National Wildlife Refuge System Enhancements

To provide technical and financial assistance to identify, conserve, manage and enhance the physical and ecological infrastructure of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS); deliver public access and high-quality outdoor recreational opportunities; build a volunteer cadre, and inspire the next generation

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of hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts through work on and off NWRS managed lands and waters.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Program supported partnerships that conducted a key critical inventory and habitat protection for monarchs and pollinators; supported visitor services and recreational programs on national wildlife refuges improving visitor facilities and public access with the support of youth and veterans organizations.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program anticipates finding projects that support NWRS efforts to more effectively engage with the visiting public, enhance visitor services, improve facilities, manage invasive species, and support priority uses of NWRS managed land.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program anticipates finding projects that support NWRS efforts to more effectively engage with the visiting public, enhance visitor services, improve facilities, manage invasive species, and support priority uses of NWRS managed land.


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.

Please visit www.fws.gov/refuges to locate the Regional and Local Office contacts.
Website Address

http://www.fws.gov


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Town Of Chincoteague $ 1,500,000   2017-02-232022-02-22
Friends Of San Diego Wildlife Refuges, Inc. $ 6,000   2016-02-162021-02-17
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 500,000   2019-01-012019-12-31
Texas State University $ 24,116   2018-06-072019-06-06
Nature Conservancy (the) $ 0   2018-03-012018-09-30
Heart Of The Highlands Trail System, Inc. $ 50,000   2016-09-132018-09-30
Geological Survey Of Alabama $ 24,972   2017-09-012018-09-30
Horry, County Of $ 49,984   2017-12-062018-03-09
Delta Service Corps $ 5,800   2016-09-012017-07-28
Verde $ 162,500   2015-01-302016-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Program issued 61 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: Estimated 200 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: Estimated 200 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for approved activities that support the objectives of the Department of Interior (DOI) and the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS).

Awards issued under this program will support NWRS efforts to more effectively engage with the visiting public, enhance visitor services, improve facilities, manage invasive species on and off NWRS managed lands, and support priority public uses such as hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, wildlife observation, and photography.

Program awards should endeavor to leverage funds with local industries and community organizations to conduct on-the-ground projects that support shared conservation goals and reduce barriers to outdoor recreation.

10% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants may be State and local governments, private, public, nonprofit organizations, institutions and private individuals, which support the mission of the Service.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments; private and public nonprofit organizations; other private and public organizations; and private individuals who support the mission of the Service.

Credentials/Documentation

. 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 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

Regional or HQ office chiefs or designees will approve/disapprove proposed projects. Appropriate Refuge System offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee by return of a completed agreement.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §§2901-2911; Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. 742 et seq.; Refuge Recreation Act, 16 U.S.C. §§460k-460k(4); National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, 16 U.S.C. §§668dd-ee; Public Lands Corps Act - Youth Conservation Corps, 16 U.S.C. §§1701-1706; Public Lands Corps Act - Public Lands Corps, 16 U.S.C. §§1721-1726; Archaeological Resources Protection Act, 16 U.S.C. §§470aa-ll; and Federal Aid for Highways-Other Highways, 23 U.S.C. §§201-204 and §206.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30-60 days. Target is approximately 45 working days after receipt of proposal/application, dependent upon the complexity of the agreement.

Appeals

Contact the headquarters or regional office.

Renewals

Projects may be renewed as needed, if justified and depending on the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: No matching is required; however, matching funds are encouraged. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The release of assistance funds may vary depending upon the recipient. Regional Office staff can explain procedures for requiring either lump sum or quarterly payment methods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The release of assistance funds may vary depending upon the recipient. Regional Office staff can explain procedures for requiring either lump sum or quarterly payment methods.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

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.

An interim performance progress report summarizing accomplishments and including an explanation of any milestones not accomplished may be required and is to be submitted within 90 days of the one year anniversary date of the award.

A final performance progress report is required and is due within 90 days of the end of the award period of performance.

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

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $3,914,671; FY 18 est $3,900,000; and FY 19 est $3,900,000 - Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary): FY17 $3,914,671; FY18 $3,900,000; FY19 $3,900,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,000 to $1,000,000, or greater.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Cooperative agreements/project grants are administered in conformance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Administrative Service Manual and 2 CFR 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Please visit www.fws.gov/refuges to locate the Regional and Local Office contacts.

Headquarters Office

Chief, 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) 358-1744 Fax: (703) 358-2248.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Program specific criteria is specified in the announcements of the individual financial assistance programs.



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