Environmental Protection Agency: Region 6 Wetland Program Development Grants
Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDG) assist state, tribal, and local government agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in developing or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to develop/refine local (e.g., county or municipal) programs. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project. An implementation project is one that is accomplished through the performance of routine, traditional, or established practices, or a project that is simply intended to carry out a task rather than transfer information or advance the state of knowledge.
Applications must be submitted under either Track One or Track Two:
- Track One Applicants: Demonstrate how they will develop or refine a State or Tribal Wetland Program Plan (and, if they so choose, by also carrying out actions described at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants-eligible-activities), or reference one or more grant-eligible action(s) from an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved Wetland Program Plan that they plan to undertake.
- Track Two Applicants: Demonstrate that their application is developing or refining a state/tribal/local wetland program. Applicants should indicate which core element(s), and one or more action(s) under a core element(s) described at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants-eligible-activities, they will be developing or refining. A local government, university, interstate agency, or intertribal consortium applicant can reference one or more grant eligible action(s) from an EPA-approved State or Tribal Wetland Program Plan that they plan to undertake as part of the proposed project.
Amount: Approximately $2,228,000 ($1,114,000 from FY19 and $1,114,000 from FY20) is available. Approximately 5-10 awards totaling $1,782,400 will be awarded under Track One and approximately 1-5 awards totaling $445,600 will be awarded under Track Two. Awards will range from $25,000-$550,000.
Eligibility: Only states and tribes can submit applications under either Track One or Track Two, while local governments, interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and eligible universities that are agencies of a state government can only submit applications under Track Two.
Projects must be performed within one or more of the states of EPA Region 6, specifically, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas to be eligible to apply for funding.
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