Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation

To assist in the conservation of neotropical migratory birds by providing financial resources for the projects of partnerships in countries within the ranges of neotropical migratory birds.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: ?Strengthening Capacity for Caribbean Shorebird Conservation Through the Caribbean Waterbird Census? This project will improve the long-term survival of shorebirds and their habitats across the flyway by building local capacity in the Caribbean to identify priority sites and monitor them through promoting the Caribbean Waterbird Census and providing training in its methods; promoting practical measures for shorebird conservation through small grants; and increasing support for conservation of shorebirds and their habitats in the region by increasing awareness through several annual education programs that reach multiple target audiences (e.g., community members, stakeholders, hunters, decision-makers, developers, etc.).

?Conservation Action for Cerulean Warbler in Canada? Project objectives are to: 1) work with landowners in the Carolinian Region, to reduce threats and to conserve or enhance habitat for Cerulean Warbler and other mature forest-dependant birds at risk; 2) work with partners to maintain or enhance the habitat available for Cerulean Warbler and; 3) implement a long-term recovery monitoring to identify threats, to prioritize sites for conservation, to track recovery and to monitor project success.

Fiscal Year 2018: Projects not yet selected.

Program anticipates funding projects that support public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean that promote the long-term conservation of Neotropical migratory birds and their habitats through: 1) Protection and management of neotropical migratory bird populations; 2) Maintenance, management, protection, and restoration of neotropical migratory bird habitat; 3) Research and monitoring; 4) Law enforcement; and 5) Community outreach and education.

Fiscal Year 2019: Projects not yet selected.

Program anticipates funding projects that support public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean that promote the long-term conservation of Neotropical migratory birds and their habitats through: 1) Protection and management of neotropical migratory bird populations; 2) Maintenance, management, protection, and restoration of neotropical migratory bird habitat; 3) Research and monitoring; 4) Law enforcement; and 5) Community outreach and education.


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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Asociacion Instituto Nacional De Biodiversidad $ 170,000   2019-09-162021-09-16
Provita $ 124,355   2019-09-092021-09-09
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory $ 200,000   2019-08-292021-08-29
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory $ 200,000   2019-08-292021-08-29
Manomet, Inc. $ 37,887   2019-08-292021-08-29
Fundacion Proaves De Colombia $ 195,051   2019-08-282021-08-28
Fundacion Proaves De Colombia $ 199,478   2019-08-282021-08-28
Pronatura Sur, A.c. $ 200,000   2019-08-142021-08-14
Pronatura Noreste, A.c. $ 199,909   2019-08-142021-08-14
Fundacion De Conservacion Jocotoco $ 109,480   2019-08-142021-08-14



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Program received 57 proposals and funded 31 projects. Fiscal Year 2018: Program received 45 proposals, but projects have not been selected. Fiscal Year 2019: Program anticipates receiving 55 proposals and funding 30 projects.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for approved neotropical migratory bird conservation projects.

Projects must: enhance the conservation of neotropical migratory bird species in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, or the Caribbean; ensure adequate local public participation in project development and implementation; be implemented in consultation with relevant wildlife management authorities and other appropriate government officials with jurisdiction over the resources addressed by the project; be sensitive to local historic and cultural resources and comply with applicable laws; promote sustainable effective, long-term programs to conserve neotropical migratory birds; and other requirements the Secretary considers to be necessary.

The Act requires that not less than 75 percent of the amounts made available each fiscal year shall be expended for projects outside of the U. S. Projects are approved for up to a 2-year period of time.

For further information, please contact the headquarters office.

100%.

Funds provided under this program will not be used for: the purchase of firearms or ammunitions; buying of intelligence information or paying informants; gathering information by persons who conceal their true identity; law enforcement operations that prompt suspects to carry out illegal activities so they may be arrested (entrapment); or any activity that would circumvent sanctions, laws or regulations of either the U. S. or the country in which the activity would occur.

