County/Local Government

Title Due Date Maximum Award Amount Description
Scientists in Parks Internship Program - Natural Resource Stewardship $3,000,000.00

The Scientists in Parks (SIP) Internship Program provides opportunities for college students, recent graduates, and early career professionals to complete paid internship projects designed to apply the best available science, resource management principles, and interpretation techniques to natural resource stewardship needs in national parks.
Agriculture Innovation Center Grant Program $1,000,000.00

The primary objective of the program is to provide grants to Agriculture Innovation Centers that will provide technical assistance to agricultural producers to market value-added agricultural products.
Klamath River Coho Restoration Grant Program (Program) Administration $2,700,000.00

Questions regarding application and submission information and award administration may be submitted to the attention of Ms. Leanne Henderson, Grants Officer, as follows:
Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grant Program $10,000,000.00

The primary objective of the RISE program is to support jobs accelerator partnerships to improve the ability of distressed rural and energy communities to create high wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, and help rural communities identify and maximize local assets. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The minimum award per grant is $500,000 and the maximum award amount per grant is $2,000,000. Grant funds may be used to pay for up to 80 percent of eligible project costs. Grant funds may be used to pay for costs directly related to the purchase or construction of an innovation center located in a rural area; costs directly related to operations of an innovation center including purchase of equipment, office supplies, and administrative costs including salaries directly related to the project; costs directly associated with support programs to be carried out at or in direct partnership with job accelerators; reasonable and customary travel expenses directly related to job accelerators and at rates in compliance with 2 CFR 200.474; utilities, operating expenses of the innovation center and job accelerator programs and associated programs; and administrative costs of the grantee not exceeding 10% of the grant amount for the duration of the project.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for NRCS’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2022 $1,000,000.00

SUMMARY INFORMATION Federal Awarding Agency Name: U.S. Department of Agriculture – NRCS Notice of Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funding Opportunity for NRCS’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NHQ-WMBP-21-NOFO0001116 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA): This program is listed in the Assistance Listings under the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 10.933 Notice of Funding Opportunity Summary NRCS is announcing the availability of up to $5 million in Wetland Mitigation Banking Program (WMBP) grant funds for the development and establishment of mitigation banks and banking opportunities solely for agricultural producers with wetlands subject to the Wetland Conservation Compliance provisions of the 1985 Food Security Act (as amended). WMBP is a competitive grants program accepting proposals from qualified applicants with the expertise and capacity to operate and manage all aspects of a wetland mitigation bank. Eligible entities include Federally recognized Native American tribal governments, State and local units of government, for-profit entities, small businesses, special district governments, nonprofits with or without a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS other than institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, and public and State controlled institutions of higher education. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities to carry out projects in any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Priority will be given to banks based in locations with significant numbers of individual wetlands, wetland acres, and conservation compliance requests. According to NRCS data, these locations include the Prairie Pothole Region, Nebraska Rainwater Basin Region, and the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, South Dakota, Georgia, and Ohio. For new users of, see Section D.1. of the full announcement for information about steps required before submitting an application via Key Dates Applicants must submit their applications via by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on August 16, 2021. For technical issues with, contact Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding accounts. Questions regarding this notice of funding opportunity (NFO) may be submitted until July 22, 2021. Responses to questions posed will be posted on approximately two weeks before the application due date. A webinar for potential WMBP applicants is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on July 20, 2021. Participate in the webinar by using the coordinates below: Step 1: Dial into the conference. Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694 Access Code: 2318215# Need an international dial-in number? Step 2: Join the conference on your computer. Entry Link: The agency anticipates making selections by October 1, 2021 and expects to execute awards by January 01, 2022. Federal Funding Floor and Ceiling Amounts The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $400,000 and the estimated funding ceiling is $1,000,000. The funding floor means the minimum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. The ceiling is the maximum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. These numbers refer to the total agreement amount, not any specific budget period. Federal Financial Assistance Training The funding available through this NFO is Federal financial assistance. Grants 101 Training is highly recommended for those seeking knowledge about Federal financial assistance. The training is free and available to the public via It consists of five modules covering each of the following topics: 1) laws, regulations, and guidance; 2) financial assistance mechanisms; 3) uniform guidance administrative requirements; 4) cost principles; and 5) risk management and single audit. FPAC agencies also apply Federal financial assistance regulations to certain non-assistance awards (e.g., non-assistance cooperative agreements). See the Related Documents tab of this opportunity for the full announcement.
California Conservation Agreements $75,000.00

