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Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes in
Multiple Sates to Protect Wildlife Habitat in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region

Deadline Date:

01/07/20 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin nonprofits, state agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat in eligible regions. Funding is intended for proposals involving research, restoration, and region-wide projects. The purpose of the grant is to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration, and management of the fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act). The six goals of the Act are:

  • Restoring and maintaining self-sustaining fish and wildlife resources.
  • Minimizing the impacts of contaminants on fishery and wildlife resources.
  • Protecting, maintaining and, where degraded and destroyed, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, including the enhancement and creation of wetlands that result in a net gain in the amount of those habitats.
  • Stopping illegal activities adversely impacting fishery and wildlife resources.
  • Restoring threatened and endangered species to viable, self-sustaining levels.
  • Protecting, managing and conserving migratory birds.

For additional funding guidelines, see Page 7 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163630

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,380,000

Number of Grants:

Number of grants awarded this fiscal year is expected to range between 5 and 9.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award ceiling: $1,380,000
Award floor: $2,000

Successful restoration and research projects have ranged from $2,300 to $2,000,000 with the average project at $128,056.

Term of Contract:

Start dates are flexible, but between October 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 are suggested. Project period typically ranges from 1 to 4 years.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and Native American Treaty Organizations within the Great Lakes Basin are eligible. Local governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, and conservation organizations (either within or outside of the basin) may receive funding if sponsored by an institution listed above.

Regional Projects: Regional Project proposals must be submitted by a State Director and/or Tribal Chair (or a joint submission from the supervisors of the agency’s fish and wildlife programs on behalf of the Director or Tribal Chair). Regional Project proposals should impact multiple States and/or Tribes and consequently must include the signature or other written documentation of all State Directors and Tribal Chairs who support the project (or joint signatures or letter of support from the supervisors of the agency’s fish and wildlife programs on behalf of the State Director or Tribal Chair).

U.S. nonprofit, non-governmental organizations must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) or (4) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service.

Applicants must ensure that activities occurring outside the United States are coordinated as necessary with appropriate U.S. and foreign government authorities and that any necessary licenses, permits, or approvals are obtained prior to undertaking proposed activities. The Service does not assume responsibility for recipient compliance with the laws and regulations of the country in which the work is to be conducted.

Applicant entities or their key project personnel identified in the SAM.gov Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program.

Funding is not available for salaries of permanent or tenured staff; however, tenured staff on less than 12 month appointments are eligible for funding (e.g., 9 month tenured staff would be eligible for up to 3 months funding).

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission of proposals is Tuesday, January 7, 2020, by 5:00 PM EST.

Not less than 25% of the total cost of implementing a proposal shall be paid in cash or in-kind contributions by non-Federal sources.

Federal law mandates that all entities applying for Federal financial assistance must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).

During the development of the pre-proposal make sure you discuss your project with the natural resource agency (e.g., local staff) in the Great Lakes Basin that has management authority (State and/or Tribal natural resource agencies) where your project will take place on the ground or will potentially benefit. This is the first step in obtaining sponsorship for your project. Proof of sponsorship is not required at the pre-proposal stage.

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View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322079

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mr. Rick Westerhof
P: 231-584-3553
F: 231-584-2462
Rick_Westerhof@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Midwest Region Office
6644 Turner Road
Elmira, Michigan 49730

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Great Lakes Basin

CFDA Number:

15.608 and 15.662

Funding or Pin Number:

F20AS00027

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   New York;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   Wisconsin

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