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Fish and Wildlife Service

Fiscal Year 2005 Tribal Wildlife Grants; Request for Grant Proposals

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of request for proposals.
SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are soliciting project proposals for Federal assistance under the Tribal Wildlife Grants program (TWG). The Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 authorized an appropriation of $69,027,526 for wildlife conservation grants to States 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, for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished. The Act further specified that the Service use $ 5,916,645 of the funds for a competitive grant program available to federally recognized Indian Tribes. This allows the Secretary, through the Director of the Service, to manage a separate Tribal grant program not subject to the provisions of the formula-based State Wildlife Grants program, or other requirements of the State Wildlife Grants portion of Pub. L. 107-63.
DATES: Project proposals must be postmarked by April 4, 2005 and submitted to the appropriate Regional Office (see Table 1 inADDRESSES).
ADDRESSES: Send your project proposal to the Service's Regional Office for the State in which the proposed project would occur (seeTable 1 under this section). You must submit one original and two copies of the complete proposal. We will not accept facsimile project proposals.

Request For Proposals:The Service invites submission of grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribal governments (including Alaska Native Villages) for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished. This program supports the efforts of federally recognized Tribal governments in projects that develop or augment the capacity to manage, conserve, or protect fish and wildlife resources through the provision of funding and technical support.

For complete application guidelines, please refer tohttp://grants.fws.gov/tribal.htmlor contact the Native American Liaison in your Fish and Wildlife Service Region (seeTable 1 inADDRESSES). The Application Kit outlines program requirements, selection criteria, and award procedures.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, contact the Native American Liaison in the appropriate Regional Office (seeTable 1 underADDRESSES) or Patrick Durham, Office of the Native American Liaison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1849 C Street, Mail Stop 3012 MIB, Washington, DC 20240, 202/208-4133.
Dated: January 25, 2005. Marshall Jones, Director, Fish and Wildlife Service.