Recovery Act Funds - Habitat Enhancement, Restoration and Improvement.

To provide technical and financial assistance to identify, protect, conserve, manage, enhance or restore habitat or species on both public and proviate lands.


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.

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

http://www.fws.gov




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Habitat restoration, land protection, species recovery and protection, public use to include access and education. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance is provided to fund projects that improve habitat or any related activity necessary to accomplish this goal.

Funds maybe used for habitat assessments, protection and restoration of public and private land that include alternative/renewable energy efficient projects.

Funds may also be used to encourage public usage of providing access, education, providing fish passage and stocking of fish from National or State Fish Hatcheries, and advising on wildlife management techniques.

Working with interns on habitat restoration projects is acceptable.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Government - General: Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game.

Individual/Family: Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game.

Other private institutions/organizations: Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game.

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game.

Profit organization: Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game.

Other public institution/organization: Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game.

Anyone/general public: Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game.

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Agriculture/Forestry/Fish and Game; Higher Education (includes Research).

Sponsored organization: Higher Education (includes Research); Higher Education (includes Research); Housing; Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land); Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land); Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land); Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land); Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land); Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land); Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Native American Organizations (includes lndian groups, cooperatives, corporations, partnerships, associations): Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal; State; Local; Sponsored organization; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; Individual/Family; Anyone/general public; Native American Organizations; U.S. Citizen

Credentials/Documentation

43 CFR Part 12 establishes requirements for grants awarded by agencies of the U.S. Department of Interior. OMB Circular No. A-87 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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The application procedures are specified in www.grants.gov, which require, at a minimum, the submission of a project proposal along with the completed SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance.

Award Procedures

The Regional Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service or the designee will approve or disapprove proposed projects. Regional Offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee by return of a completed agreement.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C 742a-742j; Sikes Act of 1974, as amended, 16 U.S.C 670a-670o; Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C 3101; Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended, Public Law 92-522; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C 661-667; Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, as amended, 16 U.S.C 4701-4741; Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C 1531; Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act , 16 U.S.C 3771; Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Approximately 45 working days after receipt, dependent upon the complexity of the Cooperative Agreement.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Projects may be renewed as needed, if justified and if funds are available.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. No matching is required, however, matching funds are encouraged to allow for additional restoration. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The Recovery Act places restrictions on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. The Regional Office Contact Person can further explain the restrictions placed upon the time period to fully spend the money awarded under the project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The release of assistance award funds may vary depending upon the recipient. The Regional Office Contact Person can further explain the procedures for requiring either lump sum or quarterly payment methods.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have additional performance reporting requirements as described in the award terms and conditions, announcement packages available on www.grants.gov, and Recovery.gov.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have additional performance reporting requirements as described in the award terms and conditions, announcement packages available on www.grants.gov, and Recovery.gov.

The Federal Financial Status Reports must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Applicants agree to give the sponsoring agency, the Comptroller General or other authorized agency access to and the right to examine records related to the award. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," non-federal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 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 $500,000 or more in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Cost records must be maintained separately for each awarded cooperative agreement. Records, accounts and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission of final financial and performance reports. If questions, such as those raised as the results of audits, remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until all matters are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1610-1-1-302 - 1409101610 TAFS, 109R Fund Code; 14-1613-1-1-302 - 1403101613 TAFS, 105R Fund Code.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $13,000,000; FY 10 est $13,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Projects may range from $1,000 to $1,000,000, or greater.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

not available Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington 20240 Phone: 2022086394

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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



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