8491.

Further information regarding the goals and administrative procedures for CELCP can be found at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/welcome.html.

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