Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Program

 

To provide competitive matching grants to coastal States for coastal wetlands conservation projets. The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (Section 305, Title III, Public Law 101-646 U.S.C. 3954) established the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal States.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.614
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program awarded 21 grant applications from 12 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The projects protected, restored or enhanced approximately 11,247 acres of important coastal wetland habitat, including several miles of shoreline. Conservation of this habitat not only benefit coastal-dependent federal trust species, but also enhanced flood protection and water quality, and provided economic and recreational benefits to commercial fishermen and sport anglers. Fiscal Year 2015: The program received 36 applications from 16 coastal States. Of these, 25 projects from 13 states were funded with $21 million federal share and $31.3 million in non-federal share. The projects cumulatively protect, restore or enhance 11,353 acres of important coastal wetland habitat, including several miles of shoreline. Conservation of this habitat not only benefits coastal-dependent federal trust species, but also enhances flood protection and water quality, and provides economic and recreational benefits to commercial fishermen and anglers. Fiscal Year 2016: The program anticipates receiving between 25 and 40 applications and issuing approximately 20 awards.
Authorization
Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, Title III, Public Law 101-646, 16 U.S.C 3951-3956.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include any agency or agencies designated by the Governor of a coastal State. It is usually a State natural resource or fish and wildlife agency. Eligible coastal States are States bordering the Great Lakes (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin); States bordering the Atlantic, Gulf (except Louisiana), and Pacific coasts (Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington); and American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, Commonwealths, or territories as designated in the applicant eligibility section.
Credentials/Documentation
No credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF 424A and SF 424B – Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D – Construction). In addition, applicants will submit a grant proposal that includes a narrative statement describing the need, objectives, benefits, approach, and estimated cost for the proposed grant along with the standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency. For further instructions and forms go to http://fawiki.fws.gov/display/WTK/Toolkit+Homepage or www.grants.gov. Program regulations are found in 50 CFR 84.

Award Procedure
The Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service will select projects to be funded based on established criteria.
Deadlines
Jun 29, 2015 Fiscal Year 2015 applications were due June 27, 2014. We are no longer accepting applications this fiscal year. The Fiscal Year 2016 application deadline will likely be in June 2015.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 150 days.
Appeals
Regional Directors will consider differences of opinion concerning the eligibility of proposals. Final determination rests with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Renewals
Applications for successive project phases are competed as new project applications.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are available to coastal States for acquisition of interests in coastal lands or waters, and for restoration, enhancement or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems on a competitive basis. 100% of funds are discretionary and awarded on a competitive basis.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Recipients must submit a final performance report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date. Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. Program will detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter. Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form. Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date. Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter. Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In addition, they are subject to Program specific audits contracted by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Records
Cost records must be maintained separately for each project. Grantees must retain records, accounts, and supporting documents for 3 years after submission final request for reimbursement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: States with a dedicated fund for land conservation are required to provide a minimum cost share equal to 25 percent of the grant request. All other States are required to provide a 50 percent cost share. We waive the first $200,000 of match for the following insular areas: American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects normally funded through annual proposals. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Projects normally funded through annual competed applications. Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Region 1 – American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington - Sarah Bielski, Sarah_Bielski@fws.gov, 503‐231‐6128

Region 2 – Texas - Susan MacMullin, Susan_MacMullin@fws.gov, 505-248-7476

Region 3 – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin - Paul Glander, Paul_Glander@fws.gov, 612‐713‐5130

Region 4 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and the Virgin Islands - Torre Anderson, Torre_Anderson@fws.gov, 404-679-4168

Region 5 – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia - Dan Leahy, Dan_Leahy@fws.gov, 413‐253‐8687

Region 6 – The program doesn’t operate in Region 6, as it has no coastal areas.

Region 7 – Alaska - Cliff Schleusner, Cliff_Schleusner@fws.gov, 907‐786‐3631

Region 8 – California - Susan Boring, Susan_Boring@fws.gov, 916-414-6507.
Headquarters Office
Chief, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Policy and Programs Division, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: 703) 358-2156.
Website Address
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-8151-0-7-303.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $16,498,359; FY 15 est $21,058,720; and FY 16 est $17,000,000 - FY16 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $125,000 - $1,000,000; Average: $575,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
50 CFR 84
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: FY14: Elliot Slough Acquisition Project –The Washington State Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust and with strong support from the Quinault Indian Nation, received $310,000 to acquire and protect 175 acres of high quality coastal surge plain and 6 miles of sloughs at the head of Grays Harbor in Washington State.
Wooten Tract Acquisition – The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, partnering with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, was awarded a $1 million grant to acquire 1,500 acres of land located in Turnagain Bay and Long Bay in Carteret County, North Carolina. The project connected the nearby National Wildlife Refuge to thousands of acres of corporate timberlands and the 155,000 acre Croatan National Forest.
Middle Bay Wetlands Partnership Project –The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) was awarded $1 million to conserve 86.1 acres on Middle Bay in Harpswell, Maine, including 43.2 acres of nationally decreasing wetlands, 0.8 acres of stable wetlands, 0.40 acres of stable wetlands, and 41.7 acres of buffering wetlands. Fiscal Year 2015: Beltz Farm Acquisition Project –The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) was awarded $970,500 to acquire and permanently protect 244 acres of coastal estuarine habitat within the Sand Lake estuary in Tillamook County, Oregon.
Point Abbaye and Huron Bay Coastal Wetlands Acquisition –The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Keweenaw Land Trust, received $1 million to acquire 1,374 acres of high quality, intact coastal wetlands and near shore aquatic habitats on the Abbaye Peninsula and Huron Bay of Lake Superior in Baraga County, Michigan.
Wood Creek Restoration Project –The California Coastal Conservancy, partnering with the North Country Land Trust, was awarded $423,800 to restore the coastal wetland ecosystems of the Freshwater Creek Slough, and particularly the important tributary stream known as Wood Creek. The project involves excavating two acres of channels and removing a berm in order to provide better hydraulic connectivity between Wood Creek and its upper basin. The project also creates five acres of brackish wetland habitat for coho salmon. Fiscal Year 2016: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal States.