FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Department of the Interior and Related Agencies
Appropriations Act of 2002, Public Law 107-63; Title I; Land and Water
Conservation Fund Act of 1965; 16 U.S.C. 4601-4 through 11.
To establish or supplement existing landowner incentive
programs that provide technical or financial assistance including habitat
protection and restoration, to private landowners for the protection and
management of habitat to benefit Federally listed, proposed, or candidate
species, or other at-risk species on private lands; and to encourage States to
enhance private landowner conservation by providing these benefits to private
landowners in an efficient manner.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
These grants are available for conservation efforts to be carried out on
private lands, to provide technical or financial assistance to private
landowners for the purpose of benefitting Federally listed, proposed, or
candidate species, or other at-risk species on private lands. Assistance must
be to protect, restore, or manage habitat on private lands.
Applicant Eligibility: Application is limited to
States, Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments, Puerto Rico, the
United States Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American
Samoa agencies with lead management responsibility for fish and wildlife
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Beneficiary Eligibility: Land/Property Owner and
Anyone/General Public. (While direct participation is limited to State fish
and wildlife agencies, private landowners will directly benefit and the
general public will ultimately benefit from these wildlife conservation
Credentials/Documentation: Only the agency that
with primary management responsibility for fish and wildlife resources within
the State may apply for these grants.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is
excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: Application procedures are
spelled out in the "Federal Aid Grant Application Booklet" available
electronically at: www.nctc.fws.gov/fedaid/fatrain. To receive a paper copy,
contact the regional or local office.
Award Procedure: The Director of the Fish and
Wildlife Service approves or disapproves proposed projects. Regional offices
are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee by return of
a completed agreement.
Deadlines: June 2002.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Approximately
60 working days after due date.
Appeals: Appeals rest with the FWS Director. In
the event of continued disagreement, final determination rests with the
Secretary of the Interior.
Renewals: Projects are funded on a one-time
basis. Any requests for future funding must compete with requests for new
Formula and Matching Requirements: The Federal share
of project costs is not to exceed 75 percent. Matching and cost-sharing
requirements are discussed in 43 CFR Part 12, Section 12.64.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Funds are
available until expended.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: A Performance Report is required for each
grant or grant segment annually within 90 days after the end of the grant or
Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB
Circular No. A- 133 (Revised June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local
Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that
expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a
single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal
entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt
from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No.
Records: Cost records must be maintained
separately for each project. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must
be retained for 3 years after submission of final request for reimbursement.
Account Identification: 14-5496-0-1-303.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $0; FY 02 est
$40,000,000; and FY 03 est $50,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: Not
It is anticipated that 30 grant proposals will be received and 28 awarded in
fiscal year 2002.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002,
Public Law 107- 63, Title I, language on Landowner Incentive Program, and 43
Regional or Local Office: See Catalog Appendix IV
Headquarters Office: U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240. Contact: Chief,
Division of Federal Aid. Telephone: (703) 358-2156, Fax (703) 358-1837.
Web Site Address: http://international.fws.gov.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Projects must be submitted by the State agency having responsibility for
management of the State's wildlife resources. Projects are selected and
approved based on criteria contained in the FWS Director's guidelines and 43