Proposals must be received by the ODNR Office of Coastal Management by 5 p.m. Monday Jan.13, 2014. OCM will review the applications and forward qualified applications to NOAA before the listed NOAA deadline.
The Ohio Coastal Management Program (OCMP) is soliciting applications for land acquisition grants through the Great Lakes Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grant program. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) developed this program to provide grant funding support for land acquisition projects that will contribute to the delisting of fish and wildlife habitat–related beneficial use impairments in Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC). The OCMP will forward the applications to NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce for funding consideration.
Eligible projects must be located within a designated AOC or its associated watershed and must be endorsed by the associated Remedial Action Plan implementation group. This competition is developed to provide support for acquisition of fee simple interests in lands or conservation easements from willing sellers. Land must be held by a non-federal public entity (state, local or regional unit of government) and preserved in perpetuity for conservation purposes.
NOAA anticipates that $800,000 may be provided for this competition through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, contingent upon federal FY2014 appropriations. Match is not required, however applicants are encouraged to provide a 1:1 non-federal match for land acquisition funds requested because cost sharing is an element considered in the project scoring. Eligible projects range between $100,000 and $800,000.
The following are expenses eligible for federal funding under this grant competition:
- Land acquisition or conservation easement;
- Due diligence costs such as appraisals, title work, phase I EAs;
- Administrative expenses and/or initial stewardship activities (up to 5 percent of the federal share).
Applicants should anticipate a start date of Oct. 1, 2014. Grants will be for an 18-month period, extendable an additional 18 months if warranted. Land acquisition and due diligence expenses must be incurred during the award period (or up to 90 days prior to the start of the award if requested in the application and necessity is demonstrated).
Administration and stewardship expenses must occur during the award period to be eligible for federal funding.
How to Apply:
Proposals must follow the Application Template. (download here).
To apply, submit one original-signed copy of the application and an electronic version of the application by the Ohio deadline of 5 p.m. Monday Jan. 13, 2014. The electronic version may be sent on CD along with the hard copy, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant applications must be submitted to the ODNR Office of Coastal Management which will then forward the applications to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Grants.gov.
Mail or deliver the application to:
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Office of Coastal Management
105 West Shoreline Drive
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
For additional information about the Ohio application process, and to discuss potential projects, please contact the following Office of Coastal Management staff by phone at 419.626.7980 or via e-mail: