To provide technical and financial assistance via partnerships to identify, protect, and restore or improve habitats in priority coastal areas for fish and wildlife.
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
The Program restored/enhanced 50,410 upland acres, 16,376 wetland acres, and 108 stream miles. The Coastal Program completed 234 project accomplishments in FY17Fiscal Year 2018
The Program restored/enhanced over 50,000 upland acres, 7,800 wetland acres, nearly 70 stream miles, and 8 fish passage structures.Fiscal Year 2019
The Program anticipates initiating approximately 50 projects similar to those funded in FY 2018.Fiscal Year 2020
The Program anticipates initiating approximately 50 projects similar to those funded in FY 2019.
Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Federal, State, interstate and intrastate agencies; local and tribal governments; public nonprofit institutes and organizations (such as conservation organizations, watershed councils, land trusts, schools and institutions of higher learning); U.S. territories and possessions; private landowners including individuals and businesses.
Federal, state, interstate and intrastate agencies, tribes, local governments; public nongovernmental organizations (such as conservation organizations, watershed councils, land trusts, schools and universities); U.S. territories and possessions; private landowners, including individuals and businesses.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. After a project has been designed and the cost calculated, the local Coastal Program coordinator will be able to inform the respective cooperator(s) whether or not the Service will provide technical or financial assistance. When the cooperator has signed a cooperative agreement work can begin on the project. The Service reimburses the landowner after the project is completed.
After a project has been designed and the cost calculated, the local Coastal Program coordinator will be able to inform the respective cooperator(s) whether or not the Service will provide financial assistance. When the cooperator has signed a cooperative agreement work can begin on the project. The Service reimburses the landowner after the project is completed.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
None. However, project partners may request additional projects on their lands.
How are proposals selected?
All projects must benefit Federal trust species and be cost effective. Project selection occurs at the field level. See the annual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in http://grants.gov for more details.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are used for habitat assessments, planning, and coastal habitat protection and restoration on public or private lands. The Coastal Program is geographically limited to 24 high priority areas. These are Gulf of Maine, Southern New England/New York Bight, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Albemarle/Pamlico Sound, South Carolina Coast, Northeast Florida, South Florida/Everglades, Tampa Bay, Florida Panhandle, the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Texas Coast (Northern), Texas Coast (Southern), Great Lakes (Northern), Great Lakes (Southern), San Diego Bay, San Francisco Bay, Humboldt Bay, Central California Coast, Oregon Coast, Puget Sound, Alaska (South East), Alaska (South Central), and the Pacific Islands. Coastal Program funds may not be used to acquire property or support program administrative costs.
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.
Records must be maintained separately for each project in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance available Oct. 1 2018 – Sept. 30 2019; funds must be expended within 2 years. 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
See http://www.fws.gov/coastal for contact information and addresses.
Branch of Habitat Restoration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$13,000,000.00; FY 19 est $13,000,000.00; FY 20 est $13,000,000.00; FY 17$13,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $5,000 to $50,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
The Program anticipates funding projects that help protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats that benefit Federal trust species. Burnet Bay Wetlands Restoration Project: The Burnet Bay Wetlands Restoration project implements the highest priority action item (HP-1: Restore, create, and protect wetlands) in The Galveston Bay Plan, the comprehensive conservation and management plan for Galveston Bay. The Burnet Bay Wetlands Restoration Project will provide 35 acres of estuarine intertidal habitat for finfish and shell fish, help improve water quality in the affected area, and protect the existing shoreline of Burnet Bay from wave energy generated by ship wakes from the nearby Houston Ship Channel. These marsh habitats provide important nursery grounds for recreationally and commercially important aquatic species such as Gulf menhaden, sand seatrout, Southern flounder, red drum, bay anchovy, and other marine forms to develop into juveniles. Several species of birds also utilize the wetland habitat created in the project including: brown and white pelicans, black skimmers, several tern and gull species, as well as a bald eagle. MacDill AFB Living Shoreline Creation Project: The goal of this project was to reduce erosion and stabilize the shoreline at MacDill AFB in Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with MacDill AFB and the Department of Defense completed this project to create a living shoreline on the base, which is one of the goals outlined in the CCMP (Changing the Course Management Plan). The project created .66 acres of estuarine oyster reef habitat by building 1,350 linear feet of oyster shell communities using 137 tons of fossilized oyster shell. The project restored .92 acres of salt marsh habitat by planting 1,000 linear feet of Spartina alterniflora at two to three foot intervals within the intertidal zone. Salt marsh is a biological filter for runoff, aides in the uptake of excess nitrogen loads, provides a natural erosion barrier for upland habitats, and serves as a habitat for numerous shorebird and other organisms. Zis-a-ba Estuary Habitat Restoration Project: Originally tidal wetlands, the project area has been diked and farmed for more than 100 years. This project restored tidal and riverine influence by removing the majority of the perimeter levee and associated tide gate, improving a levee on the south side to protect the adjacent property owner, and permanent protection of the property. To restore tidal influence to the 88 acre estuary (inside the dike), tidal channels were excavated across the interior of the site to encourage natural tidal channel development while protecting infrastructure that traverses the property. The nearly 7,000 feet of perimeter dike was then removed. The project was designed to restore estuary rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids, especially Endangered Species Act listed Chinook and bull trout populations of the Stillaguamish and Skagit Rivers. The restoration of tidal wetlands inside the project area is specifically called for in the Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan.Fiscal Year 2018
Example 1: The Coastal Program partnered with federal, state and tribal agencies to improve fish and wildlife habitat on public coastal waters in the state of Wisconsin by planting native wild rice. The reestablishment of wild rice in this area led to improved habitat and forage quality for water-birds and waterfowl like ducks, geese, swans and other migratory birds, and has reduced the impact of invasive plant species, namely the purple loosestrife. This project area is open to public hunting, fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation which will benefit from these efforts that restore and enhance healthy natural resources and habitat. Example 2: The Coastal Program worked with private landowners to restore and protect habitats for the Delmarva fox squirrel along the Chicamacomico River, near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The Coastal Program identified suitable habitat, acquired grant funding, and engaged landowners. Example 3: The Coastal Program worked with partners to develop a management plan for conserving unique habitats and rare species on a state preserve. The plan recommended the removal of invasive species, like Brazilian pepper, using prescribed fire and other techniques. Coastal Program financial assistance supported a forestry technician to implement the management plan and monitor the restoration efforts. The preserve also supports public recreation opportunities including hunting, fishing, and camping.Fiscal Year 2019
Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that provide technical and financial assistance via partnerships to identify, protect, and restore or improve habitats in priority coastal areas for fish and wildlife.Fiscal Year 2020
Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that provide technical and financial assistance via partnerships to identify, protect, and restore or improve habitats in priority coastal areas for fish and wildlife.