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Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program

Grants to USA Tribes in Multiple States
for Wildlife and Habitat Conservation

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Native American Liaison

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09/01/17 Postmarked or Received


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Grants to USA Tribal governments nationwide, excluding Hawaii, to promote the conservation of wildlife. Applications are invited for the development, implementation, or initiation of activities that protect wildlife and habitat, including species of traditional or cultural significance, and species that are not to be hunted or fished.

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
-Conservation easements
-Restoration of habitat
-Management of invasive species
-Public education relevant to the proposed project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157001

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

About 20-30 awards are expected to be issued.

Estimated Size of Grant:

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 2018 TWG cycle.

When an applicant is carrying two or more active TWG projects while applying for another, the Service has an administrative obligation to verify that there are no correctable problems in implementing the existing awards. The Service will review the reasons why those grants are still open before proceeding with further consideration. Tribes that demonstrate their effective use of TWG funds will not be affected. Tribes that have taken no significant action on any one of their two or more preexisting awards will not be considered eligible to apply for new TWG funds until the problem is resolved. Possible resolutions might be for the Tribe to demonstrate progress in the agreed upon activities of an inactive grant, demonstrate that the assertion of “no action” is incorrect, or the Tribe may cancel the grant so that the obligated funds may be recovered and made available to other Tribes in the next grant cycle.

Funding Restrictions:

a. Under certain conditions, TWG funds may be used to fund public education and law enforcement activities. In order for an education or law enforcement objectives to be eligible for TWG funding, these activities must constitute a minor portion of a grant’s project, and must be critical to the project’s success. “Minor” is considered no more than 10 percent of a project’s cost.

b. TWG funds may be used to conduct environmental reviews, habitat evaluations, permit reviews related to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and other environmental compliance activities only when they are directly related to the proposed project and are indicated in the proposal application.

c. Generally, only expenses incurred and budgeted during the grant period are reimbursable; the grant period begins with the effective date established at the time the grant is approved. However, a Tribe may request reimbursement for pre-award costs for certain necessary expenses detailed in the grant. Pre-award costs are those incurred prior to the effective date of the award where such costs are necessary to comply with the proposed delivery schedule or period of performance. Such costs are allowable only if the grant is awarded and only to the extent that they would have been allowable if incurred after the date of the award and only with the written approval of the awarding agency (2 CFR 200.458).

d. TWG funds cannot be used to conduct activities to comply with a Biological Opinion or for mitigating fish and wildlife habitat losses, where the obligation to mitigate is incurred by another Federal agency, State agency, or private entity; nor may the value of property purchased with TWG Program funds be used for similar purposes.. However, TWG funds can be used to implement conservation recommendations.

e. Projects may be proposed on lands other than those that are held in Tribal trust status. For projects that propose to conduct work off of trust lands, the Service requires assurance that, if awarded, the recipient has permission to conduct the activities proposed through a contract with the landowner. A contract would not be required where a Tribe retains treaty rights so long as the proposed activities are pursuant to those treaty rights.

f. In-kind/outside contributions and partnerships are not required. However, projects that include in-kind/outside contributions, or partnerships may score higher in the ranking process. Any partners providing funds or in-kind services must be listed in the proposal with a letter of support or commitment from each.

g. Proposals should be written for the shortest duration needed to accomplish project objectives. Grants may be extended if necessary. A project proposal that is a part of a longer-term initiative will be considered but the objectives, benefits, and tasks of the proposed project must stand on its own merits, as there are no assurances that additional funding will be awarded in future years for associated or complementary projects.

h. TWG appropriated funds cannot be used for land acquisition.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching funds and partnerships are not required. However, projects that include matching funds, in-kind contributions, or partnerships may score higher in the ranking process.

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

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).

Grant application packages for fiscal year 2018 must be e-mailed (or uploaded to, postmarked/received on or before September 1, 2017, and submitted to the appropriate Regional Office.

Tribal Wildlife Grants Program fiscal year 2018 funds, if any, are available for obligation, after being appropriated by Congress and approved by the President.

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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.

DJ Monette, Associate Native American Liaison Advisor

Region 1: Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

Nathan Dexter (Native American Liaison)
(503) 736-4774

Barbara Behan (TWG)
(503) 231-2066

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
Eastside Federal Complex
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232-4181

Region 2: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

Joseph Early (Native American Liaison)
(505) 248-6602

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
P.O. Box 1306
500 Gold Avenue, SW
Albuquerque, NM 87103

Region 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Chuck Traxler (Assistant Regional Director – External Affairs)
(612) 713-5313

Nick Palaia (TWG)
(612) 713-5387

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458

Region 4: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina, Tennessee

Tim Binzen (acting Native American Liaison)
(413) 253-8731

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Native American Liaison
1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 240
Atlanta, GA 30345

Region 5: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia

Tim Binzen (acting Native American Liaison)
(413) 253-8731

Richard Zane (TWG)
(413) 253-8506

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

Region 6: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

Anna Munoz (Assistant Regional Director - External Affairs)
(303) 236-4510

Denise Sanchez (TWG)
(303) 236-2985

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Native American Liaison
134 Union Blvd.,
P.O. Box 25486
Denver, Colorado 80225

Region 7: Alaska

Crystal Leonetti (Alaska Native Affairs Specialist)
(907) 786-3868

Kyle James (TWG)
(907) 786-3696

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Alaska Native Affairs Specialist
1011 East Tudor Road MS-261
Anchorage, AK 99503

Region 8: California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Richard Adkins (Native American Liaison)
(916) 978-5025

Damion Ciotti (TWG)
(530) 889-2327

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Habitat Restoration Division
2800 Cottage Way, W-1729
Sacramento, CA 95825

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