Partners for Fish and Wildlife

 

Provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners and Native American Tribes interested in voluntarily restoring or otherwise improving native habitats for fish and wildlife on their lands.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.631
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Enhanced 255,555 acres of upland habitat, 34,681 acres of wetland, and 529 miles of stream habitat. The Program worked with more than 1,100 landowners and partnered with more than 820 organizations. Fiscal Year 2015: The Program anticipates funding 90 new projects. Fiscal Year 2016: The Program anticipates funding 90 new projects.
Authorization
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act of 2006, 16 U.S.C. 3771-3774; Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956; 16 U.S.C. 742a-c, 742e-j; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C. 661-667(e).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Private landowners, tribal governments, local and state governments, educational and non-profit institutions and organizations are eligible for financial and technical assistance from Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Projects must be located on private lands. Private land is defined by the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act of 2006, 16 U.S.C. 3771-3774, as any land that is not owned by the Federal Government or a State. Private land includes tribal land and Hawaiian homeland.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Private landowners, tribal governments, local and state governments, educational and non-profit institutions and organizations are eligible for financial and technical assistance from Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Projects must be located on private lands. Private land is defined by the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act of 2006, 16 U.S.C. 3771-3774, as any land that is not owned by the Federal Government or a State. Private land includes tribal land and Hawaiian homeland.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. 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 not applicable. 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. The local Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator works with the applicant and makes a site visit to design a project that will benefit Federal trust resources and is acceptable for the landowner's needs. Contact the appropriate Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Office for application procedures. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF424A and SF 424B - Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D - Construction) Information is also available at http://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
After a project has been designed and the cost calculated, the local Partners Program coordinator will be able to inform the private landowner whether or not the Service will provide cost-share assistance. When the landowner has signed a cooperative agreement (a minimum of 10 years) work can begin on the project. The Service reimburses the landowner after the project is completed.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
None. Private land owners may request additional projects on their lands.
How are proposals selected?
All projects must benefit Federal trust species, involve on-the-ground habitat restoration, and be cost-effective. Specific criteria for reviewing and ranking projects were established in the national Partners policy, at http://www.fws.gov/policy/640fw1.html.The program gives high priority to proposed projects that benefit the National Wildlife Refuge System, species at risk, conserve globally or nationally imperiled habitats; and reduce habitat fragmentation. Also take a look at the annual Notice of Availability of Federal Assistance referenced in http://grants.gov.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance provided to private landowners (defined to include individuals, local governments, non-governmental organizations) and Native American Tribes. Program goal is to achieve a 50 percent cost share on projects with matching funds and in-kind contributions provided by the landowners and other partners. Projects must be located on private lands. The term “private land” is defined in the Act as any land that is not owned by the Federal Government or a State. It also includes tribal land and Hawaiian homeland. 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. 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
Accomplishments are recorded for each project in the Habitat Information Tracking System (HabITS). HabITS tracks habitat improvement accomplishments and program-specific technical assistance workloads associated with the Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. The Program goal is to obtain a 50 percent match of Federal monies by partnering with landowners, local community groups and other local and national conservation organizations.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cost-share is a one time event that occurs after project construction. 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 Regional Agency Offices. Visit http://www.fws.gov/partners for contact information.
Headquarters Office
Director, Branch of Habitat Restoration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior,
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2583 Fax: (703)358-2232
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/partners.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1611-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $22,000,000; FY 15 est $22,000,000; and FY 16 est $22,000,000 - B-PROJECT GRANTS/B-Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary): FY14 $22,000,000; FY15 $22,000,000; FY16 est $22,000,000 FY16 estimate based on prior year funding level only.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Cost-share range per project is from $200 to $25,000. The average cost per project is $5,400.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For information about Program policy and guidelines see the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Management Policy in the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual, 640 FW1 (at http://www.fws.gov/policy/640fw1.html).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Land Stewardship and Erosion Awareness provided technical and financial assistance during the project development and implementation, specifically with developing erosion control designs, locating erosion control structures, NEPA compliance, workshop logistics and the educational curriculum. This project brought together participants to find solutions to reduce land erosion on land they own or manage.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Wetland Restoration and Enhancement – This project, completed in partnership with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, restored and enhanced four separate wetland basins, totaling 17 acres. The restoration of this wetland-grassland matrix provided and improved habitat for a variety of species such as mallards, blackducks, yellowlegs, sandhill cranes and the massagua rattlesnake.
Coosa River Initiative – The Program worked with multiple partners to remove Goodwins Mill Dam and to restore the streambank downstream of the dam. Removal of the dam re-opened approximately 17 miles of main stem Big Canoe Creek to fish and aquatic species. Fiscal Year 2015: The Program has not yet selected projects to support. The Program anticipates funding projects that help protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats to benefit Federal trust species and declining species such as monarch butterflies. Fiscal Year 2016: The Program has not yet selected projects to support. The Program anticipates funding projects that help protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats that benefit Federal trust species.

 


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