How to Find Funding for Invasive Species Control Programs Midwest Invasive Plants Workshop

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How to Find Funding for Invasive Species Control Programs Midwest Invasive Plants Workshop
How to Find Funding for
Invasive Species Control
Programs
Midwest Invasive Plants Workshop
Milwaukee, WI
December 14, 2006
Jim Bean
Environmental Resource Specialist
BASF Corporation
Environmental Resource
Specialist
 Invasive Plants
 Funding
 Education
 Organization
 Partnerships
 Share experiences
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Involvement
 Midwest Invasive Plant Network
 Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council
 Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive
Species
 Invasive Plant Atlas of New England
 Mid-Atlantic EPPC
 Southeast EPPC
 Coalition for Eastern Invasive Plant Species
Control
 USFWS Invasive Plant Management Course
 Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
 National Invasive Weed Awareness Week
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Agenda
 Funding Sources
 Resources
 Effective Organizations
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Funding Reality
 Myth:
 Little funding is available for invasive
species control programs
 Fact:
 2006 Federal funding
– $466 MILLION available for control
programs
– $1.255 BILLION available for all invasive
species
 Variety of other private funding sources
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Funding Reality
 Challenges:
 Most federal funding goes to the western U.S.
– 80% of 2006 PTI grants
 Available programs difficult to find and to
understand
 Eligibility requirements
 Matching funds
 Timing
 Lack of funding synergy
 Most experts cannot lobby for more funding
 The goal is perpetual funding
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Funding Sources
 Federal funding
 State funding
 Grants
 Agencies
 Endowments / Foundations
 Industry
 Earmarked funds
 Other
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Federal Funding Examples
 FSA / NRCS Farm Bill programs
 USFS Forest Health Protection programs
 USFWS landowner programs
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NRCS
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Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
Programs are often available to entities other than
farmers and ranchers
 Work with state technical committees to increase
invasive species control priority
 Florida uses every Farm Bill program for invasive
species control
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USDA Forest Service
 Forest Health Protection Program
 Michigan Technical University - $50k for Garlic
mustard risk assessment and suppression
 WI Dept of Natural Resources - $50k Rapid
Response for early detections of new invasive
species
 You must submit a proposal to be considered
– Work with an agency or organization that can
receive state and private forest funding from the
USFS in your state
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US Fish & Wildlife Service
 Landowner Incentive Program - LIP
 Allows states to establish programs that
protect and restore habitats for:
– Federally listed species
– Candidate species for Federal listing
– Species proposed for Federal listing
– Other at-risk species
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US Fish & Wildlife Service
 Landowner Incentive Program - LIP
 Only state agencies with primary responsibility for
fish & wildlife may submit proposals
 Other agencies, organizations or individuals may
partner with or serve as a subgrantee
 $22 million for FY 2006
 25% nonfederal match
 Limit of 5% of total funds per state
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State Funding Examples
 Indiana Lake & River Enhancement Program
 $1.3 million annually
 Funded by boat registration fees - $25
 Tennessee IRIS Fund
 Over $2 million in fund
 South Carolina Water Recreational Resource Fund
 Funded by gas taxes
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Grants - Federal
 U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
 Cooperative State Research, Education &
Extension Service
 National Research Initiative
 Forest Service
 U.S. Dept. of Commerce
 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
 U.S. Dept. of Interior
 Fish and Wildlife Service
 Bureau of Land Management
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Grants - Federal
 National Science Foundation
 Environmental Protection Agency
 Federal Highway Administration
 U.S. Department of Defense
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National Fish & Wildlife
Foundation
 Pulling Together Initiative - PTI
 Funded over $11 million in projects since 1998
 Encourage partnerships
 On the ground control - 1:1 match
 Partners For Fish & Wildlife Program - PFWP
 50% cost share for any privately owned land.
 Private landowners, Tribes, schools, local
governments, businesses, non-profit and for profit
organizations.
 No formal application – work with FWS biologist to
develop a plan
 $16 million funding – maximum grant $25k
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Conservation, Wildlife and
Natural Resource
Organizations
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Industry Opportunities:
Acres for America
 $35 million for next 10 years
 Leverage Wal-Mart funds for
matching grants and other funding sources
 Conserve at least one acre of priority wildlife
habitat for every acre acre developed for company use
 Leadership Grants
 Catahoula NWR, LA
 Sherfield Cave & the Headwaters of the Buffalo
National River – AR
 Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership, ME
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BASF Invasive Vegetation
Management Matching Grants
 Providing $200,000 in non-federal
matching funds
 Leverage BASF funds to increase
grant awards
 Operational herbicide projects
 127 proposals in 3 weeks
 Funding 20 projects
Door County SWCD, WI
MI DNR
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Sources of Special Funding
 Hurricane Relief Funds
 $199.8 million Emergency Conservation
Program
 $404.1 million Emergency Conservation
CRP
 $300 Emergency Watershed Program
 Working to appropriate additional funding
for invasive species control
 WATCH OUT FOR THE EXPLOSION OF
INVASIVES
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Potential Areas for Cogongrass
Courtesy of Dearl Sanders - LSU
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Earmarked Funds
 Mississippi Cogongrass Program
 MSU Cogongrass White Paper
 $250,000 earmarked for landowner
control program
 Alabama Invasive Species Program
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Educated State conservationist
Diverted $600,000 from EQIP
$75 per acre for 3 years
Cogongrass, Kudzu, Japanese Climbing Fern
 South Carolina DNR
 Educated State Conservationist
 Duck habitat destruction
 Diverted WHIP funds to landowner cost share program
– Phragmites
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Other Funding
 Foundations and Trusts
 The Great Lakes Protection Fund
 The Ford Foundation – New York, NY
 The Turner Foundation Inc. – Arlington, VA
 The Heinz Foundation – Pittsburgh, PA
 The Rockefeller Foundation – New York, NY
 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation – Chicago, IL
 The George Gund Foundation – Cleveland, OH
 Doris Duke Foundation – New York, NY
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Making the Pitch for Funding
 What is the interest of the funding source?
