Assistance for Utah Counties

Assistance for Utah Counties

The Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLPCO) received $350,000.00 last year in an appropriation from the Legislature to be used by a non-governmental organization to advocate and litigate for rural counties.

The Legislature intended the funds be used as a grant program to support rural Utah counties and initiatives challenging federal restrictions and actions that prohibit or harm resource use, access, and development on public (federal) lands. PLPCO would like to invite non-government organizations in Utah to submit a proposal to apply for these funds.  The evaluation committee may choose to grant the $350,000 to more than one entity depending upon qualifications of the applicants and proposals.

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

The proposal must identify specific initiatives and efforts the county intends to bring to challenge federal restrictions and actions that prohibit or harm resource use, access, and development on public (federal) lands.  The proposal should include:

1)  A proposed Scope of Work;

2)  Draft budget identifying specific funding needs;

3)  A proposed time line for using the funds;

4)  Deliverables;

5)  Responsible party;

6)  Any other information the county, or its representative, deems essential to assist PLPCO in                          determining a county’s qualification for receipt of grant funds.

The proposal must be sent via email to Kathleen Clarke at kathleenclarke@utah.gov or via U.S. Mail to:

Kathleen Clarke

Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office

Attention Kathleen Clarke

5110 State Office Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84114

 

The deadline for applying for all or a portion of the grant funds is August 1, 2018 before 5:00 p.m.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

After the deadline is closed, a selection committee will evaluate the applications. Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Proposal contains measurable goals and objectives that will result in a challenge to federal restrictions and actions that prohibit or harm resource use, access, and development on public (federal) lands in or around that county;
  • Likelihood that initiative challenging federal restrictions and actions will be successful or result in policy or legal change;
  • Organization must submit a complete budget identifying concrete funding needs;
  • County, or its representatives, expertise, competence, capacity and experience challenging federal restrictions and actions that prohibit or harm resource use, access, and development on public (federal) lands in or around that county

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

The grant recipient will provide the State Auditor’s Office with the following accounting for all State Money received under this grant:

a) a written description and an itemized report detailing the expenditure of the State Money or the intended expenditure of any State Money that has not been spent; and

b) a final written itemized report when all the State Money is spent.

c) The reports referenced in (a) and (b) shall be provided at least annually, and no later than 60 days after all of the State Money is spent.

d) If the Grantee is a non-profit corporation, Grantee shall annually disclose whether:  (i) the nonprofit corporation met or exceeded the dollar amounts listed in Utah Code Section 51-2a- 201.5 in the previous fiscal year of the nonprofit corporation; or (ii) the nonprofit corporation anticipates meeting or exceeding the dollar amounts listed in Utah Code Section 51-2a- 201.5 in the fiscal year the money is disbursed.

e) Required financial reporting to the State Auditor’s Office depending on the amount of the appropriation; this be including any financial disclosures, or formal audits per the State Auditor’s Office.

f) Within twelve (12) months of the State’s distribution of the Grant Funds, the Grantee will provide a written report to the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office identifying how the funds were utilized, itemize specific initiatives or challenges from federal restrictions and actions that prohibit or harm resource use, access, and development on federal lands within Utah counties.

 

If you have any questions regarding the Assistance to Utah Counties grant, please contact Carmen Bailey at carmenbailey@utah.gov or at (801) 537-9046.

 

 

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