Enhanced Hunter Education and Safety Program

 

This program provides funds for the enhancement of hunter and archery education programs and the enhancement or construction of firearm shooting ranges and archery ranges.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.626
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program received approximately 30 applications nationally and issued 30 awards.
Because of a new database transition period, national accomplishments are not available at this time. Program funds are generally used annually by States to develop and implement model recruitment and retention programs; offer shooting skills and development; enhance existing shooting and archery range facilities; update safety features of firearm safety and archery ranges; enhance interstate coordination of hunter education, fire arm and archery range programs. Fiscal Year 2015: The program expects to receive approximately 40 applications and to issue about 35 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: The program anticipates receiving approximately 40 applications and issuing about 35 awards.
Authorization
Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, 50 Stat. 917 as amended; 16 U.S.C. 669h-l; and 50 CFR Part 80-Administrative Requirements, Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Acts.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Agencies from the 50 States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the Fish and Wildlife Service. To be eligible, they must pass assent legislation to the provisions of the Act for the conservation of wildlife that include a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by hunters for any other purpose than the administration of the fish and wildlife agency.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General Public (While direct participation is limited to fish and wildlife agencies, the general public will ultimately benefit from these wildlife conservation measures).
Credentials/Documentation
Each year within 60 days of the apportionment notice, States, Commonwealths, and territories must notify the Secretary of the Interior that they want to participate in the program for the year. The State, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife Director must furnish a certification of the number of paid hunter license holders. Allocable costs are determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200. 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
Agencies from the 50 States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the Fish and Wildlife Service. To be eligible, they must pass assent legislation to the provisions of the Act for the conservation of wildlife that include a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by hunters for any other purpose than the administration of the fish and wildlife agency. An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State, Commonwealth, or territory for more information on this process when applying for assistance if the State has selected the program for review. Environmental impact information is not 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. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF 424A and SF 424B – Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D – Construction). In addition, applicants will submit a grant proposal that includes a narrative statement describing the need, objectives, benefits, approach, and estimated cost for the proposed grant along with the standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency. For further instructions and forms go to http://fawiki.fws.gov/display/WTK/Toolkit+Homepage or www.grants.gov. Program regulations are found in 50 CFR 80.

