2011 State Wildlife Grants
A request for preproposals to implement priorities identified in the Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan
As part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program, Congress charged each state and territory with developing a state Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS). Arkansas’ CWCS (now referred to as the Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan) provides an essential foundation for the future of wildlife conservation and an opportunity for state, federal agencies and other conservation partners to fit together individual and coordinated roles in conservation efforts across the state. As a part of this, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is responsible for requesting and administering State Wildlife Grants to support the implementation of the Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan. State Wildlife Grants are distributed specifically for the protection and management of species in greatest need of conservation identified in the Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan. The most recent federal guidelines (2007) for grants to states are provided online at www.wildlifearkansas.com.
Applying for a State Wildlife Grant
Who can apply? State Wildlife Grants are available to state agencies, nonprofit organizations, citizen groups, academic programs, universities and citizens of Arkansas.
What is the range of project funding? Projects totalling $10,000 to $300,000 will be considered for funding.
Who will evaluate preproposals and full proposals and make decisions on the grant awards? The 2011- 12 Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Team is composed of Mike Armstrong, Assistant Director for Field Services, AGFC; David Goad, Wildlife Division Chief, AGFC; Mark Oliver, Fisheries Division Chief, Scott Simon, Director of the Arkansas Field Office of The Nature Conservancy, and Mark Sattelberg, Field Supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conway, Arkansas office. Ken Smith has agreed to continue in his role as proposal reviewer.
What are the evaluation criteria? Preproposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
1) is feasible and practical in a 2 year time period; 2) addresses the priority actions of the Arkansas Wildlife
Action Plan as identified in Attachment A;
3) is within the scope of the funding priorities identified in this RFP;
4) makes every attempt to use funds as efficiently as possible; and
5) is within qualifications and abilities of organization/ individuals involved in project.
In addition to these criteria, projects that propose to have direct matching funds, involve multiple organizations, leverage additional conservation results beyond the individual project, or may serve as models for conservation that can be replicated elsewhere are encouraged.
What is the duration of funding for projects?
November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2013 .
Will my preproposal be kept confidential? No. We broadly solicit reviews from about all of the preproposals. Review comments are taken into consideration by the Implementation Team when funding decisions are made.
How does the grant proposal process work? AGFC is using a 3-step process:
1) a call for preproposals due in January;
2) a solicitation for comments on preproposals due in February; and
3) the Implementation Team will review the preproposals in February (along with associated comments) and request some applicants to submit full proposals. Sometimes additional information or changes will be requested by the Implementation Team.
What is the deadline for submission of preproposals?
January 18, 2011.
When will award decisions be made? Full proposals must be approved by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission within our budgetary process (March - July) and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Aid Division usually in the fall. Contracts must be negotiated
between partners and AGFC for pass-through grants. If your project requires a contract, do not spend any grant funds prior to contract execution.
Are partnerships encouraged? Yes, partnerships between conservation organizations, academic entities, citizen groups and state agencies are encouraged.
How can I find out information about Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan? Updates are available at www.WildlifeArkansas.com.
Can federal funds, ie., Wildlife Habitat Incentives Programs (WHIP), be used as matching funds? No. Federal money cannot be used to match SWG funds.
Can SWG funds be used to buy land or easements?
Yes. The amount needed for purchasing land or easements can be estimated and we can reserve grant funds for this purpose.
How much match must applicants contribute?
Applicants will be required to provide matching funds. However, the amount of match has not yet been decided by Congress. As of November 18, 2010, we are hopeful that last year’s 35% non-federal match requirement will be continued. Once we are certain, we will notify applicants directly and post it at www.wildlifearkansas.com.
What are in-kind contributions? In-kind contributions include facilities, equipment, supplies or staff time and can be used as match. These should be included in the preproposal with information detailing the methodology for determining value.
Can I use institutional overhead as part of my match requirement? Yes, although proposals that use actual project related expenses as match will be ranked more highly.
Instructions for Submission of Preproposals
Please read these instructions carefully. 1. Submit preproposals as email attachments in MS Word or Acrobat pdf format no later than January 18, 2011 to email@example.com
2. Material submitted that does not conform to this format will not be considered. The length of the preproposal is limited to 5 pages. Font size should be 11 point and margins should be 1 inch on all sides. Please do not use all caps.
3. Page 1 is a single cover page with contact/general information:
a. Title of Project b. Project summary (no more than 6 lines long)
c. Name of project leader and job title (only one project leader)
e. Email address
f. Physical mailing address
h. Project partners: other principal individuals involved (name, title, affiliation, email, phone)
i. Total amount of project cost j. Total amount of SWG money requested
k. Amount and source of matching funds or inkind services (that applicant provides)
4. The Project Statement is on pages 2-4 and is the principal component of the preproposal and should be written as clearly and concisely as possible. The Project Statement may include tables, graphs, and photos. These pages provide the following information.
The required elements of a project statement are
a. Need - Which of the priorities in Attachment A does your preproposal address? Explain.
b. Objective - What do you intend to do c. Expected Results and Benefits d. Approach
e. Location of Work - in which ecoregion, ecobasin, terrestrial habitat or area will your project be conducted? A map is helpful.
f. Budget - What is the proposed total budget of your project? Applicants will be required to provide matching funds. We will provide detailed information about match requirements when we have been notified of the Congressional decision.
5. Page 5 is a single page outlining the qualifications of the individual(s) and organization(s) involved.
For further information:
Jane Anderson, Assistant Chief Wildlife Management Division Arkansas Game and Fish Commission 2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205 501-223-6350 firstname.lastname@example.org
Page(s) in Plan
For further information, download the Request for Proposal.
Contact Arkansas State Wildlife Grants
Contact Arkansas State Wildlife Grants
Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Coordinator
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205