Enhanced Hunter Education and Safety

This program provides funds for the enhancement of hunter and archery education programs and the enhancement or construction of firearm shooting ranges and archery ranges.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) continues to promote the National Archery in the School Program (NASP) and conducted hunter and shooting sports education and outreach to non-traditional audiences in Alabama.

As part of this project WFF conducted 20 Basic Archery Instructor workshops for 266 teachers to implement the NASP curriculum and purchased archery equipment to supplement new schools enrolling in the program.

Approximately 370 schools and 55,500 students participated in Alabama's NASP during this fiscal year.

Thirty-three hundred and forty-one students from 145 schools participated in seven regional events and 74 teams with 1,237 student archers participated in a statewide event at the Montgomery Sportsplex.

Total cost $180,000 ($135,000 Federal; $45,000 non-Federal). Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Pheasants Forever, Inc.

signed a cooperative agreement to hire a joint Iowa Outreach Coordinator.

This position is a Pheasants Forever employee but works closely with the Iowa DNR on shooting sports efforts, mentored hunts, long-term mentoring efforts, youth habitat projects, and expanding youth/family events at the local level.

Through this partnership 28 mentored hunts were held involving 539 youth, 84 shooting sports events were held involving 3410 youth, 26 field days were held involving 2038 youth, and 8 habitat projects were completed involving 1006 youth with 20 acres planted.

Cost for the project was $30,000 ($22,500 federal and $7500 state.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department held various advanced trainings designed to bridge the gap between hunter education certification and actually hunting or trapping and also to introduce new audiences to the outdoors.

Some examples were the specialized hunting technique seminars such as deer processing, bowhunting, crossbows, and bear hunting where 216 people participated.

Youth attended various advanced weeks at the Green Mountain Conservation Camps, 113 received their trapping certification, and 134 received their waterfowl certification.

Becoming an Outdoors Family event had 51 families (154 participants) attend this year.

Cost for these projects $20,000 ($15,000 Federal; $5,000 State).

Fiscal Year 2018: The Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

The Program anticipates funding Section 10 Enhanced Hunter Educational projects and activities that are eligible each year.

Fiscal Year 2019: The Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

The Program anticipates funding Section 10 Enhanced Hunter Educational projects and activities that are eligible each year.


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.

See Regional Agency Offices. Region 1, Pacific Region (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Pacific Islands) Barb Behan, 503-231-2066. Region 2, Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) Andrew Ortiz, 505-248-7459.

Region 3, Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin) Fabian Romero, 612-713-5145. Region 4, Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U. S. Virgin Islands) Diana Swan, 404-679-7058. Region 5, Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia) Richard Zane, 413-253-8506. Region 6, Mountain-Prairie Region (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) Otto Jose, 303-236-8156. Region 7, Alaska Region (Alaska) Doug McBride, 907-786-3631. Region 8, Pacific Southeast Region (California, Nevada) Justin Cutler, 916-414-6457.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Vermont Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 80,240   2020-07-012023-06-30
Natural Resources, Indiana Department Of $ 20,000   2020-07-012023-06-30
Vermont Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 19,060   2018-09-012023-06-30
Natural Resources, Colorado Department Of $ 81,000   2019-08-162022-12-31
Natural Resources, Colorado Department Of $ 85,000   2018-09-012022-12-31
Fish & Wildlife Resources, Kentucky Department Of $ 225,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
California Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 112,460   2021-07-012022-06-30
Game And Fish, North Dakota Department Of $ 80,160   2021-01-012021-12-31
Game & Fish, New Mexico Department Of $ 60,000   2021-01-012021-12-31
Natural Resources, Colorado Department Of $ 28,000   2019-06-212021-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The program received 39 applications nationally and issued 39 awards. Program funds are generally used annually by States to develop and implement model recruitment and retention programs; offer shooting skills and development; enhance existing shooting and archery range facilities; update safety features of firearm safety and archery ranges; enhance interstate coordination of hunter education, fire arm and archery range programs. Fiscal Year 2018: The program expects to receive approximately 40 applications and to issue about 40 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: The program expects to receive approximately 40 applications and to issue about 40 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program provides funds for the enhancement of: 1.

hunter education programs, hunter and sporting firearms programs, and hunter development programs; 2.

interstate coordination and development of hunter education programs; 3.

bow hunter and archery education, safety, and development programs; 4.

construction of firearm or archery ranges; and 5.

updating safety features of firearm and archery ranges.

Law enforcement and public relations are not eligible under the Act.

Law enforcement and public relations are not eligible under the Act.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Agencies from the 50 States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

To be eligible, they must pass assent legislation to the provisions of the Act for the conservation of wildlife that include a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by hunters for any other purpose than the administration of the fish and wildlife agency.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General Public (While direct participation is limited to fish and wildlife agencies, the general public will ultimately benefit from these wildlife conservation measures).

