North American Wetlands Conservation Fund

To provide grant funds for wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Example of US Standard Grant project, ?Southwest Wetlands Initiative of Minnesota (SWIM) III.? SWIM III provides an efficient and effective partnership to deliver long term wetlands and wetland-associated upland habitat for the benefit of waterfowl and other wildlife.

This proposal focuses on wetlands in the Prairie Coteau of Minnesota and works primarily on restoring converted wetlands and enhancing degraded wetlands through permanent habitat protection efforts on both public and private lands.

This is the third proposal of a multiple year initiative with an overall goal to accelerate the permanent protection of prairie wetland complexes open to the public and to ensure every Waterfowl Production Area and Wildlife Management Area is providing the maximum benefits for waterfowl and wetland dependent species.

More specifically, SWIM III accelerates efforts to permanently protect in fee title and easement 690-acres of Waterfowl Production Areas and Wildlife Management Areas and 61.9-acres via Re-Invest in Minnesota perpetual conservation easement.

Further, this partnership restores 40-acres on Hurricane Lake WMA and enhances another 270-acres of wetland habitat on Chen Bay and Sioux Valley WMAs.

Projects within this proposal will address both reproductive and migration habitat needs of waterfowl and wetland dependent species within the area.

The project area and project components are important to successful implementation of the NAWMP and the PPJV Implementation Plan.

Several stateside conservation plans are served by the work outlined in this proposal as well, including the Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan and Minnesota's duck and pheasant plans.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that protect and improve habitat for migratory birds and other wetland-associated species.

More examples of NAWCA projects can be found at http://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act.php.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that protect and improve habitat for migratory birds and other wetland-associated species.

More examples of NAWCA projects can be found at http://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act.php.


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.

Regional Office or local Joint Venture Office for additional program information, see Appendix IV and website for addresses of USFWS Regional Offices and local Joint Venture Offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2018-07-132021-07-13
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2018-07-032021-07-03
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 999,959   2018-07-022021-07-02
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2018-07-022021-07-02
Pheasants Forever, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2018-07-022021-07-02
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 999,959   2018-07-022021-07-02
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2018-07-022021-07-02
Mississippi Fish And Wildlife Foundation $ 1,000,000   2018-06-212021-06-21
Nature Conservancy (the) $ 1,000,000   2018-06-212021-06-21
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 999,978   2018-06-212021-06-21



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Program received 156 applications and issued 94 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: Program anticipates receiving 160 applications and issuing approximately 100 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: Program anticipates receiving 160 applications and issuing approximately 100 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to acquire real property interest in lands or waters, including water rights.

Funds may also be used to restore, manage, and/or enhance wetland ecosystems and other habitat for migratory birds and other fish and wildlife.

Projects must provide long-term conservation for wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wetlands-associated wildlife.

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration act-derived funds eligible for NAWCA projects may be used only in U. S. coastal wetlands ecosystems.

More specific restrictions are outlined on the NAWCA grants information and instructions website.

For further information, please contact the headquarters office.

100% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Available to private or public organizations or to individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Available to any private or public organization or individual.

Credentials/Documentation

. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

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.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Complete program information and application instruction can be found on the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (DBHC) website, at https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act.php, or can be accessed through grants.gov. Grant applications, including Standard Form 424 Application for Federal Assistance, and the appropriate Assurance forms (SF 424C or SF 424D) are submitted through www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications are screened by Fish and Wildlife Service staff, and further reviewed and ranked by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) Staff and North American Waterfowl Management Plan Joint Venture Coordinators. Site visits are conducted as needed. Grant proposals are recommended for approval by the Council to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). The Council selects proposals in June and December that are recommended to the Commission for final funding approval in September and March. The grant is administered by FWS Division of Bird Habitat Conservation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts a National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act review of the projects that the Council selects to recommend to the Commission.

Deadlines

Oct 18, 2018: Small Grants. U.S. Standard grant proposals are due February 23, 2018 and July 13, 2018 Mexico grant proposals are due by June 27, 2018 Canada grant proposals are due by August 24, 2018 U.S. Small grant proposals are due by October 18, 2018.

Authorization

North American Wetlands Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 4401 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of time from proposal submission to the approval/disapproval notification is 7 to 10 months.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Proposals are funded on a project-specific basis. Requests for future funding must compete with other requests for project funding. A grant agreement can be modified or extended at the discretion of the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The required matching share varies on a grant-by-grant basis and is set forth in the grant award, but must be at least 50 percent of the project costs, except that the project activities located on Federal lands and waters can be funded with 100 percent Federal funding. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Final reports must be filed with the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation within 90 days of the end of the project expiration or termination date.

Quarterly financial reports are required for recipients opting to receive grant funds in advance of expenditure.

Recipients must submit a final performance report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports.

Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports.

Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR Part 170.

Audits

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

The Recipient shall maintain a complete, detailed accounting system to report expenditures of grant funds and a detailed accounting of receipts and expenditures of non-Federal matching dollars or value of services. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission of final report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5241-0-2-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $64,020,000; FY 18 est $65,000,000; and FY 19 est $65,000,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $64,020,000; FY18 $65,000,000; FY19 $65,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $0 to $75,000 for Small Grants; over $75,000 to $1,000,000 for U.S. Standard Grants. Average award is approximately $42,000 and $710,000 for Small Grants and U.S. Standard Grants, respectively.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

U.S. Standard Grants Application Instructions; Small Grant Instructions; Mexico Standard Grants Application Instructions provided in English and Spanish; Canada Standard Grants Application Instructions; U.S. Grant Administration Standards; 2 CFR 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Regional Office or local Joint Venture Office for additional program information, see Appendix IV and website for addresses of USFWS Regional Offices and local Joint Venture Offices.

Headquarters Office

Chief, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Birds Program, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, 5275 Leesburg Pike MS:MB, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-1784.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Council selects proposals based on factors given in Section 5 of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, results of site visits, available funds and other factors deemed important to meeting Act objectives.



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