Not-for-Profit AMD Reclamation

The Not-for-Profit, Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Reclamation - Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program (WCAP) seeks applications from eligible applicants to restore streams affected by AMD to a level that will support a diverse biological community and provide recreational opportunities for the community.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The Programs anticipates funding projects to assist local organizations, especially watershed groups, to improve the water quality of streams impacted by AMD.

These projects will include land and water projects eligible for reclamation or drainage abatement expenditures under Section 404 of Public Law 95-87.

The Program anticipates funding projects affected by waste banks, coal processing, or other coal mining processes, and for which there is no continuing reclamation responsibility under state or other Federal laws.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Charleston Field Office (CHFO) Mike Richardson Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 1027 Virginia Street, East Charleston, West Virginia 25301 Email: mrichardson@osmre.gov Phone: (304) 347-7162 Fax: (304) 347-7170 Knoxville Field Office (KFO) Ron Vicars Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 710 Locust Street 2nd Floor Knoxville, TN 37902 Email: rvicars@osmre.gov Phone: (276) 523-0022 Ext: 14 Fax: (276) 523-5053 Lexington Field Office (LFO) Lois Uranowski Acting Field Office Director Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 2675 Regency Road Lexington, KY 40503 Email: xxxx@osmre.gov Phone: (859) 260-3902; Fax: (859) 260-8410 Pittsburgh Field Division David Hamilton Branch Chief, Program Support Branch 3 Parkway Center Pittsburgh, PA 15220 Email: dhamilton@osmre.gov Phone: (717) 730-6985; Fax: (412) 937-2888 Mid-Continent Region Office (MCR) Len Meier Chief, Alton Field Division 501 Belle Street, Suite 215 Alton, IL 62002 Email: lmeier@osmre.gov Telephone: (618) 463-6463 Ext: 5109 Fax: (618) 463-6470 Charles 'Adam' Hardesty AML/Regulatory Program Specialist, MCR Watershed Coordinator, Alton Field Division 501 Belle Street, Suite 215 Alton, IL 62002 Email: chardesty@osmre.gov Telephone: (618) 463-6463 Ext: 5145 Fax: (618) 463-6470 Paul Fritsch Grants Specialist PSD, Program and Technology Support Branch Alton Field Division 501 Belle Street, Suite 215 Alton, IL 62002 pfritsch@osmre.gov 618) 463-6463 Ext: 5113 Tulsa Field Office (TFO) Bill Joseph, Director 1645 South 101st East Avenue, Suite 145 Tulsa, OK 74128-4629 E-mail: bjoseph@osmre.gov Telephone: (918) 581-6430, ext.

230 Fax: (918) 581-6419.
Website Address

http://www.osmre.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Saint Vincent College $ 68,970   2014-10-012019-03-31
Trout Unlimited, Inc. $ 17,000   2009-08-152011-08-14
Allegheny Land Trust $ 100,000   2006-03-012010-12-31
Buckhannon River Watershed Association $ 84,130   2008-10-012010-09-30
Emigh Run/lakeside Watershed Association, Inc $ 36,500   2008-08-302010-09-30
Rural Action Incorporated $ 68,773   2008-09-012010-08-31
Cumberland Mountain Resource Conservation & D $ 197,000   2006-09-012010-08-31
Pathfinders Resource Conservation & Developme $ 100,000   2008-03-252010-08-15
Evergreen Conservancy $ 100,000   2008-07-012010-06-30
Trout Unlimited, Inc. $ 100,000   2008-05-152010-05-14



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Approximately 15 applications were received and approved, contingent upon funding appropriations at an award of approximately $100,000 per application. Fiscal Year 2018: The program anticipates to issue 15-20 awards based on funding appropriations and funding availability. Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates to issue 15-20 awards based on funding appropriations and funding availability.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding is available to assist local organizations, especially watershed groups, to improve the water quality of streams impacted by AMD.

Lands and water eligible for reclamation or drainage abatement expenditures under Section 404 of Public Law 95-87 are those which were mined for coal or which were affected by such mining, waste banks, coal processing, or other coal mining processes, and for which there is no continuing reclamation responsibility under state or other Federal laws.

The following cost are not allowable under a WCAP Project: Liability insurance, Public relations, Project ground breakings or dedication, payments to an organization or individual that owes the Federal government money or is in violation of Federal regulations, equipment and design cost.

100%.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Recipients must be not-for-profit IRS 501(c) (3) status organizations.

Federal, state, local governments, colleges, and universities are not eligible to receive direct funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Communities impacted by streams polluted by AMD will benefit from this program.

