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Uses and Use Restrictions
Funding through cooperative agreements involve regional member organizations in fishery - independent sampling projects.
Projects are restricted to fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic and U. S. Caribbean.
Cooperators are State and territorial governments, Interstate Marine Fishery Commissions.
Eligible applicants are the Marine Fishery Conservation agencies of the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fishery Commissions.
This program benefits Federal, State and interstate marine resource conservation and management agencies; U.S. and foreign commercial and recreational fishing industries; conservation organizations; academic institutions; international and Indian Tribal treaties; private and public research groups; consumers; and the general public.
Applicants are required to satisfy all DOC/NOAA standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions for financial assistance programs application and conduct. Applicants may be required to show proof that they are mandated by their own State to monitor fishery resources and to manage or participate in the management of these resources. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Aplication and Award Process
The standard application forms as furnished by the agency.
This program is covered 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 information on the process the State requires to be followed in 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the (Name of your Office - Example Coastal Services Center). Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable.
In FY 2003, the SEAMAP program changed to multi-year grants. Funding continues to be awarded annually, however, grant recipients submit three year proposals, that are reviewed and evaluated by the pertinent NMFS Office/Region/Science Center, and are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, competency of the applicant to perform the proposed work, potential contribution of the project to national or regional goals, and appropriateness and reasonableness of proposed costs. Projects approved for funding will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division and the Department of Commerce's Office of Federal Assistance for review and approval. Subsequent years of the grant do not require proposals. All requirements for funding are worked by the Program Officer. Recipients receive notification when funding has been approved for the current fiscal year.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C 753 a.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Approval time is expected to range from 30 to 90 days, which includes processing of the award through the NMFS, NOAA, and DOC financial assistance procedures. Subsequent funding for the multi-year grant is typically awarded 30 days after the Program Officer completes all funding requirements.
Multiple year awards of up to five years may be approved. Funding for multi-year projects beyond the first year is contingent upon the availability of program funds in subsequent fiscal years, and the extent to which the recipient meets project objectives and reporting requirements.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are normally for a 12-month period but in some instances, award periods may extend beyond 12 months, or may be completed in less than 12 months. Award funds must be spent in the indicated budget period and are to be expended in accordance with DOC/NOAA finance and reporting procedures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released in advance or by reimbursement, as agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document required for each grant.
Post Assistance Requirements
Program reports are not applicable.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Reporting requirements are outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the Financial Assistance Award.
Progress reports summarize work accomplished and explain situations where expected work has not been completed.
Financial reports indicate use of funds during the financial reporting period designated.
Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
Generally, a recipient is required to retain records relating to a particular grant for three years from the date of submission of the final financial report. In cases where litigation, claim or an audit is initiated prior to expiration of the three-year period, records must be retained until the action and resolution of any issues associated with it are complete or until the end of the three-year retention period; whichever is latest.
(Project Grants) FY 16 $3,653,166; FY 17 est $3,653,166; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$71,500 - $1,372,023. Average: $337,845.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Allowable costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 225 for state, local, and Indian tribal governments; 2 CFR 230 for nonprofit organizations; 2 CFR 220 for educational institutions; and 48 CFR 31 for profit-making organizations.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Kelly Donnelly, Federal Program Officer, State/Federal Liaison Branch, National Marine Fisheries Service, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 824-5324. Fax: (727) 824-5364. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Proposals are selected based on the results of SEAMAP committee activities and on negotiations between NMFS and cooperators. The nature and scope of cooperative activities are based on the needs of the cooperating agencies. Funding is allocated by NMFS based on SEAMAP committee recommendations and on the level of activities that are planned for accomplishment. Regardless of source, proposals must undergo rigorous technical review and comply with all OMB, DOC, and NOAA grants policies and procedures.
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