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Tribal Wildlife Grants Program

TWG
Number: 15.639
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.639 Tribal Wildlife Grants Program
Federal Agency (030):
Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, FY 2004, Title I, Public Law 108-108, Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, 16 U.S.C. 4601-4 through 11., Public Law 108-108, 16 U.S.C 4601-4 thru 11.
Objectives (050):
To develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished.
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Approved activities include those which develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished. Activities may include, but are not limited to: Planning for conservation of fish and wildlife, and their habitats; Conservation management actions for fish and wildlife, and their habitats; Field and laboratory research related to fish and wildlife resources; Natural history studies; Habitat mapping or evaluation; Field surveys and population monitoring; Conservation easements; Restoration of habitat; Management of invasive species; and Public education relevant to the proposed project.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
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 (082):
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).
Credentials/Documentation (083):
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 on page 60810 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 190 / Friday, October 1, 2010 / Notices. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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 Application for Federal Assistance SF 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms, SF 424A and SF424B - Non Construction; or SF 424C and SF 424 D - Construction. Application procedures are spelled out in the "Tribal Wildlife Grant Application Kit" available electronically at: http://grants.fws.gov/tribal.html. To receive a paper copy, contact the regional Office of the Native American Liaison.
Award Procedure (093):
The Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service or his or her designee approves or disapproves proposed projects. Regional offices are responsible for notification of grant approval to the grantee and will coordinate the development of the grant agreement.
Deadlines (094):
May 01, 2014 to Sep 02, 2014 Project proposals will be accepted between May 1, 2014 through September 2, 2014.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Proposals will be scored, ranked and selected approximately 90 working days after the deadline for submitting proposals.
Appeals (096):
Any differences of opinion over the eligibility of proposed activities or differences arising over the conduct of work may be appealed to the Director, Fish and Wildlife Service. Final determination rests with the Secretary of the Interior.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. There is no matching requirement, however, the Service will consider matching funds as an indication of tribal commitment to the program and to encourage partnerships. Matching and cost sharing requirements are discussed in 43 CFR Part 12, Section 12.64.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Apportioned funds are available for obligation by the Tribe until expended. 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):
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. A Performance Report is required for each grant annually within 90 days after the anniversary date or end of the grant. A Federal Financial Report SF 425 is required for each grant annually within 90 days after the anniversary date 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 project. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for three years after submission of the final Federal Financial Report (SF-425).
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 13 $4,134,010; FY 14 est $4,084,000; and FY 15 est $4,084,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range $0 - $200,000; Average $167,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: 113 proposals were received; 23 awards issued. Fiscal Year 2014: 122 proposals were received; 20-25 awards are expected to be issued. Fiscal Year 2015: Estimated between 110-130 proposals are expected; 20-25 awards expected to be issued.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Application Kit is located at http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Region 1 Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
Eastside Federal Complex
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232-4181

Region 2 Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
500 Gold Avenue, SW
P.O. Box 1306
Albuquerque, NM 87103-1306

Region 3 Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
1 Federal Drive
Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4080

Region 4 Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
1875 Century Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30345

Region 5 Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035-9589

Region 6 Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
P.O. Box 25486
Denver, CO 80225

Region 7 Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
1011 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99503-6199

Region 8 Fish and Wildlife Service
Tribal Partnerships Specialist
Habitat Restoration Division
2800 Cottage Way, Rm W-2606
Sacramento, CA 95825.
Headquarters Office (152):
Native American Liaison, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 4401 N Fairfax Drive: Mail Stop-330 ARL , Arlington, Virginia 22203 Phone: (202) 208-4133 Fax: (202) 501-3524.
Website Address (153):
http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: Penobscot Indian Nation ($197,542) Atlantic Salmon Enhancement on Tribal Lands: The project will allow the Penobscot Indian Nation (PIN) to actively enhance endangered Atlantic salmon populations on PIN trust lands. The project will use and refine a technique used to introduce and enhance Atlantic salmon populations within designated critical habitat, within PIN trust lands and reservation lands in the Penobscot River watershed. It would build upon recent efforts by the Maine Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the USFWS to plant fertilize Atlantic salmon eggs into identified spawning habitat.

Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians ($199,625) Fish Passage Enhancement and Demonstration: The Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program works toward improving opportunities for traditional uses of the Meduxnekeag River with a focus on sustenance fishing. This Project - Phase II of our Program consists of fish passage enhancement/demonstration projects at four culvert/stream crossings on tributaries of the Meduxnekeag River. The Project will mitigate impacts of poorly functioning culverts on fish passage/habitat identified, prioritized and detailed in a comprehensive aquatic habitat study funded by a 2008 Tribal Wildlife Grant. Project Objectives include: 1) improving fish passage/habitat at four (4) culverts/stream crossings on tributaries of the Meduxnekeag River; 2) improving fish habitat on a section of Pearce Brook that is a prime access point and fishing spot for area youth; 3) publicizing these improvements in the Meduxnekeag and its tributaries; and 4) developing Tribal capacity to implement these projects (post design/engineering) as part of our ongoing effort to improve aquatic habitat throughout the Meduxnekeag Watershed.

Additional FY13 TWG awards:

ALASKA
Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove ($199,731), Monitoring Ecologically Important Species.

Aleut Community of St. Paul Island ($199,943), Invasive Rodent Prevention Program on St. Paul and Pribilof Islands.

Native Village of Wales ($33,352), Community Seal and Walrus Unusual Mortality Event (UME).

ARIZONA
Hopi Tribe ($200,000), Ecology of Golden Eagles on Hopi Lands.

Navajo Nation ($200,000), Golden Eagle Aviary for the Navajo Nation.

CALIFORNIA
Hoopa Valley Tribe ($200,000), Multi-level Trophic Monitoring From Soil to Threatened Vertebrates in Response to Poisons Found at Large Scale Illegal Marijuana Cultivation Sites.

Smith River Rancheria ($200,000), Surf Smelt Habitat Assessment and Conservation Plan.

Round Valley Indian Tribes ($82,270), Mill Creek Riparian Corridor Development Project.

Wiyot Tribe ($200,000), Eel River and Humboldt Bay Pacific Lamprey Restoration Project and Management.

FLORIDA
Seminole Tribe of Florida ($200,000), Environmental Science Program.

MAINE
Penobscot Indian Nation ($197,542) SEE ABOVE, Atlantic Salmon Enhancement on Tribal Lands.

Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians ($199,625) SEE ABOVE, Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program: Fish Passage Enhancement and Demonstration Projects.

MICHIGAN
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi ($198.148), Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration

MINNESOTA
Red Lake Band of Chippewa ($197,000), Rehabilitation Evaluation and Range determination of Lake Sturgeon.

Prairie Island Indian Community ($200,000), Conservation Restoration Area.

NEVADA
Summit Lake Paiute Tribe ($200,000), Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

NEW MEXICO
Jemez Pueblo ($200,000), Mule Deer and Elk: Habitat and Movements in Rapidly Changing Forests.

NORTH CAROLINA
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians ($200,000), Tribal Wildlife Action Plan.

NORTH DAKOTA
Standing Rock ($191,286), Small Mammal Diversity and Abundance.

OREGON
Burns Paiute Tribe ($52,351), Baseline Data and EIS for Removal of Non-native Brook Trout to Benefit Bull Trout.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Cheyenne River Sioux ($200,000), Black-footed Ferret Recovery Project.

WASHINGTON
Cowlitz Indian Tribe ($195,762), Monitoring and Assessment of New Subpopulations of Columbia White-tailed Deer.

Colville Confederated Tribes ($187,000), Developing the Gray Wolf Management Plan. Fiscal Year 2014: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that develop or implement programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished. Activities may include, but are not limited to: Planning for conservation of fish and wildlife, and their habitats; Conservation management actions for fish and wildlife, and their habitats; Field and laboratory research related to fish and wildlife resources; Natural history studies; Habitat mapping or evaluation; Field surveys and population monitoring; Conservation easements; Restoration of habitat; Management of invasive species; and Public education relevant to the proposed project. Fiscal Year 2015: Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are similar to FY 13.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The following criteria is used to select proposals: (1) Resource Benefit: What are the expected benefits to fish and wildlife resources, including species that are not hunted or fished, and their habitat 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 TWG and Service and Tribal Performance Goals in their proposal narratives. (2) Performance Measures: To what extent does the proposal provide obtainable and quantifiable performance measures and a 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 actions must support the goals and objectives of the TWG, 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 provide for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat? (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?.