Spill Impact Component Planning Grants Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

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This announcement provides guidance to the Gulf Coast States – defined as any of the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas – or the Gulf Coast States’ administrative agents and the Gulf Consortium of Florida counties to apply for grants to fund planning activities to develop individual State Expenditure Plans (SEP) under the Spill Impact Component of the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). The eligible entities may apply to the Council for a grant to use the minimum allocation available under the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act for planning purposes. The submission process for this announcement is organized into two phases: (1) the submission of a planning SEP by a Gulf Coast State; and (2) the administrative application process, which includes the submission of all administrative grant application materials by the eligible entities. All planning activities proposed under this announcement are limited to the development of a comprehensive SEP, including conceptual design and feasibility studies related to specific projects. This announcement does not include engineering and environmental studies related to specific projects. It also does not include any pre-award costs incurred prior to August 22, 2014″ (grants.gov)


  • Closing Date- December 31, 2015
  • Funding Number- GCC-GRANT-SEP-15-001
  • Award Ceiling- $9,795,514
  • Eligible Applicants- Eligible applicants are the Gulf Coast States – defined in 33 U.S.C. 1321(a)(34) as any of the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas – or their administrative agents and the Gulf Consortium of Florida counties (grants.gov). See full announcement of award opportunity
  • Number of Expected Grant Awards- 5
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help & Information- Kristin Smith Grant Management Specialist Phone 504-444-3558

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Mapping Storm Drains

Last month, we were involved in a project that mapped out water drains in urban areas to show how community participatory mapping can be used in preventing urban flood issues. The project which took place in Seoul, South Korea, was a part of UN-GGIM-AP (www.un-ggim-ap.org). We surveyed 164 water drains with volunteers, and found that only 20% of them were functional (25% were covered by something to avoid drainage smell, and 55% was filled or blocked by garbage).


Back in the States, an interesting IMRivers project has been ongoing with the Maryland DNR. Students have been working with Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Storm Drain Stenciling (www.imrivers.org/stencil).


Storm drains were designed to be the fastest and most efficient way of getting rainwater off streets and parking lots. Unfortunately, water that flows into the storm drains carry trash and sediment from the street, fertilizers, toxins from pesticides, household cleaners, gasoline and motor oil. All of this rainwater in the storm drains then ends up in the local stream or river.

If you or your group want to make a similar map for your community, let us know! This can also be a great project for students to learn and get involved in urban water issues. IMRivers is a great tool to use for citizen science and civic engagement. Let us know if you would like to do any projects involving civic/citizen engagement using community participatory mapping like IMRivers. Also if you have any interesting mapping stories to share please let us know!


Not only does the IMRivers team at Vertices work with environmental groups, but we also participate in and work with individuals, groups, and organizations, with disaster relief initiatives. Currently we are working with Korean citizens on a map that provides real-time information on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak.

Dr. Im and his team have created www.mersjido.com in order to help organize all of the information on the disease. The map uses Google Map API and our Community Mapping Platform called Mappler, which was created by Dr. Im. This site is based on citizen participatory mapping, which means the public can easily access it and are able to add information. This community map gives the people in Korea a way to view all information on MERS just by accessing the site on their computer or phone.

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www.mersjido.com is being updated by several Korean volunteers, and information is being shared on Facebook consistently. This map is a great example of how citizen participatory mapping can improve disaster management. The ability to visit the site and add/update information by using a web or mobile device, again provides the public a quick and easy way to see and add important information.

Dr. Wansoo Im, who also made NYRestroom.com in 2005, which is based on crowd-sourcing (featured in The New Yorker). Dr. Im and his team also mapped all the available gas stations in the affected US areas during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Hismap was used in New York City, and surrounding areas, and by FEMA, Google Crisis Map, and the US Department of Energy during the crisis.

Contact us if you want to use Mappler for your business or project. Visit the MERS site at www.mersjido.com and check out mappler.net for more information on Mappler.


