National Wildlife Refuge System Enhancements
To provide technical and financial assistance to identify, conserve, manage and enhance the physical and ecological infrastructure of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS); deliver public access and high-quality outdoor recreational opportunities; build a volunteer cadre, and inspire the next generation of hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts through work on and off NWRS managed lands and waters.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
Estimated 200 awards Program issued 61 awards.Fiscal Year 2018
In FY18 the program issued 28 new awards.Fiscal Year 2019
In FY19 the program anticipates issuing 20-30 new awards.Fiscal Year 2020
In FY20 the program anticipates issuing 20-30 new awards.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §§2901-2911; Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. 742 et seq.; Refuge Recreation Act, 16 U.S.C. §§460k-460k(4); National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, 16 U.S.C. §§668dd-ee; Public Lands Corps Act - Youth Conservation Corps, 16 U.S.C. §§1701-1706; Public Lands Corps Act - Public Lands Corps, 16 U.S.C. §§1721-1726; Archaeological Resources Protection Act, 16 U.S.C. §§470aa-ll; and Federal Aid for Highways-Other Highways, 23 U.S.C. §§201-204 and §206
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants may be State and local governments, private, public, nonprofit organizations, institutions and private individuals, which support the mission of the Service.
State and local governments; private and public nonprofit organizations; other private and public organizations; and private individuals who support the mission of the Service.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
All projects must be approved under the DOI Review process and selected under requirements specified under Department policy DOI-AAAP-0009.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30-60 days. Target is approximately 45 working days after receipt of proposal/application, dependent upon the complexity of the agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional office.
How are proposals selected?
To be selected for funding all projects must advance the mission and priorities of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) (see https://www.doi.gov/ourpriorities), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Applications will be scored and selected based on the following criteria: 1) Cost: demonstrated through cost presentation in Project Narrative and Budget; 2) Organizational Capacity: demonstrated ability/capacity to work cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to identify, conserve, manage and enhance the physical and ecological infrastructure of the NWRS; 3) Unique qualifications: Demonstration of unique qualifications to engage in this partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for approved activities that support the objectives of the Department of Interior (DOI) and the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS). Awards issued under this program will support NWRS efforts to more effectively engage with the visiting public, enhance visitor services, improve facilities, manage invasive species on and off NWRS managed lands, and support priority public uses such as hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, wildlife observation, and photography. Program awards should endeavor to leverage funds with local industries and community organizations to conduct on-the-ground projects that support shared conservation goals and reduce barriers to outdoor recreation.
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. The final performance report is 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.
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. No matching is required; however, matching funds are encouraged.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The release of assistance funds may vary depending upon the recipient. Regional Office staff can explain procedures for requiring either lump sum or quarterly payment methods. Typically funding will be spent within 1-3 years. 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
See Regional Agency Offices. Please visit www.fws.gov/refuges to locate the Regional and Local Office contacts.
Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS
Falls Church, VA 22041 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$4,100,000.00; FY 19 est $3,900,000.00; FY 20 est $3,900,000.00; FY 17$3,914,671.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$1,000 to $1,000,000, or greater.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
We will continue these types of partnerships and address other needs supporting wilderness stewardship and the control of invasive species with the support of youth conservation crew and other partners. Program supported partnerships that conducted a key critical inventory and habitat protection for monarchs and pollinators; supported visitor services and recreational programs on national wildlife refuges improving visitor facilities and public access with the support of youth and veterans organizations.Fiscal Year 2018
Projects funded in FY18 included support for the Urban Waters Urban Refuge Partnership, the NWR System Friends Program, invasive species inventory and monitoring at the Mid-Columbia Refuge Complex, and several trail maintenance and outreach support awards.Fiscal Year 2019
Program anticipates funding projects that support National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) efforts to more effectively engage with the visiting public, improve facilities, manage invasive species, increases access and supports priority uses of NWRS managed land.Fiscal Year 2020
Program anticipates funding projects that support National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) efforts to more effectively engage with the visiting public, improve facilities, manage invasive species, increases access and supports priority uses of NWRS managed land.