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Grants to USA Conservation Groups, Tribes, Agencies, Nonprofits, and
Individuals for Land Conservation Projects Near Military Installations

Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program Challenge

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) - U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

Conf. Date:

06/22/22

LOI Date:

07/25/22

Deadline Date:

09/12/22 8:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA conservation groups, tribes, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals for land conservation projects near military installations. Applicants must contact program staff and submit a pre-proposal prior to applying. Funding is intended to limit incompatible land development near military installations that would negatively impact the military mission.

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program may provide funding for land conservation, improvement, or management activities that limit incompatible development in the vicinity of DoD installations and ranges; enhance military installation resilience to climate change or extreme weather events; or relieve current or anticipated environmental restrictions in support of key mission capabilities of strategic importance. Additional consideration will be given to those projects that leverage multiple authorities to accomplish project goals. Selected projects will demonstrate their ability to preserve and/or enhance key mission capabilities of strategic importance to the Department of Defense.

The REPI Program's primary mission is to remove or avoid land-use conflicts near installations, address regulatory restrictions, and improve resilience to current or projected climate change impacts that may inhibit military training, testing, and operations. The REPI Program once again anticipates an increased level of funding for the FY 2023 REPI Challenge and will be able to expand the focus on projects that will make key mission capabilities of strategic importance more resilient to climate change and severe weather events as well as continue to support projects that promote land conservation, improvement, or management activities that limit incompatible development in the vicinity of DoD installations and ranges. The REPI Program is a cost-effective tool available to DoD and its partners to protect the significant investments funded by taxpayer resources to ensure the viability of these key mission capabilities for decades into the future. Key mission capabilities may include one or more of the following:

  • Hypersonics
  • Fifth-generation aircraft training and development
  • Nuclear modernization
  • Space and cyberspace as warfighting domains, including space launch
  • Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
  • Missile defense
  • Advanced autonomous systems (e.g., testing of deployment of unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles)
  • Capabilities hosted within or supporting missions across the Pacific region (e.g., Hawaii, Guam, Alaska, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) 

2023 Funding Criteria:

  • The primary focus of this year’s REPI Challenge will be projects that will help make key mission capabilities of strategic importance to DoD more resilient to climate change and severe weather events (e.g., drought, increased wildfires, thawing permafrost). In addition to these climate resilient projects (Focus Area A), funding is available for projects that promote land conservation or management activities limiting incompatible development (Focus Area B) or relieving current or anticipated environmental restrictions (Focus Area C). 

More about the focus areas can be found starting at https://www.repi.mil/Portals/44/Documents/REPI_Challenge/2023%20REPI%20Challenge/2023_REPI_Challenge_RFP_FINAL.pdf#page=4.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192773

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$25,000,000

Term of Contract:

Ideally, selected projects will be initiated within six months after funds are obligated to the successful applicant, and expended within five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may be submitted by eligible entities. Eligible entities vary depending on the authority being leveraged for a REPI project:
- Eligible entities under 10 U.S.C. § 2684a may include a state or political subdivision of a state; or a private entity that has as its stated principal organizational purpose or goal the conservation, restoration, or preservation of land and natural resources, or a similar purpose or goal, as determined by the Secretary concerned.
- Eligible entities under 16 U.S.C. § 670c-1 may include states, local governments, Indian tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals through cooperative agreements, as well as heads of federal departments and agencies through interagency agreements.
- Eligible entities under 10 U.S.C. § 2679 may include a state or local government through an intergovernmental support agreement.

Note: Eligible entities that are not currently REPI Program partners should be aware that if you are selected to submit a full proposal, you must begin negotiations with the appropriate Military Service to become a REPI Program partner while your full proposal is being reviewed. This will include negotiating a cooperative agreement or similar arrangement once you are selected to submit a full proposal. You will begin this negotiation without knowing the outcome of your 2023 REPI Challenge application.

The 2023 REPI Challenge is designed to encourage conservation at a greater scale and to promote the use of new and diverse sources of funding. Innovative partnerships that bring new ideas to the REPI process are strongly encouraged. State and local governments, corporations, private investors, and conservation groups are welcome to participate in the 2023 REPI Challenge.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 1:00 PM -2:30 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Complementary Federal Conservation and Resilience Programs
During this webinar, participants will learn about available resilience funding through the annual REPI Challenge competition and other Federal programs for which REPI funding can serve as a cost-share. By leveraging the 2023 REPI Challenge funding and multiple Federal programs, a REPI project can accelerate ongoing encroachment, conservation, and climate change adaptation efforts and foster new connections.

REPI anticipates that there being a large number of participants for this webinar, so please plan to join early to ensure a spot in the webinar room. If you miss the webinar, a recording will be posted to the REPI website following the session.

Instructions to join the webinar:
1. Please go to: https://bah16f18.adobeconnect.com/rwca51y376nj/
2. Select “Enter as a Guest” and type your name and organization.
3. Upon entering the program, you will be prompted to join the audio conference.
4. Select “Phone” and then “Receive a call.” Enter your phone number and you will be called automatically by the system into the audio conference.

More information:
https://www.repi.mil/Resources/Webinars/ModuleID/84948/ItemID/4660/mctl/EventDetails/

Pre-Application Information:

For interested partners, the following estimated milestones apply:
- July 25, 2022: Pre-proposals are due by 8pm EDT. Pre-proposals are required to be submitted via email to Peter Stangel.
- August 15, 2022: All pre-proposal applicants will be notified regarding the status of their pre-proposal.
- September 12, 2022: Full proposals are due by 8pm EDT.
- December 2022-January 2023: DoD announces REPI Challenge funding recipients and processes obligations subject to annual Congressional appropriations and the availability of funding.

Ideally, selected projects will be initiated within six months after funds are obligated to the successful applicant, and expended within five years.

The first step in the 2023 REPI Challenge application process is to complete a preproposal. The purpose of the pre-proposal is to allow the 2023 REPI Challenge review team the opportunity to evaluate viable project concepts and provide feedback to applicants earlier in the application process. Applicants submitting the most promising projects in their pre-proposals will be invited to complete full proposals.

An essential part of the pre-proposal process is for the applicant to coordinate with the appropriate Military Services contact for the installation or range associated with your proposed project. The contacts may provide installation-specific information regarding mission capabilities, priority lands, incompatible development concerns, and natural resource management needs to better inform partners for potential projects. Pre-proposals that present projects not coordinated with the appropriate Military Service contact will not be considered.

Contact Information:

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

Pre-proposals and other questions on the REPI Challenge application process should be directed to: Peter Stangel, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities; peter@usendowment.org; 404-915-2763

Installation-specific questions on mission capabilities, priority lands, agreement areas, incompatible use threats, and natural resource conservation needs should be directed to the appropriate Military Service contact below:
- Army: John Housein, john.g.housein.civ@army.mil
- Marine Corps: Ryan Catlett, ryan.w.catlett@usmc.mil
- Navy: Erica Rohr, erica.s.rohr.civ@us.navy.mil
- Air Force: Shawn Rose, shawn.rose.2@us.af.mil

General questions on the 2023 REPI Challenge, or on engaging with other federal or state agencies, should be directed to osd.repi@mail.mil.

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