National Outreach and Communication Program

 

To improve communications with anglers, boaters, and the general public regarding angling and boating opportunities, to reduce barriers to participation in these activities, to advance adoption of sound fishing and boating practices, to promote conservation and the responsible use of the nation's aquatic resources, and to further safety in fishing and boating.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.653
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program began a pilot project to increase angling and boating participation targeting Hispanics in Florida and Texas. In addition, more than 40 state fish and wildlife agencies participated in an on-going angler recruitment and retention program and more than 20 state boating agencies participated in an on-going boater recruitment and retention program. Fiscal Year 2015: The program will expand its efforts to reach Hispanic anglers and boaters through a comprehensive outreach effort focused on five states (Texas, Florida, California, Illinois and New York). In addition, the program will place public service announcements nationwide intended to increase the understanding of the role anglers and boaters about conserving aquatic resources. Fiscal Year 2016: The program will continue to expand its efforts to increase fishing participation among minorities and underrepresented populations. The program will continue its coordinated outreach efforts with government conservation organizations and others that are focused on increasing participation in angling and boating. The program will refine and enhance its social media platforms that inform the public about the benefits of angling and boating, as well as providing information needed to participate in these activities.
Authorization
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 1998, Public Law 105-178, 112 Stat. 107, 23 U.S.C. 101, Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998, Section 7402, Public Law 105-178, Subtitle D and subsequent reauthorizations.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Participation limited to applicant with expertise to conduct work within the scope of the “Strategic Plan for the National Outreach and Communication Program as required by the Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998,” or if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the applicant must document a clear relevance to the Strategic Plan and the ability to conduct the proposed work.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone/General Public.
Credentials/Documentation
To apply for grant funds, the applicant must provide documentation of marketing expertise in sport fishing and boating safety and submit an online application through Grants.gov. 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 required. 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. 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)
Award Procedure
Funding recommendations, based upon a process outlined in the funding announcements, will be forwarded to the Awarding Official. Applicants will be notified by Awarding Official.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Within 120 days.
Appeals
Contact the headquarters or regional office.
Renewals
Contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s national headquarters office.
How are proposals selected?
Each grant application will be reviewed for documentation required in the Program Guidelines and Application Kit.
How may assistance be used?
The recipients’ work is focused on strategies and activities identified in the “Strategic Plan for the National Outreach and Communication Program as required by the Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998”. These activities are intended to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing. For example, program funds have been used to develop a national database of fishing and boating locations that is available on the internet. If work is to be conducted outside of those identified in the original plan, the activity must show a clear relevance to the Strategic Plan.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. The recipient shall submit progress and financial reports as specified in the award. At a minimum, the recipient shall submit an SF-425, Federal Financial Report within 90 days of the one year anniversary date of the award. A final SF-425 is due within 90 days of the end of the award period of performance. At a minimum, a performance progress report summarizing accomplishments and including an explanation of any milestones not accomplished is to be submitted within 90 days of the one year anniversary date of the award. A final performance progress report is due within 90 days of the end of the award period of performance; one copy of all printed products completed using awarded funds is also due within 90 days of the end of the award period of performance.
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
All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the financial report.
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
Grants and cooperative agreements will normally be awarded in, but not restricted to, 12-month budget periods. 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
None.
Headquarters Office
NOC Program, External Affairs , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: EA, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: Brian_Bohnsack@fws.gov Phone: (703) 358-2435
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/conservationpartnerships/.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-8151-0-7-303.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $10,919,819; FY 15 est $12,032,633; and FY 16 est $12,850,000 - Project Grants/B-Cooperative Agreements: FY14 $10,919,819; FY15 $12,032,633; FY16 est $12,850,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Guidelines and literature on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs is available at: http://fws.gov and http://www.fws.gov/contracts/index.html . Federal financial assistance regulations and relevant OMB circulars are located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html, http://www.doi.gov/pam/financialassistance.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: A single cooperative agreement was funded by this program. The recipient utilized funding to maintain an internet web site that features locations to fish and boat, assisting state fish and wildlife agencies with programs designed to recruit and retain fishing license holders and registered boaters, and to develop outreach programs designed to raise the awareness of fishing and boating. Fiscal Year 2015: A single cooperative agreement was funded by this program. The recipient uses program funds to maintain a national web site that features locations for fish and boat. In addition, the recipient develops and implements outreach programs with government fish and wildlife conservation agencies that seek to recruit and retain fishing license holders and registered boaters. The recipient implements innovative programs that seek to increase fishing and boating participation by minorities and other underrepresented population segments. Fiscal Year 2016: A single cooperative agreement is expected to be funded by this program. The recipient will continue existing multi-faceted efforts and programs to increase participation in recreational angling and boating.

 


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