FY 2021 Alaska Native Organization Co-Management Funding Program

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Funding Opportunity ID:329519
Opportunity Number:NOAA-NMFS-AK-2021-2006616
Opportunity Title:FY 2021 Alaska Native Organization Co-Management Funding Program
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity:Environment
Natural Resources
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):11.439
Eligible Applicants:Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:Eligible applicants are limited to Tribally-Authorized ANOs with an existing marine mammal agreement for co- management with NMFS and are in "good standing" with NMFS. An applicant is considered to be in "good standing" if the ANO meets the following criteria:1) No pending enforcement actions under the MMPA or ESA.2) Progress and financial reports on current Federal assistance awards are up-to-date and/or completed in a timely manner.3) Satisfactory past performance. This includes completion of proposed projects and objectives in a timely manner and as stated in previous proposals. Unsatisfactory performance under prior or current Federal awards, including delinquency in submitting progress and financial reports, or failure to complete products and meet proposal objectives and tasks within the project period, may result in proposals not being considered for funding or affect the final funding recommendation under the 2021 Alaska Native Co-Management Funding Program.4) Ability to operate within the purpose and goals described within the agreement for co- management with NMFS.In a case where an ANO has authorized another entity to serve as the fiduciary agent of the organization as the primary grant recipient, the legal status of the ANO must be identified (see verification below) and a copy of the agreement between the ANO and fiduciary agent must be provided with the application. This agreement must outline a thorough description of the relationship and responsibilities of both parties. The ANO will be listed as the lead entity/organization on the application as reflected in the agreement.Any ANO not holding an existing agreement for co-management but is in good standing with NMFS may collaborate with and be listed on the application as a sub-recipient under an eligible applicant. The legal status of the ANO must be identified (see verification below) and a copy of the sub-recipient agreement between the ANO and sub-recipient must be provided with the application. This agreement must outline a thorough description of the relationship and responsibilities of both parties. Eligibility must be met at the time of application.Acceptable verification of ANO legal status:1). Non-Profit – In cases where the ANO board is a registered non-profit, the following is acceptable:(a) Proof that the Internal Revenue Service currently recognizes the applicant or an organization to which contributions are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;(b) A statement from a State taxing body or the State Attorney General certifying that:i. The organization is a nonprofit organization within the State; andii. No part of its net earnings may lawfully benefit any private or shareholder or individual.(c) A certified copy of the applicant’s certificate of incorporation or similar document if it clearly establishes the non profit status of the applicant.2). Tribal Government – In cases where a tribal government directly holds a co-management agreement with NOAA, a letter from an authorized tribal representative certifying this status is acceptable.
Agency Code:DOC
Agency Name:Department of Commerce
Posted Date:Oct 20, 2020
Close Date:Feb 12, 2021
Last Updated Date:Oct 20, 2020
Award Ceiling:$800,000
Award Floor:$50,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:$1,600,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description:The National Marine Fisheries Service (hereinafter, "NMFS") recognizes the unique importance of marine mammals to Alaska Native Organizations (hereinafter, "ANOs") and values ongoing efforts by Alaska Native Tribes and ANOs to conserve and protect subsistence species under NMFS' jurisdiction. Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. §1388, NMFS may provide Federal assistance to ANOs to conserve marine mammals and to promote co-management of Alaska Native subsistence use of such mammals under NMFS' jurisdiction. This assistance, provided in the form of cooperative agreements, may be used to support conservation of marine mammals utilized for subsistence purposes by Alaska Natives. Funded activities may include development and implementation of species management, subsistence harvest monitoring, subsistence harvest sampling, scientific research, and public education and outreach. Proposed activities should address priority actions identified in an Endangered Species Act Recovery Plan or Marine Mammal Protection Act Conservation Plan where applicable and the priorities identified within this federal funding opportunity. Tribally-Authorized ANOs with a signed agreement for co-management with NMFS are eligible to apply under this solicitation. Proposals focusing on marine mammals under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not be considered for funding under this grant program. This document describes how to prepare and submit proposals for funding in fiscal year (hereinafter, "FY") 2021 and how NMFS will determine which proposals will be funded. This announcement should be read in its entirety, as some information has changed from the previous year.
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