At a Glance
How to Manage your NMBCA Grant
The 2014 program application deadline is December 3.
Since 2002, more than $46.5 million in grants.
Grants have supported 422 projects in 36 countries.
Partners have contributed an additional $178.5 million.
More than 3.25 million acres of habitat affected.
If you are a the Project Officer (coordinator) for a NMBCA grant Recipient,
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (DBHC) manages the NMBCA grants program and administers all grants. As a grant recipient, you are assigned a specific DBHC Grant Officer to help manage the grant and to monitor progress. Your role as Project Officer is crucial, as the person that the grant officer contacts for all issues.
Please note that our guidelines and policies may change over time, so you should refer regularly to this page and to the “Grant Administration Guidelines” to see whether there are updates that affect project management.
Your performance as a project manager can affect your organization’s ability to obtain future NMBCA grants. The NMBCA program evaluates each grant recipient and documents performance in permanent files. These files are open to auditors during grant audits. We also report on grant performance to the proposal selection team, which considers past performance when evaluating new grant applications for funding.
THE BASICS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Know How to Meet Your Obligations
Seek Prior Approval
You will likely have to return grant funds if you do not seek prior approval for the following:
Remember that two fundamental and important indicators of success of your NMBCA grant are:
Accomplishing less than 100 percent of the approved acres and match dollars will likely result in a reduction of federal funds.
Matching contributions are integral to your project and you must report on your achievement of all match commitments.
For project activities in the United States (except Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada, the non-Federal share must be in cash.
For project activities outside of the United States and Canada, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands the non-Federal share can be cash or in-kind contributions.
Rules for receiving an advance of funds:
After you receive your initial funding and/or advance of funds:
If your headquarters are located in the USA, please follow the instructions for domestic recipients at http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Payments/index.shtm. If you have questions about the ASAP process, go to http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/FAPO/Service_Grants.htm.
If your headquarters are located outside the USA, regardless of where your bank is located, please go to the non-domestic recipient payments page at http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Payments/NonUSindex.shtm.
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