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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

West Coast Estuaries Initiative for the California Coast

Agency Name: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Region 9
Funding Opportunity Name: West Coast Estuaries Initiative for the California Coast
Announcement Type: Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-R9-WTR3-08-006
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 66.439


U.S. EPA Region 9 is soliciting proposals under this announcement for projects that conserve, restore and protect the water quality, habitat and environment of California coastal waters, estuaries, bays and near shore waters through comprehensive approaches to water quality management. The emphasis is on supporting implementation activities based on existing plans, such as Comprehensive Conservation Management Plans (Clean Water Act Section (CWA) 320), State programs such as the Integrated Regional Water Management Plans, and local watershed plans.

States, local governments, public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies are eligible to apply. For-profit commercial entities and all Federal agencies are ineligible. Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply.

The total amount expected to be awarded under this announcement is approximately $5,000,000 made available pursuant to the FY 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act. U.S. EPA Region 9 anticipates awarding approximately three to five grants or cooperative agreements under this solicitation. It is expected that the federal share of the awards will range from approximately $250,000 to no more than $1,000,000 each with project periods of three to five years. U.S. EPA is requiring applicants to demonstrate in their proposal submission how they will provide the minimum non-federal match of 25 percent of the total cost of the proposal. Federally recognized Indian tribal governments may be exempt from this match requirement if they can demonstrate the match requirement would impose an undue economic hardship.

The West Coast Estuaries Initiative for the California Coast is a focused effort under the U.S. EPA Targeted Watersheds Grant (TWG) Program. The TWG Program is designed to support the protection and restoration of the nation's water resources through a holistic watershed approach to water quality management. The goal of the TWG Program is to advance successful partnerships and coalitions that have completed the necessary watershed assessments and have a technically sound watershed plan ready to implement.

Important Dates

August 25, 2008 Proposals must be received by U.S. EPA or electronically through Grants.gov by 5pm Pacific Standard Time
October 17, 2008 Initial approval identified and sponsor of projects selected for funding will be requested to submit a formal application package
November 15, 2008 Application and work plan received via hardcopy
December 2008 Awards made

The above dates (other than the August 25, 2008 proposal submission date) are anticipated dates and may be subject to change.

Key Contacts

Sam Ziegler (ziegler.sam@epa.gov)

West Coast Estuaries Initiative – California Coast
U.S. EPA Region 9 (WTR-3)
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA  94105
(415) 972-3444

Contents of Full Text Announcement

  1. Funding Opportunity Description
  2. Award Information
  3. Eligibility Information
  4. Application and Submission Information
  5. Application Review Information
  6. Award Administration Information
  7. Agency Contact
  8. Other Information

Full text announcement (PDF) (22 pp, 99K About PDF)


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