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Office of Natural Resource Restoration Paulins Kill and Pequest Watersheds Natural Resource Restoration Grants

Take notice that the Department of Environmental Protection, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:14-34.4, hereby publishes notice of the availability of the following grant funds:

A. Name of Grant Fund
Paulins Kill and Pequest Watersheds Natural Resource Restoration Grant

B. Purpose of Funding
This competitive grant solicitation is an effort to provide funding for the design or construction of projects which will provide a significant ecological uplift within the Paulins Kill and Pequest Rivers through the restoration or enhancement of natural river habitat, improvements to surface water quality, and enhancements to fish passage. Eligible government agencies or non-profit organizations proposing freshwater habitat enhancement or restoration projects in these watersheds are eligible to submit a proposal.

C. Amount of Money in the Grant Program
This grant funding has been made available through Natural Resource Damage (NRD) settlements. The Office of Natural Resource Restoration (ONRR) will oversee the competitive application process and program. Please note that no grant award to a single applicant will exceed $5,000,000. There is no minimum grant request. There is $8,000,000 available under this grant opportunity.  ONRR reserves the right to make no award under this notice if grant funding is not available at the time of grant award.

D. Eligible Applicants
Applicants for the Paulins Kill and Pequest Watersheds Natural Resource Restoration Grant must be a New Jersey government agency or a non-profit organization proposing a restoration or enhancement project along the Paulins Kill or Pequest rivers or associated tributaries. Projects may be determined to be ineligible based on the presence of known or suspected toxic substances.

E. Qualifications Needed by an Applicant to be Considered for Funding
To be considered for funding applicants must meet all of the following:

  • Eligible applicant (as defined in Section D)
  • Eligible project and project location (as defined in Section D and F)

The Paulins Kill and Pequest Watersheds Natural Resource Restoration Grant is a competitive grant program. Grantees will use their own procurement procedures that reflect applicable State and local laws and regulations, and applicable State requirements shall be incorporated into any subcontracts under the grant agreement. The salaries or wages of an employee of the grantee are not eligible for reimbursement from grant funding, even though the employee may be engaged in work that is necessary for grant preparation or for the oversight or implementation of the grant. Costs associated with land acquisition are not eligible. Only costs associated with design or construction are eligible for reimbursement.

F. Eligible Projects
Funds are available only for the design and/or construction of a project. Projects shall not be a project, project component, or activity associated with wetland mitigation required under the Freshwater Wetland Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 13:9B-1 et seq., the Coastal Wetlands Act, N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1 et seq., the Waterfront Development Act, N.J.S.A. 12:3-5 et seq., or by the United States Army Corps of Engineers; and not be a project required by any other authority.

G. Procedure to apply, Application and Required Submissions l
Information on the application process, the application, and all required information and documents for this grant program are posted on Required information and documents to be provided with the grant application shall include information such as the following:

  • Narrative describing the project and explaining how it directly supports the goals of the grant.
  • Work Plan
    • Describing the project location and existing site conditions.
    • Describing the need to carry out the project.
    • Describing the proposed conditions and habitat types being created, enhanced, or restored.
    • Identifying any permits already acquired and additional permits that are necessary as well   as the plan to obtain those permits.
    • Clearly identifying the roles and responsibilities of any project partners.
    • Providing a project timeline/schedule either narratively or via a diagram that clearly illustrates when project tasks and milestones will be carried out within the defined work period for this grant. Significant project milestones must be indicated. Milestones can include, but are not limited to issuing a Request for Proposals for work, awarding a contract, obtaining permits, starting and ending work, and submitting required grant reports. This schedule shall be updated on an as needed basis and will be used to ensure compliance with the work period defined above. A detailed implementation schedule shall be submitted within two weeks of the formal award.
  • Conceptual site plans that detail, to the greatest extent possible, the proposed project concept, or if the project is fully designed, 100% design plans and specifications.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Long-Term Maintenance Plan
    • Identifying specific, significant, and measurable on the ground outcomes.
    • Describing the project’s monitoring and evaluation plan.
    • Describing the plans and timeframe for long-term maintenance of the project and the capacity of the applicant to implement the maintenance plan, including the applicant’s ability to implement corrective action if monitoring indicates it is needed to accomplish the stated goals of the project. The minimum period for maintenance is five years.
  • Applicants must complete the Grant Project Budget Form in its entirety. In addition, applicants must provide a detailed narrative describing each budget item and clearly demonstrate how the grant funds will be spent, any other funds that will be used to implement the project, and how those funds will be used.
  • A completed Natural Resource Restoration Grant Application Form.
  • A governing body resolution will be required prior to signing the Grant Agreement if it cannot be provided at the time the application is submitted.
  • Letters of support from any project partners, clearly identifying their role in the project.
  • Applicants must demonstrate their capacity to conduct the scope and scale of the project, as indicated by the qualifications and past experience of the project leaders and/or partners in designing, implementing, and effectively managing and overseeing similar projects

H. Address for Application Submittal and Inquiries, and Filing Deadline
Any questions regarding the Grant Announcement may be submitted by email (preferred) to or in writing to Stacey MacEwan at the mailing address below. Questions may be submitted until August 21, 2020. Questions and ONRR responses will be posted at ONRR will not respond to questions by phone.
Grant proposal applications shall be submitted via email to or via traditional post to:

Stacey MacEwan
Office of Natural Resource Restoration
Mail Code 501-04
PO Box 420
501 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

The complete grant proposal application must be received by 5:00 P.M., Monday, September 21, 2020. Grant applications received after 5:00 P.M. shall be rejected. The applications shall include all information required as identified in the Application Contents section of the Grant Announcement. Four complete copies of each application shall be submitted.

ONRR shall send a notice of receipt for each application received to the applicant. An applicant that submits an incomplete application shall be deemed ineligible.

I. Date by which Applicants shall be notified:
Unless otherwise notified by NJDEP, applicants will be notified whether they will receive funds within six months of the grant application submission deadline.

For More Information
Please follow the instructions in the Paulins Kill Pequest Grant Solicitation.

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