Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program - Funding Opportunity

Background:

In 2002, the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). CELCP was created "for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses," giving priority to lands that can be effectively managed and protected and that have significant ecological value.

To date, funds for the program have been exclusively allocated through the congressional appropriations process (earmarks). However, the Commerce Committee language in the 2006 and 2007 appropriations bills call for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create a national priority list for CELCP appropriations. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is intended to provide information to NOAA on the projects that are available for funding in Alaska's coastal zone for FFY 2008 (coastal zone map). As a result of this RFP, the ACMP may forward to NOAA three projects requesting no more than $3 million per project.

RFP Process:

This RFP is on a short timeline due to the short timeframe required by NOAA to create the national priority list for FFY 2008 funding. NOAA announced on August 29, 2006 that the state prioritized lists are due on October 27, 2006. ACMP is the state lead agency for CELCP and is "responsible for: soliciting projects that are consistent with priorities outlined in the state's plan, reviewing them for completeness, prioritizing them according to state criteria, and nominating projects to the national selection process." The ACMP will use the following process to select projects for FFY 2008 funding:

  1. RFP is released - September 14, 2006.
  2. Proposals are due back to the ACMP - October 13, 2006.
  3. ACMP will use the draft NOAA scoring criteria (attached) for a preliminary ranking of the proposals - October 13 - October 18, 2006.
  4. Priority project proposals will be polished up and sent to NOAA - October 27, 2006.
  5. NOAA will allow for technical issues to be worked out in applications - November 2006.
  6. NOAA sends national priority projects to congress - March 2007.
  7. Congress approves FFY 2008 projects - Fall 2007.
  8. Funding available for successful projects - May 2008.
  9. CELCP funding must be complete - December 2010.

CELCP funds may be used for:

  • Acquisition of properties or interests in properties from willing sellers, provided that the terms and conditions will ensure that the property will be administered for conservation in perpetuity, including direct expenses relating to the acquisition of lands and interests in lands acquired under the authority of the CELCP; and/or
  • Certain initial costs for land stewardship, not to exceed 5 percent of the award and not to exceed three years or the duration of award period, to allow for signage, public safety, or other stewardship purposes.

All proposed CECLP projects must:

  • Be located within the State of Alaska's coastal zone (see coastal zone map);
  • Match Federal CELCP funds with non-Federal funds at a ratio of 1:1;
  • Be held in public ownership and provide conservation in perpetuity;
  • Provide for public access or other public benefit, as appropriate and consistent with resource protection; and
  • Be consistent with the state's coastal management program approved under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

To download the complete request for proposal, click here (27.1 kb pdf).
To download the associated appendices, click on the appropriate document:


For additional information on CELCP, visit OCRM Funding Opportunities

Please submit project proposals to:
Randy Bates, Director
Office of Project Management and Permitting
302 Gold Street, Suite 202
PO Box 111030
Juneau, Alaska 99811-1030

You may also email your proposals to randy.bates@alaska.gov or fax them to (907) 465-3075.

The due date for all proposals is 4:00 p.m. on October 13, 2006.

If you have questions about this RFP, please contact Randy Bates at (907) 465-8797 by September 29, 2006.