The Governmental Planning Department continues to assist the City of Bayou La Batre with their Comprehensive Plan and the City of Chickasaw with their Zoning Ordinance. Both of these projects were funded through the State Lands Division, Coastal Zone Management Program. We are also assisting the Utilities Board of the City of Bayou La Batre with their CIAP grant and the City of Brewton with their gas line project which was partially funded with a Delta Regional Authority Grant.
SARPC recently attended a Leadership Exchange that was hosted by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in the City of New Orleans. This trip provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and hear success stories regarding new business innovations and building entrepreneurs. We also heard about Charter Schools, the new BioDistrict, MidCity redevelopment and Green Entrepreneurialism.
There have been two recent announcements of funding opportunities from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
Listed below is a brief description of each.
1. Funding Opportunity Title: Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program
Announcement Type: Initial
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2015-2004410
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.463, Habitat
Dates: Applications must be postmarked, provided to a delivery service, or received
by www.Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 2, 2015.
Funding Opportunity Description: The principal objective of the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants solicitation is to implement projects that use a proactive approach to improve or restore coastal habitat to: 1) strengthen the resilience of our marine and coastal ecosystems to decrease the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather and 2) support sustainable fisheries and contribute to the recovery of protected resources. Successful applications will 1) identify an issue limiting the resiliency of marine and coastal ecosystems to extreme weather events or changing environmental conditions at the proposed project site; 2) identify the proposed project's outcome goal(s) and describe in detail the actions and on-the-ground restoration to be undertaken to enhance resiliency and reduce risk and; 3) describe the measurable impact on the ecosystem, target species, and surrounding coastal communities to benefit from the proposed habitat restoration project.
NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $200,000 or more than $2 million in federal funds from NOAA under this solicitation. Federal funds awarded under this program must be matched with non federal funds (cash or in-kind cost share) at a 2:1 ratio of federal-to-non-federal contributions. The Regional
Coastal Resilience Grants FFO was expected to be posted in May 2015 and may be found on www.grants.gov at FFO number NOAA-NOS-OCM-2015-2004324.
2. Funding Opportunity Title: FY 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program
Announcement Type: Initial
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2015-2004324
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.473, Coastal Services
Dates: Applications must be postmarked, provided to a delivery service, or
received by www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 24, 2015.
Funding Opportunity Description: The purpose of this notice is to solicit proposals from eligible entities to develop or implement activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Successful applicants will develop proposals that plan or implement actions that mitigate the impacts of these environmental drivers on overall resilience, including economic and environmental resilience.