The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative targets the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem by funding and implementing federal projects that address these problems. One goal is to improve habitat and wildlife protection and restoration. Using appropriations from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds.
Restoration projects will be completed on privately owned (non-federal, non-state) lands. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, completing projects within the watersheds of Great Lakes Areas of Concern and in coastal zones. The PFW Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources.
In the Great Lakes watershed, PFW biologists from eight states coordinate with project partners, stakeholders, and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the PFW Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the PFW state coordinator PRIOR TO submitting an application for funding.
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
City or township governments
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
There is a required match. The program anticipates 75 awards $25,000-$400,000. The deadline is July 16. Contact us for more details. To learn more about GFA please visit our website at http://gfa.tc.
The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program (AHGP) began in October 2013 and will operate each year that funding is available. A total of $1,000,000 will be available for the Fiscal Year 2014 grant cycle from the Game and Fish Protection Fund. The AHGP’s purpose is to improve fish and other aquatic organism populations by protecting intact and rehabilitating degraded aquatic habitat by funding targeted habitat projects by federal, tribal, local and state units of government, non-profit groups and individuals that focus on the controlling processes not the symptoms of the problem. To facilitate the success of these efforts, the program will provide technical assistance to grantees. The AHGP is administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through a cooperative effort between Fisheries Division and Grants Management.
The applicant must commit to provide at least 10 percent of the total project cost in the form of local
match. The match may be in any of the following forms:
- donations of materials, equipment or services
- grantee’s force account labor, equipment, or materials.
Scores for projects with matching funds will be increased based upon the amount of match provided.
This program is designed to address the following Department’s and Fisheries Division’s combined goals:
- Protect intact and rehabilitate degraded aquatic resources;
- Ensure sustainable fish and aquatic organism communities that enable long-term recreational use and enjoyment and facilitate natural resource based economies; and
- Develop strong relationships and partnerships with respect to aquatic habitat protection and recovery
Only those costs directly associated with completing the project and incurred during the project period
with the exception of engineering, design and design administration costs, are eligible for
reimbursement or as “credit” toward local match. Categories of eligible costs include:
- Salaries/wages (including fringe benefits) for paid labor costs.
- Donated services/volunteer labor (credited at minimum wage).
- Materials (purchased or donated).
- Contractual services (must be competitively bid if $10,000 or more).
- Engineering and design (no more than 15% of project cost).
- Project administrative costs (no more than 10% of project cost).
- Equipment (donated or rented).
- Project signs.
- Permit application fees for permits required for the project. Contact regulatory agencies well in advance of applying for a grant to determine “permit-ability” of the proposed project and to avoid delays if the project is funded.
- Engineering, design and design administration costs incurred up to 6 months prior to the project period specified in the project agreement or amendment. (Note: These costs are at your own risk and will not be reimbursed if a grant is not awarded.)
- Projects with scope of work outside the grant focus area are not eligible for Aquatic Habitat Grant support. Within the focus area, the following types of projects are also not eligible:
- Activities that do not protect intact or rehabilitate degraded waters.
- Development of public access or other recreation sites.
- Routine maintenance activities.
- Projects on private waters that include: isolated waterbodies without direct public access; waters without permanent inflows or outflows to other waterbodies; and waters that have never been stocked with fish from DNR (or its predecessors) hatcheries
For all projects, the following items are ineligible for reimbursement with grant funds or as part of the
local match contribution:
- Costs incurred outside of the project period specified in the project agreement or amendment.
- Maintenance and operation.
- Salaries/wages not directly related to the project.
- Costs related to conferences including meals, lodging, mileage, conference fees and speaker
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