The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) seeks applications to accelerate implementation of prescribed burns on Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) contract lands in Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The focus is on NRCS contracts awarded in support of the Working Lands for Wildlife—Gopher Tortoise partnership and Longleaf Pine Initiative, but all out-of-schedule prescribed burns on NRCS Practice 338 contracts are eligible. This opportunity closes Friday, January 17, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Proposals received after this time may not be considered. Funding for this project is provided by NRCS (Federal funds) and the Endowment (Non-Federal funds).
Applicants may wish to contact NRCS state offices to discuss specific issues prior to submitting an application (see Appendix 1 for state contact list). NRCS and Endowment staff, and appropriate experts, will review applications. NRCS and Endowment staffs see this funding opportunity as a collaborative process; applicants should plan to interact with both NRCS and Endowment staff during the review process to clarify procedures and outcomes.
Participation by NRCS contract landowners in education or prescribed burn activities offered by applicants through this funding opportunity is voluntary. Applicants should anticipate that some contract landowners will not be interested in participating.
Up to $1.3 million is available. Successful applicants will enter into a contract for services with the Endowment, making them Endowment sub-recipients. As a sub-recipient of federal funds, successful applicants must comply with all federal grant regulations as described in 2CFR Part 200, Cost Principles. Projects funded in this cycle should plan to conclude no later than December 31, 2019.
2018 Process Schedule
RFP Issued: December 6, 2017
Proposal Deadline: January 17, 2018 (5 p.m. Eastern)
Applicants notified: Week of January 29, 2018
Contractual agreements between the Endowment and successful applicants should be completed within two to six weeks after notification unless otherwise informed.