Coastal Program

 

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
Active
Program Number
15.630
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The Program Restored/Enhanced 12,643 Upland Acres, 22,071 Wetland Acres, and 45 Miles of Stream. Fiscal Year 2015: The Program anticipates initiating 40 projects similar to those funded in FY14. Fiscal Year 2016: The Program anticipates initiating 40 projects similar to those funded in FY15.
Authorization
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956,16 U.S.C. 742a-c, 747e-742j; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C. 661 667(e).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
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.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. 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. Contact the local Coastal Program Coordinator regarding potential projects and application requirements. Program contact information can be found at http://www.fws.gov/coastal.
Award Procedure
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.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
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 Availability of Federal Assistance" 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, South Florida/Everglades, Panama City, Florida, Florida Tampa Bay, the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Texas Coast (Upper), 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. 100%.
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 specify all performance reporting requirements in the cooperative agreement and/or 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 specify all financial reporting requirements in the cooperative agreement and/or 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.
Records
Accomplishments are recorded for each project in the Habitat Information Tracking System (HabITS). HabITS tracks habitat improvement accomplishments and program-specific technical assistance workloads associated with the Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects normally funded through annual segments. 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See http://www.fws.gov/coastal for contact information and addresses.
Headquarters Office
Dave Walker Branch of Habitat Restoration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2583
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/coastal.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1611-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $14,000,000; FY 15 est $14,000,000; and FY 16 est $14,000,000 - B-PROJECT GRANTS/B-Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary): FY14 $14,000,000; FY15 $14,000,000; FY16 $14,000,000
FY15 and FY16 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels only.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $5,000 to $50,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Red-cockaded Woodpecker Habitat Improvement – The Program worked with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to improve habitat for the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Work focused on timber thinning, including physical removal, chemical treatments and prescribed burns. Forest conditions were assessed before, during, and after thinning and forest recommendations where provided.
Harris River Fish Passage Restoration – Program staff worked with The Nature Conservancy to conserve ecologically important habitats in the rainforest archipelago of Southeast Alaska. The Program provided technical and financial assistance to replace one of the failing road crossings. Staff was involved in all phases of the project including site selection and assessment, topographic surveys, permitting, project management, and construction oversight. The project restored natural stream function, and improved habitat connectivity along 0.75 miles of stream and two acres of riparian wetlands.
Bete Grise Preserve Community Stewardship and Habitat Restoration – The Program worked with partners to protect the Bete Grise Preserve (Preserve) to build a nature trail installation with the goal of educating visitors about the importance of coastal ecosystems and to foster a connection to the Preserve. Fiscal Year 2015: The Program has not yet selected projects to support. The Program anticipates funding projects that help protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats that benefit Federal trust species and declining species such as monarch butterflies. Fiscal Year 2016: The Program has not yet selected projects to support. The Program anticipates funding projects that help protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats that benefit Federal trust species.

 


Related Federal Grants


Federal Grants Resources