Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment Programs

 

To provide experiential, education, and employment program opportunities for youth of all ages (pre-K through early adult life, including students, associates, fellows, interns, members, and volunteers) to participate in conservation activities conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or in collaboration with other Department of the Interior bureaus, e.g., Bureau of Lands Management, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey; other federal agencies, i.e., Agriculture, Commerce, Corporation for National and Community Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Labor; and non-Federal entities. The intent of these education, career and leadership development programs is to engage, educate, and employ youth participants to fields of natural resources conservation. A goal of these programs is to promote intra-agency and external partnership that support or enhance youth conservation initiatives and potential career and employment opportunities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.676
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The Program received 147 applications and issued 147 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: Program anticipates receiving 200 applications and issuing 175 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: The Program anticipates receiving 250 applications and issuing 225 awards supporting youth engagement, education, and potential employment in natural resources careers.
Authorization
Powers and Duties of the Secretary of the Interior (16 U.S.C. 460 Sec. 460l (lower case “L”)-1(d) and (f); Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended by the Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978 ( 16 U.S.C. 742a-754j-2, as amended; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S.C. 661); National Fish Hatchery System Volunteer Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-360); National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997; National Wildlife Refuge System Volunteer and Community Partnership Enhancement Act of 1998 ( 16 U.S.C. 742j); Public Lands Corps Act of 1993, as amended 2005 (16 U.S.C. 1721-1726, P.L. 109-154); Youth Conservation Corps Act of 1972 (P.L. 93-408).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants may be state agencies, local governments, Tribal organizations, interstate, Intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit/organization, or any other organization subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with interests that support the mission of the Service.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Applicants may be state agencies, local governments, Tribal organizations, interstate, Intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit/organization, or any other organization subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with interests that support the mission of the Service.
Credentials/Documentation
NONE. 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
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not 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. Submit an Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), Budget Narrative, and other standard forms as specified in the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
The program posting a funding opportunity to www.grants.gov, as appropriate, adheres to the award review, selection and award procedures described in its authorizing legislation.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to the Application Guidelines attached to the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov.
Appeals
NONE.
Renewals
None. Recipients may request funding for a subsequent year/cycle of a currently funded project. However, these requests are subject to the same submission, review, and approval requirements as all new applications. This program will fund any approved renewal application as new award, not as an amendment to an existing award. Recipients may request approval for budget and project plan revisions of funded projects, including period of performance and reporting due date extensions, in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for selection vary and are dependent upon authorizing legislation and/or program-specific guidelines posted with the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, on www.grants.gov.
How may assistance be used?
Recipients will use the assistance in rural and urban settings to fulfill the need for exposure of youth of all ages to nature and conservation; stewardship of our lands, waters and wildlife; as well as to enhance and sustain cultural heritage. The intent of these education, career and leadership development programs is to engage, educate, and employ youth participants in the various fields of natural resources conservation – fisheries management, habitat restoration, invasive species, pollinators, marine biology, migratory birds, strategic planning and lands management – consistent with the Service’s mission. These activities and projects are conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service often in collaboration with other Department of the Interior bureaus, e.g., Bureau of Lands Management, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey; other federal agencies, i.e., Agriculture, Commerce, Corporation for National and Community Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Labor; and non-Federal entities. Refer to Program Guidelines attached to the Application Package of the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov. Yes. 100%.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. 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 interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. 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 interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. 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 43 CFR Part 12.
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
Recipients that are states and local governments will maintain records in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C (section 12.82). All other recipients will maintain records in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F (section 12.953). Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictation 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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. Refer to the Application Guidelines attached to the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to the Application Guidelines attached to the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request awarded funds as needed and in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation/regulation or special award terms. Program will include any special award terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Drew Burnett, Chief Division of Education Outreach, National Conservation Training Center, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MC: EA, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: drew_burnett@fws.gov Phone: (703)358-2606
Website Address
http://www.youthgo.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1611-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $4,311,496; FY 15 est $4,500,000; and FY 16 est $4,750,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY14 $4,311,496; FY15 $4,500,000 and FY16 est $4,750,000. FY15 and FY16 figures based on anticipated shift from generic to program-specific funding.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$750.00 - $200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
43 CFR Part 12.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: 1) Conservation Legacy - $14,400 - Baca NWR/San Luis Valley NWRC Invasive Control Project; 2) Student Conservation Association - $12,332 - PWLC Environmental Education Intern; 3) Outdoor Outreach - $20,000 – Web platform w/ tools and resources for organizations working w/ youth in the outdoors. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects similar to FY14 that support youth internships, development and implementation of conservation education/engagement programs and materials. Fiscal Year 2016: Program anticipates funding projects that are similar to FY14.