[Federal Register: December 18, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 243)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act: Request for Grants 
Proposals for Year 2003

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of request for proposals.


SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to advise the public that the 
Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is accepting proposals for funding 
under the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (Act) program. 
Projects may be for protection and management of neotropical migratory 
bird populations; maintenance, management, protection, and restoration 
of their habitats; research and monitoring; law enforcement; and 
community outreach and education. Projects may be located in the United

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States, Latin America, or the Caribbean. Projects require matching 

DATES: Proposals must be sent no later than Friday, January 31, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Application materials may be found at http://birdhabitat.fws.gov.
 Proposals may be submitted as an electronic mail 
attachment to neotropical@fws.gov, or sent on a computer disk to: NMBCA 
Program, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Mail Stop MBSP--4075, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, 
Virginia USA 22203.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Doug Ryan or Office Secretary, 
Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, (703) 358-1784; facsimile (703) 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purposes of the Neotropical Migratory 
Bird Conservation Act (Act) are to:
    1. Perpetuate healthy populations of neotropical migratory birds;
    2. Assist in the conservation of these birds by supporting 
conservation initiatives in the United States, Latin America, and the 
Caribbean; and
    3. Provide financial resources and foster international cooperation 
for those initiatives.
    The Act authorizes $5 million for this program, and Congress 
appropriated $3 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2002. The program is 
expected to be funded in FY 2003. At a minimum, 75 percent of this 
money will be available for projects outside the United States. The 
maximum individual award for FY2003 will be $250,000. Federal funds 
requested under the Act must be matched 3:1 by non-Federal funds. That 
is, for every U.S. Federal dollar, three non-U.S. Federal dollars are 
required for the project. For projects in the United States, the non-
Federal share must be in cash. For projects in Latin America and the 
Caribbean, the non-Federal share may be cash or an in-kind 
    Projects may be located in the United States and in all countries 
of Latin America and the Caribbean, with the exception of Cuba. 
Projects in Canada are not eligible for this funding.
    An applicant may be an individual, corporation, partnership, trust, 
association, other private entity, government agency in the United 
States or a foreign country, or an international organization.
    The information collection requirements associated with grant 
proposals under the Act are approved under Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) control number 1018-0113, which expires on November 30, 
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number. The information collection 
solicited: is necessary to gain a benefit in the form of a grant, as 
determined by the Fish and Wildlife Service; is necessary to determine 
the eligibility and relative value of projects; results in an 
approximate paperwork burden of 40 hours per application; and does not 
carry a premise of confidentiality. The information collections in this 
program will not be part of a system of records covered by the Privacy 
Act (5 U.S.C. 552(a)).

    Dated: November 14, 2002.
Steve Williams,
[FR Doc. 02-31836 Filed 12-17-02; 8:45 am]