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Chapter 224-1 GRANT PROGRAMS

Rule 224-1-.01 Woodbridge Program FY 99

(1) General Scope and Purpose of the Grant Program. The purpose of the grant program is:
(a) to provide a cost-effective woodbridge technology through selective applications of wood bridges on the secondary road system of Georgia;
(b) to enhance forest management opportunities and incentives on forests belonging to the non-industrial private landowner.
(2) Many communities and counties have bridges that are deficient, or obsolete. Wood bridge designs are now available which can carry any legal load allowed on a highway in the state. Demonstrating this technology with qualified cooperators will allow a broader and faster dissemination of this cost-effective technology to communities throughout the state. The program will be made available to potential grantees from county and municipal governments throughout the state. As market demand for forest products increase from bridge construction activities, reforestation efforts should be enhanced as well as additional incentives to grow and manage forests.
(3) General Terms and Conditions of the Grant. The general terms and conditions of the grant are:
(a) maximum grant amount is $35,000 per vehicular bridge site, and $10,000 for pedestrian bridge sites;
(b) the recipient must agree to match contributions on a 50/50 cost-share arrangement with the state for both vehicular and pedestrian bridges.
(c) the grant recipient must bear the burden of any cost-overruns above budget amounts, and above grant maximum limits.
(d) the grant recipient must agree to use properly preservativetreated natively occurring timber species for the wood component of the bridge;
(e) all highway vehicular bridges must be designed to HS20-44 load rating;
(f) additionally, a grant application is required.
(4) Eligible Recipients of the Grant. The grant recipient must be a political subdivision of the State of Georgia such as a county, or municipality which operates, maintains, or is otherwise responsible for local pedestrian and/or vehicular bridge systems. Joint applications between adjoining political subdivisions are allowed.
(5) Criteria for the award of the Grant are:
(a) Structural and Environmental Integrity. Proposal should include a description of the structural components of the bridge, design specifications, identification of wood species and preservative treatments to be used. If the proposal is approved for funding, an appropriate registered engineer must sign off as the engineer of record.
(b) Rural Development - Local Economy. The use of species native to the State is important. Emphasis is placed on developing and using regional resources in the structural design, productions of the components and construction of the bridge to promote local and/or regional industry and increase employment. State the benefits to the local economy of the improved transportation system facilitated by the bridge.
(c) Visibility and Publicity. Aesthetic quality along with public attention should be emphasized. Cooperation among various government units (federal, state, local) and private industry (materials suppliers, designers, contractors) is encouraged.
(d) Case History. The proposal must demonstrate a commitment to document the bridge project from the start through all stages of development, including regular inspections of the bridge after installation is completed.
(e) Timely Progress Documentation. A timely progress plan should be documented and followed that includes target dates of site selection, site profiling, final design, obtaining necessary permits, supply of materials, material preparation and machining, preservative treatment, and fabrication and erection.
(f) Actual Cost Documentation. This is a commitment to track all project costs through all phases of the project development and construction.
(g) Estimated Cost. The bridge superstructure should have a cost, considering both initial and life cycle cost, competitive with, and preferably less than, a bridge of competitive materials.
(6) Directions and deadlines for applying for such grant. Requests for applications and additional information should be directed to the:

Georgia Forestry Commission

Utilization, Marketing & Development Department

P.O. Box 819

Macon, Georgia 31202-0819

or phone 912-751-3521. Deadline for submitting an application is set for October 15, 1998, with final awards prior to July 1, 1999.

