Alaska Subsistence Management
To identify and provide information needed to sustain subsistence fisheries and wildlife management on Federal public lands, for rural Alaskans, through a multidisciplinary, collaborative program. Two programs are administered under ANILCA to fulfill this objective. The Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program (Monitoring Program) funds approximately 40 studies annually to provide information on stock status and trends, harvests, and traditional ecological knowledge to manage and regulate Federal subsistence fisheries. The Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program (Partners Program) strengthens Alaska Native and rural involvement in subsistence fisheries management and research. The program provides funds directly to Alaska Native and rural organizations to hire fishery biologists, social scientists, and educators with the intent of increasing the organizations ability to participate in Federal Subsistence Management.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
No new funding, 42 continuing projects. No new awards, 42 continuing projects.Fiscal Year 2018
In FY18 the program received 54 applications and issued 23 awards in addition to funding 32 continuing projects from previous fiscal years.Fiscal Year 2019
No new awards. Approximately 56 continuing projects.Fiscal Year 2020
Program has not yet selected projects for funding, but anticipates funding 20 new awards from 25 applications.
Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §3119 and §3122; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661 to 666.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
An individual/family, profit organization, other private institution/organization, public nonprofit institution/organization; an officer, employee, agent, department or instrumentality of the Federal government, of the State of Alaska, municipality or political subdivision of the State of Alaska; Federally recognized Indian Tribal Government (including any Native village as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act).
An individual/Family, profit organization, other private institution/organization, public nonprofit institution/organization; an officer, employee, agent, department, or instrumentality of the Federal government, of the State of Alaska, municipality or political subdivision of the State of Alaska, or of any foreign government.
Federal law mandates that all organizations applying for Federal financial assistance must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit the Standard Form (SF)-424, the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF-424A and SF-424B - Non-construction), Project Narrative/Investigation Plan, Budget Justification, Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement, Conflict of Interest Disclosures, Certification Regarding Lobbying, and SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities.
For the Monitoring Program, an inter-agency technical review committee evaluates proposal. The committee develops a draft monitoring program from the highest priority projects, based on their technical review and available funding. The draft monitoring plan is reviewed by ten regional advisory councils and the public. An inter-agency staff committee reviews all comments, and provides recommendations. The Federal Subsistence Board selects projects for the Monitoring Plan taking into account all comments and recommendations. Funding of the Monitoring Plan is administered by the Office of Subsistence Management (OSM). For the Partners Program, an external review committee is formed to evaluate proposals and make recommendations for funding. The evaluations are based on the criteria outlined in the request for federal assistance. The proposals are ranked and, based on available funding, the highest ranking proposals are funded by OSM approximately 3 months after the NOFO closing date. Funding of the Partners Program is administered by OSM. Once a Monitoring Program project or Partners Program position is selected for funding, a funding instrument, i.e., notice of award, between Fish and Wildlife Service and the recipient is drafted by OSM and processed through the contracting office. The award is considered executed when signed copies of the agreement are sent to the recipient and the contracting office obligates the funds.
January 31, 2019 Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program; March 15, 2019 Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Currently, the next Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program will be posted August 2018, remain open for 90 days and close November 15, 2018. Information can be found at http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/partners. OSM's decisions on Partners Program positions are announced within 3 months of the closing of the NOFO. The next NOFO for the Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program will be posted November 21, 2018, remain open for 90 days and close February 19, 2019. Information can be found at http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/frmp. Federal Subsistence Board action on the Monitoring Plan is taken at the 2020 winter meeting, with administrative follow-up by OSM taking place immediately thereafter.
Monitoring projects and positions may be approved for one to four years duration. Applicants may re-apply during subsequent Request for Proposals.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for approved fisheries subsistence management, fisheries monitoring, and traditional ecological knowledge projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. A final performance report is due within 90 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. There is no requirement for cost sharing, matching, or cost participation. However, applicants are encouraged to document matching contributions. Proposals with substantial cost sharing will be ranked higher than similar proposals with no identified cost sharing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For the Monitoring and Partners Programs, upon approval, the project may be extended or the agreement modified for a period not to exceed five years from initial award. Awarded funds must be spent during the approved Period of Performance of the award, and in accordance with financial and reporting procedures specified in the award. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For the Fisheries Resource Monitoring and Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Programs: Greg Risdahl, Fisheries Division Supervisor, 1011 E. Tudor Road, MS 121, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Telephone: (907) 786-3824 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 E. Tudor Road, MS 121
Anchorage, AK 99503 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$3,531,430.00; FY 19 est $3,470,262.00; FY 20 est $4,328,861.00; FY 17$3,565,180.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable amounts. Monitoring Program awards range from $60,000 to $860,000 for up to a 4-year project period. Partners Program awards range from $120,000 to $680,000 over a 4- year period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Cooperative agreements/project grants will be administered in conformance with the Fish and Wildlife Service Administrative Service Manual and 2 CFR 200; 2 CFR 215.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Project 16-351 Middle Kuskokwim River In-season Subsistence Salmon Harvest Monitoring and Estimation. Funds under this award are to be used to provide an index of relative abundance of salmon in a stretch of the middle Kuskokwim River, and further, investigate the feasibility of estimating the in-season Chinook Salmon harvest. Project 16-302 Salmon River of the Pitka Fork Weir. Funds under this award are used to operate a weir on the Salmon River of the Pitka Fork in the Kuskokwim River basin to index Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) escapement into the headwaters of the Kuskokwim River, upriver from McGrath.Fiscal Year 2018
Bethel Subsistence Harvest Surveys. Award funding used to document subsistence harvest and age-sex-length (ASL) of chinook, chum, and sockeye salmon in the Bethel area. Data collected using surveys and voluntary sampling methods.Fiscal Year 2019
Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program project. Collect local knowledge and subsistence harvest information, evaluate Chinook salmon stock, and further, contribute to reliable estimates of Chinook salmon escapement in the Copper River.Fiscal Year 2020
Program has not yet selected projects for FY20 funding. Program funds projects that provide information needed to sustain subsistence fisheries on Federal public lands, for rural Alaskans, through a multidisciplinary, collaborative program.