Credentials/Documentation

Each year within 60 days of the apportionment notice, States, Commonwealths, and territories must notify the Secretary of the Interior that they want to participate in the program for the year. The State, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife Director must furnish a certification of the number of paid hunter license holders. Allocable costs are determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Agencies from the 50 States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

To be eligible, they must pass assent legislation to the provisions of the Act for the conservation of wildlife that include a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by hunters for any other purpose than the administration of the fish and wildlife agency.

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State, Commonwealth, or territory for more information on this process when 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.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

The Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or his or her designee approves or disapproves proposed grants. Regional Offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee.

Deadlines

Jul 01, 2018 Jul 01, 2018 Annually on July 1. Please check with your Regional Service Office to determine any Regionally specific deadlines.

Authorization

Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, 16 U.S.C. 669 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 30 days.

Appeals

Regional Directors will consider the differences of opinion about eligibility of proposals. Final determination rests with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Renewals

Grantees may renew projects on an annual basis if justifiable and if funds are available.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Yes. States and insular areas are apportioned funds for Hunter Education - Section 4 (c) (traditional funds) and Hunter Education - Section 10 (enhanced funds). Each state receives an annual apportionment for Section 4 (c) and Section 10 funds based their population compared to the total U. S. population with no state receiving more than 3 percent or less than 1 percent. Insular areas receive 1/6 of 1 percent. Revenues from manufacturers' excise taxes collected on pistols, revolvers, bows, arrows, archer accessories and arms and ammunition are deposited to the Wildlife Restoration Account. 1/2 of the excise taxes collected on pistols, revolvers, bows, arrows and archer accessories are used to fund Section 4 (c). After funding Section 4 (c), $8 million is deducted from the Wildlife Restoration Account to fund Section 10. The funds remaining in the Wildlife Restoration Account fund WSFR administration, the Multistate Conservation Grant Program and the Wildlife Restoration Program. Section 4 (c) funds may be used for hunter education projects or wildlife restoration projects. If all Section 4 (c) funds apportioned in a fiscal year are obligated for hunter education projects, the Section 10 funds apportioned in the same fiscal year may be used for either hunter education or wildlife restoration projects. However, if all Section 4 (c) funds apportioned in the fiscal year are not obligated for hunter education projects, Section 10 funds must be used for hunter education. Matching Requirements: Yes. Grant funds may be disbursed to States for up to 75 percent of the total cost of a project. Grant funds may be disbursed from 75 to 100 percent of the total project costs to the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Each Regional Director decides on the specific Federal share between 75 and 100 percent based on what he or she decides is fair, just, and equitable. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Any funds not obligated within one year by a State, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife agency revert to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and reapportioned to States, Commonwealths, and territories that obligated their Section 4(c) Hunter Education and Safety apportionment on eligible hunter education and safety activities. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

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 annual interim reports.

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 annual interim reports.

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 2 CFR 200.

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

Cost Records must be maintained separately for each project for three years after submission of the final Federal Financial Report (SF 425) as described in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5029-0-2-303.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 17 $8,000,000; FY 18 est $8,000,000; and FY 19 est $8,000,000 - Formula Grants: FY17 $8,000,000; FY18 $8,000,000; FY19 $8,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $13,300 to $240,000; Average $145,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

50 CFR 80 contains the program regulation for this program. Matching and cost-sharing requirements are discussed in 50CFR 80.85 and 2 CFR 200.306. Applicants can visit these regulations and guidance at http://fawiki.fws.gov/display/WTK/Toolkit+Homepage.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Region 1, Pacific Region (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Pacific Islands) Barb Behan, 503-231-2066. Region 2, Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) Andrew Ortiz, 505-248-7459. Region 3, Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin) Fabian Romero, 612-713-5145. Region 4, Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands) Diana Swan, 404-679-7058. Region 5, Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia) Richard Zane, 413-253-8506. Region 6, Mountain-Prairie Region (Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) Otto Jose, 303-236-8156. Region 7, Alaska Region (Alaska) Doug McBride, 907-786-3631. Region 8, Pacific Southeast Region (California, Nevada) Justin Cutler, 916-414-6457.

Headquarters Office

Director, Policy and Programs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Headquarters, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Policy and Programs Division, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2156.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The State, Commonwealth, or territory agency having responsibility for the management of their resources must submit the projects. The State, Commonwealth's, or territory's wildlife resources must submit the projects. The State, Commonwealth, or territorial agency selects those projects submitted for funding under the program. If approved, projects must meet the basic criteria outlined in the regulations and the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.



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