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
Active
Program Number
15.634
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
FORMULA GRANTS; Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program helped State fish and wildlife agencies create, enhance, and protect 1.8 million acres of habitat, including acquisition of more than 121,500 acres of habitat, for imperiled wildlife species. The program received 24 applications for competitive project grants and issued 14 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: The competitive program anticipates receiving 30 applications and issuing 15 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: The competitive program anticipates receiving 30 applications and issuing 15 awards.
Authorization
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law No: 113-235), Public Law 112- 74.
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 if they maintain a current, Service-approved Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (also known as a State Wildlife Action Plan).
Beneficiary Eligibility
General Public (While direct participation is limited to fish and wildlife agencies, the public will ultimately benefit from these wildlife conservation measures.).
Credentials/Documentation
The State, District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territory must have a Service-approved Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (also known as a State Wildlife Action Plan) on file to receive grant funds. The 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. 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
An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territory for more information on this process when applying for assistance if the State has selected the program for review. 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. See www.grants.gov for application instructions and forms. Grant proposals must clearly indicate how the proposed objectives address the conservation needs identified within the State's, the District of Columbia's, Commonwealth’s or territory's Wildlife Action Plan.
Award Procedure
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.
Deadlines
Aug 31, 2016: Formula Grants. For Formula grants, the deadline for submission of applications for FY 15 funding is August 31, 2016. For Competitive Project grants, the deadline for submission of applications for funding is February 27, 2015.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
SWG-Formula: Approximately 30-60 days. SWG-Competitive: Approximately 120 days.
Appeals
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.
Renewals
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?
Proposals must propose to implement projects or priority conservation actions that are included in the State, District, Commonwealth, or Territory Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (also known as a State Wildlife Action Plan). For SWG-Competitive grants, the criteria are described in the Application Instructions, 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. For discretionary project grants, eligibility is restricted to partnerships of two or more State fish and wildlife agencies. Alaska and the insular jurisdictions are exempt from this requirement. Approximately 10% of funds are set aside for discretionary (competitive) project grants, but this amount varies based on Congressional appropriations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. 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 performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
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
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 Status Report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Yes. The Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2014, Public Law 113-76 requires that the Secretary of the Interior shall, after deducting administrative expenses and an annually-designated amount for Tribal grants, apportion the remaining amount in the following manner: (A) to the District of Columbia and to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, each a sum equal to not more than one-half of 1 percent thereof: and (B) to the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, each a sum equal to not more than one-fourth of one percent thereof. (2) The Secretary must apportion the remaining amount in the following manner: (A) one-third of which is based on the ratio to which the land area of such State bears to the total land area of all such States; and (B) two-thirds of which is based on the ratio to which the population of such State bears to the total population of all such States. The amounts apportioned under this paragraph must be adjusted equitably so that no State must be apportioned a sum which is less than 1 percent of the amount available for apportionment under this paragraph for any fiscal year or more than 5 percent of such amount.
Matching Requirements: SWG-Formula: Planning grants require 25% matching; federal share not to exceed 75% of total costs. Implementation grants require 35% matching; federal share not to exceed 65% of total costs. SWG-Competitive: Grants require 25% matching; federal share not to exceed 75% of total costs. The Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2009, Public Law 111-88 requires that the Secretary of the Interior shall, after deducting administrative expenses and an annually-designated amount for Tribal grants, apportion the remaining amount in the following manner: (A) to the District of Columbia and to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, each a sum equal to not more than one-half of 1 percent thereof: and (B) to the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, each a sum equal to not more than one-fourth of one percent thereof. (2) The Secretary must apportion the remaining amount in the following manner: (A) one-third of which is based on the ratio to which the land area of such State bears to the total land area of all such States; and (B) two-thirds of which is based on the ratio to which the population of such State bears to the total population of all such States. The amounts apportioned under this paragraph must be adjusted equitably so that no State must be apportioned a sum which is less than 1 percent of the amount available for apportionment under this paragraph for any fiscal year or more than 5 percent of such amount.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Apportioned funds are available for obligation by the State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territory for a period of two years. Reimbursements can be requested on a continuing basis as expenditures are verified. Balances remaining unobligated after the period of availability or unspent after the final grant closeout must return to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for reapportionment. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Apportioned and project funds are available for obligation by the State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territory for a period of two years. Balances remaining unobligated after the period of availability or unspent after the final grant closeout must return to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for reapportionment.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. States, Commonwealths, the District of Columbia, and territories by
U.S Fish and Wildlife Service RegionRegional Contact Information
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
karla_drewsen@fws.gov

Region 2: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and TexasU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
500 Gold Avenue, SW
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Contact Person: LeAnne Bonner
505-248-7459
leanne_bonner@fws.gov

Region 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and WisconsinU.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
jessica_piispanen@fws.gov

Region 4: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin IslandsU.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
diana_swan@fws.gov

Region 5: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West VirginiaU.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
dee_blanton@fws.gov

Region 6: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and WyomingU.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
amanda_horvath@fws.gov

Region 7: AlaskaU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
1011 East Tudor Road, MS 261
Anchorage, AK 99503
Contact Person: Trent Liebich
907-786-3696
trent_liebich@fws.gov
Region 8: California and Nevada
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
2800 Cottage Way, W-1729
Sacramento, CA 95825
Contact Person: Bart Prose
916-978-6152
bart_prose@fws.gov.
Headquarters Office
Director, Policy and Programs, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program – Division of Policy and Programs
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR
, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2156.
Website Address
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1694-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $47,000,000; FY 15 est $47,000,000; and FY 16 est $47,000,000 - A-Formula Grants (Mandatory): FY14 $47,000,000; FY15 $47,000,000; and FY16 est $47,000,000. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $5,400,000; FY 15 est $5,400,000; and FY 16 est $5,400,000 - B-Project Grants (Discretionary): FY14 $5,400,000; FY15 $5,400,000; and FY16 est $5,400,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $155,000 to $3,104,000; Average $1,109,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law No: 113-235), 2 CFR 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Examples of funded projects include: designing and implementing landscape-scale bat conservation programs in eastern, midwestern, and western states; developing a monitoring protocol and improving habitat for the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, a Federal Candidate species, in Michigan and Illinois; and captive propagation and release of Federally Endangered freshwater mussels and other rare species of greatest conservation need in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and West Virginia. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that create or enhance wildlife habitat, support research and monitoring, or acquire lands with high value to species of greatest conservation need. Fiscal Year 2016: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that create or enhance wildlife habitat, support research and monitoring, or acquire lands with high value to species of greatest conservation need.