Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act

To provide financial assistance, through grants or cooperative agreements, to public or private organizations for the improvement of fish and wildlife habitats associated with water systems or water supplies affected by Bureau of Reclamation projects.

Examples of Funded Projects

Wetland habitat research, study of riparian vegetation, habitat restoration.


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 - Specific contact information will be provided in each funding announcement.
Website Address

http://www.usbr.gov/


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Program Accomplishments

Improvements to fish and wildlife habitat through award of projects that track fish and wildlife movement, habitat temperature monitoring, collection and analysis of intertebrates, genetics studies, surveying and monitoring of fish and wildlife and salinity studies.

Uses and Use Restrictions

In accordance with the delegation of authority to the Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of the Interior Department Manual, Part 255, Chapter 14, available at http://elips.doi.gov/app_DM/act_getfiles.cfm?relnum=3062, projects are limited to the improvement of fish and wildlife habitat associated with water systems or water supplies affected by Bureau of Reclamation projects.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local governments, nonprofit organizations and institutions, public and private institutions and organizations, Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments, individuals, small businesses, for-profit organizations, and Native American Organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/general public, governmental entities, Tribal governments, Native American organizations, and/or public or private organizations in the specific project area.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

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

Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of qualified experts in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.

Deadlines

Varies by project. Deadline information will be included in all funding opportunity announcements posted on www.grants.gov.

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1934, Public Law 85-624, 16 U.S.C. 661 et seq., as amended; as limited by the Secretary of the Interior delegation of authority at 255 DM 14.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.

Appeals

None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.

Renewals

If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are generally awarded for 1 to 5 years.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a quarterly basis: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Reports, (2) SF-272 Report of Federal Cash Transactions, and (3) program performance reports.

Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Report, (2) final program performance report, and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

State, local and Indian Tribal governments shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. All other recipients shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0680-0-1-301.

Obigations

FY 07 $12,323,628; FY 08 not separately identifiable; and FY 09 not separately identifiable.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of $5,000 to $3,123,390.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 12, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html#page1; OMB Circulars, http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_circulars.html; these documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed in the funding announcement.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Specific contact information will be provided in each funding announcement.

Headquarters Office

None.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.



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