Rule 224-1-.02 Georgia Community Tree Planting Program FY 94

(1) Statutory Basis for Grant Program: Georgia Law 1995, pp. 309-315; O.C.G.A. Sec. 12-6-5.
(2) General Scope and Purpose of the Grant Program. The general scope and purpose of the grant program is to provide an opportunity for communities and non-profit groups throughout the State of Georgia to purchase and plant trees in urban areas.
(3) General Terms and Conditions of the Grant. The general terms and conditions of the grant are:
(a) The recipient agrees to implement the tree purchases and planting project as described in their original Georgia Community Tree Planting Program application;
(b) The recipient agrees to match with cash an equal amount to the grant to be used for tree purchases only;
(c) The recipient agrees to provide documentation of the tree maintenance program in accordance with the Georgia Forestry Commission's Tree Standards Guidelines;
(d) the recipient agrees to complete the project within a one year timeline;
(e) The recipient agrees to submit a project completion report, financial statement demonstrating match dollars and a satisfactory rated Certification of Compliance within the one year time frame;
(f) to submit an annual report of survival rates for three years from the date of the Certification of Compliance;
(g) To maintain trees in a healthy condition for three years from the date of the Certification of Compliance and to replace any trees that die or are removed from the project site;
(h) To maintain all project records in an orderly form for State audit for at least three years from final payment date.
(4) Eligibility requirements are that the grant recipient be a government entity or non-profit group and must provide a Federal Employer's Identification number. The recipient must be able to provide, either with staff, volunteers or sub-contractors, tree care and maintenance for three years following the project installation.
(5) Criteria for the award are:
(a) Funding to be used by recipient for purchase of trees;
(b) The recipient agrees to match 50/50 with cash for tree purchases only;
(c) The recipient must specify size, species and number and location of trees to be purchased and planted;
(d) The trees must be planted on public land;
(e) A three year maintenance program is required for care of the trees after installation, and the program must be described in the application;
(f) A liability waiver must be signed releasing the Georgia Forestry Commission from any liability associated with the project.
(g) The applicants must complete the project and paperwork within a one year time frame.
(6) Directions and deadlines for applying: Requests for information about the Georgia Community Tree Planting Program should be made to:

Georgia Forestry Commission

Georgia Community Tree Planting Program

P.O. Box 819

Macon, Georgia 31298-4599

or phone (912) 751-3326. Deadline for submitting an application is May 15, 1994. Projects must have completed planting by April 30, 1995.

Rule 224-1-.03 Georgia Community Tree Planting Program FY 95

(1) Statutory Basis for Grant Program: Georgia Law 1955, pp.309-315; O.C.G.A. Sec. 12-6-5.
(2) General Scope and Purpose of the Grant Program. The general scope and purpose of the grant program is to provide an opportunity for communities and non-profit groups throughout the State of Georgia to purchase and plant trees in urban areas.
(3) General Terms and Conditions of the Grant. The general terms and conditions of the grant are:
(a) The recipient agrees to implement the tree purchases and planting project as described in their original Georgia Community Tree Planting Program application.
(b) The recipient agrees to match with cash an equal amount to the grant to be used for tree purchases only.
(c) The recipient agrees to provide documentation of the tree maintenance program in accordance with the Georgia Forestry Commission's Tree Standards Guidelines.
(d) The recipient agrees to complete the project within a one year timeline.
(e) The recipient agrees to submit a project completion report, financial statement demonstrating match dollars and a satisfactory rated Certification of Compliance within the one year time frame.
(f) To submit an annual report of survival rates for three years from the date of the Certification of Compliance.
(g) To maintain trees in a healthy condition for three years from the date of the Certification of Compliance and to replace any trees that die or are removed from the project site.
(h) To maintain all project records in an orderly form for State audit for at least three years from final payment date.
(4) Eligibility requirements are that the grant recipient be a government entity or non-profit group and must provide a Federal Employer's Identification number. The recipient must be able to provide, either with staff, volunteers or sub-contractors, tree care and maintenance for three years following the project installation.
(5) Criteria for the award are:
(a) A maximum funding amount of $5,000 per applicant to be used for purchasing trees.
(b) The recipient agrees to match 50/50 with cash for tree purchases only.
(c) The recipient must specify size, species and number and location of trees to be purchased and planted.
(d) The trees must be planted on public land.
(e) A three year maintenance program is required for care of the trees after installation, and the program must be described in the application.
(f) A liability waiver must be signed releasing the Georgia Forestry Commission from any liability associated with the project.
(g) The applicants must complete the project and paperwork within a one year time frame.
(6) Directions and deadlines for applying: Requests for information about the Georgia Community Tree Planting Program should be made to:

Georgia Forestry Commission

Georgia Community Tree Planting Program

P.O. Box 819

Macon, Georgia 31298-4599

or phone (912) 751-3326. Deadline for submitting an application is July 15, 1994. Projects must have completed planting by April 30, 1995.