Briefings - State Wildlife Grants Program (SWG)
Purpose: To fund conservation planning and implementation for a wide array of wildlife. Wildlife in this program means “any species of wild, free-ranging fauna including fish, and also fauna in captive breeding programs the object of which is to reintroduce individuals of a depleted indigenous species in a previously occupied range.” Each State will determine these species in the context of developing a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan. These species must be fauna, not flora, and may include aquatic species and invertebrates.
For this program, “planning activities” are activities that contribute directly, and specifically to development or modification (updating or revision) of a specific plan that a State identifies in a grant proposal. “Implementation activities” are activities that a State intends to carry out to execute a specific plan or plans identified in an implementation grant proposal.
Eligible Participants: SWG Program funds are available through apportionments to Fish and Wildlife agencies of States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. The apportionment formula is based on the land area and population of the respective States.
Funding: Appropriations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in FY 2003 included $60 million for the SWG Program. These funds will be available for obligation by state fish and wildlife agencies until September 30, 2004; any remaining unobligated funds will be reapportioned to all States and Territories, together with any new funds appropriated in 2005.
Matching Requirement: For States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the federal share of planning grants shall not exceed 75% of total cost, and the federal share of implementation grants shall not exceed 50% of total cost. Insular areas (U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands) are waived from matching requirements for this program (based on 48 U.S.C.A. §1469a. (d)).
Project Application/Selection Process: Grantees submit project proposals and grant agreements to the Regional Office. These are reviewed by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFRP) staff for eligibility, 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 competing with one another for funding; they have full authority to determine needs and priorities and submit projects accordingly. The WSFRP office determines whether 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 activities.
Nell Fuller (firstname.lastname@example.org) 503-231-6758
Ruth Utzurrum, Pacific Islands Coordinator (email@example.com) 808-792-9571
Jane Chorazy - Tribal Grants (http://pacific.fws.gov/ea/tribal/default.htm) 503-231-2251