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North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) - U.S. Small Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to
Protect and Restore Wetland Bird Habitat

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadline Date:

10/17/19 4:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants starting at $1,000 to USA nonprofits, government agencies, and IHEs for projects involving the protection, enhancement, restoration, or establishment of wetland-associated migratory birds, including wetlands and upland habitats. This funding stream is intended for small-scale, long-term, on-the-ground wetland conservation work.

Specific examples of costs that are eligible to be paid with NAWCA Grant Funds:

  • Acquisition: This category includes fee-title acquisition and donation (transfer of title), conservation easement and lease acquisition and donation; appraisal fees; acquisition negotiations; acquisition legal costs; boundary surveys; travel and transportation, and annual payments for 10-year conservation agreements (or the maximum duration allowed by state law).
  • Wetland restoration: The manipulation of the physical, chemical and/or biological characteristics of a site with the goal of returning natural/historic functions to a former or degraded wetland is considered restoration. Restoration can further be defined as either re-establishment (returning natural/historic functions to a former wetland resulting in a gain in wetland acres) or rehabilitation (repairing natural/historic functions of a highly degraded wetland resulting in no gain in wetland acres). Rehabilitation is considered a one-time action. This category includes engineering and design costs that lead to restoration activities occurring during the project period or allowed as old match, travel and transportation, material and supply costs, and equipment (including all-terrain vehicles) with a current value of $5,000 or more secured by the most cost-effective and feasible method. This category does not include periodic repair/maintenance activity. This category does include restoration work on upland associated habitat.
  • Wetland Enhancement: The manipulation of the physical, chemical and/or biological characteristics of a wetland site to improve specific functions of the wetland is enhancement. The result produces no gain in wetland acres. This category includes the same eligible costs as restoration above, plus nest boxes; habitat islands; and initial land management costs caused by the proposal (e.g., fencing and signing). This category does not include periodic repair/maintenance activity. This category does include enhancement work on upland associated habitat.
  • Wetland Establishment: The manipulation of the physical, chemical and/or biological characteristics present to develop a wetland that did not previously exist. The result produces a gain in wetland acres. This category includes the same eligible costs as restoration above.
  • Other Direct Long-Term Wetlands Conservation Work: Direct long-term wetlands conservation work (e.g., administering the NAWCA grant agreement; conducting required state and Federal compliance activities [e.g., permits, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, and contaminants surveys]; and conducting work that cannot easily be assigned to other activity categories).
  • Indirect Costs: These costs are different from directly attributable administrative costs and must be supported by a negotiated Indirect Cost rate approved by the Federal government.
  • Accomplishment of work: Work to be accomplished must be done in the project area(s) defined in the proposal. 
  • Work Prior to Submission Date: For all activities, grant funds cannot be used for work completed prior to submission of the proposal or for costs incurred before the Service receives the grant proposal. 
  • Salary Costs: Salary costs (with the exception of travel expenses) associated with USFWS  Term/Temporary/Seasonal/Intermittent Employees actively working on NAWCA project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173908

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

50

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals requesting $100,000 or less will be considered as a NAWCA Small Grant. The award floor is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds may be used for project activities necessary to meet proposal objectives that occur during the two-year project period (starting the date in which the grant agreement is signed); or during the pre-agreement period (after the proposal is received but before the grant agreement is signed).

All eligible costs must be directly linked to eligible acquired, restored, or established acres that are completed during the project period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant type is unrestricted.

The following grant costs/activities are ineligible to be paid with NAWCA grant funds (these activities may be eligible as a match under certain circumstances:
- Stewardship costs
- Monitoring or evaluation costs
- Proposal planning and development costs, including experiments, studies, or other investigations to document resource values
- Interest on a loan
- Administrative salary costs incurred prior to grant execution (including for proposal development) and after the project period are not eligible for grant funding
- Costs related to enrollment of participants in other Federal conservation programs
- Salaries and travel expenses for permanent, full-time Federal employees

