Partners for Fish and Wildlife

 

Deliver Department of the Interior priorities and US Fish and Wildlife Service mission by providing financial and technical assistance to private landowners and Native American Tribes interested in voluntarily working with USFWS to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Provide technical assistance to State and Federal conservation agencies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.631
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 The Program expects to complete at a minimum 900 project accomplishments. The Program completed 2,511 projects that enhanced and restored over 200,000 acres of habitat, 298 river miles, and 78 fish passage structures.
Fiscal Year 2018 Hundreds of agreement/awards, approximately 2,500 total accomplishments, 30,732 wetland acres, 290,531 upland acres, and 254 stream miles nationwide
Fiscal Year 2019 Projected delivery of 23,571 wetland acres, 141,658 upland acres, and 416 stream miles nationwide.
Fiscal Year 2020 Projected delivery of 34,497 wetland acres, 211,073 grasslands, and 620 stream miles nationwide.
Authorization
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §§3771-3774; Fish and Wildlife Act; 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Private landowners, tribal governments, local and state governments, educational, for-profit, 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, for-profit, 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
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 partnerships, be-cost effective, and where applicable involve on-the-ground habitat restoration. Specific criteria for reviewing and ranking projects were established in the national Partners policy, at https://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. Please review the annual Notice of Availability of Federal Assistance for additional selection criteria referenced in http://www.grants.gov.
How may assistance be used?
The PFW program uses congressionally appropriated funding in accordance with the Partner for Fish and Wildlife Act of 2006, 16 U.S.C. 3771-3774.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. A final performance report is due within 90 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Records must be maintained in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available on a continuous basis based on funding, funds typically must be spent 1 year from time of obligation. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Visit http://www.fws.gov/partners for contact information.
Headquarters Office
Matt Filsinger
Branch of Habitat Restoration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior,
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 US
matthew_filsinger@fws.gov
Phone: (703) 358-2011
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/partners
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1611-0-1-302
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$52,000,000.00; FY 19 est $52,000,000.00; FY 20 est $52,000,000.00; FY 17$52,000,000.00; - Individual Landowner Agreements: Assistance is provided through direct payment to landowners or contractors/vendors delivering the project(s) identified in individual landowner agreements. Cooperative Agreements: In some cases Cooperative agreements are developed with a third party to pool funds and resources; sub-agreements are developed with individual landowners/program participants. USFWS is required to have substantial involvement in project delivery.
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 2017 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. Montana: Blackfoot River MT-BF-17-23 Providing angling opportunities This project provides improved instream and riparian habitat conditions that will benefit local fisheries population as well as downstream populations in the Blackfoot river drainage. Specifically, the priority species to benefit are the sensitive westslope cutthroat trout. Trying to keep species off the Endangered Species List is a goal for the program. The project will also benefit other aquatic invertebrates, amphibian and native riparian plant communities. The project improved recreational opportunities for anglers and miles of habitat Utah: UT-2017-006 Restoring Trust and Being a Good Neighbor The purpose of this project is to allow the landowner to manage grazing on riparian and upland areas. The private property is within an area that is primarily Federally owned. A plan has been developed to consolidate grazing allotments and rotate through the area and the landowner would like to be able to have better grazing control on the private property. To continue managing the grazing on the privately owned property the boundary fence was repaired to insure the landowner can maintain grazing control on sagebrush acres and riparian areas of a stream. Oklahoma: 1014365-MH_Wetland Providing hunting opportunities The property can be described as an upland savanna habitat with adjacent riparian habitat. The area is vegetated with introduced grasses and native grasses scattered across the upland habitat with a variety of hardwoods tree species in the riparian habitat. Habitat treatments include restoring a 3 acre wetland, enhance 14 acres of riparian habitat to benefit federal trust resource species and migratory birds by constructing a fence to protect the area from livestock grazing. Water levels will be allowed to fill in the winter months for waterfowl use and recreational opportunities.
Fiscal Year 2018 Program entered into hundreds of landowner/cooperative agreements to restore wetland, grassland, and aquatic habitats providing wildlife, recreational, ecosystem and environmental benefits to the American people.
Fiscal Year 2019 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects which voluntarily restore habitat for wildlife and provide recreational, ecosystem and environmental benefits to the American people.
Fiscal Year 2020 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects which voluntarily restore habitat for wildlife and provide recreational, ecosystem and environmental benefits to the American people.

 


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