USDA NIFA Renewable Resource Extension Act – National Focus Fund Projects (SNE)
Date: July 20, 2018
Time: All Day
Contact: Vanity Campbell
Sponsor: Contracts and Grants
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-OP-006611
Funding Organization's Deadline: Friday, July 20 at 2:00 PM PT
Discipline/Subject Area: Forest and rangeland resource management
ANR Priority Area(s): SNE
Funding Available($): varies by project type
Description: The goal of the NFF program is to enhance the sustainability of the nation’s forest and rangeland resources and to enable landowners and managers to achieve their desired goals and objectives by making resource management decisions based on sound research findings. Forest and rangeland resources include vegetation, water, fisheries and wildlife, soil, and recreation. These projects must maximize the capacity, reach, and impact of the Cooperative Extension System – Extension Forestry and Rangeland Programs and must directly work across State boundaries to share expertise to address common problems. The NFF addresses the sustainable use of natural resources by providing funding to the Cooperative Extension System to conduct educational programs for private forestland owners that contribute to well-managed forests and the nation’s and world’s fiber supply in support of rural economic systems.
NIFA is soliciting applications for projects for the RREA-NFF under the following areas:
1) Conference Grants: Expanding the Capacity of Extension Forest and Rangeland Resources Programs to Better Serve Extension Clientele
Conference grants are intended to: 1) support scientific/management technology meetings to identify extension program needs at the regional/national level; 2) provide updates on new research findings that are “extension-ready” for dissemination; and 3) result in new multi-state, regional, and/or national forest and rangeland resources extension programs, publications, websites and other program delivery mechanisms.
Conference Grant Awards: Maximum of 2 at $50,000. Project duration: 24 months.
2) Regional/National Projects: The Nexus of Critical Forest and Rangeland Resources Issues, Innovative Approaches to Program Delivery, and Current Knowledge about Non-Formal Adult Education
The context in which Extension forest and rangeland resources educator’s work continues to evolve: There are pressing resource issues that develop on land that transcend boundaries, there are new tools and techniques to deliver programs, and today’s adult learners have different expectations and learning preferences than past generations. RREA National Focus Fund (RREA-NFF) Regional/National Projects must take into account these three aspects to foster collaborative multi-state efforts among Extension educators to address issues that are regional or national in scale by sharing unique areas of knowledge and expertise. Projects must: 1) Involve active participation (planning, delivering, evaluating) by a minimum of three states, 2) Directly support forest and rangeland owner issues and needs; 3) Either be new and unproven, but theoretically sound, or represent a significant change to an existing national or regional project, and 4) address one or more of the forest and rangeland resource issues in the current RREA Strategic Plan, FY 2012-2016 (extended through FY 2018). Active participation is defined as direct involvement in planning, delivering, and/or evaluating the program, and related activities (e.g., website development, electronic or print publications, social media use, etc.).
Regional/national Awards: Maximum of 2 at $100,000 each. Project duration: 24 months.
OCG Note: Please note any changes to the funding opportunity including deadline dates may not be updated to this calendar. Please visit the Sponsor's website below for additional information.