Grant Annual Announcement

MEMORANDUM

DATE: June 27, 2016

TO: Upper Delaware Towns and Townships and County Governments

FROM: Pete Golod, Resource Specialist of the UDC

SUBJECT: Availability of FY 2017 Technical Assistance Grants Applications Due: 29 August 2016

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) is pleased to announce that it will make planning or study 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 29th year. To date, the UDC has awarded $809,325 for 240 projects in grants under this program.  The total pool of grant money budgeted for fiscal year 2017 is $35,000.  Funding is limited and will be awarded competitively.

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 2017 fiscal year (October 1, 2016 to August 18, 2017).

Following the submission of all applications by the August 29, 2016 deadline, a special meeting of the UDC’s Project Review Committee will be convened on Tuesday, September 13, 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 6, 2016 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 28, 2017.

The deadline for municipalities to complete their projects and submit their documentation for reimbursement will be August 18, 2017. **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 “bricks 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 “2017 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 29, 2016.  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 13, 2016. 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 6, 2016.  Please call our office at (845) 252-3022 with any questions.

Original christened name

Did You Know?

Originally christened as “The New Swede Stream”, the Delaware River derived its name in honor of the Colonial Governor of Virginia, Thomas West, whose official title was Baron De La Warr.