Tribal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

 

The BIA Tribal GLRI Program provides financial assistance to Great Lakes tribes to protect, enhance, and restore the Great Lakes. Priority actions are to: identify, protect, conserve, manage, enhance, or restore species or habitat, as well as to build tribal capacity to manage natural resources within the Great Lakes Basin.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.066
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program received 46 applications and issued 37 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: The program received 41 applications and issued 36 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: No data available.
Authorization
Public Law 93-638, Indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act, as amended; 25 US Code §450f, Self-determination contracts; 25 CFR Part 900, Contracts under the Indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments.
Credentials/Documentation
Initial application must be accompanied by a resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe. 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
Pre-application coordination is program specific. Technical assistance is available from the program to aid applicants in fulfilling pre-application requirements. Coordinate with GLRI Biologist or the Midwest Regional Fish and Wildlife Biologist. 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Each year, a request for proposals will be announced to the Great Lakes tribes. At a minimum, the applicant will submit a project proposal with a statement of work and budget to the BIA GLRI program manager. Initial applications must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart C. Completed applications should be submitted to the BIA GLRI biologist at the Great Lakes Agency Office.
Award Procedure
Program requirements are specified in the announcement of the request for proposals. Applications are to be submitted to the BIA GLRI biologist at the Great Lakes Agency office. Contact the Great Lakes Agency office or the BIA Midwest Regional Office, as appropriate.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Financial assistance is in the form of non-recurring awards appropriated for projects on a year-by-year basis. They are not intended to provide perennial support for tribal programs.
How are proposals selected?
Program criteria are specified in the announcements for the individual program request for proposals.
How may assistance be used?
This funding opportunity under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will be used to address tribal priorities for the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem and fall into five major focus areas:
•Toxic substances and Areas of Concern, including pollution prevention and cleanup of polluted areas in the Great Lakes
•Invasive species, including efforts to institute “zero tolerance policy” towards new invasions
•Nonpoint source pollution impacts on nearshore health, including a targeted geographic focus on high priority watersheds and reducing polluted runoff from urban and agricultural sources
•Habitat and fish and wildlife species protection, restoration, and enhancement, including removing barriers to fish passage and targeted protection and restoration of native and endangered species and their habitats in the Great Lakes
•Foundations for future restoration actions, incorporating climate resiliency, education, and adaptive management to enhance accountability and provide science-based decision making to assess the overall health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and target significant remaining problems. 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative requires a semi-annual and an annual progress report. The Federal Financial Report, SF-425 is required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records
Financial records must be retained for three years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for three years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for three years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions, or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the grantee. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative places restrictions on the time permitted to spend the funds awarded. . See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The Regional Office contact person can further explain the restrictions placed on the time period in which to fully expend the funds awarded under the project.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Great Lakes Agency contact: Jessica Koski, 916 W. Lakeshore Drive, Ashland, WI 54807, tel. no. (715) 682-4527 ext. 308, email jessica.koski@bia.gov
Midwest Regional Office contact: Merben R. Cebrian, 5600 W. American Blvd, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55437, tel. no. (612) 725-4529, email merben.cebrian@bia.gov.
Headquarters Office
Merben R. Cebrian 5600 W. American Blvd, Suite 500, Bloomington, Minnesota 55437 Email: merben.cebrian@bia.gov Phone: (612) 725-4529
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-2100-0-1-999.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $3,812,829; FY 15 est $5,180,000; and FY 16 est $5,180,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Projects may range from $1,000 to $500,000, or greater. Average over two years is $162,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Protection and restoration of Great lakes aquatic and terrestrial habitats; Non-point pollution abatement; Lake Sturgeon reintroduction and behavior; Manoomin enhancement project. Fiscal Year 2015: Wetland habitat improvement and monitoring; Cisco restoration project – Phase 2; Coaster brook trout release assessment; Moose, deer, and wolf interaction study and atmospheric deposition of mercury. Fiscal Year 2016: No data available.

 


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