[Federal Register: March 2, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 41)]
[Page 9838-9839]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

Fiscal Year 2004 Private Stewardship Grants Program; Revision of 
Eligibility Requirements, and Proposal Due Date Extension

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; revision of eligibility requirements, and extension of 
the due date.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), issued a 
Federal Register notice on January 6, 2004 (69 FR 670), announcing the 
request for proposals for the fiscal year 2004 Private Stewardship 
Grants Program (PSGP). We are now revising the eligibility requirements 
to clarify, and correctly notice, that projects on lands owned by 
conservation organizations are eligible for funding through the PSGP. 
We are also extending the due date for submission of project proposals 
for Federal assistance under the PSGP to March 31, 2004.

DATES: Project proposals must be received by the appropriate Regional 
Office (see Table 1 in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) no later than March 
31, 2004.

ADDRESSES: For additional information, contact the Service's Regional 
Office that has the responsibility for the State or Territory in which 
the proposed project would occur. The contact information for each 
Regional Office is listed in Table 1 under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
below. Information on the PSGP is also available from the Branch of 
State Grants, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, 
Room 420, Arlington, VA 22203, or electronically at http://endangered.fws.gov/grants/private_stewardship.html
, or by e-mail from 

    Send project proposals to the Service's Regional Office that has 
the responsibility for the State or Territory in which the proposed 
project would occur (see Table 1 under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Program Contact in the appropriate 
Regional Office identified in Table 1 under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, 
or Don Morgan, Chief, Branch of State Grants (703/358-2061).



    Congress appropriated $7.5 million from the Land and Water 
Conservation Fund in Fiscal Year 2004 for the PSGP. The PSGP provides 
grants and other assistance on a competitive basis to individuals and 
groups engaged in private, voluntary conservation efforts that benefit 
species listed or proposed as endangered or threatened under the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), candidate species, or 
other at-risk species on private lands within the United States.
    On January 6, 2004, we published in the Federal Register (69 FR 
670) a notice announcing the request for proposals for the fiscal year 
2004 PSGP. In that notice, we advised potential applicants that a 
complete program announcement and request for proposals could be 
accessed by visiting Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). Within the

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complete program announcement and request for proposals (Notice of 
Availability of Federal Assistance), potential applicants were provided 
with a set of minimum eligibility criteria. One of the eligibility 
criteria could be read to exclude projects on lands owned by 
conservation organizations from eligibility for funding under the PSGP. 
We are now revising the eligibility requirements to clarify, and 
correctly notice, that projects on lands owned by conservation 
organizations are eligible for funding through the PSGP. Specifically, 
section III (Eligibility Information), part 3 (Other), item 2, is 
revised now to read as follows: ``The project must be on land that is 
privately owned and must entail new or changed management that benefits 
the target species. That is, the projects we seek to support should 
reflect new starts and should not fund management efforts already in 
place or ongoing.''
    The January 6, 2004, notice also stated that project proposals must 
be received by the appropriate Regional Office within 60 days of the 
notice. Due to the need to revise and clarify the eligibility criteria, 
and due to substantial interest by the public in participating in this 
program, we are now extending the due date for submission of project 
proposals for Federal assistance under the Private Stewardship Grants 
Program (PSGP) to March 31, 2004.

How To Apply for a PSGP Grant

    A complete program announcement and request for proposals may be 
accessed by visiting Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). Grants.gov is the new 

single point of entry for posting Federal Government grant and other 
assistance opportunities. Potential applicants for the PSGP may access 
program overview information, the full text of the announcement, and 
the application package for this request for proposals by accessing 
Grants.gov and then using the FIND utility (``Find Grant 
Opportunities,'' or http://fedgrants.gov/grants/servlet/SearchServlet/) 

to access this information. Potential applicants may use the FIND 
utility by searching for the PSGP either by entering the title 
``Private Stewardship Grants Program'' or by using the PSGP's Catalog 
of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number of 15.632.

                     Table 1.--Where To Send Project Proposals and List of Regional Contacts
                                                                                                Regional PSGP
          Service region             States or territory where    Where to send your PSGP     contact and phone
                                      the project will occur         project proposal              number
Region 1..........................  Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon,      Regional Director, U.S.     Heather Hollis
                                     Washington, American        Fish and Wildlife          (503/231-6241)
                                     Samoa, Guam, and            Service, Eastside Federal
                                     Commonwealth of the         Complex, 911 NE. 11th
                                     Northern Mariana Islands.   Avenue, Portland, OR
Region 1..........................  California and Nevada.....  Office Manager, U.S. Fish   Michael Fris
                                                                 and Wildlife Service,      (916/414-6464)
                                                                 Federal Building, 2800
                                                                 Cottage Way, Room W-2606,
                                                                 Sacramento, CA 95825-1846.
Region 2..........................  Arizona, New Mexico,        Regional Director, U.S.     Mike McCollum
                                     Oklahoma, and Texas.        Fish and Wildlife          (817/277-1100)
                                                                 Service, 500 Gold Avenue,
                                                                 SW., Room 4012,
                                                                 Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Region 3..........................  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,    Regional Director, U.S.     Peter Fasbender
                                     Michigan, Minnesota,        Fish and Wildlife          (612/713-5343)
                                     Missouri, Ohio, and         Service, Bishop Henry
                                     Wisconsin.                  Whipple Federal Building,
                                                                 One Federal Drive, Fort
                                                                 Snelling, MN 55111-4056.
Region 4..........................  Alabama, Arkansas,          Regional Director, U.S.     Mike Gantt
                                     Florida, Georgia,           Fish and Wildlife           (404/679-7081)
                                     Kentucky, Louisiana,        Service, 1875 Century
                                     Mississippi, North          Boulevard, Suite 200,
                                     Carolina, South Carolina,   Atlanta, GA 30345.
                                     Tennessee, Puerto Rico,
                                     and the U.S. Virgin
Region 5..........................  Connecticut, Delaware,      Regional Director, U.S.     Diane Lynch
                                     District of Columbia,       Fish and Wildlife          (413/253-8628)
                                     Maine, Maryland,            Service, 300 Westgate
                                     Massachusetts, New          Center Drive, Hadley, MA
                                     Hampshire, New Jersey,      01035-9589.
                                     New York, Pennsylvania,
                                     Rhode Island, Vermont,
                                     Virginia, and West
Region 6..........................  Colorado, Kansas, Montana,  Regional Director, U.S.     Pat Mehlhop
                                     Nebraska, North Dakota,     Fish and Wildlife          (303/236-7400 ext.
                                     South Dakota, Utah, and     Service, P.O. Box 25486,    225)
                                     Wyoming.                    Denver Federal Center,
                                                                 Denver, CO 80225-0486.
Region 7..........................  Alaska....................  Regional Director, U.S.     Michael Roy
                                                                 Fish and Wildlife          (907/786-3925)
                                                                 Service, 1011 East Tudor
                                                                 Road, Anchorage, AK 99503-

    Authority: This notice is published under the authority of the 
Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2004, H.R. 2691/Pub. L.108-108.

    Dated: February 25, 2004.
Craig Manson,
Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
[FR Doc. 04-4686 Filed 2-27-04; 12:01 pm]