CELCP | Funding Opportunities
Federal Funding Opportunities - How to Apply
NOW OPEN - FY 2014 CELCP Funding Opportunity
NOAA is requesting proposals for coastal and estuarine land conservation projects for competitive funding in FY2014 under the CELCP. Eligible applicants must submit proposals via Grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 15, 2013. NOAA anticipates that approximately $3,000,000 may be available through CELCP appropriations and approximately $800,000 through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Eligible states and territories that have submitted a draft CELCP plan to NOAA for review on or before September 15, 2013, may participate.
The maximum funding that can be requested for each project is $1,000,000. Each eligible state or territory may submit up to two (2) projects for this solicitation. Projects funded under this competition are expected to be completed within 18 months from the start date of the award (anticipated between July 1, 2014 and October 1, 2014). Please read the funding opportunity notice (FFO), posted below, for information on program priorities, applicant eligibility, eligibility criteria for projects, as well as information on how to submit an application.
- Federal Funding Opportunity Notice
- CELCP Project Application Checklist
- Project and Budget Templates
- Summary "Key" of Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for CELCP and Matching Funds Under the New Program Authorization
- National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Targeted Watersheds
NOAA runs a CELCP competition each year, subject to funding, with two phases-a state competition and a national competition. NOAA initiates the competition by issuing an annual Federal Funding Opportunity Notice, which describes the eligibility criteria for the competition. These include: who may apply, how many projects each eligible coastal state/territory may submit, and how much funding may be requested for each project.
Phase 1 - State Competition: The state and territory CELCP lead contact runs the state-level selection process to determine which projects are eligible and best-suited for the national competition. Interested parties should contact their state or territory lead contact for information on submitting a project proposal to the state competition. The CELCP lead agency submits selected applications for the national competition through Grants.gov (Grants.gov, Applicant Resources).
Phase 2 - National Competition: For the national competition, NOAA conducts a technical review and a merit-based peer review to rank the projects. The ranked list serves as a guide for selecting projects for funding. Once NOAA announces the list of winning projects CELCP staff will work with recipients to finalize their grant application for NOAA approval.
The following are eligible to participate in the national CELCP competition:
- Coastal states and territories with a coastal management program or national estuarine research reserve approved under the Coastal Zone Management Act, and which have submitted a CELCP Plan to NOAA (CELCP in Your State). OR
- National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs) in states which do not have an approved Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program.
Each participating state/territory has a Lead Contact for CELCP, who coordinates the program (typically, the coastal management agency), including the development of its CELCP Plan and runs the state selection process. The designated lead agency is eligible to submit projects for funding under the competition.
Within those states eligible to compete for funds, additional state agencies and local governments, as defined in the CELCP Final Guidelines, may receive funds and hold title to land under CELCP. Eligible state and local governments should contact their state CELCP lead for information on the state's priorities and selection process.
To be eligible for funding, the proposed project must:
- Protect important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, ecological, historical, aesthetic, or recreation values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses.
- Be located within a state's designated CELCP area (as defined in its CELCP plan) which is based on its coastal watershed or State Coastal Zone Boundary. If the state does not have an approved CZM Program, a project must benefit an approved NERR.
- Provide non-federal matching funds in the form of cash or in-kind contributions at a ratio of 1 to 1, with certain exceptions (visit the "Cost Share Requirements" section of the CELCP Final Guidelines for more information).
- Provide for non-federal public ownership in perpetuity. Note that in-kind match properties may be held by a qualified nongovernmental organization whose primary mission is to acquire and manage land for the purposes of conservation.
- Provide public access, or other public benefit, as appropriate and consistent with resource protection.
- Acquire property or conservation easements from willing sellers.
- Advance the goals, objectives, or implementation of the state coastal management program or plan or National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) management plan, or a local, regional or state watershed protection plan.
- Be consistent with the state's approved coastal management program.
- Complement (not conflict with) working waterfront needs.
CELCP's authorizing legislation requires that 15 percent of funds be provided to projects that benefit NERRs. To qualify, applicants must include a support letter from the appropriate reserve manager describing and/or validating benefits to the reserve. Applicants should show the relative location of the project to the NERR's targeted watershed boundary, within which conservation activities provide direct benefits to the reserve. Targeted watershed maps are available.
CELCP Final Guidelines
The CELCP Final Guidelines, establish the eligibility, procedural and programmatic requirements for CELCP, including criteria for financial assistance, eligible and ineligible uses of CELCP funds, as well as long-term uses that are considered consistent or inconsistent with conservation under the program. The guidelines also outline the criteria and process for developing state coastal and estuarine land conservation plans, selecting and nominating land conservation projects from states to the national competitive process and the national project selection process.
For more information, contact Elaine Vaudreuil at (301) 713-3155 ext. 103.