Application for Montana GLCI Demonstration Projects
The Montana GLCI Steering Committee is accepting applications for grazing lands demonstration projects for 2017. Ranking criteria for applications includes the significance for benefiting private grazing lands in Montana. Projects must be initiated in 2017 and funding will be allocated on an annual basis, which is dependent upon the yearly budget allocation. Submission of application does not guarantee project funding will be available. For 2017, special consideration will be given to demonstration projects which are innovative and address one of the following topics: Grazing Management, Soil/Rangeland Health, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations/Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO/AFO); Noxious Weeds; Educational Workshops and Tours.
Applications will be accepted from groups of individuals, non-governmental organizations, state or local units of government.
The projects must include some aspect of private grazing lands improvement and/or management. Projects must be initiated and sponsored through local, groups of individuals and/or groups (that is local conservation districts, grazing districts and so forth.) The Montana GLCI steering committee places special emphasis on collaboration and working with partners (that is NRCS, MSU Extension, Conservation Districts, and so forth.) Individual projects will be considered only if the project provides broad scale, community wide education and benefits the greater good.
All applicants must show a one-to-one match for project cost. Applicant’s match may be from in-kind contributions and should be noted on the budget form under in-kind or other funding sources.
The following information must be provided, on additional pages, as requested below; incomplete applications will not be considered:
- Contact Information for Project Coordinator: Name, Address and Phone Number
- Project Name and Sponsor: include contact information
- Area and Scope of Project: describe the location and relative size and scope of the project area and provide a map of the area.
- Description of Project: Describe the history of and the need for the project. Be specific, using qualitative and quantitative measures.
- Number of Individuals Impacted: identify all partners involved in the proposal and their roles and responsibilities.
- Montana GLCI Application Detailed Budget: proposed budget form is provided on-line; under each category, please provide details; that is travel (who is traveling, cost of travel, form of travel); equipment (details of type of equipment and cost of each type of equipment); communications (posters, brochures, flyers, radio and so forth.)
- Indirect (Administrative Costs): will not be funded (paid for) by the grant but may be used as an in-kind cost up to, but not to exceed 10%.
- Purchase of Equipment: the Montana GLCI steering committee will consider the purchase of equipment on a case-by-case basis, if approved; any purchased equipment must stay with sponsoring conservation district or organization to ensure beneficial use by the most people.
- Method of Implementation: describe clearly the methodology of the project and the tools or processes that will be used to implement the project.
- Expected Outcome: identify the expected results of the project and the benefits to be derived from the proposed project activities.
- Method of Evaluation: describe the methodologies or procedures to be followed to evaluate the project, to determine technical feasibility and quantify the results for the final report.
- Method of Dissemination of Information: projects must be relevant to the local area, but applicable to a larger area, once data is collected and available. Projects must be designed to provide methods of evaluation and sharing of information, such as tours, written materials and so forth.
Letters of Support
Please provide only two (2) letters of support that is from an organization that is involved in the demonstration project or providing matching funds or in-kind funding to the demonstration project.
Application Review and Hearings
The Montana GLCI steering committee will meet in March of 2017 (date and location to be determined) to hear testimony from representatives submitting an application for funding. A minimum of one person and a maximum of two persons will be present during the hearings. The presentation will last no longer than 15 minutes to include time for question and answers. This will allow the steering committee to ask questions and have a better understanding of the demonstration project submitted for consideration.
Applicants whose projects have been awarded funding will be notified in writing within one month of the application review. Applicants who have not been awarded funding will also be notified in writing within the same time frame.
Demonstration Project Agreement
Applicants will provide a written summary report to the coordinator on an annual basis and upon completion of the demonstration project using the criteria set forth in this application: 1) introduction; 2) objectives; 3) study area; 4) methods; 5) results; and 6) contact information.
February 17, 2017
Please send applications to:
Montana GLCI Coordinator
Email: Carla Lawrence
Submission of application does not guarantee project dollars will be available. Funding of projects is dependent upon yearly budget allocations.
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