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Chesapeake Bay Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Section 117 authorizes the Agency to award grants or Cooperative Agreements to: (l) Nonprofit organizations, State and local governments, colleges, universities, and interstate agencies as authorized under and in accordance with Section 117(d); to implement the goals of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement; such as, activities to support living resources, vital habitat, water quality and sound land use protection and restoration and stewardship community engagement. This section requires State agencies applying for grants under Section 117(d)(1), must commit to a cost share ranging from 5% to 50% as determined at the sole discretion of EPA. This determination will be made on a grant-by-grant basis and EPA will promptly inform the applicant of the selected cost share requirement. All other applicants applying for grants under Section 117 must commit to a cost share of 5% of the total project costs; (2) Signatory jurisdictions of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement for purposes of implementing the management mechanisms established under the Chesapeake Bay Agreement and/or for the purpose of monitoring the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, as authorized under and in accordance with Section 117(e). This section requires a non-federal matching funds of at least fifty percent; (3) Local governments and nonprofit organizations and individuals in support of the Small Watershed Grants Program. The Small Watershed Grants Program provides small grants to organizations working on a local level to protect and improve watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay basin while building citizen based resource stewardship, as authorized and in accordance with Section 117(g)(2). This section requires a non-federal matching funds of twenty-five percent.