Grant Annual Announcement

MEMORANDUM

DATE: June 30, 2017

TO: Upper Delaware Towns and Townships and County Governments

FROM: Pete Golod, UDC Resource Specialist

SUBJECT: Availability of FY 2018 Technical Assistance Grants Applications Due: 31 August 2017

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will make funds available to member towns and townships and county governments for projects related to the implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River for the 30th year. To date, the UDC has awarded $845,605 for 247 projects in grants under this program. The total pool of grant money budgeted for fiscal year 2018 is $15,100 subject to the availability of funds.

Due to limited funding TAG’s will be awarded competitively to offer assistance in plan implementation related to land use planning, GIS planning, zoning revisions, codification of laws, comprehensive and master plan updates.

Applicants will have a 10-month period to complete their projects and request payment, with no time extensions allowed, so that all projects are finished within the 2018 fiscal year.

Following the submission of all applications by the August 31, 2017 deadline, a special meeting of the UDC’s Project Review Committee will be convened on Tuesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Council’s office in Narrowsburg to meet with the applicants and review their proposals.

Announcement of grant awards is expected at the Thursday, October 5, 2017 monthly UDC meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m. at the UDC office.

Mid-term progress reports to the UDC by successful grantees will be due by February 27, 2018.

The deadline for municipalities to complete their projects and submit their documentation for reimbursement will be August 24, 2018. **Again, no extensions will be granted.**

The River Management Plan provides authorization for the Upper Delaware Council to provide technical, planning, and financial assistance to participating governments for projects related to implementation of the Plan. Funding in general is limited to the following:

  1. Planning funds to prepare or upgrade a zoning ordinance or other relevant law, plan, or ordinance (i.e. floodplain, wetland, comprehensive plan, subdivision).
  2. Funding to publish such an ordinance.
  3. Funding to address a problem identified in the Plan for resolution.
  4. The preparation of educational materials and guides that assist in implementation of the Plan.

View a list of Past TAG Projects by municipality >>

There are certain limitations on the use of these funds:

  1. Funding is limited to town/townships participating in the Upper Delaware Council and their respective county governments.
  2. Funding is for planning projects, and not for such activities as land acquisition, construction, or other “brick and mortar” capital improvement projects.
  3. Funding is for projects related to the implementation of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Management Plan. The River Management Plan.
  4. The town or township or county government body must approve the contract for the grant.
  5. The term of the grant contract is for ten (10) months. A mid-term progress report is required. No extensions of the contract deadline will be granted.
  6. Be aware that payments of grant funds will be disbursed only after the completion of the work as specified in each individual grant contract and approved by the Project Review Committee.

Please review the UDC “Technical Assistance Grant and Contract Criteria” guidelines for a detailed explanation of the qualifications and restrictions, purposes, and procedures. The link is located below.

Deadline

A “2018 TAG Application Form” can be downloaded from the link further below, or can be mailed to you upon request. Applications must be received by the Upper Delaware Council staff by 4:30pm, Friday, August 31, 2017.  All applications must be submitted on the form with additional information attached as indicated on the form.

View a list of Past TAG Projects by municipality >>

The UDC’s Project Review Committee will review all applications at a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017. We require that applicants send a representative to this meeting to answer any questions pertaining to their grant application. Please let us know in advance who will be attending the special Project Review Committee meeting on your behalf.

The Council intends to make final decisions regarding these applications at its meeting on October 5, 2017.  Please call our office at (845) 252-3022 with any questions.

Undammed

Did you know?

The main stem of the Delaware is the longest free-flowing (undammed) river east of the Mississippi. Tributary river flows are controlled by upstream reservoirs operated by the City of New York. Under a 1954 Decree signed by the United States Supreme Court, in times of normal precipitation and runoff, the average daily flow at the northernmost river gauge in Montague, New Jersey must be maintained at 1,750 cubic feet per second.