Sport Fish Restoration Program


Sport Fish Restoration funds support activities designed to restore, conserve, manage, or enhance sport fish populations; the public use and benefits from these resources; and activities that provide boat access to public waters. Sport fisheries research and management activities; boating access development and maintenance; aquatic resource education activities; lake construction and maintenance; land acquisition; technical assistance; planning; habitat enhancement; administration; coordination; and hatchery construction are eligible under the Act.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program received and awarded approximately 600 grant applications and awards nationwide. The project activities funded include: research, operation and maintenance of fish hatcheries, sport fish habitat restoration, land acquisition for sport fish habitat or public access for sport fishing, technical guidance, coordination, recreational boating access, aquatic education, and outreach. Fiscal Year 2015: The program expects approximately 600 grant proposals to be awarded nationwide. The project activities funded include those supported in FY14. Fiscal Year 2016: The program anticipates approximately 600 grant proposals to be awarded nationwide. The project activities to be funded will include those supported in FY15.
Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950, 64 Stat. 430, as amended 16 U.S.C. 777-777n; and 50 CFR Part 80-Administrative Requirements, Pittman Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act amended July 24, 2008.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Agencies from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To be eligible, they must pass assent legislation to the provisions of the Act for the conservation of sport fish that includes a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by anglers for any purpose other than the administration of the fish and wildlife agency.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General Public (While direct participation is limited to fish and wildlife agencies, the public will ultimately benefit from these fishery conservation measures.).
Each year within 60 days of the apportionment notice, States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, and territories must notify the Secretary of the Interior that they want to participate in the program for the year. The State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife Director must furnish a certification of the number of paid angler license holders. Allowable costs are determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200. 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
The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program staff can be contacted by Region or at our Headquarters office. Contact information is located at our website, 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. 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). 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 along with the standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency. For further instructions and forms go to or Program regulations are found in 50 CFR 80.

Award Procedure
The Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or his or her designee approves or disapproves proposed grants. Regional Offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee.
Jul 01, 2015 Annually by July 1.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 30 days.
Regional Directors will consider differences of opinion concerning the eligibility of proposals. Final determination rests with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Grantees may renew projects on an annual basis if justifiable and if funds are available.
How are proposals selected?
The States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, or territorial agencies having lead responsibility for the management of their fish resources must submit the projects. If approved, projects must meet the basic criteria outlined in the regulations and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.
How may assistance be used?
Approvable activities include land acquisition; development (including boating access sites); research; operations and maintenance; sport fish population management; and program coordination. Law enforcement and public relations are not eligible under the Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
A Performance Report is required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date or end of the grant. 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 and reporting performance of each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.
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.
Cost records must be maintained separately for each grant. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission of the final Federal Financial Report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Yes. State apportionments are determined by a formula involving state land area (40%), including inland and coastal water area, and the number of paid angler license holders (60%) in relation to the numbers of national angler license holders. States are responsible for splitting their funds between marine and freshwater projects based on the same ratio of licenses sold.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Sport Fish Restoration funds are available for a period of two years. Any funds not obligated within two years by a State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife agency will revert to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and placed back into the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund for obligation to States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealths, or territories in the following year's apportionment. Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 2 CFR 200, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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. Region 1 - Pacific Region (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Pacific Islands) Paul Hayduk, 503-736-4780
Region 2 - Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) Brie Darr, 505-248-7451
Region 3 - Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin) Abbey Kucera, 612-713-5137
Region 4 - Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands) Marilyn Lawal, 404-679-7277
Region 5 - Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia) Ron Essig, 413-253-8504
Region 6 - Mountain-Prairie Region (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) Michael Cotter, 303-236-8179
Region 7 - Alaska Region (Alaska) Mary Price, 907-786-3982
Region 8 - Pacific Southeast Region (California, Nevada) Susan Boring, 916-414-6507.
Headquarters Office
Director, Policy and Program, 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
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $325,700,000; FY 15 est $340,000,000; and FY 16 est $345,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $900,000 to $14,700,000; Average $5,200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
50 CFR 80 contains the program regulations for this program. Matching and cost-sharing requirements are discussed in 50 CFR 80.85 and 2 CFR 200.306. Applicants can visit these regulations and guidelines at
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Under its award, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources worked on Health Investigations of Striped Bass and Other Fishes in Maryland Waters. The focus was to collect resident striped bass and to determine age-specific prevalence of mycobacteriosis; identify mycobacterial species and characterize bacterial flora in striped bass and to use epidemiology model(s) to examine disease dynamics (i.e. rates of change) over time using ongoing MD striped bass disease database. The total project cost was $200,812 (Federal - $150,609; Non-federal - $50,207).

The Delaware Division of Fish Wildlife carried out a project titled, “The Age and Growth of Delaware Black Drum”. This project characterized the age structure of Delaware's black drum spawning stock. Samples for aging were collected from existing Division of Fish and Wildlife, commercial and recreational fisheries sampling programs. Accurate age information necessary for future stock assessments, developing management plans, and understanding life history. Age structure characteristics provide an understanding of the lifespan of black drum needed to estimate natural mortality, an essential parameter for stock assessment. The total project cost was $13,684 (Federal - $10,263; Non-federal -$3,421).

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department completed their second year of funding the Navajo boat ramp project. The original ramp was built by the US Bureau of Reclamation in 1963. The goal of this project was to resurface approximately 30,000 square feet of the existing Navajo boat ramp, a reinforced concrete structure 1470 feet long, 80 feet wide and 6 inches thick. Total project cost was $400,000 (Federal - $300,000; Non-federal - $100,000). Fiscal Year 2015: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will use Sport Fish Restoration Program funds for its Statewide fisheries research grant. The State’s major research areas over the next 10 years include evaluating and fine tuning existing fishing regulations; the effects of these changes on the community; stocking effects on other species; new holistic approaches to fish management; new habitat improvement techniques; forecasts of impacts to sport fisheries due to future climate change; population assessment tools; Lake Superior salmonid assessments; and the long term monitoring on the effects of fish rearing and biomanipulation of wetlands.

Four Southeastern states (Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, and North Carolina) will work together on “The Southeastern Cooperative Fish Disease Project.” Many fish diseases are still poorly understood and improved methods are needed to detect, identify and treat fish pathogens. The benefits of this study will be reduced loss of fish to diseases, both in the wild and in State hatcheries.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Aquatic Resources Education project continues to fund two main programs that teach aquatic ecology, aquatic resource management, and angler education to various audiences: the Watershed Education Program (WEP) and the Let's Go Fishing (LGF) Program. Total project cost is $398,500 (Federal - $298,500; Non-federal - $99,500). Fiscal Year 2016: The Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The Program anticipates funding projects that increase sport fishing and boating opportunities through wise investment of excise tax dollars in sport fishery development, research, and management projects.


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