Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Resource Management

 

To manage fish, wildlife and plant conservation resources on the public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. This will help restore and protect lands containing noteworthy resource values for regionally significant species of management concern or wetland and riparian areas; restore and protect crucial habitat through vegetation treatments, installation of wildlife friendly fences, and creating fish passages or barriers to protect aquatic species. Restoration of wildlife habitat to restore and protect sage grouse, desert tortoise, and other upland habitats for special species as well as riparian habitat for endangered or special status fish and aquatic species. For Recovery Act funded projects, in addition to the program objectives above, section 3 of the Act states the following objectives: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local governments budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.231
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; DISSEMINATION OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION; PROJECT GRANTS; PROVISION OF SPECIALIZED SERVICES; TRAINING; USE OF PROPERTY, FACILITIES, OR EQUIPMENT
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
Public Law 111-5; Federal Land Policy and Management Act, as amended, Public Law 94-579, The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, Public Law 93-205, Sikes Act, Public Law 93-452, Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Water Resources Developments Coordination Act, as amended, Public Law 85-624, Oceans Act of 1992, Public Law 102-587, Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements, 16 U.S.C. Section 1011(a), as amended by Public Law 105-277 Section 136.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone/general public.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All Public Land users.
Credentials/Documentation
For grants awarded, cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and Local Governments; OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions; OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations; and Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 31.2 for private foundations, firms, individuals, and other nonprofits excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-122. 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
For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov and must include: the title, objectives, timeframes, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement. State plan is not required with this application.
Award Procedure
Projects are reviewed at State level and funding recommendations are made through each State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director or District/Field Office Manager.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time the funding announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contacts listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Appeals
Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to public lands management and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
How may assistance be used?
Projects are primarily conducted on lands administered by the BLM but may also be conducted on other public or private lands. Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska. Assistance can be used to help protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plant conservation resources and to provide related public contact/education opportunities. No regular discretionary fund is available. Funding is highly variable each fiscal year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, or annual performance reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. For any grant or cooperative agreement that is terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will not be extended, grantees must submit a final performance report 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. A final SF-425 is required 90 days after the end of grant performance. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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. Projects will be audited at least once during life cycle.
Records
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula requirements. However, matching funds by the applicants are encouraged and those projects are more likely to be funded.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions for most projects, however, most projects are funded on a year-by- year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Headquarters Office
Division Chief, Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Bureau of Land Management (WO 230), 1849 C St, N.W., MS-5115, Washington, District of Columbia 20240-9998 Phone: (202) 912-7230.
Website Address
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/index.htm
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1109-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $35,808,967; FY 15 Estimate Not Available; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $10,000 to $1,000,000. Average amounts approximately $68,300 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
BLM's fish, wildlife and botany program is generally guided by provisions in 43 CFR Part 6000. A variety of public interest publications on these programs are available free of charge by contacting the appropriate State Office. Manuals providing basic program operational guidance for recreation (BLM Manual 6500) and may be obtained by contacting the Washington Office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.