September 19, 2014

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Alabama Invasive Plant Council (ALIPC) Education and Outreach Grant Program

Request for Proposals – FY 2014
Proposal Due Date – October 31, 2014

Program Description and Eligibility

The Alabama Invasive Plant Council is soliciting grant proposals for non-native invasive
plant projects in the State of Alabama. The intent of this grant is to provide funding to
organizations or individuals who wish to educate the public about non-native invasive
plants and their effects on the environment, and/or to conduct small-scale activities for
controlling noxious weeds. Proposals will be accepted from individuals, public or private
nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions.

The application form may be found on the Alabama Invasive Plant Council website
(www.se-eppc.org/alabama). This grant can be used to fund educational materials,
outreach activities, and control work pertaining to non-native invasive plants. The items
that may be purchased and the activities that are accepted under this grant include, but
are not necessarily limited to: brochures, pamphlets, signage, tours, workshops,
seminars, herbicides, loppers, and sprayers. Requests for funding should not exceed
$1500 and all funds awarded are to be used within one year of receipt. If full funding is
not available, partial funding may be awarded.

Recipient(s) must provide a brief written summary of results to the Alabama Invasive
Plant Council Board. The summary should include an evaluation of the program’s
effectiveness and, as applicable, a copy of the program agenda and/or educational
materials created, a description of the target audience and number of attendees at
workshops, seminars, tours or workdays, a map and/or description of any control work
conducted, including a description of the specific management treatment used.
Recipients are encouraged (but not required) to present the results of the grant project
at the annual Alabama Invasive Plant Council conference held each spring. All printing
and use rights of grant project summaries will revert to the Alabama Invasive Plant
Council.

The Alabama Invasive Plant Council will review all grant proposals. Award letters will be
sent via electronic mail (or postal service mail) within 30 days of acceptance.

Evaluation Criteria

Award preference will be given to proposals that meet some or all of the following
criteria:

Involve a plant or plants listed on the ALIPC List of Invasive Plant Species (found
on www.se-eppc.org/alabama);

  • Educational programs that reach a broader segment of the community;
  • Include partnerships (please specify type and degree of involvement for partner
    entities);
  • Demonstrate matching funds or in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions may
    include donated materials, supplies, facilities, services, and/or volunteer hours;
  • Increase and promote local community awareness of non-native plants through
    local schools, charities, volunteer events, web site development, or the
    development and distribution of educational materials;
  • Heighten community awareness about non-native invasive plant identification,
    impacts, control, or prevention;
  • Results of control/management activities will be presented to an audience during
    a workshop, demonstration or tour;
  • Control activities will continue after the one year grant period;
    First time applicants will receive prioritized evaluation, although repeat applicants
    will be

ALIPC 2014 Grant Application Form



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