NAWCA 2023-1 US Standard Notice of Funding Opportunity is now available!

FY2023-1 US Standard Grants notice of funding opportunity is now available to accept proposal submissions. The funding opportunity is advertised on grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336834 , however,  apply directly within www.grantsolutions.gov
Below are instructions on applying directly to an announcement within GrantSolutions: 
https://www.grantsolutions.gov/support/public/pdf/QuickSheetDirectedAnnouncement.pdf

Announcement title: NAWCA 2023-1 US Standard GrantsAnnouncement funding opportunity number: F23AS00002Deadline: February 25, 2022 by 11:59pm EST
Attached are FY23/CY22 US Standard instructions, proposal template, proposal tables templates, financial table examples, and US Eligibility Criteria documents. 
On pages 5 and 6 of the US Standard Instructions is beginning instructions on GrantSolutions uploading information, steps to register for DUNS (UEI number), and steps to setup account within GrantSolutions. 
If you are a Federal applicant, email your proposal and supporting documents to dbhc@fws.gov 
MAJOR CHANGES/UPDATES FROM THE 2021 US STANDARD GRANT INSTRUCTIONS

  • Migratory Birds Program is currently in the process of a full website reconstruction that will affect many of the FWS links that provide additional information in this document. After January 1, 2022 please visit https://www.fws.gov and search for the following to find the documents:

               o US Grant Standards to access US Grant Administration Standards               o US Standard proposal outline to download fillable Microsoft Word US Standard proposal outline template               o NAWCA US eligibility to access US Eligibility Criteria and Processes
*All documents benefiting the 2023-1 US Standard cycle are attached as well as attached to the funding opportunity along with Grant Administration Standards.

  • Grant Administration Costs description clarification – affects ‘Other Direct Grant/Match Activities’ financial table justification on page 5 of the proposal outline template. See page 20 of US instructions for more information.
  • Attachment Appendix A of priority wetland-associated birds by BCR has been revised based on the results of the 2021 Birds of Conservation Concern report. Appendix A affects technical assessment question (TAQ) 2. See Attachment A at the end of the US Standard instructions.
  • TAQ5 – Part B has been updated with climate change info and have been added to the proposal outline template: 

           Provide a brief narrative describing the significance of the proposal to:           • How the project area and tracts might be affected by climate change and other changing environmental conditions within the next 30-50 years,           • How the activities proposed will address, in a resilient and adaptive manner, any effects caused by climate change and other changing environmental conditions.

  • FYI: Beginning January 1, 2022, DOI will be implementing the project abstract summary in GrantSolutions. This summary must include the total number of acres affected, project location (i.e. counties and states), benefit to birds, and activities involved. This information can be copied from the Proposal Summary Page’s proposal purpose and description section. There is a 4,000 character limit.
  • 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon Macondo Oil spill funds are available to be used for FY23. If you are interested in requesting gulf spill funds, the question and additional requirements is included in the 2022 proposal outline template on page 1: 

            Are you requesting that this proposal be considered for funding using BP Gulf Spill funds? Yes/No 

            If yes, you must demonstrate a nexus between your project and the migratory bird species and other wildlife and habitat affected by the Gulf spill. Furthermore, provide the best                    available science-based information (banding information, telemetry, etc.) indicating that the population(s) of species targeted in this proposal also use habitats along the Gulf of                    Mexico that were affected by the Spill. 

            *NAWCA Priority Bird Crosswalk List (attachment B) is on page 66 and NAWCC Priority Gulf Spill Funding Zones is on page 68 of the 2022 US Standard Instructions

 Let us know if you have any questions and thank you for your interest in the North America Wetlands Conservation US Standard Program!

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