319 Information and Education Minigrant

Request for 319 I&E MiniGrant Proposals

This Request for Proposals (RFP) solicits proposals to conduct watershed information and outreach projects in South Dakota.

This request for proposal is available via a downloadable PDF.

The South Dakota Discovery Center, through funding provided by the SD DENR and US EPA Region 8, invites proposals for minigrants focused on local and regional outreach efforts to the community to build understanding of and engagement with watersheds and watershed protection. Project sponsors may request up to 60% of total project costs. The amount requested may not exceed $7,000. Project applications are due Wednesday November 6, 2019 by 11:59 PM CT. Projects may start after Dec 1, 2019 and must conclude by June 1, 2020. Please read the RFP below for all details.

Request for Proposal

Background

    1. The 319 Information and Education Project (IEP) was established in 2004 with a grant to the South Dakota Discovery Center (SD Discovery Center) as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Section 319 Nonpoint Source (EPA 319) grant program. The goal of the IEP was and is to implement a comprehensive statewide effort to promote and facilitate public understanding of watersheds and related water quality management issues in an effort to contribute to the protection, restoration and maintenance of surface water and watersheds.
    2. The IEP is guided by the South Dakota Nonpoint Source Information and Education strategy adopted by the Nonpoint Source Task Force on September 21, 2000. Allocation of IEP funds and major policy actions are directed by the Nonpoint Source Task Force Information and Education Sub-Committee (Sub-Committee) with day-to-day management of the IEP handled by staff of the SD Discovery Center.
    3. Execution of IEP goals is to be achieved, in part, through a competitive grant process. Grant funds are available to 501(c)3 organizations, local governments, units of state government other than the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and educational institutions. Individuals and for-profit entities are not eligible.

Goals & Priorities

Goals.

The goal of the 319 program is to protect and restore the beneficial uses of the state’s surface and ground water resources by controlling nonpoint source pollution. The 319 program takes a predominantly non-regulatory approach, relying upon voluntary implementation of those practices which reduce, mitigate or prevent nonpoint source pollution.

A non-regulatory approach requires an informed and educated citizenry that is willing and able to support and implement nonpoint source pollution reduction practices and initiatives. Information and outreach projects develop stakeholder and citizen awareness of watersheds, non-point source pollution causes, its impacts, and methods of prevention.

Priority Topics.

Mini-grants will be made available to qualifying groups with projects that address priority topics. Priority topics are:

    1. Watersheds, wetlands, and groundwater ecology
    2. Healthy watersheds
    3. Climate and watersheds
    4. Nonpoint source prevention and mitigation

Priority Audiences.

    1. The goal of the IEP is to reach a broad cross section of South Dakota’s population. While agricultural producers and other stakeholders are the backbone audience of the 319 projects, a wider scope of outreach is sought for minigrant funded projects. Specifically, projects which engage or reach adults and the community are encouraged.

Expected Results.

    1. The expected results of a project are more than what the project sponsor does. Expected results include the changed state of the target audience or the watershed.
    2. Outcomes are the measurable results expected from a project. They differ from an output in that an output describes the activity while the outcome describes what happens because of that activity. For example, an output is a workshop. The outcome or expected result is increased understanding of a topic. Whether or not the outcome was achieved is measured by a pre-post test or by asking participants what they learned.
    3. Results can be short, medium or long term. The long term outcome of the Information and Education Project (IEP) is an educated and involved citizenry that values and acts for clean water. The medium term outcome is more nonpoint source pollution prevention best management practices (BMPs) in place. The short term outcome is more citizen awareness of watersheds and participation in nonpoint source pollution prevention practices.
    4. Mini-grant projects are intended to support this short term outcome of the Information and Education Project.
    5. Applicants must select one of the outcomes that support the Information and Education Project’s (IEP) outcomes.
      • Increased awareness and/or knowledge of watersheds.
      • Increased awareness of non-point source pollution, prevention, causes, effects and remedies and/or participation in best management practices.
      • Increased watershed health, protection or restoration.

Funds

The amount requested should be no more than 60% of your total project cost. Projects are required to provide at least 40% non-federal match whether cash or in kind. Activities funded by the project should be fundable by federal money (i.e. no food). The maximum amount requested will vary according to funding cycle. To determine your match, use this formula.

(Amount Requested/0.6)-Amount Requested=MATCH REQUIRED

Proposal Review Process

    1. Proposals will be reviewed by the project administrator for completeness. Any project missing one of the required elements described in the application format will be ineligible for further consideration. Proposals that are considered complete will be evaluated by the Sub-Committee according to the following guidelines.
      1. Must support the IEP priorities and outcomes
      2. Target audience is consistent with IEP strategy.
      3. Does not duplicate existing programs.
      4. Sponsor has ability to complete the project.
      5. Evaluation tools are identified.
      6. Costs and in-kind match are reasonable for the project scope.

Project Requirements

In addition to understanding the guidelines listed above, applicants should be aware of the following.

    1. Start/End Dates. Projects will start after a signed contract is received.
    2. Reporting. All projects will be required to submit a final report. The format for the report will be included in the final contract between the SD Discovery Center and project sponsor. Reports are typically due 30 days after the project’s end date. The contract will specify what content should be included in the report.
    3. Reimbursements/Invoicing. Projects will be funded on a reimbursement basis. The final reimbursement request is typically due within 30 days after the project’s end date.
    4. Change in project status. One of the realities of working in a grant based system is that the proposal you develop in October may have to be reworked in March. Partners step back, new partners step forward, products and venues become available or unavailable. All projects will be required to keep the goal of their original proposal and as many of the outcomes and products as possible. Project coordinators of funded proposals should stay in contact with the IEP administrator and advise of any project changes in a timely manner.
    5. Outcomes and Evaluation. All projects must have an evaluation component. Please contact the I&E project administrator if you have any questions. How these questions are answered has a significant bearing on the funding of the project.

Contact Information

319 Information and Education Coordinator:

Anne Lewis

annelewis@sd-discovery.org

805 W Sioux Ave.

Pierre, SD 57501

(605)224-8295