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BWSR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OPTION FOR STATE COST SHARE BASE GRANT

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BWSR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OPTION FOR STATE COST SHARE BASE GRANT

    BWSR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OPTION FOR

    FY’11 STATE COST SHARE BASE GRANT

    At their June 24, 2009 meeting the BWSR Board approved allowing SWCDs to use all or part of their

    Cost Share allocation for technical assistance, with Board Conservationist approval, for the FY ‟10 –‟11

    biennium when:

    1. Federal funds or other non-state funds will be leveraged and they couldn‟t do the project

    otherwise; or,

    2. Funds are used on a project(s) that is State Cost Share Program or EQIP eligible and their 2009

    Financial Report indicates less than 18-months operating capital in their fund balance.

    Implementation Policy

    A) SWCD board action and documentation in the minutes will be required for any District using

    their base grant funds for technical assistance instead of practices. On a form provided by BWSR,

    the request must include a narrative indicating how the funds will be used, a budget, and

    signature of the chair. The request must then be sent to the board conservationist for approval

    prior to using funds for these purposes.

    B) Base grant funds used for technical assistance are regarded as “used on practices” for future

    productivity calculations.

    C) The option remains for a SWCD to use up to 20% of their base grant for technical and

    administrative costs. (To further define technical and administrative costs associated with the

    program see Part III, Grant Administration, B.2, “Technical and administrative costs and lower

    priority problems” on page 9, in the new cost share manual.)

    D) State Cost Share Base grant funds dedicated to technical assistance instead of practices,

    1) Must be used for SWCD or JPB staff costs, not private consultants.

    2) Must be spent by the end of the grant agreement period (June 30, 2012).

    3) Cannot be used as match for NPEA base grants.

    4) Cannot be used for administrative costs.

    E) Technical assistance costs include technical staff salaries, wages, benefits, training that is

    specifically directed to project delivery, and travel expenses. Technical assistance costs do not

    include leasing or capital equipment purchases.

    F) SWCDs may pool their funds to provide technical assistance via a pooling agreement or JPA.

    Requirements

    A) SWCDs have until the end of the first FY (June 30, 2011) to request to use their base grant

    for technical assistance.

    B) In accordance with BWSR administrative policy all base grant funds used for technical

    assistance must be reported in eLINK. This reporting must clearly connect the technical

    assistance to one or more projects and identify any non-state financial contribution.

    C) Funds may be used for technical assistance when: 1) Federal funds or other non-state funds

    will be leveraged and they couldn‟t do the project otherwise, and, 2) Funds are used on a

    project(s) that is State Cost Share Program or EQIP eligible and their 2009 Financial Report

    indicates less than 18-months operating capital in their fund balance.

    TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OPTION REQUEST

    FOR STATE COST SHARE BASE GRANT

    (For the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012)

SWCD_________________________

    Briefly describe how funds will provide technical assistance for projects that will:

    ; Leverage federal or other non-state funds and the projects would not otherwise be

    completed; or

    ; Be used on projects that are Cost Share Program or EQIP eligible.

Budget:

     Regular Statewide FY „11 Cost-Share Base Grant Amount $ ____________

     Technical staff salaries, wages $_________________

     Benefits $_________________

     Training $_________________

     Travel expenses $_________________

     Total funds dedicated to

     technical assistance $_________________

     Balance Remaining for Conservation Practices $_____________

Signatures:

    The SWCD agrees to implement this Technical Assistance Option according to the attached Implementation Policies.

    Requested by: ________________________________ Date:_____________

     SWCD Chair

Approved by: ________________________________ Date:____________

     Board Conservationist

    Please submit this request to your Board Conservationist on or before June 30, 2011.

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