Emphasis will be placed on projects that provide technical assistance to NRCS staff in the implementation of Farm Bill conservation programs in California counties. NRCS seeks collaboration with conservation partners and outside entities to perform conservation planning on private lands and complete conservation plans under NRCS conservation planning policy.
FY 2021 AmeriCorps State and National Tribal Grants Varies

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations proposing to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen communities. An AmeriCorps member is an individual who engages in community service through an approved national service position. Members may receive a living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that members can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans.
White-nose Syndrome Research for Conservation Grants $250,000.00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for research and conservation in 2021 to support issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS). The Service provides financial and technical assistance to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as state and local governments, Native American tribes, and federal agencies, for the management of WNS and conservation of bats. Funded projects will investigate priority questions to improve our ability to manage the disease and implement management actions that will help to conserve affected bat species. As of May 10, 2021, WNS is confirmed or suspected in bats in 38 states and seven Canadian provinces, and evidence of the causative fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), has been detected in at least two additional states without additional sign of the disease. Numerous North American and Eurasian species of bats have been confirmed with WNS or detected carrying Pd. For information on WNS and previously funded projects, please see: Funding through WNS Research for Conservation Grants provides critical information and resources for maximizing the benefits of conservation efforts for bats. These actions are focused on minimizing the impacts of WNS and compounding stressors on federally listed species, prioritizing actions to conserve species that are susceptible to the disease, including those that may be assessed for listing due to the impacts of WNS, and understanding how different species are likely to respond when exposed to the pathogen. Projects submitted tor this opportunity should concentrate on efforts where there is the greatest need and benefit. Priorities for this funding opportunity are designed to develop and apply tools that maximize persistence of WNS-affected bat populations, minimize the range and impacts of Pd, support collaborative actions of the WNS National Response, and inform management decisions in preparation for, or in response to, WNS. Scientific research conducted in collaboration with management authorities is encouraged. Funding in 2021 will support projects that address the following objectives and priorities: Objective: Support research to produce critical knowledge relevant to management decisions and actions for hibernating bats. Understand mechanisms of survival between and within bat species, including variability in susceptibility to WNS and non-lethal effects to health and reproduction. Mechanisms may involve environmental, physiological, behavioral, genetic and other factors affecting hosts, pathogen, and environments, as well as interactions among them. Understand effects of non-disease factors influencing viability of hibernating bats. Factors may include stressors (e.g. prey scarcity, contaminants, etc.) that introduce additive or compounding impacts to populations and should produce information needed to enact comprehensive management strategies for bats. Develop tools to improve survival and persistence of WNS-affected or WNS-vulnerable species; especially tools that can be applied during summer. Vulnerable species include hibernating bats likely to be susceptible to WNS in the future even if they have not yet been exposed to Pd. Objective: Leverage resources (expertise, funds, partnerships, etc.) to implement adaptive management efforts aimed at building resiliency and promoting recovery in hibernating bat populations. Implement strategies to support biological and ecological needs of hibernating bats, including establishing baseline information relevant to implementing management actions and monitoring their effects. Implement adaptive management programs to improve survival and persistence of species impacted by or vulnerable to WNS using existing options for management. This priority includes work with species that are not yet confirmed to be susceptible to WNS but can reasonably be anticipated to be in the future. Through this funding opportunity, we aim to support research to inform management decisions for WNS, and to implement those strategies for the greatest benefit to affected and vulnerable species. Due to the urgency of this threat to bats and the rapid progress of related science, we seek to fund projects that are likely to produce impactful results within a two year project period. The WNS Research for Conservation Grants opportunity accompanies two additional funding opportunities from the Service’s WNS National Response in 2021: 1) WNS Grants to States and Tribes 2021 (through June 1, 2021:; and 2) Bats for the Future Fund (managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; closed April 29, 2021: Contact the Service WNS coordinator in your region (below) for more information about these funding opportunities. NOTE: Grantees are encouraged to use or allow use of the data management infrastructure of NABat prior to completion of the grant reporting period, if appropriate. Projects involving population monitoring are not required to occur with the specific monitoring protocols of NABat, nor in the highest priority grid cells. Contribution of data entails providing locations only at the resolution of the NABat grid cell (10 km x 10 km), and not precise locations of data or descriptive site names. Standard reports including data visualization outputs generated by NABat are accepted to fulfill award reporting requirements for project activities funded through this opportunity. The use of grant funds requires adherence to established protocols and methodologies developed or espoused by the national WNS working groups for surveillance, diagnostics, population monitoring, conservation and recovery, and disease management (for more information contact the appropriate Service WNS coordinator), as well as the Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. All proposed actions must be in line with the most current guidance, policies, and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and SARS-CoV-2. The Service’s White-nose Syndrome program is coordinated and funded through the branches of Ecological Services and Science Applications, and will be working with the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program (WSFR) to administer these WNS Research for Conservation Grants. Grants will be competitively awarded based on merit review of proposed projects for their applicability and feasibility to address priorities identified in this notice and for their overall contribution to meeting the objectives of the WNS national plan (White-Nose Syndrome Response Plans).
Trinity River Restoration Program Watershed Grant Program Administration $2,675,000.00