Funds may not be used to provide material support or resources to individuals, entities, or organizations of countries that have been identified by the U. S. Department of State as state sponsors of terrorism.

The countries currently identified are: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

This program is administered in compliance with the Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreements Act of 1977, as amended.

These funds may not be used towards salaries or travel of U. S. Federal Government personnel.

100% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

An individual, corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other private entity; an officer, employee, agent, department, or instrumentality of the Federal Government, of any State, municipality, or political subdivision of a State, or of any foreign government; a State municipality, or political subdivision of a State; or any other entity subject to the jurisdiction of the United States or of any foreign country; or international organization with an interest in neotropical migratory bird conservation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

An individual, profit organization, other private institution/organization, public nonprofit institution/organization, an officer, employee, agent, department, or instrumentality of the Federal Government, of any State, municipality, or political subdivision of a State, or of any foreign government; a State municipality, or political subdivision of a State; or any other entity subject to the jurisdiction of the United States or of any foreign country; or international organization with an interest in neotropical migratory bird conservation.

Credentials/Documentation

. 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 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.

Award Procedures

Proposals are reviewed and competitively selected for funding using criteria developed on the requirements of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Review criteria can be found in the application information on the program website. Proposals are reviewed by a panel of experts from the Fish and Wildlife Service and other government agencies, who make funding recommendations to the Director. After projects are selected for funding, a grant agreement between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the grantee is drafted by the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (DBHC). The agreement is then processed by DBHC and sent to the recipient. The agreement is considered to be executed on the date of signature by the Chief of DBHC.

Deadlines

Nov 06, 2018 November 6, 2019.

Authorization

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §6101 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Decisions on funding of project proposals are usually made no later than 180 days after the receipt of the project proposal.

Appeals

None. Proposals not funded may be resubmitted.

Renewals

Proposals are funded on a project-specific basis. Requests for future funding must compete with other requests for project funding. A grant agreement can be modified or extended at the discretion of the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Matching Requirements: In determining whether to accept projects for funding approval, applicants must guarantee a 3:1 match amount. That is, the applicant must match each Act dollar with 3 non-Federal dollars. Federal dollars refers to U.S. Federal dollars. Federal dollars of non-U.S. governments are eligible. In the U.S. and Canada, match must be in cash; outside of the U.S. and Canada, match may either be in cash or in-kind. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Unless the project is extended, awarded funds must be spent during the approved Period of Performance of the grant agreement, and in accordance with financial and reporting procedures specified in the grant agreement. Projects are usually two years in duration. 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, unless 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.

Quarterly financial reports are required for recipients opting to receive grant funds in advance of expenditure.

A performance report is required for each grant award annually, at the end of the fiscal quarter following the award anniversary date.

A final performance report is due at the end of the fiscal quarter following the end of the award period of performance.

Interim and final reports must be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement and must include SF-425 Federal Financial Report.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR Part 170.

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

The Recipient shall maintain a complete, detailed accounting system to report expenditures of grant funds and a detailed accounting of receipts and expenditures of non-Federal matching dollars or value of services. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission of final report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1696-0-0-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $3,802,084; FY 18 est $3,792,700; and FY 19 est $3,792,700 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY17 $3,802,084; FY18 $3,792,700 and FY19 $$3,792,700.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Ranged from $2,000 to $200,000, with an average of $100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

NMBCA Grant Application Instructions; U.S. Grant Administration Standards (for grants within the U.S.); NMBCA Grant Administration Guidelines for Grant Activities outside the USA; 2 CFR 200 and 49 CFR Part 24.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Chief, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C. 20240. Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, MS: MB, 5275 Leesburg Pike,, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-1784 Fax: (703) 358-2282.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals will be screened and selected for funding primarily on the basis of criteria contained in 16 U.S.C. 6101. However, proposals will also be evaluated on: scope and significance of effort; importance of resource values; relationship of project to other efforts locally/regionally; and feasibility and cost-effectiveness. Selection criteria are available on the program website.



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