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2019 CRISP Request For Proposals Funding Priorities

Priorities for funding will be those projects that best meet the Strategic Objectives defined in the CRISP 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. Projects will be selected in the following categories (listed in order of priority):

  1. 1.    Stop emerging invasive species infestations through Rapid Response.  All proposed control projects must outline project steps as defined in the CRISP Engagement Policy. Eradication and containment projects focused on Tier 2 Species (see CRISP Invasive Species Categorization) are preferred over suppression efforts.[1]  Proposals that address species other than Tier 2 Species will be considered but need justification on the feasibility of containment.

  2. 2.    Surveys for Early Detection Species.  Surveys for Tier 1 or Tier 2 Species beyond what is documented in iMapInvasives and EDDMapS. Surveys for Tier 1 Species; in areas where an introduction pathway exists. A survey methodology will be defined to determine Highly Probable Areas that could support target species.

  3. 3.    Raise public awareness of Tier 1 Early Detection/Prevention Species to address introduction pathways of forest pests, pathogens or species approaching the region.  Programs that focus on Prevention or Early Detection, or have broad application, will be preferred.

  4. 4.    Develop a structured Citizen Science Program that engages and retains participantsA program that trains volunteers to become citizen scientists collecting significant information on invasive species, offers levels of training and recognition for participants are preferred.

  5. 5.    Improve the scientific understanding of the extent, ecological impact and effective controls of invasive species in the CRISP region.

 

Who is Eligible?

Non-profit organizations, consultants and firms, local governments and educational institutions located or serving areas within the boundary of CRISP may apply. CRISP Steering Committee members may apply but will be required to recuse themselves from the selection process and the remaining Steering Committee members will make the project selections.

 

Procedure and Requirements

  1. 1.     Review the attached project selection criteria and CRISP Engagement Policy (if applicable).

  2. 2.     The attached application with all supporting materials must be received by January 15th, 2019. Email all proposal documents as one pdf file to jthompson@catskillcenter.org

  3. 3.    Participants may submit proposals for projects of up to $30,000.00. 

  4. 4.    Awards will be dependent on the merits of each project compared to other competing projects.   

  5. 5.    Projects shall be completed, all deliverables provided, and a final report delivered in 2019.  

  6. 6.    All projects will be ranked based on the criteria listed below and the proposals that best meet CRISP priorities will be selected by the members of the CRISP Steering Committee. All selected proposals/contracts must be approved by the NYSDEC Office of Invasive Species Unit.  Groups submitting proposals that have been selected will be notified by February 15th and we will begin the contracting process immediately (refer to subcontract template available in column to right ).  Project expenses will be reimbursed upon satisfactory completion of the project and according to the terms of the contract with the Catskill Center. Invoices will be accepted quarterly: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. 

  7. 7.    Projects do not require any matching funds, but documentation of outside matching funding will work in a proposal’s favor. 

  8. 8.    Questions pertaining to this RFP must be emailed to jthompson@catskillcenter.org. Questions and answers will be posted on the CRISP website.  For questions submitted after January 10, answers will not be guaranteed by the deadline.



[1] Eradication - all individuals and propagules can be eliminated from an area; containment - an infestation can be limited from spreading to un-infested areas; and suppression -to reduce the density and protect targeted areas, but not necessarily remove the invasive from a region.