The start date for projects will be September 1, 2004. (Not October 1, 2004)
Applications for assistance must include a program narrative statement that addresses the following as a minimum.
a. A description of the resources and experience of the organization necessary to successfully perform these services.
b. An itemized budget and detailed narrative in support of the form SF-424 for the overall project period. Applicants should include budgets for the base year and each option year. Show all funding sources and itemized costs by the following line items on the budget form: personnel, equipment, material and supplies, travel, contractual, other costs, and indirect costs. Hourly costs and number of hours should be included for personnel. Funds may be requested under any of the line items listed above provided that the item or service for which support is requested is identified as necessary for successful conduct of the proposed project, is allowable under the authorizing legislation and the applicable Federal cost principles, and is not prohibited under any applicable Federal statute. Salaries of project personnel who will be working on the project may be requested in proportion to the effort that they will devote to the project. Show any non-federal costs that the applicant indicates will be contributed in support of this project.
c. The organization?s level of commitment in terms of the staff, equipment resources, and/or funding support necessary to leverage the project.
d. A description of the capabilities to fulfill the terms of the cooperative agreement, including a brief description of the organizational entity and of the qualifications, current responsibilities, and proposed level of effort for the project coordinator, and staff responsible for implementation. Qualification Statement for key personnel should be included.
e. The application may include an appendix. Material should be included only when necessary to support information provided in the narrative. Copies of documents, brochures, etc., are encouraged to demonstrate experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.
f. The following forms are required:
Standard Form 424 Application for Federal Assistance
Standard Form 424A Budget Information - Non-construction Programs
Standard Form 424B Assurances ? Non-construction Programs
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Section 708, limits indirect costs under cooperative agreements between USDA and non-profit institutions, to ten percent of the total direct costs of the agreement. Applicants must document the indirect cost percentage requested.
The applicant shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations, Executive Orders and other generally applicable requirements, including those set out in 7 CFR 3015, 3016, 3017, 3018, 3019, and 3052 which will be incorporated in the agreement by reference and such other statutory provisions as are specifically set forth in the agreement.
The applicant, by signing or submitting this application, is providing a certification set forth in Appendix C to 7 CFR 3017; Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements.
The OMB Circulars will be incorporated by reference and made a part of each agreement awarded under this process. Applicants are encouraged to review the appropriate circulars prior to requesting federal funds. OMB circulars may be viewed on-line at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html. Failure of a cooperator to comply with any provision may be the basis for withholding payments for proper charges made by the cooperator and for termination of support.
(a) Agreements with State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments shall be in accordance with the provisions of the following OMB circulars:
? Circular A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments
? Circular A-102, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments
? Circular A-133, Audits of State, Local, and Non-Profit Organizations
(b) Agreements made with non-profit organizations shall be in accordance with the following OMB circulars:
? Circular A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations
? Circular A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations
? Circular A-133, Audits of Institutions of Higher Learning and Other Non-Profit Institutions
(d) Agreements with organizations other than those indicated above shall be in accordance with the basic principles of OMB Circular A-110, and cost principles shall be in accordance with Part 31 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations.
No member of, or delegate to, Congress, or resident commissioner after his election, or appointment, and either before or after he has qualified, and no officer, agent, or employee of the government shall be admitted to any share or part of this agreement, or any benefit to arise therefrom; but this provision shall not be construed to extend to any incorporated company where such agreement is made for the general benefit of such incorporated company.
Funding Opportunity Description
Under the provisions of numerous laws and statutes, including Title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985, Title XIV of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (FACTA), and Title III of the Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (FAIRA), and the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, more commonly referred to as the 2002 Farm Bill, the NRCS is assigned the responsibility for the development and implementation of conservation plans and systems.
The priorities for consideration under this announcement include:
High Quality Environment;
Maintain, restore and enhance cropland productivity;
Maintain, restore and enhance forestland productivity;
Maintain, restore and enhance grazing land productivity;
Maintain, restore, or enhance ecosystems and fish and wildlife habitat;
Promote sound urban and rural community development; and
Protect water and air resources form agricultural non-point sources of impairment.
The NRCS has a responsibility to assist producers to apply and maintain the practices in their conservation plan to assist in implementing changes to approved conservation systems according to the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Standards and Specifications. Producers apply and maintain planned practices/conservation systems in order to receive a variety of USDA financial benefits.
The NRCS anticipates being substantially involved in carrying out the work covered by resulting cooperative agreements.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following factors:
Organizational capabilities. The adequacy of organizational resources and expertise to successfully manage and perform the project(s). Share in a common mission that supports the natural resource conservation efforts with agricultural producers. Documented capability to complete the proposed project(s). The reasonableness and feasibility of the applicant?s approach for successfully achieving the objectives of the proposed project(s) within the required time frame. Abililty to demonstrate past history and credibility of working with farm clients;
Financial Support. Extent of providing cash, non-cash and in-kind contributions toward meeting the objectives of the proposed project(s);
Understanding of Conservation Programs. Understanding the intent of USDA /NRCS conservation programs and practices. The applicant?s recognition of the value and need of the proposed project(s) and full understanding of the benefits;
Extent to which the proposed project(s) supports one or more objectives of the NRCS Strategic Plan; and
Project Beneficiaries. The number of individuals (individually or in communities) that are likely to benefit from the proposed project.
Cooperative agreements will be awarded for project(s) not to exceed a two-year period. It is anticipated that approximately $1,500,000 will be available for this program in FY2004. The available funding for subsequent years is not fixed and may vary considerably. If unforeseen problems delay the completion of the work, it may be affirmatively renewed by the parties, through an exchange of correspondence, for subsequent fiscal years until the agreed to work is completed. Amendments to agreement(s) may be modified by amendments duly executed by authorized officials. Amendments to obligate additional funding in subsequent years (not to exceed a five year period), is subject to availability of funds.
It is the intent of the NRCS to fulfill its obligations under this agreement. Funds may not, however, be committed beyond the period for which Congress has appropriated them. In the event that funds for which the NRCS may fulfill its obligations are not appropriated, the agreement shall automatically terminate. Reimbursement shall be provided to the Award recipient for work completed prior to the termination.
Each project proposal must be submitted as a separate project proposal. Joint project proposals combined within one application will not be considered.
Who can apply:
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
Native American Organization
Non-Government - General
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Small Business (Less Than 500 Employees
Special District Governments
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
Eligible functional categories:
Soil and Water Conservation
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa State Office