The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is inviting federally recognized tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) to submit project proposals for the Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) program. The TWG program is designed to fund tribal projects which benefit wildlife and their habitat, particularly to protect those species which have cultural or traditional importance and are not hunted or fished. Project proposals are to be submitted through Regional USFWS offices and must be postmarked September 2, 2011, or earlier to be considered.
Proposals are evaluated according to resource benefit, performance measures, work plan, budget, capacity building and their partnerships and contributions. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, consultant services, subcontracts, acquisitions and travel. Some examples of uses for TWGs are:
• 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
• Habitat mapping or evaluation
• Field surveys and population monitoring
• Conservation easements
• Restoration of habitat
• Management of invasive species
• Public education relevant to the proposed project
In FY 2011, TWG program funding was $6.9 million; however due to the current budget environment, tribes can likely expect program cuts or, in the best case scenario, level funding. The maximum project award is $200,000 with between $25,000 to $30,000 as the minimum project award size. Last year 38 of the140 applications were funded. The original project solicitation is attached but the full FY 2012 TWG Application Kit may be found at: http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/grants.html.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tribal Wildlife Grant program.