Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment

To provide experiential, education, and employment program opportunities for youth of all ages (pre-K through early adult life, including students, associates, fellows, interns, members, and volunteers) to participate in conservation activities conducted by the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service and/or

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in collaboration with other Department of the Interior bureaus, e.g., Bureau of Lands Management, National Park Service, U.S.

Geological Survey; other federal agencies, i.e., Agriculture, Commerce, Corporation for National and Community Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Labor; and non-Federal entities.

The intent of these education, career and leadership development programs is to engage, educate, and employ youth participants to fields of natural resources conservation.

A goal of these programs is to promote intra-agency and external partnership that support or enhance youth conservation initiatives and potential career and employment opportunities.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Awards were issued nationwide to provide meaningful experiences in the field of Natural Resources to youth and veterans.

Major partners included Student Conservation Association, American Conservation Experience, and Hispanic Access Foundation.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program anticipates funding projects under the Natural Resource Conservation Careers Program and under various regional funding opportunities.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program anticipates funding projects under the Natural Resource Conservation Careers Program and under various regional funding opportunities.


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

http://www.fws.gov


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
San Diego Audubon Society, Inc $ 65,576   2018-08-012023-07-31
Friends Of San Diego Wildlife Refuges, Inc. $ 24,750   2017-08-012022-08-01
Mt Adams Institute $ 41,400   2017-05-012021-12-31
San Diego Audubon Society, Inc $ 118,040   2016-09-222021-09-30
University Of Alaska Anchorage $ 382,985   2016-09-152021-08-31
San Diego Audubon Society, Inc $ 13,700   2017-03-092020-07-30
Environment For Americas Inc $ 62,985   2015-09-092020-07-30
Southwest Tribal Fisheries Commission, Inc. $ 39,872   2015-08-172020-01-18
North American Association For Environmental Education $ 170,000   2015-06-152020-01-15
Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp $ 24,000   2015-05-012019-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: 250 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: 200 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: 200 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

.

Refer to Program Guidelines attached to the Application Package of the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov.

100% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants may be state agencies, local governments, Tribal organizations, interstate, Intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit/organization, or any other organization subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with interests that support the mission of the Service.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Applicants may be state agencies, local governments, Tribal organizations, interstate, Intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit/organization, or any other organization subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with interests that support the mission of the Service.

Credentials/Documentation

NONE. 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. Submit an Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), Budget Narrative, and other standard forms as specified in the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

The program posting a funding opportunity to www.grants.gov, as appropriate, adheres to the award review, selection and award procedures described in its authorizing legislation.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Act,16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666; National Fish Hatchery System Volunteer Act, 16 U.S.C. §§760aa-760aa-4; National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, 16 U.S.C. §§668dd-ee; Public Lands Corps Act - Public Lands Corps, 16 U.S.C. §§1721-1726; and Public Lands Corps Act - Youth Conservation Corps, 16 U.S.C. §§1701-1706.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to the Application Guidelines attached to the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov.

Appeals

NONE.

Renewals

None. Recipients may request funding for a subsequent year/cycle of a currently funded project. However, these requests are subject to the same submission, review, and approval requirements as all new applications. This program will fund any approved renewal application as new award, not as an amendment to an existing award. Recipients may request approval for budget and project plan revisions of funded projects, including period of performance and reporting due date extensions, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. Refer to the Application Guidelines attached to the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to the Application Guidelines attached to the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, to www.grants.gov. 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 awarded funds as needed and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation/regulation or special award terms. Program will include any special award terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

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 performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

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

Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $8,921,113; FY 18 est $8,900,000; and FY 19 est $8,900,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $8,921,113; FY18 $8,900,000; FY19 $8,900,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$750.00 - $200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Deborah Moore 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: deborah_moore@fws.gov Phone: (703)358-2386

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selection vary and are dependent upon authorizing legislation and/or program-specific guidelines posted with the funding opportunity posted, as appropriate, on www.grants.gov.



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