The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network is currently soliciting proposals for its financial assistance program.
Proposals must be received by Noon, Friday, March 5, 2010.
Complete details on submission requirements are included in the
Financial Assistance Guidelines below.
The National Park Service provides financial assistance awards for projects that advance Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network goals. These awards help enhance the public’s ability to access and explore the Chesapeake Bay’s natural and cultural resources, learn about and enjoy the Bay’s special stories and significance, and become involved in Chesapeake stewardship. Through these projects and other Gateways Network efforts, more and more people recognize the Chesapeake as a true national treasure.
Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network (CBGN) financial assistance awards are intended to assist projects at designated Gateways. Awards assist designated Gateways in implementing high-quality public access, stewardship and interpretive and educational projects that advance Network goals:
- provide public access to special places and resources within the watershed
- help people understand the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed through its special places and stories
- enhance conservation stewardship and motivate people to support Bay restoration efforts
What Kinds of Projects Can be Funded?
Due to the current status of CBGN authorization, funding for financial assistance for Gateways is limited to projects that relate to national trails in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In 2010, the National Park Service (NPS) will ONLY accept financial assistance applications for projects at Gateways that advance the development of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (CAJO), Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST), Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail (STSP), and/or national recreational trails within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Who May Apply for Gateways Financial Assistance?
Only designated Gateways are eligible to apply for financial assistance. Designated Gateways enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Park Service (NPS) outlining mutual commitments to enhance the public’s ability to access and explore the Chesapeake Bay’s natural and cultural resources, learn about and enjoy the Bay’s special stories and significance, and become involved in Chesapeake stewardship. If you are not yet a designated Gateway*, you will not be eligible to participate in this award round.
* Gateways are designated through a nomination process entirely separate from the grant application process. Information about the nomination process may be found at www.baygateways.net/join.cfm. A list of designated Gateways may be found at www.baygateways.net/aboutthenetwork.cfm
Financial assistance applications may be submitted by either the managing organization for a designated Gateway, or a partner organization designated to carry out the project at the Gateway.
Complete details on the submission requirements are included in the 2010 Gateways Financial Assistance Guidelines & Application Instructions. The Guidelines include the information bulleted below.
Please read the Financial Assistance Guidelines carefully to be sure you understand the specific requirements for an application in this year’s competition; the guidelines will assist you in submitting a complete and competitive proposal.