Apply for a $6,000,000 Grant- Colorado River Basinwide & Basin States Salinity Control Program

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“The Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program (Salinity Control Program) was designed to meet the objectives of the Colorado River Basin (Basin) Water Quality Standards. These standards include a plan of implementation to limit further degradation of water quality in the Colorado River that provides water to southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. The objective of the Salinity Control Program has been to minimize salt loading in the Colorado River system by seeking cost-effective regional solutions to the problem” (grants.gov)

  • Funding Number- R15AS00037
  • Award Ceiling- $6,000,000
  • Closing Date- July 17, 2015
  • Number of Expected Grant Awards- 6
  • Eligible Applicants- Special district governments, City or township governments, State governments, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Individuals Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) (grants.gov)
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help and Information- Heidi Hansen, Grants Officer, 801-524-3760 heidihansen@usbr.gov

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Since 2013, IMRivers at VERTICES has worked with Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland, in their BioBlitz projects using our Mappler program. BioBlitz is a limited-time, limited-space, species inventory of organisms that live in a certain area. By using a community mapping approach, students get a hands-on learning experience about the environment around them by collecting mammal, insect, tree, and bird data.

Going into it’s third year, the 2015 BioBlitz Project at Anne Arundel County, has developed a project based curricular unit to address human impacts on biodiversity. Classes work through a series of lessons that allow them to ‘become an expert’ in identifying a group of organisms, either birds, tree, invertebrates, or land animals. Students first collect biodiversity data using the MapplerK app, and then use that data to generate an environmental impact statement about proposed or current construction on the school grounds. We have 12 high schools participating in this years Bioblitz, with 15-25 Biology classes per school.

Here is an example of a land animal map the students are currently working on now.

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If your group or community is interested in a BioBlitz project, contact us for more information! Also visit mappler.net to learn more about our program and what other projects we have done using our web/mobile-based mapping application.

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“The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches into NRCS technical manuals and guides or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations. CIG does not fund research projects, with the exception of on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specified conservation-related question using a statistically valid design, while employing farm-scale equipment on farm fields. Specifically, a valid study design will use an appropriate number of replications and statistical analysis of results. To the extent NRCS funds research projects through CIG, the Agency will only fund research projects that stimulate innovative approaches to natural resource management in conjunction with agricultural production. NRCS will accept proposals under this notice for single or multiyear projects, not to exceed three years, submitted by eligible entities including Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. Complete proposals received by applicable deadlines will be evaluated by a technical peer review panel based on the Proposal Evaluation Criteria identified in the instructions in section V.B. Considered proposals, along with their associated technical peer review and recommendations will be forwarded to the State Conservationist who will make the final selections” (grants.gov)  

  • Funding Number- USDANRCSPA1501
  • Closing Date- June 15, 2015
  • Award Ceiling- $75,000
  • Number of Expected Grant Awards- 2
  • Eligible Applicants- CIG applicants must be a federally recognized Indian Tribe, State or local unit of government, non-governmental organization, or an individual, also see full announcement for more details on grants.gov
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help and Information- Noel Soto Phone: (717) 237-2173

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Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Grant

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“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Washington Fish and Wildlife Office Fisheries Program promotes a balanced approach toward aquatic resource stewardship that recognizes a need to conserve and manage self-sustaining populations and their habitats while providing quality recreational fishing. Proposals will only be considered for projects within the state of Washington. Proposals may include but are not limited to: fish passage, in-stream and riparian habitat restoration, introduced species management (including aquatic invasive species), and culture aspects of brood stock development, production and re-introduction. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program policy, plans, and/guidelines inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applications seeking funding under this program should review the program plan/guidelines and also contact the Program Officer prior to submitting an application for funding. Project proposals requested between $1,000 and $50,000 are most attractive. There is no required match; however, 50 percent cost share is highly encouraged. See Notice of Funding Availability document for further detail” (grants.gov)


