State Wildlife Grants
This program funds the development and implementation of projects for the benefit of fish and wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. Priority is placed on projects that benefit species of greatest conservation concern.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
The discretionary (competitive) subprogram anticipates receiving 25 applications and issuing 12 to 18 awards. The number of applications for mandatory grants varies annually based on State priorities and capacity. SWG Program funds are positively impacting many Endangered Species Act listing decisions. The Program has likely helped to curtail growth of State and Federal expenditures on federally listed species since the Program was first created in 2001. The SWG Program was a key funding source for the conservation and recovery of more than 50 percent of threatened and endangered species that were de-listed by the Service for conservation-related reasons through 2015. The SWG Program has also helped States contribute to Service removal or withdrawal of a significant portion of Candidate species listings—those species found by the Service to be warranted for listing but not yet listed. The Service awarded 309 grants under the Formula (mandatory) subprogram in 2017. The number of applications for Formula grants varies annually based on State priorities and capacity. The discretionary (competitive) subprogram received 20 applications and issued 16 awards in 2017.Fiscal Year 2018
In FY18 the Competitive SWG Program received 19 applications and issued 16 awards.Fiscal Year 2019
In FY19 the Competitive SWG Program is expected to receive 20 applications and issue 17 awards.Fiscal Year 2020
In FY20 the Competitive SWG Program is expected to receive 21 applications and issue 18 awards.
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-123, Consolidated Appropriations Act FY 2017 P.L. 114-113, and prior appropriations acts; 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?
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 for formula or competitive project grants to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service if they maintain a current, Service-approved Comprehensive Wildlife State Wildlife Action Plan. The four regional Associations of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA, SEAFWA, MAFWA, and WAFWA) are eligible for competitive project grants at the discretion of recipient State fish and wildlife agencies.
General Public (While direct participation is limited to fish and wildlife agencies, the public will ultimately benefit from these wildlife conservation measures.)
The State, District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territory must have a Service- approved State Wildlife Action Plan) on file to receive grant funds. The Action Plan must consider the broad range of the State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territory agencies' wildlife and associated habitats, with appropriate priority placed on those species of greatest conservation need.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
SWG-Formula: The Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or his or her designee approves or disapproves proposed projects. Regional offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee. SWG-Competitive: The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or his or her designee approves or disapproves proposed projects, based on an objective scoring and ranking procedure as outlined in the Application Instructions, available at Grants.gov.
June 28, 2019 Competitive Project Grants; August 31, 2020 Formula Grants Applicants for Formula SWG Program grants can continuously apply for funding up to the deadline of August 31, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PDT. The anticipated deadline to apply for Competitive SWG Program grants is Friday, June 28, 2019, at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
SWG-Formula: Approximately 30-60 days. SWG-Competitive: Approximately 120 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.
SWG-Formula: Grantees may renew projects on an annual basis if justifiable and if funds are available. SWG-Competitive: Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Formula Grants: Proposals submitted to the Service must address species and conservation actions identified in the State Wildlife Action Plans. Project Grants (competitive): Applications are scored and ranked based on criteria, subfactors, and priorities published annually in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The NOFO is available at Grants.gov.
How may assistance be used?
Approved activities include those which develop and implement programs or projects for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished. In order to receive program funds, a State fish and wildlife agency must have an approved State Wildlife Action Plan. Approved activities may focus on Action Plan update and revision and/or implementation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. Final performance reports and final SF-425, Federal Financial Reports are 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.
