National Outreach and Communication

To improve communications with anglers, boaters, and the general public regarding angling and boating opportunities, to reduce barriers to participation in these activities, to advance adoption of sound fishing and boating practices, to promote conservation and the responsible use of the nation's aquatic

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resources, and to further safety in fishing and boating.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: A single cooperative agreement was funded from this program.

The recipient used program funds to develop and distribute various conservation stories and a public service announcement that informed consumers about the role that anglers and boaters have in funding conservation.

These efforts resulted in 994 million media impressions on conservation.

The recipient developed a pilot angler retention program with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources that resulted in increased fishing license sales and revenue.

In addition, program funds were also used to continue a boat registration reactivation program with state agencies.

This effort resulted in more than 51,000 additional boat registrations nationwide.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program funding will be used to maintain national and state level campaigns that promote fishing and boating participation and that provide the public with information needed to go fishing and boating.

Program funding will also be used for the initial year of the pilot First Catch Centers in Pennsylvania and Texas.

These centers provide the public with skills and training needed to learn how to fish and will provide repeated fishing opportunities throughout the year to increase anglers? skills and abilities.

Fiscal Year 2019: Funding will be used to implement tactics identified in the program?s strategic plan.

These tactics will include educational and outreach efforts that reduce barriers to fishing and boating participation.

Projects will be done with state fish and wildlife agencies and other stakeholders.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: A single cooperative agreement was funded to implement the program nationally. In addition to completing national outreach efforts, the cooperative agreement recipient provided subgrant award opportunities to state fish and wildlife agencies and other organizations for programs to increase fishing and boating participation. Federal funds were leveraged by $10,162,524 of cash and in-kind contributions. Fiscal Year 2018: A Notice of Funding Opportunity for a multi-year cooperative agreement to implement the program was issued. Funding will continue to be used to implement the program nationally. A cooperative agreement will be funded to implement tactics identified in the Strategic Plan for the National Outreach and Communication Program. Subgrant award opportunities for pilot projects and regional or state level programs will likely be available. Fiscal Year 2019: Funds will be awarded to the cooperative agreement recipient selected in FY18 to implement strategies identified in the program?s strategic plan. Specific examples will likely include projects with state fish and wildlife agencies, innovative education programs designed to educate the public on places to fish and boat, and programs targeted at increasing youth and underserved populations participation in fishing and boating.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The recipients? work is focused on strategies and activities identified in the ?Strategic Plan for the National Outreach and Communication Program as required by the ?Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998?.

These activities are intended to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing.

For example, program funds have been used to develop a national database of fishing and boating locations that is available on the internet.

Current focuses of the program are angler and boater R3 efforts (recruit, retain and reactivate) and development of pilot R3 projects with state fish and wildlife agencies.

If work is to be conducted outside of those identified in the original plan, the activity must show a clear relevance to the Strategic Plan.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/General Public.


To apply for grant funds, the applicant must provide documentation of marketing expertise in sport fishing and boating. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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

Award Procedures

Funding recommendations, based upon a process outlined in the funding announcements, will be forwarded to the Awarding Official. Applicants will be notified by Awarding Official.


Not Applicable.


Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, 23 U.S.C. 101 §7402; and Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act, 16 U.S.C. §777.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Within 120 days.


Contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national headquarters office.


Other - Not Specified.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants and cooperative agreements will normally be awarded in, but not restricted to, multi-year cooperative agreements. Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles or as 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 the payment methods prescribed in 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation or special award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

The recipient shall submit progress and financial reports as specified in the award.

At a minimum, the recipient shall submit an SF-425, Federal Financial Report within 90 days of the one year anniversary date of the award.

A final SF-425 is due within 90 days of the end of the award period of performance.

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.


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.


All records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 17 $12,150,266; FY 18 est $12,027,892; and FY 19 est $12,304,001 - Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary): FY17 $12,150,266; FY18 $12,027,892; FY19 $12,304,001.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Guidelines and literature on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs is available at: and Federal financial assistance regulations and relevant OMB circulars are located at,

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

National Outreach and Communication Program Coordinator U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Mailstop FAC, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: Phone: (703) 358-2435

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Each grant application will be reviewed for documentation required in the Program Guidelines and Application Kit.

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