Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance

 

To provide technical and financial assistance to other federal agencies, states, local governments, native American tribes, non-governmental organizations, citizen groups, and land owners on the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources, including minimizing the establishment, spread, and impact of aquatic invasive species. This includes co-management of marine mammals by Alaskan natives for subsistence use.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.608
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program supported 43 ANS plans and over 150 fish passage and fish habitat projects. Fiscal Year 2015: The program anticipates continued support of up to 43 FY14 ANS plans and over 150 fish passage and fish habitat projects. Fiscal Year 2016: The program anticipates continued support of up to 43 FY14 ANS plans and over 170 fish passage and fish habitat projects.
Authorization
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 742a-742j; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C. 661-666; Sikes Act of 1974, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 670(a)-670(o); Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 3101; Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, Public Law 92-522, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1361-1421; Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1980; Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 4701-4741; the Lacey Act (18 U.S.C. 42; 50 CFR 16).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants may be other federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, native American organizations, interstate, intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, nonprofit/organization, private landowners, or any other organization subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with interests that support the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a cost recoverable basis.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, Native Americans, Interstate, Intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit/organization, or any other organization subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with interests that support the mission of the Service on a cost recoverable basis.
Credentials/Documentation
There must be factual evidence of the need for management assistance. 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
Applicants must have (or obtain) a DUNS number and EIN/TIN to apply for funding.

If a proposed project will cause a significant environmental impact, then an environmental impact statement should be prepared and provided with the application.

Applicants must provide documentation detailing the findings of an environmental impact assessment for sites where proposed habitat improvements will occur as part of the application process for NFHP funding. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An approved State ANS Management Plan is needed for the State ANS Management Plan Grant program. See www.Grants.gov for additional information and application procedures. To apply for NFHP funds, applicants must contact the appropriate Fish Habitat Partnership or visit www.Grants.gov for application procedures and requirements.
Award Procedure
After considering program commitments and obligations, grant or cooperative agreement recipients will generally be informed by electronic correspondence via email.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Awards are approved annually. Unfunded projects that are ranked highly by the Regional Directors of the 8 USFWS Regions are maintained in a FWS database until the project is funded or no longer viable.
Appeals
None.
Renewals
None.
How are proposals selected?
See 710FW1 Fish Passage Policy http://www.fws.gov/policy/710FW1.html.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to conduct fish and wildlife management activities that align with the conservation, restoration, and management goals and priorities of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices. This includes goals and priorities identified by the National Fish Passage Program (NFPP) and individual partnerships under the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP). Restoration work can consist of habitat construction activities such as culvert replacements, damn removals, fishway construction, installation of fish habitat structures and vegetation plantings. Examples of funded activities include habitat restoration (stream improvements or deconstruction of barriers to increase quality of aquatic habitats), monitoring and assessment, removal of barriers to passage, fish propagation, and aquatic plant establishment. This also includes efforts to minimize the establishment, spread, and impact of aquatic invasive species, including those efforts conducted under the auspices of the State/Interstate Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Management Plan Grant Program. Technical assistance –in the form of advice on biological, chemical, and/or physical aspects of a project –is also available to awardees. Awardees are expected to include a public outreach component in their project. Applicants applying for State/Interstate ANS Management Plan funds must be a State or Interstate organization with an ANS Task Force approved plan.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
See award notice for reporting requirements and procedures. Cash reports are not required; however, cash reports maybe required for some awardees. Refer to the award notice for cash reporting requirements and procedures. 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 detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in 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 detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the 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
Grants awarded to state and local governments will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Records for grants awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations”.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. The State ANS Management Plan Grant Program requires a 25% match by the States. The National Fish Passage Program and National Fish Habitat Partnership do not have matching requirements, however; partner contributions of at least 50% of project costs are encouraged. The extent of partner contributions may be a factor in selection of projects to be funded.
This program does not have MOE requirements. None.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Annual awards. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, 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 Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Headquarters Office
Julie Jackson Fish and Aquatic Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: FAC, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: Julie_jackson@fws.gov Phone: (703) 358-1792
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/fisheries/
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1611-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $12,700,000; FY 15 est $12,700,000; and FY 16 est $13,700,000 - National Fish Passage Program

FY15 and FY16 figures based on previous years’ funding levels. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $3,500,000; FY 15 est $3,500,000; and FY 16 est $3,500,000 - National Fish Habitat Partnership

FY15 and FY16 figures based on previous years’ funding levels. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $1,000,000; FY 15 est $1,000,000; and FY 16 est $1,000,000 - State/Interstate ANS Management Plan Grants

FY15 and FY16 figures based on previous years’ funding levels.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $1,000 to $750,000; Average $75,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See Fish Passage Policy 710 FW 1 (http://www.fws.gov/policy/710FW1.html) and the National Fish Habitat Action Plan Policy (http://www.fws.gov/policy/717fw1.html). Annual reports, special reports, and Fish and Wildlife Management Plans are also available at www.fws.gov/fisheries.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Increased native fish population numbers and expanded range are priority activities for delisting threatened and endangered species and preventing additional species listing. Habitat degradation and fragmentation have been identified as the leading cause for native fish population decline and range contraction. Impassable road crossing restricts native fish passage and excludes them from habitats upstream of the crossing. This project worked with the Dickinson County, KS, Public Works Department and successfully restored fish passage at 649 Paint Road where it intersects the Lyons Creek tributary, Dickinson County, KS. Evidence of fish passage objectives included spanning the creek with a structure that exceeded bankfull widths. Constructing channel spanning structures that exceed bankfull width were documented to facilitate fish passage. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that support the native aquatic species restoration and preservation through habitat restoration, science, and monitoring, and projects that reduce threats to their survival. Fiscal Year 2016: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that support the native aquatic species restoration and preservation through habitat restoration, science, and monitoring, and projects that reduce threats to their survival.

 


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