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The CRMC seeks proposals for the Rhode Island Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Trust Fund 2012-2013

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council is currently seeking pre-proposals for habitat restoration project funding through its R.I. Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Program and Trust Fund. Proposed projects should seek to restore or enhance ecological conditions that have been degraded by human impacts in coastal or estuarine habitats such as coastal wetlands, eelgrass beds, shellfish beds and anadromous fish runs.

History: The Rhode Island General Assembly established the Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Program to facilitate design, planning, construction, and monitoring of coastal and estuarine restoration projects by providing grants and technical assistance. The program is administered by the CRMC with technical support from the R.I. Habitat Restoration Team. The Trust Fund allocates monies from fees collected under the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OSPAR) to potential habitat restoration projects. The Habitat Restoration Team Technical Advisory committee, formed in 1998 through the collaborative efforts of the CRMC, DEM and Save the Bay recommends projects to the Council for funding.

Eligibility: Municipalities, committees, boards or commissions chartered by a municipality, nonprofit organizations, civic groups, educational institutions and state agencies are eligible to apply. Proposed projects must be located within Rhode Island. There is no specific match requirement for proposed projects; however, proposals that can demonstrate matching funds or in-kind services will have an advantage in the selection process. Applicants are therefore encouraged to detail all federal and non-federal resources contributing toward completion of the project, whether cash or in-kind.

Funding Levels: Funding for projects is from an annual account totaling $225,000. Individual project awards generally range from $5,000 to $50,000 per year. Longer-term projects may reapply for additional funds in subsequent years.

Deadline: Project pre-proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. on November 16, 2012. To submit a pre-proposal, please download a pre-proposal form at www.crmc.ri.gov/habitatrestoration.html, fill out the form and submit it to Caitlin Chaffee, Coastal Policy Analyst; R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, Stedman Government Center, Suite 116, 4808 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, RI 02879. For more detailed information about the Fund and previously funded projects, go to the CRMC web site www.crmc.ri.gov/habitatrestoration.html. For questions regarding the Fund or pre-application requirements, please contact Caitlin at cchaffee@crmc.ri.gov or 783-3370.

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