Chesapeake Bay Studies

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To provide financial assistance for research and development projects that will provide information for the living marine resources of Chesapeake Bay. In addition, assistance is provided for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Initiative (B-WET). The B-WET Program will work with and support organizations that provide environment-based education to students, teachers, and communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Funds can be used to improve surveys and fisheries statistics, investigate living marine resource linkages with dependent habitats and conduct research in support of fisheries stock assessments in conjunction with cooperative, long-term data collection programs for the Bay's living marine resources. Funding can also be used to support environmental-based education, expand student Chesapeake Bay or stream outdoor experiences, improve opportunities for teachers to receive professional training in the area of environmental education, and promote internship opportunities for students and teachers in the field of environmental education.

Who is eligible to apply...

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, state, local and Indian tribal governments.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs applications and conduct.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Submission of an application on Standard Form 424 as furnished by NOAA, including all required certifications, to the appropriate National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Program Office. This program is subject to the provisions of 15 CFR 24 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments), and 15 CFR Part 14 (Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations).NOAA reserves the right to withhold the awarding of a grant or cooperative agreement to any individual or organization delinquent on a debt to the Federal government until payment is made or satisfactory arrangements are made with the agency to whom the debt is owed.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Proposals are initially evaluated by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, and then are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, competency of the applicant to perform the proposed work, potential contribution of the project to national and regional goals, and appropriateness and reasonableness of proposed costs. Projects recommended for funding will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division for Department of Commerce clearance and processing procedures. In additions, funds may be provided on a sole source basis for priority projects for the stewardship of Chesapeake Bay resources.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Deadlines are published in the annual Federal Register or contact the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 120 working days.

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs". An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

No formal appeal procedure. If an application is unacceptable, the reasons are fully stated to the applicant.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

Multi-year awards of up to three years may be approved. Once awarded, multi-year projects will not compete for funding in subsequent years, however proposals will be subject to a technical evaluation. Funding for multi-year projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds in subsequent fiscal years, and the extent to which the recipient meets project objectives and reporting requirements.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Federal, State and local governments, universities, nonprofit organizations, and the general public.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$14,985 to $212,483. Average: $100,030.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 03 actual: $7,720,802; FY 04 est $7,000,000; FY 05 est $7,000,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

13-1450-0-1-306.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

All projects are State and Federal cooperative efforts to implement and develop fishery stock assessment programs in Chesapeake Bay. The following are examples of funded projects in fiscal year 2002. Variability in the dynamics of forage fish abundances in Chesapeake Bay; Development and Implementation of multiple species monitoring programs; hard clam, oyster and blue crab stock assessments; Migration of adult female blue crabs to spawning grounds; Development of a dynamic mass balance model of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem; Pathogen studies on Crassostrea ariakensis; and initiation of an inter-institutional program to study the biology and physiology of blue crab and the potential for stock enhancement in Chesapeake Bay. All projects support the education and outreach goals of the Chesapeake 2000 agreement. The following are examples of funded projects in fiscal year 2002. School Leadership in Urban Runoff Reduction; Schoolyear to Streambank: A Multi Disciplinary Stream Corridor Restoration Experience for Middle-Schoolers, Articulating the Envirnoment and Ecology Standards with Real World Experiences as they Relate to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the Teachers Training Institute at Hard Bargain Farm.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

1) Valuable information has been obtained under this program. All projects are State and Federal cooperative efforts to implement and develop fishery stock assessment programs in Chesapeake Bay. The following are a few of the highlights: Developed a randomized sampling design for the blue crab recreational fishery in Chesapeake Bay; Developed and implemented the Baywide winter dredge survey for blue crab; Designed and field-tested multiple species monitoring program to be conducted on a Baywide scale; Developed a multispecies modeling approach for Management of the Coastal fishery for Atlantic menhaden; Verified techniques to biochemically measure the age of blue crab, and; competed stock assessments for blue crab, oyster, and hard clam. 2) Educated more than 6,300 students about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and their greater environment. Provided more than 1,200 teachers with professional development opportunties in the field of environmental education. Developed strong partnerships among environmental education organizations. Forged partnerships with the Departments of Education to integrate information about the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed into school curricula.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Consideration is given to projects that directly relate to the interstate/governmental Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement. Consideration is measured amongst several criterion including: project description and conceptual approach for resolution; soundness of project design/technical approach; project management and experience and qualification of personnel; justification and allocation of the budget in terms of the work to be performed; demonstration of project partnerships; and continued teacher involvement and communication.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants/cooperative awards are normally made for one year. Assistance is released via the NOAA Financial Assistance Disbursement System (FADS). Awards are normally for a 12-month period but in some instances, award periods may extend beyond 12-months, or may be completed in less than 12-months. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and in accordance with DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures. Funds are released in advance or by reimbursement, as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Projects are funded at up to 100 percent Federal share. Grantee matching contributions are not required but are encouraged.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Semi-annual progress and financial reports are due six months after the start date of the award. Progress reports should summarize all work accomplished during the six months following the start date of the award and the financial reports should reflect the use of funds. A final report is due 90 days after completion of the project.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three (3) years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three- year retention period; whichever is latest.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 753a; 15 U.S.C. 1540; 16 U.S.C. 661-666c, Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002; NOAA Authorization Act of 1992, Public Law 102-567.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CRF Part 24 for state and local governments.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403. Contact: Derek Orner, Fishery Biologist or Shannon Sprague, Education Coordinator. Telephone: (410) 267-5660. Fax: (410) 267-5666. E-mail: Derek.Orner@noaa.gov or Shannon.Sprague@noaa.gov.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: