Challenge Cost Share

Encourage partnerships with nonfederal governments, private individuals and organizations, educational institutions, philanthropic and charitable groups, and businesses to support the mission of the Service.

Projects must conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants for the continuing
benefit of the American people.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: This program funded agreement F17AC00141, which funded invasive plant control in Wells County, North Dakota.

The program also funded agreement F13AC00741 which provided assistance to the Washington Maritime NWR Complex.

Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.

Fiscal Year 2019: N/A.


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.

Bob Peyton, National Wildlife Refuge System, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232; (503) 872-2720 Patti Plagge, USFWS Regional Office, P.O.

Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103; (505) 248-7487 Rob Bruesewitz, 1 Federal Drive, Bishop Whipple Federal Building, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056; (612) 713-5403 Laura Housh, Regional Planner, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Route 2 Box 3330, Folkston, GA 31537; (912) 496-7366 Ext.

244 Lamar Gore, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035; (413) 253-8542 Betsy Matten, Region 6 Regional Office, 134 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80228; (303) 236-4307 Kristen Gilbert, Division of Visitor Services, R7 Alaska Regional Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503; (907) 786-3391 Carol Damberg, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-2606, Sacramento, CA 95825; (916) 414-6461.
Website Address

http://www.fws.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Arkansas State University $ 20,000   2009-04-012209-12-31
Sanibel - Captiva Conservation Foundation, Inc. $ 45,000   2009-09-172016-12-31
Sara Parker Lumpkin $ 5,000   2005-08-142015-07-15
John Nichols $ 5,000   2005-06-012015-06-15
National Wildlife Refuge Association $ 425,000   2009-12-012014-12-01
Avian Research Conservation Institute (acri) $ 39,000   2009-12-012013-12-01
Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Inc $ 20,000   2008-08-212013-08-21
Western Maryland Resource Conservation & Deve $ 61,500   2008-07-282013-07-23
Lincoln County School District R-2 $ 2,800   2012-05-032013-02-28
Umbarger, Happy, Nazereth, And Dawn Volunteer $ 0   2007-09-072012-09-07



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: This program approved 1 new award during FY17. Fiscal Year 2018: This program is no longer active in FY18. Fiscal Year 2019: This program is no longer active in FY19.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for regionally approved Challenge Cost Share projects.

Field managers plan and implement the projects which must be on, or directly benefitting, Service (federal) lands.

The program requires that the Service expend no more than 50% of the cost to complete a project and that a minimum of the other 50% of the funds be of nonfederal origin.

The cooperator share may be a non-monetary contribution, such as materials, or in-kind services.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

100% of the funds are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants may be an individual/family, minority group, specialized group, small business, profit organization, private nonprofit/organization, quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization, native American, Federal, Interstate, Intrastate, State, Local, Sponsored organization, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, U.S.

territory, or any organization with interests which support the mission of the Service.

This program requires the cooperator(s) to provide a minimum of 50 percent of cost share from non-Federal sources, for local programs on National Wildlife Refuges, or benefitting other Service lands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The Challenge Cost Share program is not a grant program, although they do use cooperative agreements for donations to these field projects. Service field station managers are encouraged to form partnerships and to secure project cost-sharing for projects initiated at that refuge or field station. By Service policy, the matching 50% cost share is provided by non-Federal sources, state/local governments, private individuals/organizations, business enterprises, and philanthropic and charitable groups.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. 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. The Service identifies projects or objects on or directly benefitting a national wildlife refuge or other Service lands for which cost sharing may be sought, and then solicits project proposals from partners/cooperators. Interested parties may contact the local National Wildlife Refuge or other Service office to participate or otherwise donate time, goods, or funds for these projects in order to support the mission of the Service. Proposals, including Standard Form 424 'Application for Federal Assistance,' are submitted to the cooperating Service office that forwards them to their servicing Regional Office.

Award Procedures

The Regional Challenge Cost Share Coordinator assembles a committee of Fish and Wildlife Service employees from a variety of disciplines to review, rank, and select the proposals for refuges or hatcheries for funding.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004, Title I, Public Law 108-108.

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 proposals. If funding is approved, a Challenge Cost Share Agreement (CCSA) is written between the Service and a cooperator(s) in which there is an equal partnership between the Federal government and the cooperator(s) that produces or provides a tangible product which mutually benefits Service lands and objectives, and the public. The Regional Contracting and General Services offices will review all CCSA's for contractual sufficiency. The agreements will be signed by the cooperator(s) and the Regional Director.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: The Service shall expend no more than 50% of the cost to complete projects. The matching 50% cost share is provided by non-Federal sources, state/local governments, private individuals/organizations, business enterprises, and philanthropic and charitable groups. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Challenge Cost Share Agreements are written for funds that should be spent within one year; upon approval, agreements may be extended beyond the one year for reasonable cause. Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with 2 CFR, Subpart E-Cost Principles unless otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation or special award terms. 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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Financial and performance reporting frequency and other requirements will be detailed in the award terms and conditions.

Interim reports cannot be requested more frequently than quarterly, and no less frequently than annually.

Interim reports are due 30 calendar days after the expiration of the quarter/midterm/year anniversary, as appropriate.

Final reports are required within 90 calendar days from the end date of the award.

A final SF-425, Federal Financial Report is required 90 days from the end date of the award.

This form can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html#sortby=1.

A final performance report is required within 90 calendar days from the end date of the award.

Performance reports must contain a comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals and objectives of the award as detailed in the approved scope of work, a description of reasons why established goals were not met, if appropriate, and any other pertinent information relevant to the project results.

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

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $16,000; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17: $16,000.00, FY18: $0.00, FY19: $0.00 No additional funding is expected, as this program is no longer active, post-FY17. CFDA should remain active to allow Bureau to close all currently open awards and report any associated amendments to government-wide systems that require the identification of an active CFDA number as a key reporting element.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Bob Peyton, National Wildlife Refuge System, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232; (503) 872-2720 Patti Plagge, USFWS Regional Office, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103; (505) 248-7487 Rob Bruesewitz, 1 Federal Drive, Bishop Whipple Federal Building, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056; (612) 713-5403 Laura Housh, Regional Planner, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Route 2 Box 3330, Folkston, GA 31537; (912) 496-7366 Ext. 244 Lamar Gore, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035; (413) 253-8542 Betsy Matten, Region 6 Regional Office, 134 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80228; (303) 236-4307 Kristen Gilbert, Division of Visitor Services, R7 Alaska Regional Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503; (907) 786-3391 Carol Damberg, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-2606, Sacramento, CA 95825; (916) 414-6461.

Headquarters Office

Assistant Director, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS,, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2248.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refuge managers and other Service managers develop, in concert with partners, project proposals on, or benefitting Service lands, that are evaluated on the lasting effect on conservation, enhancement and protection. They will also be evaluated on scope of effect, number of partners involved, importance of resource values, feasibility, and cost effectiveness.




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