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Grants to USA Conservation Groups and Agencies for
Land Conservation Projects Near Military Installations

Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program Challenge

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) - U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

LOI Date:

11/22/21

Deadline Date:

03/21/22 8:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA conservation groups and local and state agencies for land conservation projects near military installations. Applicants must contact program staff and submit a pre-proposal prior to applying. Funding is intended to limit incompatible land development near military installations that would negatively impact the military mission.

The primary focus of this year’s REPI Challenge will be projects that will help make key mission capabilities of strategic importance to DoD more resilient to climate change and severe weather events (e.g., coastal and inland flooding, sea level rise, drought, increased wildfires, thawing permafrost). Of the total $40 million available, up to $25 million may be allocated toward these climate resilient projects (Focus Area A). The remaining $15 million may be allocated toward projects that promote land conservation or management activities limiting incompatible development or relieving current or anticipated environmental restrictions (Focus Area B). Competitive proposals will demonstrate actions that improve military readiness by protecting investments to assets and platforms in support of one or more of the key mission capabilities. Key mission capabilities may include one or more of the following:

  • Hypersonics
  • Space launch
  • Fifth-generation aircraft training and development
  • Nuclear modernization
  • Space and cyberspace as warfighting domains
  • Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
  • Missile defense
  • Forward force maneuver and posture resilience (e.g., smaller, dispersed, resilient, adaptive basing that include active and passive defenses)
  • Advanced autonomous systems (e.g., testing of deployment of unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles)
  • Marine Air-Ground Task Forces, Amphibious Ready Groups, Marine Expeditionary Units, and Special Operations

Focus Area A (Climate Resilience Projects): The 2022 REPI Challenge will make investments for planning, design, and implementation of natural infrastructure improvements outside DoD installations and ranges that improve the resilience of military capabilities to impacts of climate change and extreme weather events, including storm surge, flooding, sea-level rise, wildfire, drought, and permafrost thawing. For further details, see https://www.repi.mil/Portals/44/Documents/REPI_Challenge/2022_REPI%20Challenge%20RFP_FINAL_20210910.pdf#page=4.

Focus Area B (Incompatible Development and Habitat Conservation Projects): The 2022 REPI Challenge will make investments for projects that limit incompatible development in the vicinity of DoD installations and ranges or relieve current or anticipated environmental species restrictions in support of key mission capabilities of strategic importance. The REPI program will seek projects that leverage greater economies of scale by protecting large parcels of land or habitat in priority areas already targeted by DoD installations in a manner that benefits the mission of the installation by protecting, sustaining, enhancing, or facilitating optimum range and installation operations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192773

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$40,000,000

Number of Grants:

One or multiple projects

Term of Contract:

Ideally, the selected project would be executed within six months after funds are obligated to the successful applicant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The 2022 REPI Challenge is open to any state government, political subdivision of a state, or private entity whose organizational purpose or goal is conservation, restoration or preservation of land and natural resources.

The 2022 REPI Challenge is open to projects supporting military installations that host one or more of the key capabilities identified under the funding criteria.

Proposals may be submitted by eligible entities. Eligible entities vary depending on the authority being leveraged for a REPI project:
- Eligible entities under 10 U.S.C. § 2684a may include a state or political subdivision of a state; or a private entity that has as its stated principal organizational purpose or goal the conservation, restoration, or preservation of land and natural resources, or a similar purpose or goal, as determined by the Secretary concerned.
- Eligible entities under 16 U.S.C. § 670c-1 may include states, local governments, Indian tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals through cooperative agreements, as well as heads of federal departments and agencies through interagency agreements.
- Eligible entities under 10 U.S.C. § 2679 may include a state or local government through an intergovernmental support agreement.

Note: Eligible entities that are not currently REPI Program Partners should be aware that if you are selected to submit a full proposal, you must begin negotiations with the appropriate Military Service to become a REPI Program Partner while your full proposal is being reviewed. This will include negotiating a cooperative agreement or similar arrangement once you are selected to submit a full proposal. You will begin this negotiation without knowing the outcome of your 2022 REPI Challenge application.

The 2022 REPI Challenge is designed to encourage conservation at a greater scale and to promote the use of new and diverse sources of funding. Innovative partnerships that bring new ideas to the REPI process are strongly encouraged. State and local governments, corporations, private investors, and conservation groups are welcome to participate in the 2022 REPI Challenge.

Pre-Application Information:

For interested partners, the following estimated milestones apply:
- November 22, 2021: Pre-proposals are due by 8pm EST.
- December 20, 2021: All pre-proposal applicants will be notified regarding the status of their pre-proposal.
- March 21, 2022: Full proposals are due by 8pm EDT.
- May-June 2022: DoD announces REPI Challenge funding recipients and processes obligations.

The first step in the 2022 REPI Challenge application process is to complete a pre-proposal. The purpose of the pre-proposal is to allow the 2022 REPI Challenge review team the opportunity to evaluate viable project concepts and provide feedback to applicants earlier in the application process. Applicants submitting the most promising projects in their pre-proposals will be invited to complete full proposals.

An essential part of the pre-proposal process is for the applicant to coordinate with the appropriate Military Services contact for the installation or range associated with your proposed project. The contacts may provide installation-specific information regarding mission capabilities, priority lands, incompatible development concerns, and natural resource management needs to better inform partners for potential projects. Pre-proposals that present projects not coordinated with the appropriate Military Service contact will not be considered.

Sentinel Landscapes Partnership website: http://www.sentinellandscapes.org/

REPI Webinar recordings archive: http://www.repi.mil/Resources/Webinars.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Pre-proposals are required to be submitted via email to Peter Stangel at: peter@usendowment.org.

Installation-specific questions on mission capabilities, priority lands, agreement areas, incompatible use threats, and natural resource conservation needs should be directed to the appropriate Military Service contact below:
- Army: John Housein, john.g.housein.civ@mail.mil
- Marine Corps: Ryan Catlett, ryan.w.catlett@usmc.mil
- Navy: Tony Danesi, tony.danesi@navy.mil
- Air Force: Shawn Rose, shawn.rose.2@us.af.mil

Questions on the REPI Challenge application process should be directed to:
Peter Stangel, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities;
peter@usendowment.org; 404-915-2763

General questions on the 2021 REPI Challenge, or on engaging with other federal or state agencies, should be directed to osd.repi@mail.mil.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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