  • Funding Number- F15AS00217
  • Closing Date- June 30, 2015
  • Award Ceiling- $50,000
  • Number of Awards- 10
  • Eligible Applicants- City or township governments, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, County governments, Independent school districts, State governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification), For profit organizations other than small businesses, Private institutions of higher education (grants.gov)
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help and Information- Curtis Tanner, Division Manager, 360-753-4326 Curtis_tanner@fws.gov

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Apply for a $540,000 Grant- Fox River

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“This is a notice of intent to award a single source cooperative agreement to Ducks Unlimited (DU) without competition under justification 505DM 2.14 B (1). Estimated Total Program Funding is $540,000.00. Competition for the award is not practical, as DU are the lead negotiators and have unique knowledge of specific parcels that achieve habitat goals and work closely with private landowners that are willing sellers. Ducks Unlimited will use the Fox River NRDA settlement funds for the purchase of land to protect wetlands and associated wildlife habitat within Winnebago and Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin near the Rush Lake wetland complex” (grants.gov)


  • Funding Number- F15AS00240
  • Award Ceiling- $540,000
  • Closing Date- June 2, 2015
  • Number of Expected Grant Awards- 1
  • Eligible Applicants- See full announcement on grants.gov
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help and Information- Betsy M. Galbraith, 920-866-1753 Betsy_Galbraith@fws.gov

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Apply for a $400,000 Grant- Endangered Species Conservation Grant Program

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“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) supports federal projects and grants aimed at jump-starting achievement of GLRI long term goals: safely eating the fish and swimming at our beaches, assuring safe drinking water, and providing a healthy ecosystem for fish and wildlife. The GLRI was announced in May of 2009 as part of the President’s FY2010 budget. To guide this work, federal agencies have drafted GLRI Action Plan II, which summarizes the actions that federal agencies plan to implement during the years 2015-2019. Information about the GLRI, including agency-by-agency funding allocations, and general descriptions of the work that’s planned, is posted at http://greatlakesrestoration.us/.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is soliciting project proposals for federal assistance under the GLRI – Endangered Species Template (GLRI-ES). The GLRI – ES provides grants and other assistance on a competitive basis to individuals, groups, and government agencies engaged in voluntary conservation efforts to benefit species listed or proposed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), candidate species, or other at-risk species within the Great Lakes Basin of the United States. The Service will award grants for actions and activities that protect, restore, and enhance habitats that benefit federally listed, proposed, or candidate species” (grants.gov)

  • Funding Number- F15AS00168
  • Closing Date- June 7, 2015
  • Award Ceiling- $400,000
  • Number of Expected Awards- 20
  • Eligible Applicants- Private landowners, individuals or groups (ex. land conservancies, community organizers, conservation organizers), governmental entities or affiliates, state-supported universities, also see full announcement for more information on grants.gov
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help and Information- Thomas J. Magnuson 612/713-5467

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Nepal Relief- immappler.com/nepalrelief

Our team at Vertices created a community map that will help the people of Nepal and those there assisting with relief. This map found on immappler.com/nepalrelief, provides a quick and easy way for earthquake victims to add information about the aid they need. By making a visual public map, earthquake relief teams and individuals can see where and what type of aid is needed in a specific area.

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We used information from quakemap.org and created a map using our program Mappler. We determined different aid categories that will help the people of Nepal and added need to know variables such as if victims of the disaster need water, food, shelter, or medical aid. We continually add new information to the site, and those in Nepal can add their own data to the map as well. People in the area can either log in and create an account or just sign in as a guest, and are then able to quickly fill out the information they want to be made public. This map makes it easy to see what areas need help and with what exactly they need help with. This horrific disaster has damaged large areas, and injured and killed many people. The Vertices team hopes this map makes it easier to help those in need! Please share the link on social media to spread the word- immappler.com/nepalrelief