Briefings - Wildlife Restoration Act
Eligible Participants: State fish and wildlife agencies, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia are all authorized to participate in the Wildlife Restoration Program, commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Program ("PR").
Funding: The source of funds for the Act is a manufacturer's excise tax paid on guns, ammunition, and bows and arrows. Funds collected from this excise tax during a given fiscal year are apportioned to eligible participants at the beginning of the next fiscal year. The amount received by each State is determined by a formula which considers the total area of the State and the number of licensed hunters in the State. No State can receive more than 5 percent of the total amount available for apportionment, or less than one-half of 1 percent. Other eligible participants (DC and insular areas) each receive one-sixth of 1 percent. Funds are available for obligation for a 2-year period.
Matching Reqirements: Approved projects can be reimbursed up to a maximum federal share of 75 percent. The grantee must provide at least 25 percent of the project funding from a non-federal source. Federal funds are provided on a cost-reimbursement basis, i.e., the grantee must incur costs before requesting reimbursement of the Federal share of those costs.
Project Application/Selection Process: Grantees submit project proposals and grant agreements to the Regional Office. These are reviewed by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restortation Program (WSFRP) staff for eligibility under the Act, and substantiality in character and design, and compliance with Federal regulations. If approved, the federal share of the project funding is obligated from the grantee's apportionment. The grantee may then begin the project and be reimbursed as costs are incurred.
Grantees are not in competition with each other for funding and have full authority to determine their needs and priorities and submit projects accordingly. The WSFRP Office determines whether the projects are: 1) eligible under the Act; 2) address a legitimate, described need; and 3) are designed to meet the need in a reasonable way at a reasonable cost. Grant recipients must comply with nearly 30 other federal acts or requirements, such as the Endangered Species Act, NEPA, archeological and historical requirements, etc. Projects are monitored to ensure they are completed as proposed and funds are spent on approved grant activities.
Ruth Utzurrum, Pacific Islands Coordinator (email@example.com) 808-792-9571