 What is the funder’s level of knowledge
about invasive plants?
 Coalitions are often attractive to funders
 Economic impact information is useful
 Who else is contributing to the project?
 What will be the results of the funding?
 How will the funder benefit?
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Where can I find grants?
 http://www.invasivespecies.gov/toolkit/grantsinfor/shtml
 National Invasive Species Council
 http://www.weedcenter.org/grants/rfp.htm
 Center for Invasive Plant Management
 http://www.grants.gov
 U.S. government’s official grants website
 http://cfda.gov
 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
 http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/funding.cfm
 USDA Cooperative State Research, Education
and Extension Service
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More Funding Information
 http://fdncenter.org
 The Foundation Center
 http://www.nal.usda.gov/wpic/funding.html
 Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for
Watershed Protection
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Coalition for Eastern Invasive
Plant Species Control (CEIPSC)
Goal is to increase invasive plant control
funding through grassroots education
and lobbying of key legislators by:
 Influential individuals
 User groups
 Industry
CEIPSC welcomes the participation of all
invasive plant organizations!
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Coalition for Eastern Invasive
Plant Species Control (CEIPSC)
Use experts to educate key influencers
 Federal and state agencies
 Universities
 NGO’s
 Invasive species organizations
www.ceipsc.org
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Midwest New Members
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IL: Peter Roskam, Phil Hare
IN: Joe Donnelly, Brad Ellsworth, Baron Hill
IA: Bruce Braley, Dave Loebsack
MI: Tim Walberg
MN: Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Michelle
Bachman
 OH: Jim Jordan, Charles Wilson, Betty Sutton,
Zach Space
 WI: Steven Kagen
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2007 Farm Bill
 Process to re-authorize legislation has
begun
 Comment period closed
 Legislative visit priority
 We have a chance this year or we must
wait another 5 years
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2007 Farm Bill:
Desired Outcomes
 Liberalize existing programs
Priority to invasive species projects
Increase types of qualifying entities
Include natural areas, urban areas and
other non-agricultural lands
Increase total funding
Include CWMA funding
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CEIPSC Legislative Priorities
 #1: Support funding for PL 108-412 (Formerly
the Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act
of 2004)
 #2: Support creating a CWMA grant program
under EQIP in 2007 Farm Bill
 #3: Support SB 1288 and HR 4294 allowing
National Park Service cooperation with
neighboring landowners
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Next CEIPSC Webcast
Monday, January 29, 2007
 Invite at least one person from your
organization that can make legislative visits
 Review legislative priorities
 Provide training and tools for congressional
visits
To have your name added to the
mailing list, please send an email to
me at:
ja[email protected]
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BASF Resources
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Training meetings
Tours
Communications
Online seminars
Partnership building
Matching Grant Program
Control recommendations
Assist with coordination of
multi-agency / landowner
projects
www.vmanswers.com
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Effective Organizations
 Identify target audience
 Focus the message and activities
 Expand partnerships
 Use the media
 Measure results
 Engage the funders
 Adapt as needed
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Identify Target Audience
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Started by one interested individual
Sea turtle volunteers
Beachfront homeowners
Coastal towns
Use experts to explain the
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Focus The Message
 Habitat degradation
 Damage to dunes
 Property devaluation
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Expand Partnerships
 Find a tie
 User groups
 Private citizens
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Use The Media
 Task force creation
 Press conferences
 Newspaper articles
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Measure and Communicate
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Measure progress
Research
Outreach
EDRR
Control options
Restoration
Share successes
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Engage The Funders
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National Invasive Weed Awareness Week
Legislative tour
NFWF Grant - $133,000
Tie the program to a constituent benefit
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Adapt As Needed
 Change to increase effectiveness
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Thought Process…
 Concepts apply to any situation.
 How can you apply these concepts?
 How can you expand use of these
concepts?
 Where can you get help?
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Where to find help….
 Midwest Invasive Plant Network
 Coalition for Eastern Invasive Plant Species
Control (CEIPSC)
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New legislation
Appropriations
Legislative tours
Develop advocates
 Industry Partnerships
 BASF Invasive Vegetation Management Matching
Grants Program
 National Invasive Weed Awareness Week
 Support legislation
 Networking
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Summary
 There are many existing funding sources
 Use grassroots efforts to increase funding
 Gain support of key legislators
 Engage private citizens
 A few (constituents) can make a HUGE
impact
 Act NOW don’t wait for all the information
 Partnerships will be key to our success
 Coordination of programs across ownerships will
improve efficiency, effectiveness and available
funding
 Utilize the many resources available - MIPN
 BASF wants to help by providing solutions
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Thank You!
For copies of this
presentation
[email protected]
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