Projects funded include vegetation, rare and threatened and endangered plants and botanical surveys; fish and wildlife survey and monitoring; habitat use and condition surveys; habitat improvement or protection projects.
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.
BLM continues to maintain and expand partnerships in the management of fish, wildlife and botany resources. BLM uses challenge cost share and cooperative conservation initiative grants whenever possible on projects of mutual benefit to rural communities, counties, and cities in the western United States for management of Public Lands.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Projects are primarily conducted on lands administered by the BLM but may also be conducted on other public or private lands.
Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska.
Assistance can be used to help protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plant conservation resources and to provide related public contact/education opportunities.
No regular discretionary fund is available.
Funding is highly variable each fiscal year.
All Public Land users.
For grants awarded, cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and Local Governments; OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions; OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations; and Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 31.2 for private foundations, firms, individuals, and other nonprofits excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-122.
Aplication and Award Process
Coordinate cooperative project proposals with BLM State or District/Field Offices.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Offers of Assistance are coordinated by Bureau State and District/Field Offices. No specific application forms apply, except for grants awarded, the standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations", must be used by this program.
Projects are reviewed at State level and funding recommendations are made through each State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director or District/Field Office Manager.
Federal Land Policy and Management Act, as amended, Public Law 94-579; The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, Public Law 93-205; Sikes Act, Public Law 93-452; Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Water Resources Developments Coordination Act, as amended, Public Law 85-624; Oceans Act of 1992, Public law 102-587; The Wyden Amendment, 16 U.S.C. 1011(a), as Amended by Public Law 105-277, Section 136.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Projects are approved through the Bureau budget cycle that normally requires at least one year to receive funding.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory matching funds requirement, however, applicants offering matching funds are more likely to be funded.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions, however, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year.
Post Assistance Requirements
Performance monitoring schedules and/or progress reports will be developed in consultation with the applicant, but at a minimum will take place at least once annually and upon completion a final project report.
Projects will be audited at least once during life cycle. Grants awarded to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations". 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.
Records relating to work performed and costs are kept by the Bureau. There is no fixed records schedule. Records for grants awarded to State and Local Governments will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Records for grants awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations".
FY 07 $4,000,000; FY 08 est $2,274,000; and FY 09 est $3,125,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $1,000 to $100,000. Average amounts run about $10,000 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
BLM's fish, wildlife and botany program is generally guided by provisions in 43 CFR Part 6000. A variety of public interest publications on these programs are available free of charge by contacting the appropriate State Office. Manuals providing basic program operational guidance for recreation (BLM Manual 6500) and may be obtained by contacting the Washington Office.
Regional or Local Office
See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Group Manager, Fish, Wildlife and Botany Group, Bureau of Land Management (WO 230), 1849 C St, N.W., LSB 204, Washington, DC 20240-9998. Telephone: (202) 452-5133. Please contact the specific BLM State Office where you wish to apply.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to BLM land management and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
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