EPA requests proposals (RFP) for Five Star Restoration training grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks to award one cooperative agreement to an organization to manage the Five Star Restoration Training Grant. Specifically, EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to:

1) prepare and advertise a Request for Proposals (RFP), establish review criteria for evaluating and selecting subgrantee proposals, and make subgrants to support environmental training through voluntary, community/watershed-based wetland restoration projects that provide ecological and socioeconomic benefits to the surrounding communities and their citizens;

2) oversee and monitor subgrantees for successful completion of the restoration training projects;

3) provide technical support to subgrantees through peer-to-peer outreach to broaden participation in restoration training projects, and

4) qualitatively and quantitatively measure and report on the environmental results of the restoration training projects accomplished through the subgrants.

The subgrant process proposed by the applicant should be on a national scale and allow for subgrantee proposals for restoration training projects from across the 50 United States, Tribal Lands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territories. For the purpose of this announcement, wetlands include, but are not limited to, areas with any one of the following characteristics: appropriate hydrology, hydric soils or hydrophilic plants including marine systems, the continental shelf and mudflats; estuarine fresh, brackish, and saltwater systems; stream or river-corridors; lake associated systems; and palustrine systems

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