A single award will be made under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) so eligible entities should apply for the full funding amount. Administration of Program funds will be directed towards habitat restoration activities within tributaries of the Trinity River between Lewiston Dam and Weitchpec, including the South Fork Trinity River and its tributaries. The objective of this NOFO is to invite applicants (State and local governments, nonprofit organizations and institutions, and Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments) to submit proposals indicating their ability and experience with administering a large, multi-faceted, multi-year grant program focusing on construction and non-construction related restoration activities with numerous local and regional sub-recipients. Note that all subrecipients of restoration grants must meet the same qualification requirements (State and local governments, nonprofit organizations and institutions, and Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments) as the awardee. The principal objective of this solicitation is to have the Program Administrator/Recipient administer Reclamation funds used to support projects to improve habitat for SONCC coho salmon and other anadromous fish in tributaries of the Trinity River between Lewiston Dam and the confluence with the Klamath River at Weitchpec, inclusive of the South Fork Trinity River and its tributaries. Projects on the mainstem Trinity River, or its tributaries above Lewiston Dam, are ineligible. The Program Administrator/Recipient will use the Request for Proposal (RFP) process to initiate a pre-proposal phase whereby Reclamation and the TRRP Agencies in coordination with the Program Administrator/Recipient will select pre-proposals for formal proposal submission. The Program Administrator/Recipient is responsible for coordinating primarily with Reclamation and then as needed with the TRRP Agencies (as described on page 1 of this announcement) to formally select full proposals that rank projects based on established ratings focusing on those that provide fine sediment reduction or habitat improvements and have the greatest impact on promoting the survival and recovery of anadromous fish. The Program Administrator/Recipient will fund projects that comply with: Reclamation’s authority under the CVPIA; Project types specifically identified by watershed in the SONCC coho recovery plan; Priority projects identified in the Klamath Basin Integrated Fisheries Restoration and Monitoring Plan’s prioritization tool; The overall goals and objective of the Program as outlined above in Section A.1. The Program Administrator/Recipient will monitor all activities (construction and non-construction) conducted by others receiving funds under this grant opportunity. For projects that include construction elements, the Program Administrator/Recipient will ensure that sub-recipient has a Project Manager, responsible for ensuring the project is implemented per the stamped engineering and/or professional grade construction plans and that all applicable environmental compliance requirements are upheld. For both construction and non-construction projects, the Program Administrator/Recipient will ensure overall compliance with Federal and state environmental regulations, permitting, and reporting on permits by having on staff or hiring an Environmental Compliance Manager as a consultant (previously mentioned in section B.3) who is professionally trained and well versed in the Federal requirements that Reclamation is responsible for including, but not limited to the ESA, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), etc. Note: Reclamation has recently received a 2020 Biological Opinion from NMFS and 2020 Letter of Concurrence from USFWS providing programmatic ESA coverage of Trinity River tributary restoration projects. ESA compliance needs should largely be informal. The Program Administrator/Recipient’s Environmental Compliance Manager will serve as the main point of contact for Reclamation staff reviewing and adopting environmental documents drafted by the sub-recipients. This Environmental Compliance Manager will participate in the overall sub-project selection process to reduce the need for Reclamation to participate in additional calls/etc. Additionally, the Environmental Compliance Manager will be responsible for ensuring that all sub-project applicants include environmental compliance budgets in pre-and full proposals (typically 10 percent of total project costs), that the sub-recipient have on staff or hire an environmental compliance consultant that is well versed in developing documents that meet Federal environmental compliance requirements (e.g., environmental assessments (EA), categorical exclusion checklists (CEC), and possibly Environmental Impact Statements (EIS(s)), etc.). At a minimum the Program Administrator/Recipient’s Environmental Compliance Manager will have the following criteria. (Note: the sub-recipient’s environmental compliance staff or hired consultant should have similar qualifications, but it is not required as the Program Administrator/Recipient’s Environmental Compliance Manager will be assisting to ensure all documentation meet Reclamation’s standard prior to Reclamation reviews and adoption): A minimum of 5 years of NEPA document preparation and project management experience in environmental consulting. Experience should include simple to complex, multi-disciplinary projects; leading meetings with clients and agencies; directing project teams including subcontractors; preparing or directing staff in the preparation of technical studies and NEPA documents (e.g. EA and Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI)); and setting and adhering to project budgets and delivery schedules. Ability to write concise, descriptive, and complete descriptions of all the elements of both construction and non-construction projects. Ability to create or direct the creation of project location maps containing, township, range, section, North arrow, proposed action boundaries, a complete map legend, etc. