Monitoring to Conserve Midwestern Birds
The USFWS Midwest Region’s Division of Migratory Birds is pleased to announce the availability of funding through their small grants program for specific projects to advance the science and implementation of migratory bird conservation in the Upper Midwest. A description of the projects for which we seek proposals follows...
HOWEVER, for complete instructions on submitting proposals, please:
The NOFO Instructions can also be found here.
Please Note that proposals should be submitted through Grants.gov
(Apply under the Actions column) and not through the Migratory Birds program, but applicants are encouraged to discuss potential proposals with the individuals mentioned under each of the categories for which proposals are requested.
The Deadline for submitting proposals is 23 April 2017.
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Notice of Funding Opportunity F17AS00127
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Region 3 Division of Migratory Birds
Migratory Bird appropriation: 16 U.S.C. 661
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 15.647
To focus conservation on the highest priority issues with the greatest probability of making a difference for birds, the Midwest Migratory Bird Conservation Program operates under the USFWS business model known as Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC). SHC integrates biological planning, landscape design, conservation delivery, and monitoring and evaluation in a way that generates adaptive feedback that enables sound decisions and constantly improves our efficiency and effectiveness in conserving birds.
Prospective grantees are encouraged to discuss ideas with the individuals identified with the ► symbols below. In 2017, the Midwest Migratory Bird Conservation Program will focus on:
A. Coordinated Bird Monitoring. We seek proposals that advance regional- and state-level bird monitoring priorities as identified through the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership. Priority will be given to proposals that address the following:
► For more information or to discuss bird monitoring proposal ideas, please contact Katie Koch (firstname.lastname@example.org; 906-226-1249); for information and ideas related to colonial waterbirds, contact Rachael Pierce (email@example.com; 517-351-5219).
B. Full Life Cycle Conservation Planning for Focal Species. The USFWS has worked recently with partners to develop conservation plans for focal species that identify threats and conservation actions to address those threats. Priority will be given to proposals that address the following:
► For more information or to discuss focal species proposal ideas for Wood Thrush, please contact Tom Will (firstname.lastname@example.org; 612-713-5362) or, for waterbirds, Rachael Pierce (email@example.com; 517-351-5219).
C. Grassland Bird Conservation. In recent years, the USFWS has worked with partners to develop and promote grassland bird conservation plans, collaborative workshops, and working groups for a number of high-priority grassland bird focal species. In 2017, we seek proposals that advance one or more of the following:
► For more information or to discuss grassland bird proposal ideas, please contact Kelly VanBeek (firstname.lastname@example.org; 507-494-6217).
D. Urban Bird Conservation.
For bird monitoring and conservation projects, we anticipate that a maximum of $200,000 will be awarded in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. In FY16, we were able to award only one new grant ($25,000), with priority given to continuing agreements—six grants averaging $27,600 (range: $11,667 to $49,436). In FY17, it is not likely that individual awards will be made for amounts greater than $80,000. We anticipate making approximately five awards in FY 2017.
This program uses grant agreements and cooperative agreements as the primary assistance instruments, and these instruments typically have a maximum period of performance of five years. For cooperative agreements, Service Migratory Birds staff will serve on a Steering Committee with other partners to help guide and direct progress on projects and to provide technical assistance where needed at critical project decision points; Service staff may also assist grantees with field work depending on the nature of the proposal. Funds will be awarded in FY 2017, but project periods of performance should not anticipate beginning earlier than 15 September 2017 due to uncertainties in the Federal budget and grant administration capacity.