Cooperative Landscape Conservation
The Cooperative Landscape Conservation (CLC) program provides funds and technical support to enable tribal governments and trust land managers to better understand potential impacts and vulnerabilities of communities, ecosystems and built systems to climate-related change, to enable them to develop information and tools to support planning and decision making, to implement strategies that improve the preparedness and resilience of communities in the face of a changing climate and address the potential for increased peak weather events. The program also enables tribal participation in ocean and coastal planning.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Snyder Act of 1921, as amended, 25 U.S.C. § 13. For FY14 (2 year funding) P.L. 113-76, and FY15 (two year funding) P.L. 113-164.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Direct Support Awards: Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments and Native American non-profit organizations, federally/tribally chartered tribal colleges and universities.
Providers of Training and Technical Support Awards: Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments, federally/tribally chartered tribal colleges and universities, Native American tribal and non-profit organizations, and public universities. (Contact BIA Central Office for details).
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and consortia, tribal and public colleges and universities, and Native American organizations.
For direct award grants, the initial proposal must be accompanied by a copy of the authorizing resolution from the Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government to be supported. Additional requirement for other than federally recognized tribes, establishment credentials (charter, incorporation or other applicable). OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Informal pre-application conference is recommended. Technical assistance in preparing the application is available upon request. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Initial applications for financial assistance must contain the information specified in 25 CFR, Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Completed applications should be submitted to the BIA Headquarters office. Requests for technical services can be made through the BIA Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Awards are made by the Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Trust Services, Central Office, based on the prioritization of all applications received through a thorough evaluation and scoring by a review team. Awards are usually made shortly after the review (see announcement for specific details). Any awards are subject to the availability of the congressional appropriations.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
See the announcement for details or contact the Central Office or Regional Offices for application deadlines for particular program support categories.
No appeal process. The funds are annual, non-recurring congressional appropriations and any awards are made on the basis of the announcement prioritization process and the availability of funds. Information for non-award applicant scoring is available upon request as technical support to improve subsequent proposals.
Funds are appropriated for use in non-recurring projects/activities on a year-to-year basis and are not intended to provide perennial support for tribal programs. For training programs, non-competitive renewal for additional sessions is at the option of the Bureau.
How are proposals selected?
There are 4 broad categories for award, each with selection criteria. Category 1: Design and delivery of technical training, forums or workshops to improve tribal staff and trust manager’s capacity to address climate adaptation management, preparedness or resilience (category 1 criteria: adult/youth education experience (required), training design, budget, delivery capacity). Category 2: Climate adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, monitoring for climate change indicators, and ocean and coastal planning (category 2 criteria: Project design, implementation and feasibility, budget, builds tribal capacity, value, objectives and outcomes). Category 3: Travel support for participation in technical sessions (category 3 criteria: alignment of technical session with tribal adaptation management, value, and for ocean and coastal tribes, location), and support for participation in regional and cooperative ocean and coastal planning. Category 4: technical support, providing technical support to tribes for climate adaptation management (criteria, organization capacity, experience, existing constituency). See announcements for details.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used in a variety of ways to strengthen the capabilities of Indian tribes and Alaska Native Villages, consortia, and organizations to support climate resilience and preparedness in community and program level planning, training, technical support, development of tools, monitoring, response and associated needs. Contact the BIA headquarters office for more information on each category of support.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program accomplishment reporting requirements will be negotiated with the Indian Tribe, for all others, quarterly and annual reporting is required with additional reporting as negotiated prior to award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. The SF-425, Federal Financial Report is required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee. Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The timing of the payments will be negotiated with the Indian tribe, or awardee. Contact the headquarters or regional office for more information.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Offices. Applications should be filed with Bureau of Indian Affairs' Headquarters but proposals will be accepted at any BIA Regional Office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Sean J. Hart Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW, MS 4635 MIB, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 13 $0; FY 14 Estimate Not Available(Exp: New Program); and FY 15 Estimate Not Available(Exp: New Program)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program guidelines for grants are available in the Request for Proposals announcement. OMB Circular A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments.", OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations", OMB Circular No. A-102 “Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments”, and when appropriate, OMB Circular No. A-21 “Cost Principles for Educational Institutions.
Examples of Funded Projects