CSO RFP for Great Lakes Coastal and Nearshore Habitat Engineering & Design
CSO has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a design team to address coastal and nearshore habitat restoration engineering and design needs in the Great Lakes. To carry out this project, the design team will work with three Great Lakes states to complete engineering and design work on the projects selected. Proposals are due March 31, 2023. To learn more here. Register for a pre-bid webinar here.
2023 National Coastal Resilience Fund RFP Now Open
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Defense, Occidental, Shell, and TransRe is now soliciting Pre-Proposals for the 2023 National Coastal Resilience Fund. NFWF will award up to $140 million in grants to create and restore natural systems in order to increase protection for communities from coastal hazards, such as storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion, while improving habitats for fish and wildlife species. NFWF prioritizes projects that are community led or incorporate direct community engagement and benefit underserved communities facing disproportionate harm from climate impacts. Pre-proposals must be submitted through NFWF’s Easygrants system no later than Wednesday, April 12, 2023. An informational webinar has been scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2023 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET to provide an overview the National Coastal Resilience funding opportunity. The Request for Proposals is available here. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate and can register for the webinar here.
NOAA Releases Map of Indigenous Communities in the Coastal Realm
NOAA has released a web map that provides an overview and visualization of the multiple indigenous communities with a connection to the coast through traditional homelands. It is designed to help partners in identifying indigenous and tribal communities that have a connection to coastal areas across the United States and Territories. Explore the map here.
Request for Proposals: Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program
The Great Lakes Commission today issued a request for proposals for the 2023 Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (GLSNRP) grant program.
The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program has provided grants to reduce nutrients and sediments entering the Great Lakes for more than 30 years. This year’s program will continue to help local partners take action to reduce nutrient loads from agricultural watersheds and eroding shorelines and streambanks in the Great Lakes basin. Applications are due April 21, 2023. Learn more and apply here. A webinar will be held March 14, 2023, register here.
NROC Announces Several Contractual Opportunities to Support Implementation of its Work Plan
NROC is seeking qualified candidates for a variety of contract opportunities to support NROC’s implementation of its work plan. We have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to Support NROC Operations via our website. Through this RFQ, we intend to hire the following contract staff positions: Project Manager, Tribal Engagement Coordinator, Business Manager. They are also using this RFQ to pre-qualify candidates to support the following aspects of NROC’s work: Meeting Management, Facilitation, and Strategic Planning; Organizational Website and IT Support. Submissions are due March 23, 2023. Learn more and apply here.
EPA Announced Availability of $100 Million through Inflation Reduction Act for Environmental Justice Grants
The EPA announced the availability of approximately $100 million for projects that advance environmental justice in underserved and overburdened communities across the country. EPA has published two Requests for Applications for this funding through the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program and the Environmental Justice Government-to-Government (EJG2G) Program. Applications for both are due April 10, 2023. Learn more about these programs here.
BOEM Announces Proposed Rule to Increase Protection of Marine Archaeological Resources
In order to better protect shipwrecks and other cultural resources on the seabed from harm due to offshore energy activities, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing regulatory changes to its marine archaeology reporting requirements for activities proposed on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). A notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment was published in the Federal Register for a 60-day comment period ending on April 17, 2023. Learn more and find instructions to comment here.
FEMA Announces NOFO for Safeguarding Tomorrow RLF Program
FEMA has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund Program. Applications are due April 28, 2023. Learn more here.
Request for Information: Framing the National Nature Assessment
The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is seeking input from the public to help inform the framing, development, and use of the National Nature Assessment. The USGCRP welcomes comments on the definition of nature, what questions the assessment can help answer, potential audiences and engagement processes, trends and projections, and relevant information sources. Comments are due March 31, 2023. More information on how to respond to this request, including guiding questions, can be found here.