Tribal Landowner Incentive Program

To establish or supplement existing programs that provide technical or financial assistance including habitat protection and restoration, to Federally recognized Indian tribes for the protection and management of habitat to benefit Federally listed, proposed, or candidate species, or other at-risk species.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Habitat improvement, augmentation, and monitoring of Roundtail chub (Gila Robusta) in the Navajo River; restoring the Penobscot River ecosystem; and a perennial stream study of the Topeka Shiner.

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 Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Program Accomplishments

In FY 08, TLIP was not funded and no funds are expected in FY 09.

Uses and Use Restrictions

These discretionary 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 benefiting 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.

(No new funds are expected in FY 09, the Fish and Wildlife Service will not be accepting proposals.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Participation is limited to Federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

For the purposes of inclusion under TLIP, tribal trust lands are treated similarly to lands under private ownership.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/General Public (While direct participation is limited to Federally Recognized Indian Tribal governments, the general public will ultimately benefit from these wildlife conservation measures.)


Only Federally recognized Tribes in all parts of the United States are eligible to receive grants under this program, including federally recognized Tribes, pueblos, rancherias, and Alaska native villages or traditional councils as defined by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Federally recognized Tribes are listed in the Federal Register (68 FR 68180; December 5, 2003).

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Not applicable.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004, Title I, Public Law 108-108; Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, 16 U.S.C. 4601-4 through 11.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

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. Reimbursements can be requested on a continuing basis as expenditures are verified. Balances remaining unobligated or unspent after the final grant closeout are returned to the Service for reapportionment.

Post Assistance Requirements


A Performance Report and Financial Status Report are required for each grant annually within 90 days after the anniversary date and/or end of the grant.


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 receive 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.


Cost records must be maintained separately for each project. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for three years after submission of final Financial Status Report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $2,366,690; FY 08 $0; and FY 09 $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004, Public Law 108-108, Title I, language on Landowner Incentive Program, and 43 CFR 12.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of External Affairs, ATTN: Native American Liaison, Mail Stop-3251, 1849 C Street N.W., Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 208-4133, Fax: (202) 501-3524.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The following criteria will be used for selecting proposals: (1) Benefit: What are the probable significant outcomes to protect and restore habitats that benefit federally listed, proposed, or candidate species, or other at-risk species on tribal lands if this program is successfully completed? The Service requires that the Tribe articulate how the benefits of its proposal support the goals and objectives of the TLIP and Service and tribal Performance Goals in its proposal narratives. (2) Performance Measures: To what extent does the proposal provide obtainable and quantifiable performance measures and means to monitor, evaluate, and report on these measures compared to an initial baseline? The measures should be specific and clear and should provide demonstrable benefits to the target species of the action. These measures must support the goals and objectives of the TLIP, the Service, and the Tribe. (3) Work Plan: Are the program activities and objectives well-designed and achievable? (4) Budget: Are all major budget items justified in relation to the program objectives and clearly explained in the narrative description? (5) Capacity Building: To what extent does the program increase the grantee's capacity to implement actions and activities that protect and restore habitats that benefit Federally listed, proposed, or candidate species, or other at-risk species on tribal lands? (6) Contributions and Partnerships: To what extent does the applicant display commitment to the project proposal through in-kind contribution or matching funds and to what extent does it incorporate contributions from other nonfederal partners in the form of either cash or in-kind services?

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