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental planning, environmental science, biology, environmental science, natural resource management, planning, geology or other science-related field. A working knowledge of and experience with developing, complying, and/or assisting a Federal agency develop compliance documents or Federal and California environmental regulations including NEPA, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the CWA, the ESA, the NHPA, etc. A working understanding of Federal agency internal processes and procedures including, but not limited to Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, NMFS, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; attention to detail; and organization, schedule, and budget management skills. Further, to reduce Reclamation’s need to review initial adequacy of environmental compliance documentation on any sub-grantee projects, the Program Administrator/Recipient’s Environmental Compliance Manager will ensure that sub-grantee’s environmental compliance documents (to be completed by the sub-grantee’s staff or environmental compliance consultant) are complete, near final, and ready for Reclamation’s final review and acceptance consistent with the compliance requirements identified in the RFP process and as directed by Reclamation during post award of sub-project meetings. Any details that Reclamation identifies as outstanding for a particular sub-grantee project will be coordinated through the Program Administrator/Recipient’s Environmental Compliance Manager who, as stated above will manage, coordinate, and assist all sub-recipients in environmental compliance documentation and consultant needs. It is the sole responsibility of the Program Administrator/Recipient’s Environmental Compliance Manager to ensure sub-recipients have budgeted for and hired qualified staff or consultants to develop environmental compliance documents (specifically regarding NEPA analysis and cultural resource surveys and reports under NHPA and CWA). The Program Administrator/Recipient will also be responsible for all sub-receipts accurately and completely answers a series of questions or provide additional information to Reclamation about the potential environmental impacts of a proposed sub-project. Reclamation will also require from the Program Administrator/Recipient bi-weekly status of environmental compliance of all projects, upcoming program and sub-project deadlines, perceived issues or concerns, and summary of correspondence with the sub-grantees, expenditures for each program, changes to any points of contacts with sub-grantees, action items, and any other information deemed necessary by Reclamation. Period of performance for the agreement is five years from the date of award with the anticipated end date of September 30, 2026. The Program Administrator/Recipient is required to have experience with administering projects using Federal and private funds with experience administering projects that focus on the problems facing SONCC coho salmon and other Pacific anadromous fish species. Some of the problems facing these species include impeded access to their historical habitat; loss of summer and winter rearing habitat, seasonal water quality impairment (temperature and flow in particular), water quality and flow-related effects on the incidence of disease in certain populations, excessive fine sediment recruitment due to poor land management, and reduced transport of sediment and large woody debris to important habitat. The successful applicant to this funding opportunity is responsible for: Annually soliciting, reviewing, collating, and coordination of project proposals within the defined reach of the Trinity River Basin to fund through requests for proposals and a selection process that includes direct coordination with Reclamation and the TRRP Agencies as needed. Annually facilitating meetings with the TRRP Agencies to prioritize project proposals and discuss overall Program administration. Annually administering Reclamation funds for anadromous fish restoration activities under this grant opportunity. Unless exempted by Reclamation, contracts for selected project proposals will be completed by mid-June annually. In addition, contracts will be finalized with applicants within 2 months from the date the TRRP Agencies agree on projects to fund and Reclamation confirms, and the Program Administrator/Recipient notifies for award. Ensuring the sub-receipt has a Project Manager managing all construction and non-construction related activities conducted by other entities receiving funds under this grant opportunity. The Program Administrator/Recipient should ensure that each project is implemented as described in the sub-recipient awarded full proposal and the associated environmental compliance. Monitoring and reporting activities associated with the administration of the Program as described in Section F.3. including both pre and post construction monitoring and reporting, as well as, quarterly and annual reporting for the Program and any/all summary reports requests by Reclamation. Establishing a public website as another method to (1) provide information about the funding (e.g., schedule of solicitation, review, and contracts; qualifying restoration projects; amount; geographic