These are commonly asked questions about the Wetland Program Development Grant (EPA-R7WWPD-08-004). If you have questions beyond those in this Question & Answer document, or would like paper copies of the Notice of Request for Proposals, please call Mandy Whitsitt at 913-551-7311 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chester Stovall at 913-551-7549 (email@example.com).
- Where can I find the SF-424 and SF-424A forms and other grant writing information?
- Who is eligible to apply?
- What projects are eligible for funding?
- How likely is my project to be funded? Is a large or small project more likely to be funded?
- How much detail is needed in the proposal?
- If I live in another state than Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska), where can I find Wetland Program Development Grant information for the other EPA Regions?
- Is there a requirement on the narrative spacing?
- What documentation is needed that demonstrates that the university is chartered as a part of state government?
1. Where can I find the SF-424 and SF-424A forms and other grant writing information?
These can be found at the EPA national grants, EPA Region 7 grants, and Federal grants Websites. The Request for Proposal (RFP) uses the required format for all Federal RFPs. Important sections include: Section III - Eligibility Information, Section IV - Application and Submission Information, and Section V - Application Review Information.
2. Who is eligible to apply?
As defined under Section III.A (Page 13), eligible applicants include states, tribes, local government agencies, interstate agencies, and intertribal consortia. Projects must be performed within one or more of the states of EPA Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) to be eligible to apply for funding. In the case of inter-jurisdictional watershed projects, they must be primarily implemented in EPA Region 7. In order to be eligible for funds through this competition, tribes must be federally recognized, although "Treatment as a State" status is not a requirement. Intertribal consortia that meet the requirements of 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 35.504 are eligible for direct funding. Universities that are agencies of a state government are eligible to receive funds through this competition. Universities that are not chartered as a part of state government are not eligible for direct funding from EPA. Universities must include documentation demonstrating that they are chartered as a part of state government in their proposal. Documentation may include such things as: state/tribal constitution, university charter, or case law that has confirmed the university as a state agency. For those that are ineligible, you may consider partnering with an eligible applicant.
There are seven basic criteria [Section III.C, Page 15]:
- Projects must occur or primarily occur within Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and/or Nebraska.
- Proposals must be submitted by the deadline [see Section IV.D, Page 23].
- Projects must be limited to activities that improve wetland programs by conducting or promoting the acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.
- Demonstrations must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches, where the results of the project will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained in the demonstration project.
- Funds received through this competition cannot be used to fund activities to implement a wetlands program, or fund the purchase of land or conservation easements.
- Inventory or mapping for the sole purpose of locating wetlands is considered implementation and is not eligible for funding under this competition.
- Implementation of individual mitigation projects, mitigation banks, or in-lieu-fee mitigation programs are not eligible for funding.
4. How likely is my project to be funded? Is a large or small project more likely to be funded?
In order to assess the strength of your proposal and the likelihood of your project being funded, you may compare your proposal against the criteria and assigned points, as stated in Section V.A (Pages 23-25). All proposals will be reviewed and ranked using these criteria. Section V.B (Page 25) gives additional information regarding the review and selection process.
5. How much detail is needed in the proposal?
Enough detail is needed to meet all of the content requirements listed in Section IV.C (Pages 19-23) and provide information for the criteria listed in Section V (Pages 23-25). The level of detail should be balanced with the need for ease of review by EPA Region 7. EPA reviewers will use the information provided in your proposal to review and rank proposals according to the Section V.B criteria. The only exception is Section V.A, Criteria 7, "Past Performance (15 points)", where EPA has stated that other sources of relevant information may be considered including agency files and prior/current grantors (also Section IV.C.5). Section IV.C.3 "Detailed Itemization of Amounts Budgeted by Object Class Categories" refers to those categories given in the SF-424A form (e.g., personnel, supplies). Generally, one page of explanation is sufficient. For example, the narrative for personnel would explain the number and type of personnel, their wages, and estimated work spent on the project (hours, months, and percent of time).
6. If I live in another state than Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska), where can I find Wetland Program Development Grant information for the other EPA Regions?
The EPA Headquarters Website for Wetlands Program Development Grants contains contact information for each EPA Region.
7. Is there a requirement on the narrative spacing?
The proposal narrative must be no more than 16 typewritten, double-spaced, 8½ x 11 inch pages. (A page is one side of paper). Pages should be consecutively numbered for ease of reading. It is recommended that applicants use a standard 12-point type with one-inch margins. While these guidelines establish the minimum type size recommended, applicants are advised that readability is of paramount importance and should take precedence when selecting an appropriate font for use in the proposal narrative. Additional pages beyond the 16-page limit will not be considered. If a single-spaced proposal is submitted, it will only be reviewed up to the equivalent of the 16-page double-spaced page limit for proposals; excess pages will not be reviewed (eight single-spaced pages is the equivalent of the 16-page double-spaced proposal narrative page limit; any single-spaced pages in excess of eight will not be reviewed). Supporting materials, such as the cover page, support letters from partners, and annotated resumes, are not included within the page limit for the proposal narrative.
8. What documentation is needed that demonstrates that the university is chartered as a part of state government?
Documentation may include such things as: state/tribal constitution, university charter, or case law that has confirmed the university as a state agency.