More than $300,000 in grants available for Nevada projects to facilitate restoration of greater sage grouse habitat

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Applications are due Jan. 15, 2018

In effort to restore sage grouse habitat throughout the state, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA), in collaboration with the United States Forest Service and Private Forestry Cooperative Cost-Share Program, is offering $387,454.22 in grant funding for projects that aim to control non-native invasive plants related to the protection, enhancement and restoration of greater sage grouse habitat. This funding will be split evenly between three projects, each awarded $129,151.40.

The request for applications (RFA) includes all proposal requirements and funding criteria and can be found on the NDA website. Applications must be submitted to the NDA by Jan. 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. and projects will be awarded from Feb. 1, 2018 to Feb. 1, 2019. Award recipients must also submit a report of progression in July 2018 and a final review in Feb. 2018.

Proposals that best support the control of invasive plants and restoration of greater sage grouse habitat will be selected. The most successful applications will include projects that have a large-scale impact, but projects with a lower impact will still be competitively reviewed.

To be considered, projects must consist of private or state land infected with invasive plant species or be adjacent to weed-threatened forested lands. In the application process, applicants will also need to provide a project narrative, including a project description, timeline and a set of goals and expected outcomes. Please refer to the RFA for a full list of requirements and criteria.

This funding opportunity supports the restoration of sage grouse habitats that are threatened by invasive plant species. Recipients who receive funding will promote the protection of this bird through the restoration of the native habitat it needs to survive.

Proposals should be submitted by email to Meghan Brown at m.brown@agri.nv.gov OR mailed or delivered via hard copy to 405 South 21st St. Sparks, NV 89431. Visit agri.nv.gov/administration/grant_opportunities to view the RFA, application and scoring rubric

By Meghan Brown, Plant Industry division deputy administrator