Presentation on theme: "Funding Available Through the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and Tips for Habitat Grant Writing Michael Redmer US Fish & Wildlife Service Chicago Illinois."— Presentation transcript:
Funding Available Through the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and Tips for Habitat Grant Writing Michael Redmer US Fish & Wildlife Service Chicago Illinois Field Office 1250 South Grove Suite 103 Barrington, Illinois 60010
The Mission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service: “Working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.”
USFWS “Trust Resources,” and their habitats. Migratory birds. Interjurisdictional fish. Federal endangered, threatened, and candidate species. Also a strong interest in any other “aquatic” wildlife.
How do we accomplish our mission? Manage the National Wildlife Refuge System Conserving habitat Regulatory responsibility Law enforcement Education/outreach Working with local governments Working with not-for profit groups Working with private landowners
Working with private landowners…including local units of government. Provide technical assistance Occasional funding Is voluntary!
Two primary funding sources for local projects in NE Illinois: Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Northeast Illinois Wetland Conservation Account Grants (in Partnership with The Conservation Fund and Corps of Engineers). Challenge Cost-Share/Flex Funds
Partners for Fish & Wildlife Discretionary funds: Purchase order & simple agreement (NOT a grant). Cost share (1:1 landowner: USFWS). Small projects: (USFWS share <$5K). Project duration: 10 year minimum. Common small PFW projects: –Purchase/planting native seeds/plugs. –Install water control device/disable farm tile. –Brush cutting/licensed herbicide application. –Should not pay for prescribed burns.
Partners for Fish & Wildlife projects in Chicago Area Based Primarily on Trust Resource Benefits Migratory birds. Interjurisdictional fishes. –Other aquatic species/resources. Federal endangered/threatened species. USFWS Regional Priority species. See: http://midwest.fws.gov/pdf/priority.pdf
Partners for Fish & Wildlife: Helps fund Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s “Rain Garden Initiative.” For more information, go to: www.standingupforillinois.org/cleanwater/raingardens.php
Challenge Cost Share/Flex Funds Several Dedicated Fund categories: –Non-Game Bird Conservation Research. –Joint Venture (wetland birds) Research. –Great Lakes Coastal Habitat. –Challenge Cost Share (must benefit National Wildlife Refuge). Awards range from $3K to $25K (Coastal). “RFP” Mailed, proposals due in early Autumn. Apply through Chicago Office. Projects must be completed in one year.
Other Sources: National Grants & Federal Aid National Coastal Wetlands Conservation. North American Waterbird Conservation Act (NAWCA) –May work with Chicago Office to develop proposal. State Wildlife Grants (“SWG”). –Requires 1:1 match, but is a federal grant administered by IDNR…may not be matched with fed funds.
USFWS Funding Breakdown FundSourceAvailable toMatch?Amounts PFWUSFWS/CIFOPrivate landowners, local gov’t 1:1 required<$5,000 Flex Funds USFWS/Region 3 (apply through CIFO) Local gov’t NGO’s 1:1 “strongly suggested” $5,000- $25,000 Federal Aid USFWS Division of Federal Aid (develop project w/CIFO) States & participating partners Depends on partners and program Varies, up to $1M NAWCAUSFWS Division of Migratory birds (develop project w/CIFO) States and local partners Depends on partners and program $50,000 small $1M large
Important Web Sites: Chicago Illinois Field Office, Habitat Restoration/Funding Pages: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Chicago/habitatrestoration.htm http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Chicago/fundsources.htm USFWS National/Federal Assistance Grants: http://www.fws.gov/grants/
A Few Tips for Grant Writers Always try to get matching funds, even if not required. Get technical assistance/feedback early in game. Express benefits and outcomes as cost per acre. Don’t submit incomplete proposals. But be concise (no “phone books”). Double, and triple check your arithmetic. Provide realistic timetables; avoid requesting extensions.