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November 1, 2010: Proposals must be submitted through Grants.Gov or received in hardcopy by U.S. EPA Region 10 by 4:00 PM PDT.
December 1, 2010: Selected applicant notified and requested to develop and submit a complete application for assistance and negotiate a final work plan and budget for the proposal.
January 2, 2011: Grant application and final work plan completed and submitted to EPA.
February 1, 2011: Awards made.
Note: Other than the November 1 deadline, the above dates are estimated and subject to change.
- (Added October 28) Question: Can state agencies collaborating on the 4 proposals where they have agreed on specific language that each would use for certain sections of each proposal (e.g. education/outreach, adaptive management, strategic advice etc) be permitted to have just one of the 4 proposals include the complete response and the other 3 summarize and reference the proposal that has the fuller description? Answer: Yes, where multiple applicants have agreed on language that addresses specific topics, and where they are coordinating their respective approaches to lead the different emphasis areas identified in the Request for Proposals, such applicants may cross-reference each other’s proposals. As such, if two or more organizations are developing coordinated proposals to lead two or more emphasis areas, one proposal could, for example, discuss their coordinated approach to education and outreach while the other proposal or proposals could simply reference or summarize that discussion.
- (Added September 21) The RFP has been amended to modify the language in Section III.D. and two Questions and Answers (PDF) (1 pp. 25K) have been posted to clarify requirements of the RFP.
- (Added September 14) The RFP has been amended to include recently required language in Section VI.C. and VI.H. Please note that VI.C. now requires applicants to be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database for the U.S. Federal Government prior to submitting a proposal under this announcement. CCR information can be found at https://www.bpn.gov/ccr/
- Purpose: Increase resources available to implement priority actions for ecosystem protection and restoration in four (4) areas of emphasis relating to the Puget Sound 2020 Action Agenda: marine and nearshore protection and restoration; watershed protection and restoration; toxics and nutrients prevention, reduction, and control; and pathogens prevention, reduction and control.
- Eligible Applicants: Federal and State agencies and institutions of higher learning. Tribal governments and their consortia, local governments, special purpose districts, conservation districts, watershed planning units, local management boards, salmon recovery lead entities, regional fisheries enhancement groups, Marine Resource Committees, and non-profit entities located in or governing lands and waters in the greater Puget Sound basin.
- Estimated Funding: Up to $48 million per area of emphasis over a 6 year performance period. An average of $3 million per area of emphasis is available for the initial award. Required non-federal match is equal to federal funds awarded.
- Number of Grants: Four cooperative agreements, one per area of emphasis.
- Project Period: 6 years
- Full Request for Proposals (PDF) (45 pp. 388K, About PDF) Also available at www.Grants.gov (under EPA-R10-PS-1007)
Request for Proposals
EPA is soliciting proposals under CFDA 66.123 (Puget Sound Action Agenda: Technical Investigations and Implementation Assistance Program) to implement priority work consistent with the Puget Sound 2020 Action Agenda for the protection and restoration of Puget Sound.
More specifically, this RFP is soliciting proposals from applicants that wish to act, in coordination with the Puget Sound Partnership (Partnership), EPA, and other relevant parties, as lead organizations in each of four areas of emphasis relating to ecosystem restoration and protection:
EPA proposes to select a Lead Organization for each area of emphasis. Eligible applicants may submit a separate proposal for each area of emphasis for which they wish to be considered. The selected Lead Organization for each area of emphasis would be expected to award and manage contracts and subawards to provide financial assistance for projects implementing priority actions relating to the applicable area of emphasis.
Applicants may consult with other parties that are interested in these issues and collaborate to develop (and implement) a comprehensive proposal for a particular area of emphasis. However an individual proposal can come from only one applicant who if awarded a cooperative agreement will be financially responsible for the entire award including any funding they may provide to other entities.
Proposals are due to the EPA by November 1, 2010.
Federal and State agencies and institutions of higher learning are eligible under this announcement as are Tribal governments and technical consortia, units of local government, special purpose districts, conservation districts, watershed planning units, local management boards, salmon recovery lead entities, regional fisheries enhancement groups, Marine Resource Committees, and non-profit entities located in or governing lands and waters in the greater Puget Sound basin.
Puget Sound Action Agenda
The Puget Sound 2020 Action Agenda is a strategy developed by the Partnership to clean up, restore, and protect Puget Sound by 2020. This document was approved by EPA in 2009 as the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Puget Sound National Estuary Program under the CWA Section 320. The Agenda and a large amount of previous work by many organizations are the foundation for the work to be funded under this RFP.
Scope and Focus of Eligible Management Activities
Prospective Lead Organizations for the areas of emphasis identified in this RFP would:
- Marine and Nearshore Protection and Restoration
- Watershed Protection and Restoration
- Toxics and Nutrients Prevention, Reduction, and Control
- Pathogens Prevention, Reduction, and Control
Proposals will be judged by the following evaluation criteria:
- Develop innovative and ambitious strategies to identify, refine and strengthen approaches to the issues in the particular area of emphasis for which they are interested in serving as the Lead Organization.
- In coordination with the Partnership and other entities, support and implement actions relating to their respective strategies directly and through making and managing contracts and subawards to those entities most capable of accomplishing the actions.
- Coordinate with the Partnership/Management Conference in the ongoing processes of performance accountability and adaptive management.
For more information, please refer to the full Request for Proposals document or contact Daniel Steinborn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Quality and Strength of the Leadership Strategy, including partnerships, public engagement, funding strategy and subaward management systems, and adaptive management system.
- Quality of Technical Approach, including clarity of the proposal, technical merit and feasibility, and outputs and outcomes.
- Budget and Financial Integrity.
- Non-federal Match that comes from activities directly relevant to the scope of this RFP.
- Past performance and programmatic capability of the applicant.