Request for Proposals for Managing the Implementation of the Puget Sound Action Agenda
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September 1, 2010: Proposals must be submitted through Grants.Gov or received in hardcopy by U.S. EPA Region 10 by 4:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time.
September 30, 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.
November 18, 2010: Grant application and final work plan completed and submitted to EPA.
December 8, 2010: Awards made.
Note: Other than the September 1, 2010 date, the above dates are estimated and subject to change.
- Purpose: Increase resources available to successfully manage the implementation of the Puget Sound 2020 Action Agenda.
- Eligible Applicants: State agencies, institutions of higher learning, Tribal governments and their consortia, local government, special purpose districts, conservation districts, watershed planning units, local management boards, salmon recovery lead entities, regional fisheries enhancement groups, and non-profit entities located in or governing lands and waters in the greater Puget Sound basin.
- Estimated Funding: Up to $3 million per year of a 6 year performance period.
- Number of Grants: 1 grant
- Amount per Grant: Up to $6,000,000 in FY2010 federal funds available for the first 2 years. Required non-federal match is equal to federal funds awarded.
- Length of Grant: 2-6 years
- Request for Proposals (PDF) (55 pp. 379K, About PDF) Also available at http://www.Grants.gov (EPA-R10-PS-1005)
Request for Proposals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 (EPA) is soliciting grant proposals (PDF) (55 pp. 379K) under CFDA 66.123 (Puget Sound Action Agenda: Technical Investigations and Implementation Assistance Program) for an entity to manage the implementation of the Puget Sound 2020 Action Agenda. This solicitation is being carried out in accordance with a requirement in EPA’s FY2010 appropriation to competitively award a grant for management of the Action Agenda. Proposals are due to the EPA by September 1, 2010.
State agencies, institutions of higher learning, 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, and non-profit entities located in or governing lands and waters in the greater Puget Sound basin are eligible to apply.
Puget Sound Action Agenda
The Puget Sound Partnership (“Partnership”) has been designated by the EPA and Washington State as the lead State agency for the Management Conference of the Puget Sound National Estuary Program under Clean Water Act Section 320. On July 15, 2009, EPA approved the Partnership’s Puget Sound Action Agenda as the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Puget Sound. The Action Agenda lays out a plan to restore and protect the Puget Sound ecosystem by 2020 through the application of five priority approaches:
These last two priorities (D & E) represent central elements of managing the implementation of the Action Agenda and are the focus of this RFP. Success in carrying out those priorities is critical to achieving success in the direct implementation activities included in priorities A through C. This work also requires close coordination with the Puget Sound Partnership and the various participants in the Management Conference.
Scope and Focus of Eligible Management Activities
Consistent with Action Agenda priorities D and E above, the new work contemplated by this RFP would include but not be limited to the following activities to be carried out in conjunction with the Partnership,
- Protect intact ecosystem processes, structures, and functions.
- Restore ecosystem processes, structures, and functions.
- Reduce the sources of water pollution.
- Work effectively and efficiently together on priority actions.
- Build an implementation, monitoring, and accountability management system.
Proposals will be judged by the following evaluation criteria:
- develop and implement an accountability and performance management system to track the progress of Action Agenda implementation
- develop and implement an integrated, long-term environmental monitoring, data management and reporting system that can be directly utilized in adaptive management of the implementation of the Action Agenda.
- coordinate development of monitoring plans by Action Areas or major watersheds based on goals, actions and strategies in the Action Agenda.
- improve and advance the Science Policy dialogue within the Management Conference
- oversee the implementation of the Partnership’s biennial Science Work Plan
- develop periodic updates to the Partnership’s biennial Science Work Plan
- make and manage subawards of financial assistance to projects necessary for effectively implementing the Action Agenda, including but not limited to subawards to local organizations that will develop watershed level priorities for implementing the Action Agenda and coordinate actions within and across watersheds within each of the Agenda’s formally identified Action Areas.
- Quality of Application. Includes clarity of the proposal, technical merit and feasibility, and approach to supporting effective Action Area work.
- Quality of Management Systems. Includes performance management, environmental monitoring, and subaward management systems, and associated outputs and outcomes.
- Non-federal Match that comes from activities directly relevant to the scope of this RFP.
- Budget and financial integrity.
- Past performance and programmatic capability of the applicant.