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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.
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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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):
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
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, 2015 to Oct 30, 2015 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 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
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 14 $4,665,792; FY 15 est $4,084,000; and FY 16 est $4,084,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY14 $4,665,792 including FY13 carryover and recoveries; FY15 $4,084,000; FY16 est $4,084,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range $0 - $200,000; Average $167,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2014: The Program received 122 applications and issued 25 awards. Fiscal Year 2015: The Program received 90 applications and anticipates issuing 20-25 awards. Fiscal Year 2016: The Program anticipates receiving 110-130 applications and issuing 20-25 awards.
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. See Regional Agency Offices:

Region 1 U.S. 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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437


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

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

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

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

Region 8 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tribal Partnerships Specialist
Habitat Restoration Division
2800 Cottage Way, Rm W-2606
Sacramento, CA 95825.
Headquarters Office (152):
Scott Aikin National Native American Programs Coordinator, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 1211 SE Cardinal Court, Suite 100, , Vancouver, Washington 98683 Phone: (360)604-2531 Fax: (360)604-2505
Website Address (153):
http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2014: Nez Perce Tribe ($200,000) Restoration of Bighorn Sheep Populations and Habitats along the Salmon River, Idaho – Final Phase: Funding is being used to complete the Salmon River Bighorn Sheep Study and collect data on study objectives for the final two field seasons. Objectives include: (1) gaining a better understanding of movements, distribution, and status of bighorn sheep along the remote South Fork Salmon portion of the project area, and (2) obtain more robust population trend data across the project area. Study data, particularly establishing better trend data for tracking population status including population numbers, ewe production, and lamb survival will be instrumental in addressing ongoing legal challenges of Federal decisions and Federal land use planning NEPA reviews.

Passamaquoddy Tribe - Pleasant Point Reservation ($198,885) Alewife Migration Behavior and Food Web Interactions in the St. Croix River and Estuary: The project represents the first steps in raising awareness and improving environmental conditions for the betterment of future generations. The Project provides an opportunity for the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy to build our capacity to safeguard the resources we have left by hiring a fisheries ecologist. That person will pursue monitoring studies important to the tribe as well as represent the tribe’s interest in meetings that will affect the fate of natural ecosystems in our Ancestral Homeland. Restoring alewife to the St. Croix River is a top priority for us and we believe success will be readily achievable with qualified, professional personnel representing the tribe’s interests at the meeting table and in the field.

ALASKA: Native Village of Tazlina ($200,000) Moose Browse Enhancement Project; Native Village of Tyonek ($197,590); Tyonek Area Watershed Action Plan

ARIZONA: Tohono O'odham Nation ($200,000), Engineering Design and Monitoring of State Route 86 Wildlife Connectivity Measures

CALIFORNIA: Hoopa Valley Tribe ($199,992), Pacific Lamprey Passage Project; Pala Band of Mission Indians ($189,645); Tribal Habitat Conservation Plan Completion (Phase I and Phase II); Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians ($158,352); Restoring and Enhancing Riparian Habitat on Chumash Tribal Lands; Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians ($189,200); Cortina Ranch Tule Elk Restoration

FLORIDA: Seminole Tribe of Florida ($200,000), Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Wildlife Program

IDAHO: Nez Perce Tribe ($200,000)- SEE ABOVE
Restoration of Bighorn Sheep Populations and Habitats along the Salmon River, Idaho – Final Phase

MAINE: Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians ($200,000), Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program: Phase III - Fish Passage / Habitat Enhancement Project; Passamaquoddy Tribe - Pleasant Point Reservation ($198,885) - SEE ABOVE; Alewife Migration Behavior and Food Web Interactions in the St. Croix River and Estuary

MICHIGAN: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi ($199,942), Wildlife Habitat Assessment and Restoration Plan: Expansion and Implementation

MONTANA: Northern Cheyenne Tribe ($199,394), Returning the Black-footed Ferret; Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of Fort Belknap Indian Community ($200,000), Black-footed Ferret Reintroduction

NEW MEXICO: Ohkay Owingeh ($153,499), Restoring Wet Meadow Habitats for Listed and Proposed Candidate Species at Ohkay Owingeh; Santa Ana Pueblo ($199,998), Monitoring Avian Community Response to Riparian Restoration along the Middle Rio Grande, Pueblo of Santa Ana

OKLAHOMA: Osage Nation ($185,511), American Burying Beetle in the Osage Nation

OREGON: The Klamath Tribes ($200,000), Klamath Reservation Forest Habitat Restoration and Ecosystem Resiliency Project.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Catawba Indian Nation ($174,501), Catawba Preserve Wildlife Enhancement

UTAH: Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada and Utah ($193,384), Native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout Habitat Restoration Project

WASHINGTON: Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation ($199,803), Yakama Nation Shrub-Steppe Species Restoration Project; Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe ($199,616), Mammalian and Avian Recolonization Ofde the Watered Reservoirs After Dam Decommissioning and Their Impact on Revegetation Management, Elwha Valley, WA; Swinomish Indian Tribal Community ($120,000), Restoring an Endemic Species to Native Tidelands: Olympia Oysters in Swinomish Pocket Estuaries; Tulalip Tribes of Washington ($99,822), Monitoring Fish and Water Resources on the Tulalip Tribes Indian Reservation, Usual and Accustomed Lands, and Marine Waters of the Pacific Northwest

WISCONSIN: Stockbridge-Munsee Community ($200,000), Herptile Management and Habitat Restoration. Fiscal Year 2015: 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 2016: FY16: 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.
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?.