Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

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Letter of Acknowledgement Request Instructions for Coastal Watershed Grant Applicants

Posted on Jun. 29th, 2020

Restore America’s Estuaries is now accepting requests for proposals for the National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watersheds Grant Program, a nationally competitive grants program designed to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas within determined estuaries of national significance. More information about the Coastal Watersheds Grant Program is available online at https://estuaries.org/initiatives/watershedgrants.

 

Instructions for Requesting an Acknowledgement Letter from

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

for submission to
Restore America’s Estuaries
in response to the
Coastal Watershed Grant Program Call for Proposals

 

The National Estuary Program was established in 1987 by Congress to restore and protect estuaries of national significance. To date, 28 estuaries have been designated of national significance and are part of the National Estuary Program. Under the Clean Water Act, each NEP develops a comprehensive plan to advance the health and resilience of their Estuary, known as Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans (CCMP). NEP’s leverage funding and resources and work with myriad partners to advance the actions in their CCMPs.

The 2016 reauthorization of the National Estuary Program included the addition of a competitive award to address urgent and challenging issues. Restore America’s Estuaries is administering this competitive award process through the National Estuary Program Coastal Watersheds Grant Program (CWG). Information about the CWG is available online at https://estuaries.org/initiatives/watershedgrants.

Eligibility for funding is based on a map provided by Restore America’s Estuaries that includes the boundaries of the 28 National Estuary Programs as well as some adjacent watersheds outside of those boundaries. Proposed projects must demonstrate how they relate to and carry out the priority actions in one of the 28 NEP CCMPs or “other existing State or locally approved community-based watershed management plan.” TEP’s CCMP and priority actions may be found at https://www.tbnep.org/comprehensive-conservation-and-management-plan.php.

In addition, all proposed projects must include a Letter of Acknowledgement (LoA) from the NEP located within the eligible geographic area for CWG funding. Please be advised that a letter of acknowledgement is not a recommendation or a letter of support from Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP); neither of which will be considered during the review process. 

To help TEP make an informed acknowledgement of your application, please provide all information below to TEP’s Executive Director, Dr. Kristi Foster, via email, kristi@tbnep.org, no later than Friday, July 31, 2020. We will respond with a letter of acknowledgement by August 5, 2020 which you can include with your proposal submission.

Information Required for CWG Letter of Acknowledgement

  1. Applicant Information
    Website:
    Contact name, title:
    Contact email address:
     
  2. Project Description
    1. Title
    2. Objective
    3. Geographic Area
      1. Provide a map of project area.
      2. Does the proposed project fall within the service area of Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP)? (A map of the NEP boundaries can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/nep/nepmap)
        If Yes, go to Section 3.
        If No, skip to Section 4.
         
  3. For projects within Tillamook Estuaries Partnership’s service area
    1. Indicate how the proposed project will advance TEP’s CCMP - be as specific as possible including referencing CCMP goals, objectives and/or priority actions.
    2. List any other State or locally approved community-based watershed management plan referenced in your project description
       
  4. For projects outside Tillamook Estuaries Partnership’s service area
    1. Identify the State or locally approved community-based watershed management plan referenced for your project.
    2. Indicate how the proposed project may help advance TEP’s CCMP, for example by describing the transferability of proposed methods or project results.

Email your request for a letter of acknowledgement, including the above required information to TEP’s Executive Director, Dr. Kristi Foster [kristi@tbnep.org] no later than Friday, July 31, 2020.  We will respond with a letter of acknowledgement by August 5, 2020.  Please note that TEP’s office is currently closed due to COVID-19 and that phone messages are not being forwarded to staff members.

 

Thank you for your interest in working with the National Estuary Program toward improving the health of our estuaries!

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