Grant News You Can Use
- E-Billing Changes After Sponsors Comment - New
- National Parks Service Offers Challenge Grants - New
- Salmon Recovery Funding Board to Meet in June - New
- Mark your calendar now for the Washington State Physical Activity Summit - New
- Your Comments Needed - New
- 2016 Recreation and Conservation Grants Schedule - Updated
- New Application Authorization Required
- Habitat Work Schedule Gets New Look
- See the Grant Application Webinar Presentations
- Do You Know Who Your Grants Manager Is?
- Get on our Mailing List
E-Billing Changes After Sponsor CommentsDon’t be surprised if you see some changes the next time you submit a bill. Based on comments from sponsors, RCO has made the following changes to PRISM’s electronic billing system.
Import Spreadsheets – The import spreadsheets now include more information for specific projects.
**Important** if you use the import spreadsheets, you will need to download a new copy before you complete your next billing. RCO recommends that a new import spreadsheet is saved for each project that is being billed. The new spreadsheet contains dropdown lists for the worksites and for the non-reimbursable information. You also can hide columns as needed.
E-mail notifications –Some notifications have been added and some changed. If invoices are pending but not submitted, the project contacts will be e-mailed about them not being submitted after 20 days, with a final notice after 40 days. The invoice submitted e-mail now has a link to the billing detail report and the payment e-mail now includes information about Salmon Recovery Funding Board advances.
Billing Detail Report – This report is quicker, with larger text, and appears in landscape. There also is a direct to a PDF report option, if desired.
Banner information – The project agreement beginning and end dates have been added in the banner as well as a link to the sponsor’s organization.
Advances (SRFB only) – Key information has been added to the advances, including information about the required match needed to satisfy the advance and the advance due date (once the billing is processed for payment).
Extended Billing History – Key information about the billing of the project has been added as well as sponsor match agreement details.
National Parks Service Offers Challenge Grants
The National Park Service is offering Challenge Cost Share Grants, which are matching grants of up to $25,000 for projects that serve urban communities, engage youth with national parks, and connect people to the outdoors.
Only National Park Service staff can submit applications, but the grants will be provided directly to partnering organizations. Educational institutions or nonprofit organizations are eligible to partner with the Service for work performed in national parks and on national trails and wild and scenic rivers.
Applications are due July 1, 2016. The program is slated for $386,000 in total, and it is expected to award about 20 grants. Projects must be substantially complete by Oct. 1, 2017.
The Salmon Recovery Funding Boardwill be meeting June 22-23 in Olympia. For the agenda and board materials, please visit our Web site.
Mark your calendar now for the Washington State Physical Activity Summit
The Washington Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity is hosting this summit where you can learn about successful physical activity promotional efforts from safe routes to schools, rural complete streets, trails, worksites, tribes, schools, and community groups. The summit will be September 27, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Avenue NE, Tacoma. For more information, contact: James Kissee, president, 360-236-3623.
Your Comments NeededThe Recreation and Conservation Funding Board would like your comments on the proposed changes to policies, which will affect projects funded in the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Account (NOVA) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in 2017.
1) Proposed policy changes for the NOVA program consist of the following:
- Grant (Request) Limits
- Raise the maximum grant limits from $100,000 to $200,000 for all project types in the Nonhighway Road and Nonmotorized Categories
- Remove the annual $50,000 spending maximum for maintenance and operations projects.
- NOVA Project Technical Review
- Consider changes to the NOVA Advisory Committee application technical review process.
- Applicant and Project Eligibility
- Create eligibility criteria for a “non-profit off-road vehicle organization.”
- Define “publicly-owned lands,” as it appears in Revised Code of Washington 46.09.530.
- Establish control and tenure requirements for project proposals submitted by eligible nonprofits.
2) Proposed policy changes to the NOVA and RTP consist of the following:
- Changing the definitions for, and eligible items within, maintenance, maintenance and operations, and development projects.
How to Comment
Comments are due by 5 p.m., June 1, 2016. Submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Recreation and Conservation Office, ATTN: Adam Cole, P.O. Box 40917, Olympia, WA 98504-0917.
Adam Cole, natural resource policy specialist, 360-725-3939, TDD 360-902-1992
2016 Recreation and Conservation Grants Schedule
Grant applications are due for the programs below.
- Boating Facilities Program
- Firearms and Archery Range Recreation
- Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities
- Recreational Trails Program
Technical reviews are in May for grant applicants that applied for funding in the ALEA, LWCF, and the following WWRP grant categories:
- Critical Habitat
- Farmland Preservation
- Local Parks
- Riparian Protection
- State Parks
- Urban Wildlife Habitat
- Water Access
New Application Authorization RequiredIf you are submitting a grant proposal to RCO, please note that we have revised our Application Authorization. This resolution is required to be submitted with the grant application and ensures your organization understands the responsibilities that go along with an RCO grant. This authorization also designates a signatory. For more information please visit our Web Site or contact your grants manager.
Habitat Work Schedule Gets New Look
The Habitat Work Schedule, an online database with salmon recovery actions, goals, and monitoring tracked at many geographic levels, recently got a facelift. The new look makes it easier to access the information, which includes data about all salmon recovery funding, project progress, and planned projects.
Now you can easily search for a project by county, legislative district, watershed, or project name. You also can see at a glance the number of projects funded and how many are completed.
Check it out! See what’s happening in your neighborhood around salmon recovery.
See the Presentations
If you missed the Recreation and Conservation Grant Application Webinar, don’t fret. You can watch it online and see all the materials.
This grant application Webinar gives prospective applicants information on the following:
- Grant programs offered
- Applicant and project eligibility
- Application process and schedules
- How to apply for funding
See the materials:
- Grant Application Workshop PowerPoint (without audio). An overview of recreation and conservation grants, requirements, evaluation process, what is new this grant round, and more.
- Recorded Webinar(with audio) Follow this link to register and view the recorded Webinar
- Grant Application Workshop Questions and Answers
Salmon Recovery Grant Application WebinarIf you have a salmon recovery grant, check out the Webinar (Adobe Acrobat PDF) to get the facts:
- Agency and Salmon Recovery Funding Board Overview
- Grant Requirements
- Eligible Projects
- 2016 Grant Process
- 2016 Application
- Project Expectations
- Technical Assistance
Do you know Who Your Grants Manager Is?
Are you going to apply for a grant in 2016? Do you know who your grants manager is? If not click the links below.