State Wildlife Grants

This program funds the development and implementation of projects for the benefit of fish and wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished.

Priority is placed on projects that benefit species of greatest conservation concern.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Lesser Prairie Chicken Translocation in Colorado and Kansas: Since the mid-1990s, conservation concern for the lesser prairie-chicken has been elevated to consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act, and in November 2016, the Service initiated a 12-Month Status Review of the species.

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife will partner with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Kansas State University, and the United States Forest Service to help secure the long-term persistence, resiliency, and distribution of lesser prairie-chicken populations in the Sand Sagebrush Ecoregion, using SWG Program funding.

Project goals include restoration of core populations and assessment of the feasibility of translocating the species to help restore population abundance and habitat occupancy.

Reducing Impacts of Wind Turbines: Bats provide ecosystem services to the American people by helping to control disease vectors such as mosquitoes.

A largely unanticipated impact of utility-scale wind energy development has been widespread mortality of tree-roosting bats, yet the geographic and demographic impact of this mortality is poorly understood because of a lack of tools for assessing movement and population size in these difficult-to-study species.

Partnering States using SWG Program funding will collect data from bat tissue to obtain information on the scale and demographic impact of these mortalities.

This information can be used by State and Federal agencies to assess and mitigate the impact of wind energy facilities on tree-roosting bats.

Maintaining State Management Authority: Using SWG Program funding, partnering fish and wildlife agencies in Washington, Oregon, and California will help improve the population status of western pond turtles, a species currently under review by the Service for potential listing under the ESA.

Working across State borders, the agencies will produce a comprehensive, range-wide population assessment using new genomic and field data.

The results will provide critical information for identifying priority areas for conservation at the range-wide and local levels.

Active habitat restoration will be conducted at five sites supporting key life functions of the turtle.

These activities will provide vital information for the Service?s status review and help reduce the need for Federal listing of the species, thus helping maintain State authority for its management.

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

Program anticipates funding projects that support States to develop and implement programs or projects for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished.

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

Program anticipates funding projects that support States to develop and implement programs or projects for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished.


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.

Region 1: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Migratory Birds & State Programs WSFRP 911 NE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97232-4181 Contact Person: Karla Drewsen 503-231-2389 karla_drewsen@fws.gov Region 2: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 500 Gold Avenue, SW Albuquerque, NM 87103 Contact Person: Buddy Fazio 505-248-7461 Buddy_Fazio@fws.gov Region 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 5600 American Blvd.

West, Suite 990 Bloomington, MN 55437-1458 Contact Person: Jessica Piispanen 612-713-5142 jessica_piispanen@fws.gov Region 4: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U. S. Virgin Islands U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 240 Atlanta, GA 30345 Contact Person: Diana Swan 404-679-7058 diana_swan@fws.gov Region 5: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035 Contact Person: Dee Blanton 413-253-8513 dee_blanton@fws.gov Region 6: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program P.O.

Box 25486, Denver Federal Center Denver, Colorado 80225 Contact Person: Amanda Horvath 303-236-4414 amanda_horvath@fws.gov Region 7: Alaska U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 261 Anchorage, AK 99503 Contact Person: Kyle James 907-786-3696 kyle_james@fws.gov Region 8: California and Nevada U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 2800 Cottage Way, W-1729.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Fish & Wildlife Resources, Kentucky Department Of $ 150,150   2020-04-012025-03-31
State Of Delaware, Dnrec $ 65,489   2020-01-012024-12-31
State Of Delaware, Dnrec $ 37,002   2020-01-012024-12-31
State Of Delaware, Dnrec $ 22,750   2020-01-012024-12-31
State Of Delaware, Dnrec $ 80,925   2019-10-012024-09-30
State Of Delaware, Dnrec $ 78,747   2019-10-012024-09-30
Environmental Conservation, New York Department Of $ 4,432,892   2019-04-012024-03-31
Game, Fish And Parks, South Dakota Department Of $ 300,000   2020-04-012023-12-31
Texas Parks And Wildlife Department $ 386,117   2020-01-012023-12-31
Game, Fish And Parks, South Dakota Department Of $ 323,866   2018-10-012023-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: SWG Program funds are positively impacting many Endangered Species Act listing decisions. The Program has likely helped to curtail growth of State and Federal expenditures on federally listed species since the Program was first created in 2001. The SWG Program was a key funding source for the conservation and recovery of more than 50 percent of threatened and endangered species that were de-listed by the Service for conservation-related reasons through 2015. The SWG Program has also helped States contribute to Service removal or withdrawal of a significant portion of Candidate species listings?those species found by the Service to be warranted for listing but not yet listed. The Service awarded 309 grants under the Formula (mandatory) subprogram in 2017. The number of applications for Formula grants varies annually based on State priorities and capacity. The discretionary (competitive) subprogram received 20 applications and issued 16 awards in 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: The discretionary (competitive) subprogram anticipates receiving 24 applications and issuing 12 to 18 awards. The number of applications for mandatory grants varies annually based on State priorities and capacity. Fiscal Year 2019: The discretionary (competitive) subprogram anticipates receiving 24 applications and issuing 12 to 18 awards. The number of applications for mandatory grants varies annually based on State priorities and capacity.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Approved activities include those which develop and implement programs or projects for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished.

