CIB announces grant opportunities

The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has announced its 2009 Request for Proposals. During the past decade, the Center for the Inland Bays has awarded more than $1,080,000 for local scientific research, restoration, and education projects through competitive funding.

For 2009, research that supports environmental indicators for Delaware’s Inland Bays will be particularly encouraged, representatives said. The CIB is interested in funding projects that more completely and clearly describe the health of the Bays and their watershed to the public. Though indicators are a priority this year, all research proposals are strongly being encouraged for submission.

In addition to research, the CIB will be awarding funding for habitat and water quality restoration projects, and education and outreach activities that promote a better understanding of the Bays. Creative restoration projects that provide wildlife habitat, plant riparian buffers and improve stormwater controls are some examples of the type of projects the CIB is interested in funding.

Eligible applicants include any agricultural agency, college or university, federal/state/county agency, environmental organization, school/educator, community or not-for-profit organization.

Proposed projects are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Inland Bays Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and selected based on criteria paralleling commitments set forth in the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. This plan calls for Inland Bays’ stakeholders, resource agencies and local/county/state governments to combine efforts to restore local water quality and the living resources of the Inland Bays watershed.

Primary funding for the Inland Bays Grants Program is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program under authority of Section 320 of the Clean Water Act. Award decisions are coordinated with the EPA and funding is available from Oct. 1, 2008, until Sept. 30, 2009. The due date for proposal submission is March 28, 2008.

For more information about this grants program, contact the office of the CIB at (302) 226-8105. For a copy of the Center for the Inland Bays’ Request for Proposals and the most recent Environmental Indicator’s Report, visit online.