Award to Jackson County Noxious Weed Management and Arapaho NWR ($3,300); awards to Ravalli County Weed District and Charles M.
Russell NWR ($14,400).
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.
Fish and Wildlife Service has worked in conjunction with private, State, county and local governments to jointly address issues surrounding undesirable plant species.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used for approved projects on Service lands that facilitate the identification, management and eradication of undesirable plant species.
Applicants may be State and local governments, educational institutions, private and public nonprofit organizations, and institutions and private individuals which support the mission of the Service.
State and local governments; private and public nonprofit organizations; other private and public organizations; and private individuals who support the mission of the Service.
Aplication and Award Process
Currently this program is excluded from the E.O.
12372, Intergovernmental Review or Federal Programs' requirement, however it may be selected to participate at a later date.
A Standard Form 424 and a written proposal should be submitted electronically through Grants.gov or via hardcopy to the project office and include: a title, justification (including relevance to the Fish and Wildlife Service's priorities as outlined above), objectives, time frame, and a budget breakdown. No State plan is required with this application. Note that the USFWS may circulate proposals to others for review.
The Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or designee approves or disapproves submitted proposals. Criteria for selection are outlined in the funding announcement and application package posted to Grants.gov. Successful applicant(s) will be notified after selection and confirmation of available funding. An applicant(s) should not initiate a project in expectation of USFWS funding, nor should they purchase materials or begin work until such time as they receive the final award document signed by an authorized Service official.
Deadline varies depending on funding opportunity announcements.
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 742a-754; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C. 661-667(e); and National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, 16 U.S.C. 668dd.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Awards are anticipated within 90 days or less.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project awards are generally from one to five years, depending on the complexity of the project and availability of funds. The five year restriction on the length of time is due to the period of availability of funds, which is limited to the five-year rule.
Post Assistance Requirements
Recipients of funding are required to submit quarterly financial reports using form SF-269, and semi-annual performance reports 30 days following the end of each reporting period.
All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with the agreed upon scope of work.
Final performance and financial reports are due 120 days after the end date of the grant performance reports.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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 A-133.
Records are required to be maintained for three years following submission of the final expenditure report.
FY 07 not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$3,000 to $25,000; $5,500.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Contact: Assistant Director, National Wildlife Refuge System, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 670, Arlington, VA 22203. Telephone: (703) 358-1744; Fax: (703) 358-2248.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Proposals are evaluated on the basis of lasting effect on conservation, preservation, wildlife and their habitats.