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Wildlife Restoration and Basic Hunter Education

Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program
Number: 15.611
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.611 Wildlife Restoration and Basic Hunter Education
Federal Agency (030):
Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, 50 Stat. 917 as amended; 16 U.S.C. 669-669k.
; Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Acts, Title 50, Part 80.
Objectives (050):
The Act provides grants to State, Commonwealth, and territorial fish and wildlife agencies for projects to restore, conserve, manage, and enhance wild birds and mammals and their habitat. Projects also include providing public use and access to wildlife resources; hunter education and safety; and the development and management of shooting ranges.
Types of Assistance (060):
FORMULA GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Approved activities include selection, restoration, rehabilitation, and improvement of wildlife habitat; wildlife management research; wildlife population surveys and inventories; land acquisition; coordination; development of facilities; facilities and services for conducting hunter safety. Law enforcement and public relations are not eligible under the Act.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Agencies from the 50 States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with primary responsibility for fish and wildlife conservation may submit grant proposals to the Fish and Wildlife Service. To be eligible, they must pass assent legislation to the provisions of the Act for conservation of wildlife that includes a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by hunters for any other purpose than the administration of the fish and wildlife agency.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
General Public (While direct participation is limited to fish and wildlife agencies, the general public will ultimately benefit from these wildlife conservation measures.).
Credentials/Documentation (083):
States, Commonwealths, or territories must notify the Secretary of the desire to participate annually. The State, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife Director must furnish a certification of the number paid hunting-license holders. Allowable costs are determined in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments.". OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, or territory for more information on this process when applying for assistance if the State has selected the program for review. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF 424A and SF 424B – Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D – construction). In addition, applicants will submit a grant proposal that includes a narrative statement describing the need, objectives, benefits, approach, and estimated cost for the proposed grant along with 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 the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual. For further instructions and forms go to http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/subpages/toolkitfiles/toolkit.pdf or www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure (093):
The Regional Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service or his designee approves or disapproves proposed grants. Regional Offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee.
Deadlines (094):
Jul 01, 2014 Annually by July 1.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Average 30 days.
Appeals (096):
Regional Directors will consider differences of opinion concerning the eligibility of proposals. Final determination rests with the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Renewals (097):
Grantees may renew projects on an annual basis if justifiable and if funds are available.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Public Law 16 U.S.C. 669b. The program is funded by a permanent appropriation from revenues collected from taxes on bows, arrows, archery equipment, sporting firearm, ammunition, handguns, pistols, and revolvers. The revenues are deposited in the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration fund in the U.S. Treasury.

These funds are annually apportioned according to the formula prescribed by the Act: 50 percent based on land area of the State, Commonwealth, or territory and 50 percent based on paid hunting license holders; no State may receive more than 5 percent or less than one-half of 1 percent of the total apportionment; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is apportioned up to one-half of 1 percent; and Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of Norther Mariana Islands each receive up to one-sixth of 1 percent of the total apportionment. Section 4(c) Hunter Education and Safety Program Funds are formula-based apportionment based on State population. No State may receive more than 3 percent or less than 1 percent of the total Hunter Education funds apportioned. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands receive up to one-sixth of 1 percent of the total apportionment.
Matching Requirements: Matching requirements are up to 25 percent of grant. Grant funds may be disbursed to States up to 75 percent of the total cost. Grant funds may be disbursed from 75 to 100 percent of the total project costs to the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Apportioned funds are available for obligation for a period of two years. Balances remaining unobligated after the period of availability revert to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any funds not obligated within two years by a State, Commonwealth, or territorial fish and wildlife agency revert to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and will be spent under the provision of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. In addition, under the provisions of the Wildlife Restoration Act, the interest accumulated by Wildlife Restoration account is available to the North American Wetland Conservation program. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
A Performance Report is required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date or end of the grant. Cash reports are not applicable. Contact the headquarters or regional office. A Federal Financial Report SF 425 is required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date and/or end of the grant. Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.
Audits (112):
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 (113):
Cost records must be maintained separately for each grant. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission of the final Financial Status Report.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 13 $98,445,395; FY 14 est $133,000,000; and FY 15 est $126,000,000 - Hunter Education and Safety. (Formula Grants) FY 13 $522,552,011; FY 14 est $417,247,000; and FY 15 est $695,000,000 - Wildlife Restoration.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range is $268,000 to $7,187,000; Average $2,750,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: The program received approximately 362 applications nationally and issued 362 awards. Because of a new database transition period, national accomplishments are not available at this time. The activities generally funded include: research, operation and maintenance, construction, habitat restoration, land acquisition, technical guidance, coordination and hunter education. Fiscal Year 2014: The program expects to receive approximately 372 applications nationally and issuing 372 awards. The activities include: research, operation and maintenance, construction, habitat restoration, land acquisition, technical guidance, coordination and hunter education. Fiscal Year 2015: The program anticipates receiving 372 applications nationally and issuing 372 awards.
The activities include: research, operation and maintenance, construction, habitat restoration, land acquisition, technical guidance, coordination and hunter education.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
50 CFR 80, Fish and Wildlife Service Manual, Matching and cost-sharing requirements are discussed in 50 CFR 80.12, 43 CFR 12.64, and 43 CFR 12.923. Applicants can visit these regulations and guidelines at http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/subpages/toolkitfiles/toolkit.pdf.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offices.
Headquarters Office (152):
Policy and Programs, Fish and Wildife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, 4402 North Fairfax Drive, WSFR-4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203 Phone: (703) 358-2156.
Website Address (153):
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: Maine’s Hunter Trapper Education Program provides a hunter education course that addresses hunter safety, firearms safety, wildlife conservation, responsibility and ethics; and trains 7000 students annually in firearms, 1500 in Bowhunting, 500 in crossbow education, and 500 in trapper education programs.

West Virginia’s Hunter Safety Education program has increased the number of classes by 5%; and works to provide at least one alternative delivery class in each county; graduate a safer and more ethical hunter by revising the current curriculum to strongly stress issues based upon hunting incident data and maintain the educational standards set forth by the International Hunter Education Association.

South Carolina’s “Take One Make One Program” coordinated a number of youth hunts with 300 youths and adults participating. Fiscal Year 2014: The Nevada Department of Wildlife continues their Sage Grouse Conservation Program. The project includes survey and inventory, range-wide technical support, conservation planning and research on habitat and mortality relationships.

Maine’s Shooting Range Access Improvement Program will continue to provide public recreational shooting opportunities by providing small grants to sportsmen’s clubs for range enhancement and developing shooting facilities on state-owned lands.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will continue to estimate post-hunt deer population size, sex and age ratios for deer across various parts of the state. The Division will estimate annual doe, winter fawn and buck survival rates using radio-marked deer. The Division will also continue to maintain databases of all deer population data, deer harvest and deer licenses sold. Fiscal Year 2015: The Program anticipates funding projects to restore, conserve, manage and enhance wild birds and mammals and their habitats and provide hunter development and safety programs.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The State, Commonwealth, or territorial agency having lead responsibility for the management of their wildlife resources must submit the projects. The State, Commonwealth, or territorial agency selects those projects submitted for funding under the program. If approved, projects must meet the basic criteria outlined in the regulations and the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual.