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Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program (GOSP)

Grants to Georgia Agencies and
Nonprofits for Preservation Projects

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Conf. Date:

06/16/20

LOI Date:

10/16/20

Deadline Date:

05/30/21 Midnight

Description:

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Grants to Georgia government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and constituted recreation authorities for preservation projects. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to protect lands that are essential to clean water, outdoor recreation, and wildlife. Grant funds may be used to support stewardship and acquisition projects that support local parks and trails, improve and maintain state-owned land and facilities, and protect critical conservation areas.

The purpose of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program is to provide support to state parks and trails; to support local parks and trails of state and regional significance; to provide stewardship of conservation land; and to acquire critical areas for the provision or protection of clean water, wildlife, hunting, or fishing, for military installation buffering or for natural resource-based outdoor recreation.

The three GOSP projects types are:

  • Local Parks and Trails of State and Regional Significance: These funding opportunities are specially reserved for local governments, constituted recreation authorities, and nongovernmental entities to acquire and/or improve local parks, trails, and conservation lands. The Local Parks and Trails of State and Regional Significance Application shall be used to apply for any of the three distinct projects below:
    • Acquisitions of property, to include conservation easements
    • Local stewardship funding for maintenance, restoration or improvement projects
    • Combination projects that involve both the acquisition of land, either through fee-simple or conservation easement purchase and for maintenance, restoration or improvement for the land or conservation easement acquired
  • State Stewardship: State stewardship funding opportunities are available for State agencies and nongovernmental entities only. These entities may apply for maintenance, restoration or improvement projects to enhance public access, use or safe enjoyment of permanently protected conservation land and current state-owned parks.
  • State Land Acquisition: State Land Acquisitions funding opportunities are available for State agencies and nongovernmental entities only. These agencies may apply to acquire critical areas for the provision or protection of clean water, wildlife, hunting, for military installation buffering or for natural resource-based outdoor recreation. The State Land Acquisition Application shall be used to apply for either of the two distinct projects below:
    • Acquisitions of property, to include conservation easements.
    • Combination projects that involve both the acquisition of land, either through fee-simple or conservation easement purchases, AND for the maintenance, restoration or improvement of the lands or conservation easements acquired.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190202

Estimated Size of Grant:

Conserve Georgia grant and loan requests have a $500,000 minimum and are limited to a maximum award of $3,000,000, for local parks and trails projects. There is no minimum or maximum grant request amounts for those projects submitted by State agencies or by entities on behalf of any State agency.

Term of Contract:

2 Years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Project Applicants include:
1) Qualified local governments as defined in paragraph 18 of subsection (a) of O.C.G.A. 50- 8-2:
A county or municipality which:
(A) Has a comprehensive plan in conformity with the minimum standards and procedures;
(B) Has made its local plan implementation mechanisms consistent with those established in its comprehensive plan and with the minimum standards and procedures; and
(C) Has not failed to participate in the department's mediation or other means of resolving conflicts in a manner which, in the judgment of the department, reflects a good faith effort to resolve any conflict.
Must be in good standing with the Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
Note: Applicants may contact DCA to verify if they have met these criteria and are thus currently in good standing. The current DCA compliance report can be found at https://apps.dca.ga.gov/LocalGovStatus/planning.asp .
2) Any constituted recreation authority registered with DCA
3) State agencies
4) Nongovernmental entities, defined as any nonprofit organization primarily concerned with the protection and conservation of land and natural resources, as evidenced by its organizational documents.

All aspects of prospective projects and acquisitions must completely reside within Georgia’s borders. Applications for projects in which any part of it resides in another state other than Georgia, either in part or in whole, will not be considered for funding.

Local governments and constituted recreation authorities may not apply for state stewardship or state acquisition grants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

DNR Grants Staff will also be conducting five webinar-based Educational Workshops, covering the highlights of the GOSP program and offering training on the application process. Workshops will be offered at no cost to the public, but each participant must RSVP. Each webinar will be limited to 50 participants to accommodate effective question and answer opportunities. Early registration is encouraged to secure your desired date.

Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/InfoSessions2020

Workshop dates and times are as follows:
- June 9, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- June 11, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- June 16, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- June 23, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- June 25, 2020, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Pre-Application Information:

The application process consists of two phases. The Pre-application is an initial submission of projects plans and funding needs. After the project evaluation process, successful Preapplicants will be invited to a Second-level application which primarily consist of higher level, greater detailed information requirements. All invitees will receive funding pending a fully completed Second-level Application. The application deadline schedule for this cycle is as follows:
- Pre-application deadline: Midnight, October 16, 2020
- Second-level Application deadline (if invited): Midnight, May 30, 2021

The proposed 2020-2021 annual funding cycle is as follows:
- August 1, 2020: Pre-application period opens
- October 16, 2020: Pre-applications due
- October 19– December 2020: GADNR staff reviews, evaluates and ranks Preapplications
- January - spring 2021: Proposal of Conservation Projects approved by the GOSP Board of Trustees, Board of Natural Resources and the Appropriations Subcommittees of the House and Senate over GADNR and GEFA
- Spring 2021: All Pre-applicants are notified of results, and selected Pre-applicants are invited to submit Second-level applications
- May 30, 2021: Second-level applications due
- Summer 2021: Financial workshops conducted for successful applicants

Applicants may opt to submit preliminary appraisals during the Pre-application phase, although those Applicants will be required to submit full appraisals during the Secondlevel Application if invited. There is a cost for this service, although independent appraisal reviews are eligible for reimbursement under GOSP. Note that appraisals and the independent GADNR review can be quite time consuming. Ordering your appraisals as early as possible is strongly encouraged.

Conserve Georgia grant funds can reimburse up to 75% of a project’s total cost. Grantees must provide at least 25% of the total project cost as match, either in the form of cash or in-kind match. For information about Items Eligible for Match, see https://gadnr.org/sites/default/files/dnr/pdf/2020%20-%202021%20GOSP%20Program%20Manual.pdf#page=14.

For more information, see https://gastateparks.org/Grants.

Contact Information:

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

apply online: https://webportalapp.com/sp/2020_gnr-outdoorstewardshipact

Rob Stokes, Outdoor Stewardship Grant Coordinator
Telephone: (404) 463-8570
E-mail: Robert.Stokes@dnr.ga.gov

Soheila Naji, Outdoor Stewardship Grant Specialist
Telephone: (404) 463-0288
E-mail: soheila.naji@dnr.ga.gov

Taylor Brown, Grants Unit Supervisor
Telephone: (404) 463-8601
E-mail: Taylor.Brown@dnr.ga.gov

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 1370 East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
(404) 463-8570

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