The following costs/activities are ineligible to be paid with NAWCA grant funds or to be used as match:
- Actions that will put credits into wetlands mitigation banks
- Mitigation activity required by Federal, State or local wetland regulations. Federal mitigation activity includes compliance under the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1934, as amended, or the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, as amended. This includes mitigation required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers related to development or management of water resources (such as, but not limited to, Section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act), actions to benefit fish and wildlife resources that are required as part of a settlement or relicensing of an energy project under the Federal Power Act, compensation required under the Federal Water Projects Recreation Act, etc.
- Unless your approved NICRA specifically allows it, indirect costs calculated on a base that include the following are ineligible:
1.Subgrants (sub-awards), the portion of contracts and subcontracts above $25,000, any in-kind match provided by a party other than the applicant;
2. Non-match, in-kind match from partners other than the partner with the NICRA, and contributions from Federal agencies and other items that “distort” the cost base
3. The purchase price of interests in real property and the cost to put it into place, including legal and administrative fees associated directly with the transfer of the property
4. The purchase price of equipment with an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit and a useful life of more than one year (consistent with recipient policy, lower limits may be established)
- Law enforcement
- Research
- The value of existing residences, structures, and buildings unnecessary for wetlands conservation purposes and the cost to construct, remove or repair same; in the case of allowable development envelopes, the acres and costs associated with the envelopes should not be included as part of the proposal
- Boat ramps, parking lots, roads, and other public access work
- Observation towers and blinds
- Routine operations and maintenance salaries and costs
- Acquisition of tractors and other equipment if it would be more cost-effective to rent, lease or use equipment on hand
- Acquisition of vehicles (note that all-terrain vehicles are considered equipment if the acquisition cost is more than $5,000 per unit)
- Loss of income (e.g., lost grazing revenue)
- Contingencies
- Non-proposal specific communications products
- Salaries and travel expenses for permanent, full-time Federal employees
- An easement that is subordinate to a mortgage or lien
- Costs over the appraised value for lease, fee-title and easement acquisitions
- Short-term annual conservation activities, such as annual predator management- Materials or salaries related to conservation education
- Land-owner incentive payments
- Maintenance or habitat management costs other than qualified restoration/enhancement/establishment actions

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by Oct 17, 2019, Oct 17, 2019, at 4:00 PM EST.

All proposal applications are processed in the weeks following the application deadline. Final decisions regarding project selections will be made by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council at its meeting in February.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their regional coordinator Joint Venture coordinator early in the proposal development process. Coordinators can provide guidance on developing projects and proposals. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their regional coordinator Joint Venture coordinator early in the proposal development process. Coordinators can provide guidance on developing projects and proposals.

Partners must match their grant request at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio. For example, applicants requesting a $100,000 grant would also need to contribute at least $100,000 in partner funds (from nonfederal sources) towards the project. Funds that pass through a nonfederal partner but originate from the Federal government are not eligible as a match.

All eligible costs must be directly linked to eligible acquired, restored, or established acres that are completed DURING the project period. This means that each grant and match dollar, except for indirect costs, must be linked to an acre acquired, restored, and/or enhanced.

In order to apply for a grant, you and/or your organization must complete the Grants.Gov registration process. The registration process for an organization or an individual can take between three to five business days.

Applicants must have an active registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR), which is housed within the System for Award Management (SAM). If you are receiving funds as an individual not operating as a business, you are not required to register in CCR. You can register in CCR or obtain additional CCR information online at https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/##11.

Applicants must have a DUNS number. Dun and Bradstreet issue the DUNS number to federal grant applicants free of charge online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319755
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Joint Venture Directory: https://www.fws.gov/birds/management/bird-conservation-partnership-and-initiatives/migratory-bird-joint-ventures/joint-venture-directory.php

Contact Information:

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

E-mail your completed proposal outline, partner letters, SF-424, SF 424-D, and other attachments as one single PDF file to nawca_smallgrant@fws.gov.

E-mail a copy of the final narrative proposal to your Joint Venture Coordinator and proposal partners, as you deem appropriate.

For general program information, contact:

Rodecia McKnight, Small Grants Program Coordinator
rodecia_mcknight@fws.go
(703) 358-2266

Anya Rushing
anya_rushing@fws.gov
(703) 358-2032

CFDA Number:

15.623

Funding or Pin Number:

F19AS00342

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