Multistate Conservation Grant

This program provides funding for sport fish and wildlife restoration projects identified by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The American Sportfishing Association is currently working on a project titled, ?Economic Significance of Sportfishing: Jobs, Tax Revenues and other Measures Needed to Achieve Greater Support?.

The project will provide each and all 50 states with scientific, easy-to-understand information about the expenditures, jobs, tax revenue, income and other economic data needed to strengthen their abilities to increase public awareness about the importance of fish and wildlife. The Association is administering on behalf of the National Fish Habitat Board a project titled, ?Science and Conservation collaboration through the National Fish Habitat Partnership?.

The project is working to collectively advance fish habitat partnership habitat assessments through identification of mutual data needs, data acquisition and landscape-level analysis for the benefits of fish, mussels, and other aquatic animals.

In addition, the project will provide regional and system-specific fish population, habitat, and human impact data to fill regional data gaps; achieve conservation results through strategic actions and allow further critical collaboration to occur among the Fish Habitat Partnerships. The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (CAHSS) is working on a project titled, ?Implementation of the National Hunting and Shooting Sports Action Plan?.

The objective is to conduct facilitated workshops necessary to develop state-level recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) plans.

These collaborative sessions will serve to enhance cooperative efforts between nonprofits, industry and state fish and wildlife agencies that result in stronger and larger R3 partnerships at the state level.

These activities will provide information regarding the most effective ways to preserve the hunting and shooting sports traditions.

Fiscal Year 2018: Although the Program has not awarded projects for funding as of this update, we anticipate projects that will look into assisting the state fish and wildlife agencies with what angler, bowhunting and shooting sports participant recruitment, retention and reactivation efforts have been successful over the last 20 years; to continue state fish and wildlife agency participation in the coordination of Farm Bill conservation programs and to assess harvest management influences on Chronic Wasting Disease trends in the western U.S.

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

The Program anticipates funding projects that address species or habitat research activities, hunting and fishing recruitment and retention information collection, aquatic or hunter education activities, conservation planning, outreach and coordination.


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.

This program is administered from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters Office, so please contact them for more information.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
National Opinion Research Center $ 1,615,621   2020-01-012024-12-31
Western Association Of Fish And Wildlife Agencies $ 75,704   2020-01-012021-06-30
Wildlife Management Institute, Incorporated $ 149,500   2019-01-012021-06-30
Wildlife Management Institute, Incorporated $ 129,159   2020-01-012021-03-31
Wildlife Management Institute, Incorporated $ 99,225   2020-01-012021-03-31
American Sportfishing Association $ 88,400   2020-01-012021-03-31
Council To Advance Hunting And The Shooting Sports $ 237,000   2020-01-012021-03-31
American Sportfishing Association $ 266,500   2020-01-012021-03-31
United States Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation,the $ 141,350   2020-01-012021-03-31
American Sportfishing Association $ 219,660   2020-01-012021-03-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The Association received 18 applications (from recipients invited by AFWA to submit applications from 24 submitted Letters of Intent) and recommended 17 for award on their Priority List. Program accomplishments vary and are based upon National Conservation Needs (NCNs), selected annually by AFWA?s National Grants Committee. All proposals must address at least one of the annually selected NCNs. Fiscal Year 2018: The Association received 20 applications (from recipients invited by AFWA to submit applications from 25 submitted Letters of Intent) and recommended 18 for award on their Priority List. Program accomplishments vary and are based upon National Conservation Needs (NCNs), selected annually by AFWA?s National Grants Committee. All proposals must address at least one of the annually selected NCNs. Fiscal Year 2019: The Program has not yet selected Letters of Intent or invited prospective grantees to submit full grant proposals at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Project types that are generally selected for funding are those considered of national importance according to state fish and wildlife agencies.

Funding activities focus on: education, training, data analysis, values and use of sport fish and wildlife restoration programs; new technologies, hunting and fishing participant recruitment/retention; and evaluation in restoration, recreation, enhancement, or protection of sport fish and wildlife and their habitats.

For further information, please contact the Washington D.C.

Office.

100% of funds are for discretionary activities and awarded on a competitive basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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Beneficiary Eligibility

Projects must benefit at least 26 States, a majority of States in a Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or a Regional association of State fish and game departments.

Credentials/Documentation

None. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is co-managed with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).

AFWA receives all applications in its two step application process.

To apply, the first step is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to AFWA.

AFWA may invite applicants that submit a LOI to submit a full grant proposal for review.

If selected by AFWA as a priority project, your project will be recommended for funding on the priority list.

The Director of the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service selects the awards from the priority list.

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 Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will select projects for funding from a priority list developed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) based on established criteria.

Deadlines

Oct 01, 2018 Please contact the headquarters office for specific application deadlines. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) post a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in March/April of the year preceding the award year on grants.gov. The NOFO is also posted on AFWA?s website, http://www.fishwildlife.org. Letters of Intent (LOI) are due to AFWA by early May of each year before the award year. If a LOI is chosen, applicants will be instructed to submit a full proposal, which is due to AFWA by early August of each year, before the award year. AFWA reviews the applications and submits its priority list of project proposals recommended for funding to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Assistant Director, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program by October 1 of each year, which is the start of the fiscal year of the award year. The list of WSFR approved priority projects submitted by AFWA is published in the Federal Register in the spring of each calendar year.

Authorization

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act, Pub. L. 106-408, 114 STAT. 1766, §112 et seq.; Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act, 16 U.S.C. §777 et seq.; and Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, 16 U.S.C. §669 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Other - Not Specified.

Appeals

Any differences of opinion over the eligibility of proposed activities or differences arising over the conduct of work may be appealed to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

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

Projects may be approved for up to three years with funding dependent on annual competition. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. 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 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.

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 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 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

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-8151-0-7-303; 14-5029-0-2-303.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $6,000,000; FY 18 est $6,000,000; and FY 19 est $6,000,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $6,000,000; FY18 estimated $6,000,000; FY19 estimated $6,000,000. Future fiscal years estimated based on previous year funding level.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range based on FY 2017 awards was $50,000 to $560,000; Average $150,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200; 50 CFR 80 and Sections 521, 522, 523 of the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. This program is administered from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters Office, so please contact them for more information.

Headquarters Office

Director, Policy and Programs, U.S. Fish and 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

Projects will be reviewed and evaluated for scope, significance, feasibility, and cost effectiveness. In addition, projects must address one or more focus areas as described in the National Conservation Needs established annually by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).



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