scope); (2) annually solicit project proposals; and (3) list awarded proposals for each year. All projects being considered for sub-award funding will require compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before any ground-disturbing activity may begin. Compliance with all applicable state, Federal and local environmental, cultural, and paleontological resource protection laws and regulations is also required. These may include, but are not limited to, the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), consultation with potentially affected tribes, and consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). Reclamation will be the lead Federal agency for NEPA compliance and will be responsible for evaluating technical information and ensuring that natural resources, cultural, and socioeconomic concerns are appropriately addressed. As the lead agency, Reclamation is solely responsible for determining the appropriate level of NEPA compliance. Further, Reclamation is responsible to ensure that findings under NEPA, and consultations, as appropriate, will support Reclamation’s decision on whether to fund a project. These costs will be considered in the ranking of applications. In Summary, the types of projects which may be funded through subawards in this Program include: Riparian Habitat Restoration Water Conservation Instream Habitat Improvements Instream Barrier Modification for Fish Passage Improvement Fish Passage Improvement at Stream Crossings Fish Screens Fine sediment reduction in watersheds where fine sediment is a major limiting factor No cost share is required for this award, though use of matching or in-kind support is encouraged. In-kind contributions constitute the value of non-cash contributions that benefit a federally assisted project. These contributions may be in the form of real property, equipment, supplies and other expendable property, as well as the value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the proposed project or program. Costs incurred prior to Reclamation’s signing the financial assistance agreement will not be reimbursed under this award. The application must include the following elements to be considered complete: Mandatory Federal Forms: SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance SF-424A Budget Information Non-Construction Programs SF-424B Assurances Non-Construction Programs SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (if applicable) These forms may be obtained at Title page Table of contents Technical proposal (limited to 30 pages) and evaluation categories: Executive summary Background data Technical project description Evaluation criteria: Project budget: Funding plan and letters of commitment Budget proposal Budget narrative Environmental and cultural compliance requirements and documentation needed Required permits or approvals Letters of project support, including from land manager or landowner (do not submit separately) Resolution authorizing participation from applicant’s board of directors or government body This NOFO is subject to Executive Order 12372, “Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.” A list of states that have elected to participate in the intergovernmental review process is at Applicants in these states must contact their state's Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to find out about and comply with the state's process under Executive Order 12372. The names and addresses of the SPOCs are listed in the Office of Management and Budget's website, Official Resolution Include an official resolution adopted by the applicant’s board of directors or governing body, or, for State government entities, an official authorized to commit the applicant to the financial and legal obligations associated with receipt of a financial assistance award under this NOFO, verifying: The identity of the official with legal authority to enter into an agreement The board of directors, governing body, or appropriate official who has reviewed and supports the application submitted The capability of the applicant to provide the amount of funding and/or in- kind contributions specified in the funding plan That the applicant will work with Reclamation to meet established deadlines for entering into a grant or cooperative agreement An official resolution meeting the requirements set forth above is mandatory. If the applicant is unable to submit the official resolution by the application deadline because of the timing of board meetings or other justifiable reasons, the official resolution may be submitted up to 30 days after the application deadline. Prior to making an award with a Federal total estimated amount greater than $150,000, Reclamation is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (currently Federal Award Performance Integrity Information System [FAPIIS]) (see 41 United States Code [U.S.C.] §2313). An applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM. Reclamation will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to the other information in FAPIIS, in making a judgment about the applicant's integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in 2 CFR §200.205 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.
Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) Pilot Project $90,000.00

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), under the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP), is soliciting applications from local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot project for fiscal year (FY) 2021.See the Notice of Funding Opportunity under the Related Documents tab for further details including application submission information and application review information.