Coastal Services Center

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To support projects aimed at developing a science-based, multi-dimensional approach that will allow for the maintenance or improvement of environmental quality while at the same time allowing for economic growth.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Uses will be in the following Center areas: Coastal Management Service (CMS): Outreach: Coastal Fellowshipsand Apprenticeships; Smarth growth; Human dimensions in coastal management; Training and Communications: Training materials development and dissemination of information; Coastal Information Service (CIS): Integration and Development: Geographic information systems, tabular, spatial database development; Landscape Characterization and Restoration: Develop information and tools to support ecological characterizations and restoration planning; Information Resources: To develop center metadata storage, retrieval, processing and display methodologies or activities; Remote Sensing: To generate, archive, interpret and validate aircraft, satellite and other remotely sensed environmental data and derived products; Director's Office: Coastal Management Decision Making Tools; Pacific Services Center (PSC) located in Hawaii will provide competitive grants for existing environmental education programs.

Who is eligible to apply...

Institutions of higher educations, hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Proposals with statements of work and estimated budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circulars Nos. A-21 for agreements with education institutions, A-87 for State and local governments and A-122 for nonprofit institutions.

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:

Proposal are sent to the Coastal Services Center Program Manger and are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.

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:

Awards are made on the basis of proposals evaluations, technical reviews and administrative reviews, if applicable.

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

Contact the regional office for application.

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 90 to 180 days from time of proposal submission.

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the agency and required by 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24 must be used for this program. 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

None.

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

Extension requests will be considered by CSC only if the recipient has submitted all required performance reports. At least sixty days prior to the end of the award, recipients must discuss with CSC expected reprogramming and extensions requests. After preliminary negotiation on proposed projects and extensions, formal written reprogramming and extension requests should be received by CSC 45 days prior to the end date of the award. CSC will not recommend approval for any retroactive extension request (received after the end date of the award). Recipients should make every effort to submit one extension request for all projects needing an extension (when possible, multiple extension requests should be avoided). With sufficient justification, CSC will recommend approval of a six-month extension for the first extension request. First time or cumulative extension requests for more than six months but less than 12 months, will need more compelling justification as to why the project was not completed on time or could not be completed within the first six-month extension. Although CSC discourages extensions of more than 12 months, CSC will recommend approval in cases where the funds are already obligated. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the Department.

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...

Institutions of higher educations, hospitals, other non-profits, commercial organizations, foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, international organizations, and State, local and Indian tribal governments.

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

Proposals tend to range from $10,000 to $300,000 under the competitive process. For Congressional directed grants (non-competitive process) funding tends to range from 1M to 2M per proposal.

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

(Grants/Cooperative Agreements) FY 03 actual: $17,500,000; FY 04 est $27,000,000; and FY 05 est $30,000,000.

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...

In 2002, a grant was awarded to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for the development of a Maryland coastal bays sensitive areas management plan. This project will provide preferred alternatives for balancing sensitive aquatic resources with water-based activities in Maryland's coastal bays. In addition it will increase public awareness of the sensitive resources in the coastal bays and promote the involvement of stakeholders in the sensitive area initiative. Also in 2002, a grant was awarded to the Palau Conservation Society to contribute to the long-term goal of sustainable management of Palau's Rock Island region by providing essential scientific information required to develop the long-term management plan for the area.

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) The Center and The Foundation of California State University completed a cooperative agreement grant project entitled, "Integrated Spatial Data Model Tools Set for the Auto-Classification and Delineation of Species-Specific Habitat Maps from High-Resolution, Digital Hydrographic Data." The investigators published a paper on the spatial data model tools and posted this paper on their Web site at http:seafloor/csumb.edu/publicactions/. (2) The Center and the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management completed a cooperative agreement grant project entitled, "Comprehensive Bathymetric Mapping for Lake Worth Lagoon." A comprehensive bathymetric map of Lake Worth Lagoon and associated documentation (maps) were posted on-line at http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/em/divisions/. (3) The Center and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission completed a cooperative agreement entitled, "Spatially Integrated Coastal Permitting System." This system was placed on-line whereby permit applicants can retrieve maps, images, permitting process steps, forms, and text related to specific parcels of land http://meri.rutgers.edu:8080/sicop/.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and externals reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the Coastal Services Center.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

1-3 years with funding approved annually on individual and group proposals.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

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

Financial Status Reports and Performance Reports are required semi-annually.

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

Records will be retained in accordance with 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24 for institutions of higher education, other non-profit organizations, and for State and local government.

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

16 U.S.C. 1456C; 15 U.S.C. 1540; 33 U.S.C. 1442, 883a-d.

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

Department Administrative Order 203-36, dated May 15, 1985 (Department of Commerce Grants Administration) and also the NOAA Grants and Cooperative Agreement Policy Manual.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Margaret Davidson, Director, NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 South Hobson Ave., Charleston, SC, 29405-2413. Telephone: (843) 740-1200 or contact Violet B. Legette, Grants Coordinator (843-740-1222).

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

Dr. Richard W. Spinrad, Assistant Administrator, NOS, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-3074.

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: