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neotropical migratory bird conservation act



                            APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

In 2000, the Congress of the United States passed the Neotropical Migratory Bird
Conservation Act (Act). The purposes of the Act are to

$ perpetuate healthy populations of neotropical migratory birds,
$ assist in the conservation of neotropical migratory birds by supporting conservation
  initiatives in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and
$ provide financial resources and to foster international cooperation for those

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with assistance from an Advisory Group, manages a
grants program to implement the terms of this legislation. Potential applicants are invited
to prepare project proposals for funding, following the guidelines below.

Who may apply?

$ An individual, corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other private entity,
$ An officer, employee, agent, department, or instrumentality of the Federal
  Government, state, municipality, or political subdivision of a state, or of any foreign
$ A state, municipality, or political subdivision of a state,
$ Any other entity subject to the jurisdiction of the United States or of any foreign
  country, or
$ An international organization.

Where may a project be located?

In the United States and in all countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, with the
exception of Cuba. Projects in Canada are not eligible for this funding.

What kind of projects are eligible?

$ Protection and management of neotropical migratory bird populations,
$ Maintenance, management, protection, and restoration of neotropical migratory bird
$ Research and monitoring,
$ Law enforcement, and
$ Community outreach and education.
What is the duration of a project?

Projects may be up to two years in duration.

What is a neotropical migratory bird?

For the purposes of this program, a neotropical migratory bird is one that breeds in or
migrates through the United States, at least to some extent, and spends the nonbreeding
season in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and/or South America. Birds from all
taxa are included, so that proposals may benefit landbirds, waterbirds, shorebirds,
waterfowl, raptors, and others. See for a list of these birds.

What are the match requirements?

Federal funds requested under the Act must be matched 3:1 by non-Federal funds. That is,
for every Federal dollar, three non-Federal dollars are required.

$ For projects in the United States, the non-Federal share must be in cash.
$ For projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, the non-Federal share may be cash or
  in-kind contributions.

How much can I apply for?

No limit has been established. A total of US$3 million is available for 2002.

In what languages may I submit proposals?

English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Proposals not submitted in English should
have an English summary.

What format can I use?

Use Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. Do not bind a printed proposal.

How long can the proposal be?

No more than 10 pages, including maps and the budget.

What is the deadline?

Project proposals must be postmarked no later than April 5, 2002.
May I send a preproposal?

Yes, applicants are encouraged, but not required, to send a preproposal (no more than 1
page in length) to the address listed below for review, prior to the deadline. Applicants
may contact the persons listed below for technical assistance in proposal development.

Where do I send the proposal?

Send it on a computer disk, along with the printed version, to

Division of Bird Habitat Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 No. Fairfax Drive, Room 110
Arlington, Virginia USA 22203

or send it as an electronic-mail attachment to

What criteria will be used in selecting projects?

$ Projects having activities located in important breeding and nonbreeding areas will be
  given priority.
$ Projects that satisfy important national or local objectives, in addition to having
  neotropical migratory bird conservation value, will be given priority. These may
  include biodiversity conservation, rural development, or others.

In the United States, proposals for protection and management of bird populations,
research and monitoring, law enforcement, or community outreach and education, will be
considered under the Act program. Proposals for habitat conservation located in wetlands
should be directed to the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. See

In Mexico, proposals involving wetland associated habitats and species should be
submitted to the North American Wetlands Conservation Council.

Who selects the projects for funding?

The Secretary of the Interior selects the projects, with assistance from the Advisory

What reporting requirements are there?
At a minimum, each grant recipient is required to submit a final report that describes the
success of meeting objectives as stated in the proposal, and reports expenditures on the

Who do I contact for further information?

Mr. Doug Ryan (habla español)
Division of Bird Habitat Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 No. Fairfax Drive, Room 110
Arlington, Virginia USA 22203
Telephone: 703-358-1784
Fax: 703-358-2282
E-mail: douglas

Mr. Gilberto Cintron-Molera (habla español, fala português)
Division of International Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 No. Fairfax Drive, Room 740
Arlington, Virginia USA 22203
Telephone: 703-358-1765

Information Collection Statement: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44
U.S.C. 3501), please note the following information. This information collection is
authorized by the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (P.L. 106-247). The
information collection solicited is necessary to gain a benefit in the form of a grant, as
determined by the Secretary of the Interior, is necessary to determine the eligibility and
relative value of conservation projects; results in an approximate paperwork burden of 40
hours per application; and does not carry a premise of confidentiality. Your response is
voluntary. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond
to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
An information collection package has been submitted to OMB for emergency approval.
The public is invited to submit comments on the accuracy of the estimated average
burden hours for application preparation and to suggest ways in which the burden may be
reduced. Comments may be submitted to: Information Collection Officer, Mail Stop 224
ARLSQ, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. 20240 and/or Desk Officer
for Interior Department (1018-0100), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs,
Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.

                                GRANT APPLICATION

I. Cover Page (1 page)

   Project Title
   County and Congressional District (U.S. only)
   Name of Person Responsible for Project
   Name of Organization
   Street Address
   Telephone Number
   Fax Number
   Email Address

   Summary of Project Purposes

   Total Funding Requested and Total Matching Funds (in U.S. Dollars)

II. Qualifications of Individuals Conducting the Project (1 page)

III. Project Description

   Demonstrate that the project will enhance the conservation of neotropical migratory
   bird species in the United States, Latin America, or the Caribbean. Describe the
   project activities. For habitat projects, estimate the area conserved.

   Is the project site in an important geographic region for neotropical migratory birds?
   Identify the ecoregion in which the project is located (see or contact us)

IV. Local Participation

   Describe the mechanisms included to ensure adequate local public participation in
   project development and implementation.

V. Agency Consultation

   Describe the assurances contained that the project will be implemented in consultation
   with relevant wildlife management authorities and other appropriate government
   officials with jurisdiction over the resources addressed by the project.
                                                                 FWS Form 3-2202

VI. Historic and Cultural Resources

   Demonstrate how the project is sensitive to local historic and cultural resources and
   complies with applicable laws.

VII. Sustainability

   Describe how the project will promote sustainable, effective, long-term programs to
   conserve neotropical migratory birds.

VIII. Other Information

   Provide any other information necessary for evaluating the proposal, such as

            Does the proposal represent a partnership among public, private and/or other
            Does the proposal address other local or national objectives, such as biological
            diversity conservation or rural development?
            Has the project site received any recognition for its natural resource values
            (e.g., by WHSRN or Ramsar, as an Important Bird Area, in a Bird
            Conservation Plan)?

            Are the natural resource values of the project site under threat?

IX. Evaluation

   Describe how the success of project activities will be evaluated. What outcomes will
   be measured?

X. Budget

   Attach an itemized budget table, having one column for Neotropical Act funding and
   one or more columns for partner contributions. Funds from U.S. Federal sources,
   although not eligible as match, may be listed in a separate column. Partner
   contributions must exceed the amount requested by at least 3:1. Indicate cash or in-
   kind contributions. Budget items may be justified in footnotes under the budget table.

   Attach letters confirming the commitment of matching funds from each contributing
                                                                        FWS Form 3-2202

XI. Map

   Include a map of the project area, along with a map showing the location within the

XII. Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424)

   Applicants located in the United States, regardless of where the project activities are
   located, must fill out and attach the AApplication for Federal Assistance@, Standard
   Form 424 (see

XIII. For Proposals Located in the United States

Please address the following additional questions in your proposal application:

1. In what Bird Conservation Region(s) is the project located (see

2. How does the project contribute to the conservation of priority bird species
assemblages that depend on upland habitat (see

3. How does the project contribute to the goals, objectives, and recommendations in the
appropriate Bird Conservation Plan(s) (see, then click on Bird
Conservation Plans)?

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