Multistate Conservation Grant Program

 

This program provides funding for sport fish and wildlife restoration projects identified by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.628
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 received about 30 applications which were invited by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) to submit applications from about 45 Letters of Intent submitted and issued 15 awards. Program accomplishments vary and are based upon National Conservation Needs (NCNs) identified annually by AFWA’s National Grants Committee. All proposals must address at least one of the annually selected NCNs. Fiscal Year 2015: FY15: The program received about 30 applications (which were invited by AFWA to submit applications from 50 Letters of Intent submitted) and issued 17 awards. Program accomplishments vary and are based upon National Conservation Needs (NCNs) identified annually by AFWA’s National Grants Committee. All proposals must address at least one of the annually selected NCNs. Fiscal Year 2016: FY16: The Program has not yet selected Letters of Intent or invited prospective grantees to submit full grant proposals at this time.
Authorization
The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000, Public Law 106-408, as amended; the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act, 64 Stat. 430 as amended, 16 U.S.C. 777m and the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, 50 Stat. 917 as amended, 16 U.S.C. 669h-2.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, a group of States, non-governmental organizations and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [only for the purpose of conducting the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation at the discretion of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). Applicants must be selected by AFWA from a submitted Letter of Intent in order to qualify to submit full grant proposals. Grant proposals submitted to AFWA that are selected for funding consideration are included on a “Priority List”. The Priority List is forwarded to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) for award consideration. WSFR can only award grantees who appear on AFWA’s Priority List.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Projects must benefit at least 26 States, a majority of States in a Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or a Regional association of State fish and game departments.
Credentials/Documentation
None. 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
This program is co-managed with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). AFWA receives all applications in its two step application process. To apply, the first step is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to AFWA. AFWA may invite applicants that submit a LOI to submit a full grant proposal for review. If selected by AFWA as a priority project, your project will be recommended for funding on the priority list. The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service selects the awards from the priority list. 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. Applicants will use standard Federal application and assurances forms approved by OMB, as well as proposal formatting requirements established by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) in their request for Multi-State Conservation Grant project proposals. Applicants 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. General grant regulations are found in 2 CFR 200. For links to this and other Service regulations, go to the WSFR Toolkit.

Award Procedure
The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will select projects for funding from a priority list developed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) based on established criteria.
Deadlines
Oct 01, 2014 The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) post a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in March/April of the year preceding the award year on grants.gov. The NOFO is also posted on AFWA’s website, http://www.fishwildlife.org. Letters of Intent (LOI) are due to AFWA by early May of each year before the award year. If a LOI is chosen, applicants will be instructed to submit a full proposal, which is due to AFWA in mid-July of every year, the year before the award year. AFWA reviews the applications and submits its priority list of project proposals recommended for funding to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Assistant Director, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program by October 1 of each year, which is the start of the fiscal year of the award year. The list of WSFR approved priority projects submitted by AFWA is published in the Federal Register in the spring of each calendar year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 6 to 9 months from the deadline established by AFWA for submitting proposals.
Appeals
Any differences of opinion over the eligibility of proposed activities or differences arising over the conduct of work may be appealed to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Projects will be reviewed and evaluated for scope, significance, feasibility, and cost effectiveness. In addition, projects must address one or more focus areas as described in the National Conservation Needs established annually by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).
How may assistance be used?
Project types that are generally selected for funding are those considered of national importance according to state fish and wildlife agencies. Funding activities focus on: education, training, data analysis, values and use of sport fish and wildlife restoration programs; new technologies, hunting and fishing participant recruitment/retention; and evaluation in restoration, recreation, enhancement, or protection of sport fish and wildlife and their habitats. For further information, please contact the Washington D.C. Office. 100% of funds are for discretionary activities and awarded on a competitive basis.
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, as described in 2 CFR 200.333.
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 may be approved for up to three years with funding dependent on annual competition. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. 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. This program is administered from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters Office, so please contact them for more information.
Headquarters Office
Director, Policy and Programs, U.S. Fish and 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
14-8151-0-7-303; 14-5029-0-2-303.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $6,000,000; FY 15 est $6,000,000; and FY 16 est $6,000,000 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary) FY14 $6,000,000; FY15 $6,000,000; FY16 est $6,000,000
FY16 funding is estimated based on previous year funding level.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $25,000 to $500,000; Average $140,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
43 CFR 12; 50 CFR 80; Sections 521, 522, and 523 of the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: The funds are utilized primarily by state fish and wildlife agencies to fund conservation in the United States. The amount of funds received by a state fish and wildlife agency is dependent, in part, on the number of hunting and fishing licenses sold by a state. The Multistate Conservation Grant Program is a competitive grant program and funded annually with $6M via the WSFR Program.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) continued its work with the project, “National Fish Habitat Action Plan Implementation and Promoting Strategic Fish Habitat Conservation through Regionally-coordinated Science and Collaboration.” This project broadened community support for fish habitat conservation by raising public awareness of the role healthy fish habitats play in the quality of life and economic well-being of local communities; and communicated the conservation outcomes produced collectively by Fishery Habitat Partnerships.

The American Sport Fish Association completed a project, “Increase Participation and State Revenues through State-Industry Cooperative Research into Churn Rates and First Time License Buyers.” This project collected data to improve current science-based knowledge of angler dropout and license churn rates and to identify the primary factors that encouraged first-time anglers to try the sport.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) continued its project, “Increase Hunting License Buyers and Excise Tax Receipts through State-Industry Cooperative Recruitment and Retention Research and Testing.” The project reviewed 10 years of license data in 16+ States to assess renewal and churn rates to learn more about active and lapsing hunters; to identify the factors that have influenced first-time license buyers; to apply results to the ongoing NSSF-state outreach efforts; and to scientifically evaluate program effectiveness and to identify improvements. Fiscal Year 2015: The Wildlife Management Institute will begin a project to develop and implement a National Hunting and Shooting Sports Action Plan. This plan will incorporate a suite of solution guides designed to align needed programs, efforts, and funding with specific threats documented by research and experience to be negatively impacting the population of hunters and shooters in the United States.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) will start a project to look into improving the conservation of fish and wildlife populations and habitats during energy exploration. There is a need to advance the state fish and wildlife agencies’ leadership role and responsibilities, particularly with respect to coordination with federal agencies, in policy discussions relating to minimizing the impacts of energy development on fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.

The American Sportfishing Association will begin a project, “Boosting Fishing Participation by Boat Owners.” The objectives are to determine how the boating and sportfishing communities can increase efforts to help recruit and retain anglers and to maximize days of participation and boost license sales. This will be accomplished by mining existing license and boat registration data for correlations between boat ownership and angling, including avidity, churn rates, barriers to participation and other issues identified by states and industry. Fiscal Year 2016: The Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The Program anticipates funding projects that address species or habitat research activities, hunting and fishing recruitment and retention information collection, aquatic or hunter education activities, conservation planning, outreach and coordination.

 


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