The purpose of the NRCS is to assist private landowners in conservation and wise use of land, water, wildlife, and related resources. NRCS recognizes other groups within the state have similar missions as well. The NRCS wishes to expand the effectiveness of grazing-land projects which have been successful in the past.
The purpose of this Request For Proposals (RFP) is to obtain assistance in delivering identified products which will assist NRCS in Kansas. This assistance in the form of accomplishing and completing identified products (identified in the following information) will enable the NRCS to provide education, information, and technical assistance to landowners throughout the grazing lands in Kansas.
The Kansas Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative's (Initiative) mission is to provide high quality technical assistance on privately-owned grazing lands on a voluntary basis and to increase the awareness of the importance of grazing-land resources.
Established in 1991, the Initiative is carried out through coalitions of individuals and organizations functioning at the local, state, regional, and national levels. The coalitions include livestock producer organizations, scientific and professional grazing resource organizations, conservation and environmental groups, and state and federal natural resource and agriculture agencies.
The Kansas Grazing Land Coalition (Coalition) was established in Kansas following the direction of the Initiative at the national level. Providing opportunities for private landowners to attend educational events, receive one-on-one technical assistance, and the promotion of grazing lands as sustainable and economically viable land uses, has been a main focus of the Coalition. The group consists of private landowners representing livestock producer groups, and individuals representing the above-mentioned local, state, and federal natural resource and agricultural agencies. Quarterly meetings are held to prioritize events, activities, and to conduct Coalition business.
EVALUATION CRITERIA AND WEIGHTS:
Note: Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements will not be considered.
? Organizational Capabilities (30 percent). The adequacy of organizational resources and experience to successfully manage and perform the project within the required time frame.
? Project Design and Personnel (30 percent). Provide a qualified staff person with grazing lands, range science, animal science, or natural resource education (B.S. or higher degree). This staff person will assist the Coalition or other designated committees with technical guidance for workshops and presentations. This staff person should have sufficient education and experience within the grazing lands of Kansas to maintain a working relationship with grazing-land owner/managers and operators. This staff person should have adequate abilities to manage and organize a budget for the identified projects to be delivered. Applicant will provide a resume for each person intending to work on this project with their proposal. Any substitution of staff during the project period will require a re-submittal of resumes to be pre-approved by NRCS and the Coalition.
? Understanding the Intent of Initiative Objectives (20 percent). The applicant should recognize the value and the need for the project and have experience with Coalition partners including the NRCS and the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts.
? Ability to demonstrate past history and credibility working with private grazing-land owners/managers within Kansas (20 percent). The applicant should possess previous experience with grazing lands including, but not limited to, rangeland. This can also include experience working with livestock and wildlife as they pertain to grazing lands.
Who can apply:
City Or Township Governments
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
Non-Government - General
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Small Business (Less Than 500 Employees
Special District Governments
Specialized Group (Health Professional, Student, Veteran)
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
U.S. Territories And Possessions (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Eligible functional categories:
Soil and Water Conservation
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kansas State Office