Cooperative Landscape Conservation

By leveraging resources and strategically targeting science to inform conservation decisions and actions, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) create a network of partners working in unison to ensure the sustainability of America’s land, water, wildlife and cultural resources. Facilitated by the Department of the Interior (DOI) as part of its collaborative, science-based response to climate change, each of the 22 LCCs operates within a specific landscape, covering the entire United States. Defined based on ecological boundaries, the LCCs also include portions of Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Partners include federal, state, and local governments, tribes, universities, nongovernmental organizations, landowners, and other stakeholders. These landscape-scale, conservation science partnerships support and enhance on-the-ground conservation efforts by facilitating the production and dissemination of applied science products for resource management decisions.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.669
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Types of Assistance
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Uses and Use Restrictions
Support will be provided for LCC-prioritized projects to include: decision-support tools to inform management plans/decisions and ESA Recovery Plans, conservation delivery strategies and actions, and landscape-scale conservation strategies that can direct management expenditures where they have the greatest effect and lowest relative cost. This program is administered in compliance with the Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreements Act of 1977, as amended. These funds may not be used towards training U.S. Federal Government personnel. 100%.
Authorization
The Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742a-742j, not including 742 d-1; Stat. 1119), as amended; The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-57).; Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544, 87 Stat. 884); Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 2901-2911; 94 Stat. 1322).
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
None.
Beneficiary Eligibility
None.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is 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. Title 43, Part 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcements and complete application instructions are posted online at Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov. All applicants must submit a complete, signed Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance.
Award Procedure
Each LCC has a steering committee, comprised of representatives from partner organizations, and participates in identifying priority needs for the LCC. Applications for funding will be reviewed and approved by FWS staff based on the project-specific review criteria to be detailed in the funding opportunity posting. FWS staff will notify applicants of review results by either issuing a fully executed Award either electronically or through the mail, or by sending written notification to the applicant that the application will not be funded.

Per the Department of the Interior’s Standard Award Terms and Conditions (accessible on the Internet at http://www.doi.gov/pam/TermsandConditions.html) acceptance of a Federal Financial award from the Department of the Interior carries with it the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the terms and conditions of the award. Acceptance is defined as the start of work, drawing down funds, or accepting the award via electronic means. Awards are based on the application submitted to, and as approved by DOl and are subject to the terms and conditions incorporated either directly or by reference to the following: Program legislation/regulation, Assurances, Special Conditions and Code of Federal Regulations and other Regulatory Requirements, as applicable.
Deadlines
Mar 01, 2015 to Feb 28, 2016 March 1, 2015 through February 28, 2016.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Typically within 180 days of proposal receipt.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
None. However; at the request of the recipient and as approved by USFWS, active awards may be amended (e.g., time extensions or budget changes).
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. However, to the extent possible, recipient in-kind and/or cash match is encouraged.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project period of performance may be up to five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Performance reports are to be submitted in accordance with the specific reporting requirements as detailed in the Award document. At a minimum, a performance report will be required annually, within 30 calendar days after the annual anniversary date. Final performance reports are required within 90 calendar days from the end date of the award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. SF-425, Federal Financial Reports are to be submitted in accordance with the specific reporting requirements as detailed in the Award document. At a minimum, a financial report will be required annually, within 30 calendar days after the annual anniversary date. Final SF-425, Federal Financial Reports are required within 90 calendar days from the end date of the award. Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance of each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.
Audits
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.
Records
Recipients are to maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations”, as applicable. Cost records must be maintained separately for each grant. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for three years after submission of the final reports.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program anticipates received 147 applications and issued 48 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: The program anticipates receiving 150 applications and issuing 50 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1611-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $1,600,000; FY 15 est $1,600,000; and FY 16 est $2,000,000 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY14 $1,600,000; FY15 $1,600,000; and FY16 est $2,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $1,000 - $1,000,000. Average award amount varies by project type and duration.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Per http://www.doi.gov/parnlTermsandConditions.htrnl, acceptance of a Federal
Financial award from the Department of the Interior carries with it the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the terms and conditions of the award. Acceptance is defined as starting work, drawing down funds, or accepting the award via electronic means. Awards are based on the application submitted to, and as approved by the Department of the Interior and are subject to the terms and conditions incorporated in to the Award either directly or by reference to the following: Program legislation/regulation, assurances, special conditions, the Code of Federal Regulations, and other regulatory requirements, as applicable.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. The list of contacts for each LCC can be accessed on the Internet at: http://www.fws.gov/science/shc/lccinfocontacts.html.
Headquarters Office
Anna-Marie York U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS: SA, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: anna-marie_york@fws.gov Phone: (703)358-1881
Website Address
http://lccnetwork.org
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Quantifying and Mitigating the Effects of Emerald Ash Borer; Conservation Planning Atlas for Alaska; Designing Sustainable Landscapes. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Proposed projects will be selected on the basis of how well they meet the program and/or project-specific criteria detailed in individual Landscape Conservation Cooperative funding opportunity postings. Criteria will vary depending on the scope of the program or project for which applications are being accepted.
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