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FY 2018 Brook Trout Conservation Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture are jointly requesting project proposals that are focused on Brook Trout conservation actions. Project applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on September 22, 2017.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) are jointly requesting project proposals that are focused on Brook Trout conservation actions. Federal funding available under the Service’s National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) budget allocation will be used to support top ranked proposals. All proposed projects must be developed in coordination with the appropriate U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Sponsoring Office.

The maximum award amount for an individual project is $50,000. These funds can only be used for on-the-ground habitat conservation and restoration projects and related design and monitoring activities; they may not be used for research projects or acquisitions in fee or easements. Applicants are encouraged to review the Service’s guidelines for the use of NFHAP funds.  All projects must also have a minimum of a 1:1 contribution from other funding sources.  If your project involves removing more than one barrier to Brook Trout movements, a separate application is required for each individual barrier.

To ensure available funding is being directed most effectively, proposed projects must be geared toward meeting the EBTJV’s range-wide habitat goals and objectives.  Project applications will be reviewed and ranked by the EBTJV based on their ability to meet other key factors that can be found in the EBTJV’s 2018 Project Scoring Criteria.

Project application requirements:

2018 Project Application Form

Letter of Support from the State Fisheries Management Agency - Please obtain a letter of support from the appropriate State Fisheries Management Agency for your project.  This letter should be from the individual that represents the state in the EBTJV (i.e., EBTJV State Contact).

Photographs and USFWS Photo Release Form -Photographs in JPEG or TIFF format should be uploaded into your project folder independently of the application.  A photo release form needs to be completed and uploaded for each photo submitted.

Coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sponsoring Office - Applicants are required to develop their projects in coordination with their local Service Fisheries Office that will sponsor the project in advance of the application deadline. Sponsoring Fisheries Offices must enter the project in the Service’s database for funding consideration.  Additionally, they can provide technical assistance to applicants during project development, the application process, and during project implementation and monitoring.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the EBTJV website in the folder labeled "Add and Upload required materials for your 2018 Application Submission".

The deadline for submitting project applications is 5;00 p.m. Eastern time on September 22, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified of their project’s ranking and funding status as that information becomes available. The amount of funding and time of availability is unknown at this time.  All projects that receive Service NFHAP funding are required to provide annual progress reports to the Service and project completion forms, with after project photos, to the EBTJV.

For questions, please contact:

Stephen Perry, Coordinator

Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture

Phone: (603) 528-1371

Email: ebtjv.coordinator@gmail.com

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