In order to receive program funds, a State fish and wildlife agency must have an approved State Wildlife Action Plan.

Approved activities may focus on Action Plan update and revision and/or implementation.

Approximately 10% of funds are set aside for discretionary (competitive) project grants, but this percentage varies annually based on Congressional appropriations.

Approximately 10% of funds are set aside for discretionary (competitive) project grants, but this amount varies based on Congressional appropriations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Agencies from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, 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 for formula or competitive project grants to the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service if they maintain a current, Service-approved Comprehensive Wildlife State Wildlife Action Plan.

The four regional Associations of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA, SEAFWA, MAFWA, and WAFWA) are eligible for competitive project grants at the discretion of recipient State fish and wildlife agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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

Credentials/Documentation

The State, District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territory must have a Service- approved State Wildlife Action Plan) on file to receive grant funds. The Action Plan must consider the broad range of the State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territory agencies' wildlife and associated habitats, with appropriate priority placed on those species of greatest conservation need. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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

SWG-Formula: The Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or his or her designee approves or disapproves proposed projects. Regional offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee. SWG-Competitive: The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or his or her designee approves or disapproves proposed projects, based on an objective scoring and ranking procedure as outlined in the Application Instructions, available at Grants.gov.

Deadlines

Aug 31, 2019: Formula Grants. Formula Grants: State applicants can continuously apply for Formula funding through August 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. PDT. Project Grants: The deadline for Competitive Project Grants is updated annually at Grants.gov and varies each year.

Authorization

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-123, Consolidated Appropriations Act FY 2017 P.L. 114-113, and prior appropriations acts; Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

SWG-Formula: Approximately 30-60 days. SWG-Competitive: Approximately 120 days.

Appeals

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

Renewals

SWG-Formula: Grantees may renew projects on an annual basis if justifiable and if funds are available. SWG-Competitive: Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Statutory Formula: Yes. The Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, Public Law 113115-76 31 requires that the Secretary of the Interior shall, after deducting administrative expenses and an annually-designated amount for Tribal grants, apportion the remaining amount in the following manner: (A) to the District of Columbia and to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, each a sum equal to not more than one-half of 1 percent thereof: and (B) to the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, each a sum equal to not more than one-fourth of one percent thereof. (2) The Secretary must apportion the remaining amount in the following manner: (A) one-third of which is based on the ratio to which the land area of such State bears to the total land area of all such States; and (B) two-thirds of which is based on the ratio to which the population of such State bears to the total population of all such States. The amounts apportioned under this paragraph must be adjusted equitably so that no State must be apportioned a sum which is less than 1 percent of the amount available for apportionment under this paragraph for any fiscal year or more than 5 percent of such amount. Matching Requirements: Matching Requirements: Formula Grants: Formula planning grants require 25% matching; Federal share not to exceed 75% of total costs. Formula implementation grants require 35% matching; Federal share not to exceed 65% of total costs (Consolidated Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law No. 115-31)).. Competitive Project Grants require 25% matching; Federal share not to exceed 75% of total costs. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

. 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 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 grant. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for three years after submission of the final Financial Status Report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5474-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 17 $51,000,000; FY 18 est $51,000,000; and FY 19 est $5,100,000 - FORMULA GRANTS (Mandatory): FY17 $51,000,000; FY18 $51,000,000 (estimated); FY19 $51,000,000 (estimated). (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $5,487,000; FY 18 est $5,400,000; and FY 19 est $5,400,000 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY17 $5,487,000; FY18 $5,400,000 (estimated); FY19 $5,400,000 (estimated).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $30,000 to $3,000,000; Average $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Consolidated Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law No. 115-31), 2 CFR 200

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Region 1: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Migratory Birds & State Programs WSFRP 911 NE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97232-4181 Contact Person: Karla Drewsen 503-231-2389 karla_drewsen@fws.gov Region 2: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 500 Gold Avenue, SW Albuquerque, NM 87103 Contact Person: Buddy Fazio 505-248-7461 Buddy_Fazio@fws.gov Region 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990 Bloomington, MN 55437-1458 Contact Person: Jessica Piispanen 612-713-5142 jessica_piispanen@fws.gov Region 4: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 240 Atlanta, GA 30345 Contact Person: Diana Swan 404-679-7058 diana_swan@fws.gov Region 5: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035 Contact Person: Dee Blanton 413-253-8513 dee_blanton@fws.gov Region 6: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center Denver, Colorado 80225 Contact Person: Amanda Horvath 303-236-4414 amanda_horvath@fws.gov Region 7: Alaska U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 261 Anchorage, AK 99503 Contact Person: Kyle James 907-786-3696 kyle_james@fws.gov Region 8: California and Nevada U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 2800 Cottage Way, W-1729.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Policy and Programs, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program ? Division of Policy and Programs 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: WSFR, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2231

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Formula Grants: Proposals submitted to the Service must address species and conservation actions identified in the State Wildlife Action Plans. Project Grants (competitive): Applications are scored and ranked based on criteria, subfactors, and priorities published annually in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The NOFO is available at Grants.gov.



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