Service Training and Technical Assistance (Generic Training)

 

To assist in the conservation of the Nation's natural resources by supporting and providing financial resources for training, meetings, workshops and conferences to promote the public's conservation awareness.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.649
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: USFWS issued 36 new awards for natural resources related education, meetings, trainings workshops, and conferences focused on enhancing public awareness. Examples include: the American Sportfishing Summit, Wetland Restoration in Iowa, Naturalist Environmental Education Conference, Fire Grant Dispatch and Training, the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, and other professional development programs that engage future naturalists and conservation enthusiasts. Fiscal Year 2015: USFWS anticipates receiving and issuing awards at a level similar to FY14 for natural resources related education, meetings, training, workshops, and conferences focused on enhancing public awareness and understanding about natural resource conservation and preservation efforts. Fiscal Year 2016: No data is available.
Authorization
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of fish and wildlife species and their habitat (16 U.S.C. 661 and 742 et seq.), Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978, as amended (16 U.S.C. 753). Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544, 87 Stat. 884).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federal, State and local government agencies; Federally-recognized Tribal governments; private nonprofit institutions/organizations; public nonprofit institutions/ organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal, State and local government agencies; Federally-recognized Tribal governments; private nonprofit institutions/organizations; public nonprofit institutions/ organizations; general public.
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
Any applicable pre-application coordination or environmental impact information requirements will be detailed in the funding opportunities posted under this program on Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. A Standard Form (SF)424 and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov or via hardcopy to the project office and include: a title, justification (including relevance to the Fish and Wildlife Service's priorities as outlined above), objectives, timeframe, and a budget breakdown. Note that the USFWS may circulate proposals to others for review. All Service financial assistance discretionary funding opportunities will be posted on www.Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Notification of an award is the issuance of a grant or cooperative agreement document by Awarding Official.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
This will vary based on the funding opportunity and will range between 3 and 6 months.
Appeals
Applicant may revise and resubmit proposal for consideration.
Renewals
Contact the headquarters or regional office.
How are proposals selected?
Programs within the Fish and Wildlife Service will review and evaluate all applications consistent with authorized Fish and Wildlife Service program purposes.
How may assistance be used?
Training and technical assistance are used to enhance public awareness and understanding of natural resource conservation and preservation. Projects may include natural resources related education, meetings, training, workshops, and conferences. Details on funding opportunity can be found on www.Grants.gov. 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Financial and performance reporting frequency and other requirements will be detailed in the award terms and conditions. Interim reports will not be requested more frequently than quarterly, and no less frequently than annually. Interim reports are due 30 calendar days after the expiration of the quarter/midterm/year anniversary, as appropriate. Final reports are required within 90 calendar days from the end date of the award. Submission of payment requests using the SF-270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement (Non-Construction) or SF-271, Outlay Report and Request for Reimbursement (Construction) satisfies interim financial reporting requirements. A final SF-425, Federal Financial Report is required 90 days from the end date of the award. This form can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_forms/. For additional information regarding financial reporting requirements and sanctions for noncompliance please see http://www.doi.gov/pam/financialassistance/postaward/docs/Policy_regarding_Fin_Status_Reporting_Req.pdf. A final performance report is required within 90 calendar days from the end date of the award. Performance reports must contain a comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals and objectives of the award as detailed in the approved scope of work, a description of reasons why established goals were not met, if appropriate, and any other pertinent information relevant to the project results.
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
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations.".
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Statutory formulas and/or matching requirements may be applicable to activities funded under this CFDA. Any formulas or matching requirements will be specified in the funding opportunities posted under this program on Grants.gov.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Varies by activity being funded, but typically funds are awarded for projects with a one year period of performance. 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. Contact Information related to each funding opportunity under this program will be stated in the funding opportunities posted on Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov).
Headquarters Office
Branch of Financial Assistance Policy & Oversight Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS-WSFR, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2701.
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1611-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $902,251; FY 15 est $900,000; and FY 16 est $900,000 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY14 $902,251; FY15 est $900,000; FY16 est $900,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range and average varies by program activity.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Acceptance of a Federal Financial Assistance award from the Department of the Interior (DOI) carries with it the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the terms and conditions of award per http://www.doi.gov/pam/TermsandConditions.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: USFWS provided projects focused on natural resources education, meetings, trainings workshops, and conferences to enhance public awareness. Examples include: the American Sportfishing Summit, Wetland Restoration in Iowa, and Naturalist Environmental Education Conference, Fire Grant Dispatch and Training, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and professional development programs that engage future naturalists and conservation enthusiasts. Fiscal Year 2015: USFWS anticipates funding projects similar to those in FY14 that focus on natural resources education, professional development, meetings, training workshops, and conferences designed to enhance public awareness and to expand understanding of natural resources conservation and preservation challenges and efforts. Fiscal Year 2016: No data is available.

 



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