Credentials/Documentation

Proof of not-for-profit IRS 501(c) (3) organization status and state certification of project eligibility are required. Cost sharing or a Federal match is not required or mandated for participation in this program. . Cost sharing or a Federal match is not required or mandated for participation in this program. However, OSMRE encourages that other funding sources be leveraged and this information should be accompanied by a letter on official letterhead from the manager of the program committing these funds and acknowledging such commitment. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required 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.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

? Applications must be submitted through grant.gov in response to a NOFO. Application will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed to determine whether they are eligible, complete, and responsive and aligned with the respective program objectives and research grant areas as described in the Program Description ? Applications determined to be ineligible, incomplete, and/or non-responsive based on the initial screening will be eliminated from further review. ? Applications that are determined to be eligible, complete, and responsive will proceed for full merit reviews in accordance with the review and selection processes set forth below for each of the respective programs. ? At least three objective reviewers, knowledgeable in the subject matter of this NOFO and its objectives, will evaluate each application based on the evaluation criteria ? Each reviewer will assign individual scores to each criterion for each application. ? The scores provided by each reviewer for each application will then be combined to form a composite score for each application, which serves as the basis for the relative ordering or ranking of applications. ? OSMRE may select some, all, or none of the applications, or part(s) of any particular application. ? The OSMRE Field Directors or his/her designee approves and awards cooperative agreements for this program.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, Public Law 95-87, as amended; Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977 91 Stat. 445-532.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. See the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on Grants.gov, for the application submission deadline. Applications will be considered on a continuing/rolling bases until the closing date identified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on grants.gov. Applications will be accepted up to 60 day from the time a Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on grants.gov. Applications will be considered on a continuing/rolling bases until the announcement closing date.

Appeals

An applicant may appeal the OSMRE decision not to approve a grant or to reduce or terminate a grant to the Director, OSMRE, no later than 30 days after the disapproval action.

Renewals

Renewals are not applicable; Each recipient grantee may apply for non-funded extensions of time as necessary to complete the project up to one year. If additional funding is need an additional application must be submitted in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. We encourage applicants to leverage all available partner funding in a ratio of at least 2.5 to 1, partner funding to OSMRE funding. However no Federal match or cost sharing is required to receive funding. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The cooperative agreements have a performance period of two years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Programmatic reports are required on a semi-annual basis.

Final performance reports are due 90 days after the end of the project period. Interim Programmatic reports may also be required per the terms and conditions of the Cooperative agreement.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

An SF-425 Federal financial Reports are required on a semi-annual basis for the period ending March 31 and Sept 30 of each year and final SF-425 is due 30 after the end of project period.

A Cooperative Agreement require substantial involvement in the scope of work and are subject to performance monitoring.

Substantial involvement will be limited to one or more of the following areas: ? Approval of the recipient?s implementation plans ? Review of the recipient's monitoring and evaluation plans ? Approval of specified key personnel; ? Concurrence in the substantive provisions of sub awards;.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report; If any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken, in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart D 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5015-0-2-999.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17 $1,500,000; FY 18 est $1,500,000; and FY 19 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The approximate average amount of the financial assistance is $100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-87) as amended.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Charleston Field Office (CHFO) Mike Richardson Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 1027 Virginia Street, East Charleston, West Virginia 25301 Email: mrichardson@osmre.gov Phone: (304) 347-7162 Fax: (304) 347-7170 Knoxville Field Office (KFO) Ron Vicars Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 710 Locust Street 2nd Floor Knoxville, TN 37902 Email: rvicars@osmre.gov Phone: (276) 523-0022 Ext: 14 Fax: (276) 523-5053 Lexington Field Office (LFO) Lois Uranowski Acting Field Office Director Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 2675 Regency Road Lexington, KY 40503 Email: xxxx@osmre.gov Phone: (859) 260-3902; Fax: (859) 260-8410 Pittsburgh Field Division David Hamilton Branch Chief, Program Support Branch 3 Parkway Center Pittsburgh, PA 15220 Email: dhamilton@osmre.gov Phone: (717) 730-6985; Fax: (412) 937-2888 Mid-Continent Region Office (MCR) Len Meier Chief, Alton Field Division 501 Belle Street, Suite 215 Alton, IL 62002 Email: lmeier@osmre.gov Telephone: (618) 463-6463 Ext: 5109 Fax: (618) 463-6470 Charles 'Adam' Hardesty AML/Regulatory Program Specialist, MCR Watershed Coordinator, Alton Field Division 501 Belle Street, Suite 215 Alton, IL 62002 Email: chardesty@osmre.gov Telephone: (618) 463-6463 Ext: 5145 Fax: (618) 463-6470 Paul Fritsch Grants Specialist PSD, Program and Technology Support Branch Alton Field Division 501 Belle Street, Suite 215 Alton, IL 62002 pfritsch@osmre.gov 618) 463-6463 Ext: 5113 Tulsa Field Office (TFO) Bill Joseph, Director 1645 South 101st East Avenue, Suite 145 Tulsa, OK 74128-4629 E-mail: bjoseph@osmre.gov Telephone: (918) 581-6430, ext. 230 Fax: (918) 581-6419.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Division of Reclamation Support, Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW.,, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 208-2868 Fax: (202) 219-0239.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria used to evaluate and select proposal will be based on objective merit review, program policy factors, provisions of appropriation laws, reports, and as otherwise specified in the Notice of funding Opportunity.



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