The Fish and Wildlife Service has launched its Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats and species of Tribal cultural or traditional importance, including species that are not hunted or fished.
The TWG Program is part of the Congressionally authorized State and Tribal Wildlife Grant (STWG) Program which provides wildlife conservation grants to States, Commonwealths, and to the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Tribes under provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act.
The purpose is to increase Tribal fish and wildlife management capacity to address threats to tribally identified species, including threats associated with climate change. Regardless of whether a Tribe has received a previous TWG Program award, they will review all applications using the same procedures and criteria. As funding levels allow, a portion of the highest-ranking applications from Tribes that have not previously received TWG Program funding will be recommended for approval. The Service Director makes the final project selections.
- Estimated Total Funding: $6,200,000
- Maximum Award: $200,000
- Minimum Award: $10,000
The TWG Program funds project activities that align and assist the Service with Endangered Species Act (ESA) activities supporting down listing, delisting, and preventing new species listings under the ESA. Eligible projects include those that initiate, develop, or implement activities or programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not 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 passages Habitat mapping or evaluation Field surveys and population monitoring Restoration of habitat Management of invasive species Public education relevant to the proposed project Wildlife TRACS (Tracking and Reporting Actions for the Conservation of Species) is the tracking and reporting system used by WSFR to capture conservation and related actions funded by its grant programs.
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized).
- Participation 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. This is the official listing of all federally recognized Tribes in the United States pursuant to Section 104 of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-454; 108 Stat. 4791-4792). Tribal organizations and other entities may participate as sub recipients or contractors to federally recognized Tribal governments. Tribal contact information is available here in the BIA Tribal Leaders Directory.
- Applicant Tribes must bring all administrative and fiscal reporting for any open TWG Program 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 2023 TWG Program cycle.
For more information, visit Grants.gov.