|(a) Program purpose and priorities. All grant applications
submitted to the department for community outdoor outreach programs
are evaluated for program eligibility and prioritized according to
the Project Priority Scoring System set forth in this section. In
general, recommended priorities for community outdoor outreach projects
(1) to ensure applicant compliance on previous grants;
(2) to improve community outdoor outreach opportunities
for inner-city, rural, low-income (for the purposes of this section,
low income is defined as median income or lower according to the most
recent U.S. census ()), ethnic minority, female, physically/mentally
challenged, and youth citizens;
(3) to reward partnerships between local applicants
and other organized groups;
(4) to increase the number of participants served;
(5) to maximize the use of funds for direct community
outdoor outreach opportunities;
(6) to reward commitment of applicant resources;
(7) to increase use of TPWD programs, personnel and
(8) to serve youth-at-risk;
(9) to promote activities related to TPWD initiatives;
(10) to reduce priority of new funding for applicants
who have not fulfilled all previous grant reimbursement requirements.
(b) Community outdoor outreach program project priority
(1) Community outdoor outreach projects shall be scored
according to the criteria, rating factors, and point values set forth
in this subsection.
(2) The priority ranking of a project will depend on
its score in relation to the scores of other projects under consideration.
(3) Funding of projects will depend on the availability
of TRPA funds.
(4) If the applicant is in full compliance with previously
assisted grant projects in accordance with the provisions of this
subchapter, the application will be scored and presented for award
consideration. If the applicant does not meet the requirements of
this paragraph, the application will not be scored or considered further.
(5) A project proposal meeting the requirements of
paragraph (4) of this subsection shall be evaluated according to:
(A) Project description: 0-5 points. Project description
should provide a basic overview that:
(i) allows the department to quickly determine the
key points of the project (location, time, scope, rationale, etc.);
(ii) describes the goals and objectives of the project;
(iii) includes an assessment instrument for measuring
project progress from initiation to completion;
(iv) addresses risk-management measures (safety training,
first aid, etc.); and
(v) includes an itemized list of expenses to be paid
by co-op funds.
(B) Project Action Plan: 0-3 points. A project action
plan should include:
(i) a one-year timeline for the project, beginning
within six months of grant approval and proceeding to completion;
(ii) a detailed description of proposed sites, dates,
and planned activities.
(C) Budget Summary: 0-3 points. A budget summary should
explain proposed expenses and costs, the dollar value of the grant
being requested, and applicant's contribution.
(D) Resolution: 1 point. An applicant is ineligible
for a grant award under this subchapter unless the application includes
a resolution signed by a governing board or authorized official that:
(i) specifically authorizes the submission of the grant
application to the department;
(ii) identifies any sponsorship contribution;
(iii) designates a project official by name; and
(iv) is dated. A resolution bearing a date more than
one year preceding the date of submission will not be accepted.
(E) Proposed project's primary constituency. Maximum
of 15 points.
(i) inner city (city must have population of 100,000
or greater): 2 points, based on population figures of applicant location
(may be inner-city or rural or neither, but not both);
(ii) rural (cities or counties of 20,000 or less population:
2 points, based on population figures of applicant location (may be
inner-city or rural or neither, but not both);
(iii) ethnic minority (ethnic minorities within served
population greater than or equal to 50% of total served population):
(iv) female (females within served population greater
than or equal to 50% of total served population): 3 points;
(v) low-income greater than or equal to 50% of total
served population: 3 points;
(vi) physically/mentally challenged (includes ADD,
ADHD, special education and must be stated in a number or percentage
of total population served): 2 points;
(vii) youth must be stated in number or percentage
served (age 17 and under): 2 points.
(F) Proposed project encourages partnerships with organized
groups. Application must include partnership letters from the partnering
organization. Letters of endorsement will not receive credit. One
point shall be awarded for each partnership agreement that commits
cash contributions, volunteer labor, program materials, physical facilities
use, transportation, food, etc. Letters must be current, dated, signed
and state what the partners are providing to the program as well as
the value of the contribution applicable. Maximum of 4 points.
(G) Number of program participants the proposed project
will serve. One point awarded per 25 persons served, up to a maximum
of 10 points.
(H) The extent to which the proposed project prioritizes
direct service costs. Points shall be awarded on a percentage basis,
determined by dividing the direct service delivery costs by the total
project cost and multiplying the result by 10. Maximum of 10 points.
(I) The extent to which the applicant's funds and resources
are committed to the project. Points shall be awarded on a percentage
basis, determined by dividing the local/applicant funds by the total
project cost and multiplying the result by 4. Applicant must provide
auditable proof of the contribution. Maximum of 4 points.
(J) The extent of the proposed project's direct relationship
with TPWD programs and/or facilities. Maximum of 5 points. One point
shall be awarded per instance of:
(i) TPWD facility used (must name each department facility);
(ii) TPWD personnel involvement (must provide letter
of coordination from TPWD staff); and/or
(iii) TPWD program provided (must identify each program).
(K) Project specifically serves at-risk youth. Maximum
of 4 points, as follows:
(i) one point for each activity serving at-risk youth
through natural resource mentoring programs; and
(ii) two points for each activity serving at-risk youth
through natural resource career development programs.
(L) Project proposes activities related to TPWD initiatives.
One point shall be awarded for each proposed activity related to a
TPWD initiative (e.g., fishing, camping, hunting, environmental education,
or other outdoor activity). Maximum of 5 points.
(M) Project includes an outdoor service project. Eligible
service projects must be related to the department's mission. Projects
must be described in detail and must include a partnership letter
from the involved entities or organizations. Examples of eligible
service projects include but are not limited to: trail or habitat
restoration, planting native vegetation, wildlife monitoring, students
mentoring students and building/distributing bird houses. Maximum
of 3 points. Points will be awarded on the following criteria:
(i) environmental/conservation needs addressed by the
proposed service project and how the proposed service project will
address the needs identified in subparagraph (E) of this paragraph;
(ii) the direct involvement of youth in the planning
and problem solving process; and
(iii) the prospective impact of the service project
on youth and the community.
(N) Applicant has fulfilled all previous community
outdoor outreach grant reimbursement requirements. If no, deduct points
from the application score determined by multiplying the remaining
unspent grant balance by .0015 percent.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §61.135 adopted to be effective August 31, 2000, 25 TexReg 8409; amended to be effective May 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 2556; amended to be effective July 3, 2008, 33 TexReg 5012; amended to be effective February 2, 2009, 34 TexReg 666; amended to be effective July 15, 2014, 39 TexReg 5407