Proposal Instructions & Template

Submittal packages should include three files; (1) Project Narrative; (2) Budget spreadsheet completed from template provided; and (3) Supplemental Materials. Project narrative and supplemental materials should be in PDF format, and the budget spreadsheet should remain in excel format. Submit proposals packets to RGWaterfund@tnc.org no later than 4:00 pm MST, March 24, 2017. You will receive a confirmation email that your proposal package was received by the due date.

This page is also available as a PDF in the RSI (SWARP RSI Final 1.24.2017) beginning on page 5.

Project Narrative

No more than 5 pages, single spaced, no smaller than 11 pt. font. Carefully review the RSI program guidelines and evaluation criteria for additional project narrative content. Provide detailed answers to all questions or requested information in the Evaluation Criteria, or indicate where a request is not applicable to your project. Project Narratives will include the follow sections:

Project Title/Name: Include landscape name and specific activity you would like funded, for example: “Comanche Creek Restoration at the Valle Vidal, Carson NF.”

Contact Information: Name of project lead and their contact information including mailing address, email and phone number.

Project Alignment: This section includes background, project description, alignment with RGWF objectives, demonstration that the project meets all of the eligibility criteria and need. See the Proposal Evaluation Criteria section for additional detail on content for this and all other sections identified in this template.

Technical Approach: This section includes a detailed description of the technical approach to the project as well as the technical merits and project effectiveness through scientific rationale.

Landscape Context: This section provides the context for your project by describing how it contributes to a larger landscape restoration project and/or management plan goal.

Project Readiness: Demonstrate the feasibility, opportunity, community participation, and local support for the proposed project at its proposed location.

Monitoring: Outline base-line or post-implementation monitoring metrics selected from the Rapid Stream-Riparian Assessment methodology by Stacey et al. 2006.

Budget Narrative and Budget Table: The Budget Table should be referenced in this section but must be included in the supplemental materials. The Budget Narrative should be included in this section and describe how the scale of requested funds matches the scale of the project, as well as any priority components for funding if only a portion of the project is funded.

Leveraged Funding: Provide a detailed description of the source, quantity, and use of any leveraged or match funding.

Literature Cited: Please provide full references for any literature or resources referenced in the text of the proposal. This section will not count toward your page limit of the Project Narrative.

Budget

Use the provided spreadsheet template to record dollar values for identified tasks or project components in your Project Narrative. This spreadsheet should complement the budget narrative also provided in the Project Narrative. Spreadsheet should include a total amount requested for each task or project component, a breakdown of cost by category, and any leveraged or match funds available by category.

Supplemental Materials

Supplemental materials are required; however, do not count toward the page limit of the Project Narrative. All supplemental materials listed below should be combined into a single PDF document.

Maps: Please provide maps that show: (1) the strategic restoration landscape to which your project contributes; and (2) the specific location of your project. Maps should be in PDF format.

Statement of Qualifications: A 1-page resume for project leads or key personal should include:

  • Name and title of the project lead(s)
  • Education
  • Descriptions or links to completed project(s) of similar nature, size and complexity to the activity/activities proposed as a candidate project
  • Document familiarity with location of proposed project

Letters of Commitment: Letters may also illustrate the on-going effort and commitment to the project following the completion of the funding. If collaborators are offering matching contributions, the letters should document this commitment. The sponsorship/support of the jurisdictional agency, agencies, or landowner where the project is to take place should be documented by a letter of commitment. Please keep letters limited to key project stakeholders, landowners, agency personal, or organizations who played a role in the development or implementation of the project.

Approvals: Has approval by persons/agencies with jurisdiction in the project area been received? If you are proposing work on a landscape you do not own or manage, include a separate letter of concurrence and commitment from the responsible official or landowner. Indicate that a Record of Decision has been signed by the responsible official if NEPA is required for implementation projects. If the project occurs within a grazing allotment, the proposed project should include a letter of commitment from the grazing permittee.

This page is also available as a PDF in the RSI (SWARP RSI Final 1.24.2017) beginning on page 5.