CT Grants Target Aquatic Invasive Species
August 6, 2014
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has announced the availability of funding for projects aimed at managing and reducing aquatic invasive species on inland waters of Connecticut.
“The introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in Connecticut poses a serious threat to the biodiversity of native aquatic ecosystems, and can affect the ecological, recreational and economic interests of the state,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. “These grants will allow municipalities to fund programs that will better allow them to gain control over aquatic invaders.”
In 2014, the Connecticut General Assembly provided funds to DEEP for grants to municipalities to conduct feasibility studies for the control of aquatic invasive species populations in inland water bodies, and to conduct projects to restore inland water bodies through the control and management of them.
DEEP currently has up to $150,000 for grants to Connecticut municipalities in fiscal year 2015 to fund eligible diagnostic and control projects. Grants will range from $2,500 to $50,000. Requests for larger grants may be considered, but only for exceptional and well-justified proposals. The state grant program is designed to cover 50 percent of project costs. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to provide funds to cover the remaining 50 percent of project costs.
Only municipalities are eligible to receive grants through this program. Conservation organizations and local interest organizations can develop project proposals in collaboration with municipalities but the municipality in which the project water body is located must apply for the funding. If the water body is located in more than one municipality, two or more municipalities may apply jointly. In addition, lake authorities may submit a proposal if they are authorized to act as the agent for the member towns.
Eligible project proposals should be for conducting an aquatic invasive species diagnostic feasibility study associated with the abatement of a population of an aquatic invasive species in an inland water body of this state; or conducting a project to restore an inland water body of the state through the control and management of a population of aquatic invasive species. The target species must have existed in the project water body as of July 1, 2014.
Complete information on the Grants to Municipalities for Aquatic Invasive Species Control program including the full Request for Proposals and other application materials can be found and downloaded at www.ct.gov/deep/AISgrants2014
To request hardcopies of the RFP or to ask questions about this program, please contact Nancy Murray at 860-424-3868 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective applicants should also remember to check the website for updates. Proposals must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014.