Grant Agreement Funding Opportunity for Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized) in Nebraska

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
February 12th, 2024
Close Date
April 12th, 2024
Total Funding
$500,000.00
Award Ceiling
$100,000.00
Award Floor
$10,000.00
Expected No. Awards
5
Opportunity No.
USDA-NRCS-NE-MULTI-24-NOFO0001341

Agency

Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)

Eligible Applicants

Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments

Funding Category

Natural Resources

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is offering Grant Agreements to Federally recognized tribal governments in Nebraska. The purpose of these grants is to leverage NRCS resources, address local natural resource issues, encourage collaboration, and develop Tribal and community-level conservation leadership. The grants are for projects lasting up to 3 years and cover two main initiatives. The first initiative is the Tribal Food Sovereignty and Food Production Grants, which aim to increase Tribal food sovereignty in Nebraska. This involves supporting best practices that enhance the production of food, fiber, wildlife, and forestry products using conservation systems. The grants also seek to create or enhance sustainably produced and processed food markets, as well as promote conservation education, traditional food production education, stewardship, and natural resource management. The second initiative focuses on reaching out to historically underserved clients and providing them with technical and financial assistance. The objective is to increase technical and programmatic conservation delivery by identifying and addressing cultural and program barriers that limit NRCS assistance. This includes providing outreach and education on NRCS programs and technical materials, assisting underserved clients in seeking and obtaining NRCS assistance, and offering planning assistance. The total funding available for this program in fiscal year 2024 is $500,000. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the eligibility criteria and application instructions outlined in the notice. The deadline for submitting applications via Grants.gov is April 12th, 2024, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. The agency anticipates making selections by May 12th, 2024, and expects to execute awards by September 15th, 2024. For more information and to access the full Notice of Funding Opportunity, please refer to the Related Documents Tab. If you have any questions related to preparing application content, you can contact Cassandra L Hayes, the Grants Management Specialist, at cassandra.hayes@usda.gov.

Description

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) is being released prior to appropriation and/or apportionment of funds for fiscal year 2024. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing potential availability of Grant Agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration, and developing Tribal and community-level conservation leadership in Nebraska. Proposals are requested from Federally recognized tribal governments for competitive consideration of grant agreement awards for projects for up to 3 years in duration for the following initiatives: Tribal Food Sovereignty and Food Production Grants: Tribal food sovereignty is the right of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians to produce their own traditional foods on their own lands to sustain themselves, their families, and their communities. The overall objectives of these grants are to increase Tribal food sovereignty in Nebraska by supporting best practices that enhance the following: · Production of food, fiber, wildlife and forestry products using conservation systems to support American Indian culture and sovereignty. · Creation or enhancement of sustainably produced and processed food markets. · Conservation education, traditional food production education, stewardship and natural resource management. Reaching Out to Historically Underserved Clients and providing Technical and Financial Assistance. The overall objective of this category is to provide outreach to historically underserved clients to increase technical and programmatic conservation delivery by: · Identifying cultural and program barriers that limit NRCS assistance. · Providing outreach and education to underserved clients on NRCS programs and technical materials. · Assisting underserved clients in seeking and obtaining NRCS Assistance · Providing planning assistance to underserved clients. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in fiscal year 2024 will be $500,000. This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D. of the full Notice of Funding Opportunity for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov. Key Dates Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 12th, 2024. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts. For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.). Questions related to eligibility, or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed. The agency anticipates making selections by May 12th, 2024, and expects to execute awards by September 15, 2024. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

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