Award Procedure
The Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or his or her designee approves or disapproves proposed grants. Regional Offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee.
Deadlines
Jul 01, 2014 Annually on July 1.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 30 days.
Appeals
Regional Directors will consider the differences of opinion about eligibility of proposals. Final determination rests with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Renewals
Grantees may renew projects on an annual basis if justifiable and if funds are available.
How are proposals selected?
The State, Commonwealth, or territory agency having responsibility for the management of their resources must submit the projects. The State, Commonwealth's, or territory's wildlife resources must submit the projects. The State, Commonwealth, or territorial agency selects those projects submitted for funding under the program. If approved, projects must meet the basic criteria outlined in the regulations and the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.
How may assistance be used?
This program provides funds for the enhancement of: 1. hunter education programs, hunter and sporting firearms programs, and hunter development programs; 2. interstate coordination and development of hunter education programs; 3. bow hunter and archery education, safety, and development programs; 4. construction of firearm or archery ranges; and 5. updating safety features of firearm and archery ranges. Law enforcement and public relations are not eligible under the Act. Law enforcement and public relations are not eligible under the Act.
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 annual interim reports. 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 annual interim reports. 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 2 CFR 200.
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
Cost Records must be maintained separately for each project for three years after submission of the final Federal Financial Report (SF 425) as described in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Yes. States and insular areas are apportioned funds for Hunter Education - Section 4 (c) (traditional funds) and Hunter Education - Section 10 (enhanced funds). Each state receives an annual apportionment for Section 4 (c) and Section 10 funds based their population compared to the total U. S. population with no state receiving more than 3 percent or less than 1 percent. Insular areas receive 1/6 of 1 percent.
Revenues from manufacturers' excise taxes collected on pistols, revolvers, bows, arrows, archer accessories and arms and ammunition are deposited to the Wildlife Restoration Account. 1/2 of the excise taxes collected on pistols, revolvers, bows, arrows and archer accessories are used to fund Section 4 (c). After funding Section 4 (c), $8 million is deducted from the Wildlife Restoration Account to fund Section 10.
The funds remaining in the Wildlife Restoration Account fund WSFR administration, the Multistate Conservation Grant Program and the Wildlife Restoration Program.
Section 4 (c) funds may be used for hunter education projects or wildlife restoration projects. If all Section 4 (c) funds apportioned in a fiscal year are obligated for hunter education projects, the Section 10 funds apportioned in the same fiscal year may be used for either hunter education or wildlife restoration projects. However, if all Section 4 (c) funds apportioned in the fiscal year are not obligated for hunter education projects, Section 10 funds must be used for hunter education.
Matching Requirements: Yes. Grant funds may be disbursed to States for up to 75 percent of the total cost of a project. Grant funds may be disbursed from 75 to 100 percent of the total project costs to the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Each Regional Director decides on the specific Federal share between 75 and 100 percent based on what he or she decides is fair, just, and equitable.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Any funds not obligated within one year by a State, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife agency revert to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and reapportioned to States, Commonwealths, and territories that obligated their Section 4(c) Hunter Education and Safety apportionment on eligible hunter education and safety activities. 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. Region 1, Pacific Region (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Pacific Islands) Barb Behan, 503-231-2066.
Region 2, Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) Nicole Jimenez, 505-248-7466.
Region 3, Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin) Fabian Romero, 612-713-5145.
Region 4, Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands) Wayne Waltz, 404-679-4147.
Region 5, Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia) Dee Blanton, 413-253-8513.
Region 6, Mountain-Prairie Region (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) Otto Jose, 303-236-8156.
Region 7, Alaska Region (Alaska) Cliff Schleusner, 907-786-3631.
Region 8, Pacific Southeast Region (California, Nevada) Justin Cutler, 916-414-6457.
Headquarters Office
Director, Policy and Programs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Headquarters, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Policy and Programs Division, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2156.
Website Address
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-5029-0-2-303.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $7,700,000; FY 15 est $7,992,000; and FY 16 est $7,700,000 - Formula Grants (Mandatory): FY14 $7,700,000 (after sequester); FY15 $7,992,0000 (after sequester); FY16 est $7,700,000 (after sequester).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $13,300 to $240,000; Average $145,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
50 CFR 80 contains the program regulation for this program. Matching and cost-sharing requirements are discussed in 50CFR 80.85 and 2 CFR 200.306. Applicants can visit these regulations and guidance at http://fawiki.fws.gov/display/WTK/Toolkit+Homepage.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) funded the Kentucky Archery in the Schools Program, total cost: $96,000 ($72,000 federal; $24,000 non-federal). During the grant period, 552 Kentucky schools conducted archery programs with 105,398 students participating during regular school hours. The Archery in the Schools Program trained 555 new archery instructors in 64 Basic Archery Instructor training classes, including agency staff at the 3 KDFWR conservation camps. Educational documents were added to the KDFWR website to better inform interested schools about the advantages of the program, as well as a "how to" guide providing information on implementing the program in a school.The Alabama Wildlife and Fresh Water Fisheries Division continued to fund Firearms and Archery Range Development. The total cost is $180,000 ($135,000 federal; $45,000 non-federal). New Shooting Ranges and educational facilities will be developed to ensure the public has a safe, convenient place to shoot and attend hunter education classes.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife provided funds for their
Hunter Education Program, which provided funds to law enforcement officers to participate and train students and instructors, purchases needed equipment and supplies, do outreach, develop courses, recruit volunteers and instructors, coordinate hunter education classes, and maintain the online registration system. The total cost was $1.8M ($1.4M Federal; $450,000 non-Federal). Fiscal Year 2015: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Hunters Education, Bowhunters Education, and Trappers Education programs are designed to educate Idaho hunters and trappers about safe hunting and trapping practices, game management, hunting regulations, and to be responsible, ethical sportsmen and sportswomen. The total cost is $2.5 M ($1.8M Federal; $630,000 non-Federal). This grant utilizes both Section 4 and Section 10 HE funds.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Division will partnership with public, private and homeschool organizations to implement the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP)curriculum to teach archery to students in grades four through twelve. All organizations will also work together to train teachers as certified archery instructors and instructor-trainers. Total cost $108,777 ($81,583 Federal; $27,194 non-Federal).
The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division will fund their Range Enhancement and Hunter Development Program. There is a need to introduce youth people to the shooting sports through the School system in an attempt to reverse the decline in hunting license sales. To accomplish this, students and instructors need to be trained properly in the sport of archery to guarantee they participate in the NASP in a safe and ethical manner. Annual events held at various locations statewide will be expanded and additional personnel, equipment and supplies will be provided to support these events. Total cost $310,000 ($230,000 Federal; 80,000 non-Federal). Fiscal Year 2016: The Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The Program anticipates funding Section 10 Enhanced Hunter Educational projects and activities that are eligible each year.

 


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