Pacific Islands Area Fiscal Year 2021 Conservation Solutions Through Strategic Partnerships Announcement for Funding

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Funding Opportunity ID:331710
Opportunity Number:USDA-NRCS-PIA-MULTI-21-NOFO0001062
Opportunity Title:Pacific Islands Area Fiscal Year 2021 Conservation Solutions Through Strategic Partnerships Announcement for Funding
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity:Agriculture
Environment
Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):10.902
10.912
10.917
10.924
Eligible Applicants:State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code:USDA-NRCS
Agency Name:Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Posted Date:Feb 25, 2021
Close Date:Apr 26, 2021 Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 26, 2021. Questions regarding this notice of funding opportunity (NFO) may be submitted until April 7, 2021, via email to the Federal Awarding Agency Contact (see section H. of the NFO) with the Opportunity Number in the subject line. Responses to questions posed will be posted on Grants.gov approximately two weeks before the application due date. A webinar for applicants is scheduled for March 10, 2021, at 2 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Information on how to participate in the webinar will be posted to the NRCS PIA website (https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/events/pia/newsroom/events/?eventDate=3-2021).
Last Updated Date:Feb 25, 2021
Award Ceiling:$500,000
Award Floor:$60,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:7
Description:The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is seeking proposals from parties and potential partners to execute conservation solutions in the Pacific Islands Area (i.e., Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)).The objective of this Notice of Funding Opportunity is to:1. Increase conservation delivery capacity of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and emerging partners by increasing the number of partner staff implementing or supporting conservation delivery for: a. NRCS Service Centers serving American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands b. Any NRCS Service Center areas in the Pacific Islands Area c. Improving Farm Bill contract completion d. Improving Farm Bill contracted practice implementation2. Increase adoption and implementation of soil health plans on cropland by: a. Organizing interactive feedback, education, and outreach events to engage customer interest in soil health management systems and plans b. Building local conservation delivery capacity of certified Technical Service Providers (TSPs) to develop soil health management plans, as per Soil Health Management Plan Criteria Practice/Activity Code (116)3. Evaluate carbon and nitrogen cycles in local cropping systems to assess impacts of established conservation practices on soil organic matter and soil carbon4. Support innovative projects and programs that amplify outcomes for: a. Economics of Soil Health b. Soil Carbon Amendments (as per NRCS Conservation Practice Standard) (Soil Carbon Amendment – Code 808; included under Other Related Documents of the NFO) c. Watershed Function5. Accelerate results through strategic partnerships that: a. Support PIA’s Targeted Conservation Delivery Strategy b. Support PIA’s Strategic Plan InitiativeA webinar for applicants is scheduled for March 10, 2021, at 2 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time. Information on how to participate in the webinar will be posted to the NRCS PIA website (https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/events/pia/newsroom/events/?eventDate=3-2021).
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