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Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program

Grants to USA Tribal Governments to Develop and
Implement Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Programs

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Native American Programs and Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR)

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06/05/19 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories tribal governments to develop, initiate, and implement programs that conserve wildlife and their natural habitat, including species of traditional or tribal cultural importance. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations before applying. Species that are not to be hunted or fished are also eligible for this program.

The TWG Program provides opportunities for federally recognized Tribes to engage in fish and wildlife conservation efforts on their lands, many of which are located adjacent to DOI-managed lands. Many of the TWG-funded project activities increase fish and wildlife populations, allowing for hunting and fishing opportunities on and off Tribal lands. Additionally, the TWG Program also funds project activities that align and assist the Service with Endangered Species Act (ESA) activities supporting downlisting, delisting, and preventing species listing under the ESA.

Specifically, TWG Program awards assist and help fulfill the following DOI priorities:

1) Creating a Conservation Stewardship Legacy Second Only to Teddy Roosevelt
2) Utilizing Our Natural Resources
3) Restoring Trust With Our Local Communities
4) Ensuring Sovereignty Means Something

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

- Planning for conservation of fish and wildlife, and their habitats
- Conservation management actions for fish and wildlife, and their habitats
- Field and laboratory research related to fish and wildlife resources
- Natural history studies
- Fish passage
- Habitat mapping or evaluation
- Field surveys and population monitoring
- Restoration of habitat
- Management of invasive species
- Public education relevant to the proposed project

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GrantWatch ID#: 157001

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The Service will award grants up to a maximum of $200,000 for a single project. There is no grant award minimum.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to federally recognized Tribal governments listed in the current Federal Register Notice of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is the official listing of all federally recognized tribes in the U.S. pursuant to Section 104 under the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-454; 108 Stat. 4791-4792).

The most recent Notice was published in the Federal Register, 81, FR 5019 (January 29, 2016), Tribal organizations and other entities may participate as sub-grantees or contractors to federally recognized Tribes. This information is available at under the heading Tribal Leaders Directory.

Applicant Tribes must bring all administrative and fiscal reporting for open TWG grants up to date in order to be eligible to apply for new funds. Applicants will be notified within five business days upon receiving proposals noting any outstanding reporting issues that need to be addressed. Tribes will then have thirty days to bring these grants into compliance. Proposals from Tribes that have not brought past due reports (e.g., interim or final performance reports, or interim or final financial status reports) up to date in this 30-day period will be found ineligible and excluded from further consideration in the FY 2019 TWG cycle.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received no later than June 5, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Applicants are recommended to submit applications early enough to address any unforeseen technical complications and verify that all documents have been received by your Regional Native American Liaison or WSFR Regional Office before the deadline.

Federal law mandates that all entities applying for Federal financial assistance must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).

You are strongly urged to revalidate your registration as often as needed to ensure that your information is up-to-date and consistent with changes that may have been made to DUNS and Internal Revenue Service information.

Applicants are encouraged to work with Service staff in developing proposal applications.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Scott Aikin (National Native American Programs
(360) 604-2531

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
8510 NE 69th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683

D.J. Monette (Associate Native American Liaison Advisor)
(413) 244-4495

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035

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