Cost records must be maintained separately for each grant. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for three years after submission of the final Financial Report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Consolidated Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2017 Public Law 115-31
Matching is mandatory. Formula Grants: Formula planning grants require 25% matching; Federal share not to exceed 75% of total costs. Formula implementation grants require 35% matching; Federal share not to exceed 65% of total costs. Competitive Project Grants require 25% matching; Federal share not to exceed 75% of total costs.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
SWG Program funds are available for obligation for two years ending September 30 of the Federal fiscal year after they were apportioned. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, 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
Region 1: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Migratory Birds & State Programs WSFRP 911 NE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97232-4181 Contact Person: Karla Drewsen 503-231-2389 firstname.lastname@example.org Region 2: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 500 Gold Avenue, SW Albuquerque, NM 87103 Contact Person: Buddy Fazio 505-248-7461 Buddy_Fazio@fws.gov Region 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990 Bloomington, MN 55437-1458 Contact Person: Jessica Piispanen 612-713-5142 email@example.com Region 4: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 240 Atlanta, GA 30345 Contact Person: Diana Swan 404-679-7058 firstname.lastname@example.org Region 5: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035 Contact Person: Dee Blanton 413-253-8513 email@example.com Region 6: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center Denver, Colorado 80225 Contact Person: Amanda Horvath 303-236-4414 firstname.lastname@example.org Region 7: Alaska U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 261 Anchorage, AK 99503 Contact Person: Kyle James 907-786-3696 email@example.com Region 8: California and Nevada U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 2800 Cottage Way, W-1729
Chief, Policy and Programs,
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program - Division of Policy and Programs
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$53,000,000.00; FY 19 est $54,000,000.00; FY 20 est $55,000,000.00; FY 17$51,000,000.00; - (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$6,300,000.00; FY 19 est $6,300,000.00; FY 20 est $6,300,000.00; FY 17$5,487,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $30,000 to $3,000,000; Average $500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Consolidated Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law No. 115-31), 2 CFR 200
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Lesser Prairie Chicken Translocation in Colorado and Kansas: Since the mid-1990s, conservation concern for the lesser prairie-chicken has been elevated to consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act, and in November 2016, the Service initiated a 12-Month Status Review of the species. The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife will partner with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Kansas State University, and the United States Forest Service to help secure the long-term persistence, resiliency, and distribution of lesser prairie-chicken populations in the Sand Sagebrush Ecoregion, using SWG Program funding. Project goals include restoration of core populations and assessment of the feasibility of translocating the species to help restore population abundance and habitat occupancy. Reducing Impacts of Wind Turbines: Bats provide ecosystem services to the American people by helping to control disease vectors such as mosquitoes. A largely unanticipated impact of utility-scale wind energy development has been widespread mortality of tree-roosting bats, yet the geographic and demographic impact of this mortality is poorly understood because of a lack of tools for assessing movement and population size in these difficult-to-study species. Partnering States using SWG Program funding will collect data from bat tissue to obtain information on the scale and demographic impact of these mortalities. This information can be used by State and Federal agencies to assess and mitigate the impact of wind energy facilities on tree-roosting bats. Maintaining State Management Authority: Using SWG Program funding, partnering fish and wildlife agencies in Washington, Oregon, and California will help improve the population status of western pond turtles, a species currently under review by the Service for potential listing under the ESA. Working across State borders, the agencies will produce a comprehensive, range-wide population assessment using new genomic and field data. The results will provide critical information for identifying priority areas for conservation at the range-wide and local levels. Active habitat restoration will be conducted at five sites supporting key life functions of the turtle. These activities will provide vital information for the Service’s status review and help reduce the need for Federal listing of the species, thus helping maintain State authority for its management.Fiscal Year 2018
The State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Program provides Federal grant funds to State, Commonwealth, and Territory fish and wildlife agencies for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. Examples include: monitoring and habitat restoration in Oklahoma to benefit the Rattlesnake Master Borer Moth, a candidate for Federal listing; oak savannah management in Wisconsin and Minnesota for Kirtland’s Warbler, a species proposed for de-listing by the Service; and raising and releasing rare and declining mussels in the river systems of Massachusetts.Fiscal Year 2019
The Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The Program anticipates funding projects to support State, Commonwealth and Territory fish and wildlife agencies develop programs to benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished.Fiscal Year 2020
The Program has not yet selected projects for funding. The Program anticipates funding projects to support State, Commonwealth and Territory fish and wildlife agencies develop programs to benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished.