Youth Conservation Opportunities on Public Lands

To utilize qualified youth or conservation corps to carry out appropriate conservation projects on public lands, cooperatively with the BLM on cultural and natural resource related conservation projects such as trail development and maintenance, historic, cultural, forest and timber management, minor
construction work, archaeological conservation, and native plant habitat restoration and rehabilitation.

Promote and stimulate public purposes such as education, job training, development of responsible citizenship, productive community involvement, and further the understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources through the involvement of youth and young adults in the care and enhancement of public resources.

Continue the longstanding efforts of the BLM to provide opportunities for public service, youth employment, minority youth development and training, and participation of young adults in accomplishing conservation-related work.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: AK, AZ, CA, CO, MT, ID, NV, NM, UT, WY, OR/WA and other surrounds states provided projects in trail maintenance, wilderness, OHV recreation, recreation resource management project, youth employment and education -natural resource, cultural resource management, environmental resource management, rangeland management, and hand on the lands - youth engagement.

Fiscal Year 2017: Projects include trail construction and maintenance; habitat improvements such as invasive species removal, fence removal, fence installation, riparian planting; inventory and monitoring of wilderness areas; and support of education and interpretive programming.

Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Northwest Youth Corps $ 48,020   2019-10-012022-09-30
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$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Through partnerships with more than 100 youth and conservation corps and other youth-serving organizations, the BLM provided work and training opportunities for more than 2,100 youth in 2016. Youth were involved in conservation projects such as trail building and maintenance, habitat restoration and invasive species removal, water quality monitoring, and maintenance and restoration of cultural resources. Fiscal Year 2017: The BLM anticipates issuing cooperative agreements to provide similar conservation work and training opportunities for at least 2,500 youth. Fiscal Year 2018: Data is unknown at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

All projects are restricted to lands administered by the BLM.

Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any qualified youth or conservation corps that supports youth career training and development in the areas of appropriate natural and cultural resource conservation projects.

A qualified service and conservation corps means any program established by a State, or local government, by the governing body of any Indian tribe, or by a nonprofit organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Youth and local communities that benefit from conservation improvements and involvement in youth programs activities on Bureau of Land Management public lands and facilities.

Credentials/Documentation

Not applicable. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR, Part 200, Subpart C?Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, and Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov, including: a title, objectives, timeframe, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement posted on www.grants.gov State plan is not required for this application.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Public Lands Corps Act of 1993, as amended 2005 (16 U.S.C. 1721-1730) and Youth Conservation Corps Act of 1970 (16 U.S.C. 1701-1706).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.

Appeals

Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: The Public Land Corps Act requires a recipient match of 25%. The Public Lands Corps Act stipulates that the BLM must share the costs of work performed by youth or conservation corps with non-federal sources. Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 1729, the Secretary of the Interior may not pay more than 75% of the costs of any appropriate conservation project carried out on public lands by a qualified youth or conservation corps. The remaining 25% of costs may be provided from non-federal sources in the form of funds, donations, in-kind services, facilities, materials, equipment, or any combination thereof. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Most projects are awarded for one to five year periods and funded on a year-by-year basis. Funds are expended during the year awarded although carry-over monies can be distributed to additional. No commitment is made to fund projects beyond one year and there is no set, historical allocation to each State. New and continuing projects will be re-evaluated every year based on performance, merit, and funding availability. Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at the time of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Unless otherwise stated in the notice of award, recipients shall submit at the minimum the following reports on an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

The notice of award will detail all financial, performance, and other specific report requirements, including frequency and due dates.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) Youth Goal Reporting may be requested periodically by official Program Officer assigned to individual project.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

As stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual or annual SF-425, Federal Financial Reports.

Performance monitoring required.

Youth Goal Reporting will be required quarterly by recipient to submit to the official Program Officer assigned to individual project.

Audits

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

All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1109-0-1-302; 14-1109-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 16 $100,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - (Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $100,000 was reported under this CFDA Program. However, because this CFDA was implemented in the middle of the FY other cross funded programs funded these types of projects. It?s been estimate of $1,200,000 was obligated. FY 17 Data is unknown at this time. FY18 Data is unknown at this time.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Past partnership projects have ranged from $2,500 to $250,000. Average amounts approximately $150,000 or less.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Youth Program Lead Bureau of Land Management (WO 420), Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships, 1849 C Street, NW, Room 2134LM, , Washington, District of Columbia 20240-9998 Phone: (202) 912-7454

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.grants.gov, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on www.grants.gov Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant?s ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.



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