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From:     NEWS@fws.gov AT FWS
Date:     03/31/2000 10:53 AM
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Subject:  North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grant Instructio...

North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grant Instructions

                         GRANT INSTRUCTIONS ONLINE

Individuals and organizations seeking funding for on-the-ground
restoration, management, or enhancement projects to benefit
wildlife can
now access Standard Grant Instructions for the North American
Conservation Act over the Internet at
http://northamerican.fws.gov/nawcahp.html.   Proposal deadlines
calendar year 2000 are March 31 and July 28.

Congress authorized the grant program to support the North
Waterfowl Management Plan and other multinational efforts to
wetlands and waterfowl populations continent-wide.  The grant
stimulates partnerships by providing matching funds to acquire,
restore and
enhance wetlands and associated habitats across North America.
To date,
more than $320 million in grants have been awarded to more than
partners for 731 projects in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
Partners in these wetlands conservation projects contributed
$817 million -
much more than the one-to-one match required by law.  As a
result of these
cooperative projects, millions of acres have been acquired,
restored, and
enhanced in the United States, Canada and Mexico and additional
acres have
been affected in Mexico through conservation education, studies
on the
sustainable use of wetlands resources and development of management plans.
The funding cap for a Standard Grant is $1 million.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers the grant
program; however,
projects are selected by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council.
The Council is made up of nine members: the Director of the
U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service; the Executive Secretary of the National Fish
and Wildlife
Foundation; four directors of state fish and wildlife agencies,
one from
each migratory bird flyway; and three individuals, each
representing a
different nonprofit organization actively carrying out wetlands
conservation projects.  In reviewing grant applications, the
North American
Wetlands Conservation Council considers:

          the extent to which the project fulfills the purposes
of the
North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the North American
Management Plan, or the Tripartite Agreement on wetlands
between Canada,
U.S. and Mexico,

          the availability of sufficient non-Federal moneys to
carry out
the project and to match Federal contributions,

          the extent of the public-private partnership

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          the consistency with the National Wetlands Priority
Plan developed under the Emergency Wetlands Resources Act of

          the extent to which the project supports conservation
migratory nongame birds and endangered species,

          the overall value of the project's design, and

          the recommendations of other partnerships carrying
out projects
under the Act, Plan, or Agreement.

Final funding approval is given by the Migratory Bird
Commission.  Members of the Commission are the Secretary of the
who serves as chairman; two members of the U.S. Senate; two
members of the
U.S. House of Representatives; the Secretary of Agriculture;
and the
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to grant instructions, the program's home page,
http://northamerican.fws.gov/nawcahp.html, provides answers to
asked questions; summaries of recently approved standard grant
locations of upcoming North American Wetlands Conservation
meetings; and information on Small Grants, Mexican Grants, and

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal
responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish,
wildlife and
plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the
people. The Services manages the 93-million-acre National
Wildlife Refuge
System of more than 520 national wildlife refuges, thousands of
wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates
66 national
fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological
field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws,
administers the
Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations,
nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores
wildlife habitat
such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their
efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that
distributes hundreds
of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting
equipment to
state fish and wildlife agencies.

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