IPC proposals and required documents must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 10, 2021. Applicants must submit submission packages via Grants.gov. An application submitted or resubmitted after the deadline is late (an application is considered on time at 11:59.59 pm ET, but it is late at 12:00 am ET). See the full Notice of Funding Opportunity for list of required documents and the correct formatting procedures for submitting the package to Iowa NRCS. Late submissions will not be reviewed or considered.
The Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the potential availability of funding for agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration and developing state-and-community-level conservation leadership. Successful applicant proposals must be Iowa-based projects and focus on the Iowa-specific conservation issues as noted below. The total amount of Federal funding the agency expects to award through this announcement is $3,000,000.00 in FY 2021, however budget constraints may prevent NRCS from funding 2021 proposals. The funding floor for this opportunity $75,000.00, and the funding ceiling is $1,500,000.00.
All proposals that include conservation planning assistance MUST specifically state:
What steps of the 9-step NRCS conservation planning process are included in the project proposal,
Who will have responsibility for the completion of each step, and
Provide sufficient detail in the project methodology documenting how each step will executed.
Proposals do not require matching or in-kind contributions, but this factor is considered in the review process. Proposals containing matching or in-kind funding will receive up to 10 additional points in the review process.
Research proposals will not be accepted or considered. Incomplete, noncompliant, and/or proposals not meeting the formatting criteria will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. NRCS staff will evaluate complete proposals based on these Proposal Evaluation Criteria (195 points possible) prior to submitting scoring data to the Iowa NRCS State Conservationist for final award selection.
Successful applicants are required to send an administrative and technical contact to attend the Iowa NRCS training for Administration of Federal Agreements. This training is usually held within six months of the award. Reasonable travel and per diem costs associated with the training may be built into the proposal. Iowa NRCS does not guarantee this training will be available through on-line or teleconference capabilities. NOTE: Due to current health concerns surrounding in-person events, this training may be held virtually, provided through print materials, or delayed until 2022.
Entities must obtain a DUNS and register in SAM prior to registering with Grants.gov. A description of each is provided in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Entities are strongly encouraged to apply early for their DUNS number and SAM registration. Grants.gov requires a complex and set-up registration process. For assistance with the registration process, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or email@example.com.
IPC FY2021 Priorities and Emphasis
Successful IPC proposals must address one or more of the following considerations:
Emphasis will be placed on project that:
Result in Soil Health engagement in the agronomic community (private sector) with the help of conservation agronomists.
Conduct on-site (field) practice certifications and follow-up with producers on conservation seeding establishment.
Letters of Support from all entities providing 3rd party contributions. These must meet the criteria specified in the NFO.
Separate Budget Narrative
Certification and Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
NICRA or De Minimis Indirect Cost Rate Agreement
Single Audit report if required (refer to NFO)
Post-Award Documentation Requirements: Applicants may be required to resubmit any of the above documents for date changes, new signatures, or document corrections once a notification of intent to award has been made to the organization. Failure to comply with requested changes within the requested time period may result in rescinding of the award offer.
Applicants interested in submitting an application in response to this NFO must submit it via Grants.gov. You are encouraged to keep the name of your proposal short. Attachments must be named and emailed as separate documents. Do not send as one adobe document or as compressed (i.e. zipped) files. Attachment names must reflect the name of the organization and the form name (Example: Cambridge University_SF-424A).