National Wildlife Refuge Fund

To provide revenue sharing payments to local governments to offset tax losses for fee and withdrawn domain lands within the approved acquisition boundaries, using revenues derived from the sale of products from National Wildlife Refuges and other fee acquisition lands administered solely or primarily

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by the Service including public domain lands.

Congress may appropriate funds to cover any shortfall for payment to counties.

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.
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Counties may use the funds for any governmental purpose and may pass the funds to lesser units of local government within the county that experience a reduction of real property taxes as a result of the existence of fee and withdrawn domain lands.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Interstate; Intrastate; State; Local


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Award procedure is available in the announcement.


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


Refuge Revenue Sharing Act, Public Law 88-523, 78 Stat. 701, 16 U.S.C 715s; Refuge Revenue Sharing Act of 1978, Public Law 95-469, 92 Stat. 1319.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.

Matching Requirements: Payments under the Act are made on the basis of: (a) 3/4 of 1 percent of the market value based on the appraised value of the land conducted every 5 years; or (b) 25 percent of the net receipts; or (c) 75 cents per acre. Payment of 25 percent of the net receipts is made to counties for public domain land that was never on the tax rolls.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not available.

Post Assistance Requirements



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.


Recipients shall maintain records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82 and 12.953.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1691-0-1-806; 14-5091-0-2-806.


(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 08 $23,303,945; FY 09 est $23,000,000; FY 10 est $23,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Eric Alvarez U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203 Email: Phone: (703)358-1713 Fax: (703)358-1713

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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