TO ALL PROSPECTIVE GRANTEES
Applications for Duck Stamp projects will be accepted between November 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020
There are now five grantee pre-award requirements statewide per Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) State Statute 30 ILCS 708/1. The five pre-award requirements all state grantees must complete are described in more detail. Click Here
All entities must be qualified to do business with the State of Illinois. To be qualified for a grant award, an entity must:
· must not be on the State of Illinois Stop Pay List;
Grant Program Description
The Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund portion involved in the Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program provides for grants to appropriate non-profit organizations for the development of waterfowl propogation areas within the Dominion of Canada or the United States that specifically provide waterfowl for the Mississippi Flyway, and for implementation of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Appropriate not-for-profit organizations and develop projects and submit applications to the Department to help fund their projects. The grants are competitive and are evaluated for their merit.
Grant Program Administration
The Office of Resource Conservation’s Division of Wildlife Resources administers four special grant programs that are funded by Illinois sportsmen through the purchase of Habitat Stamps and Migratory Waterfowl Stamps. These are the Illinois Habitat Fund, State Pheasant Fund, State Furbearer Fund and the State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund.
These Funds are governed by Administrative Rule set forth in 17 Ill. Adm. Code 3060. The Grantee agrees and understands that the grant shall be administered pursuant to the Administrative Rule and shall comply with these terms and conditions.
Eligible recipients are limited to; appropriate non-profit organizations for the development of waterfowl propogation areas within the Dominion of Canada or the United States that specifically provide waterfowl for the Mississippi Flyway, for implementation of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
Grant applications for funding assistance under this program shall be submitted to the Department at One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, Illinois 62702-1271, Attention: Office of Grant Management, Susan Duke or emailed to susan.duke@Illinois.gov. Applications received after the application deadline will not be considered by the Department.
PLEASE INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION FORM - Applications shall contain a comprehensive project description with justification, including the wildlife to benefit from the project showing these specifics:
· the plan for implementation of the project scope of work;
· a map of project area;
· the amount of habitat to be established or managed, including species to be planted or eliminated;
· if the project is to be performed with cooperators, plat map showing each property to be developed and a copy of a farm program contract for each committed cooperator involved in the project or estimated acreage. (Committed cooperators will be given priority over estimated acreage.);
· a comprehensive plan for the operation and maintenance of the project, including supervision, estimated costs (including any fees) and storage location, if applicable;
· actual cash contributions other than the grant amount;
· documented purchase price of equipment or commodities;
· description of plan for general public access or use (or lack thereof); and
· signature of the applicant or authorized individual for applicant.
Project Evaluation and Procedures
All applications received on time and containing the information required by the application packet will be reviewed by Department staff. Submitting an incomplete application does not extend the application deadline beyond the designated deadline date. All complete, eligible and timely applications will be forwarded to the State Duck Stamp Committee.
The State Duck Stamp Committee shall evaluate each application presented to it according to criteria such as: past grant performance of the applicant, eligibility, feasibility, adverse impacts, quality of the proposed habitat, priority of the Department, the applicant's cost-share match and the applicant's plan for general public access to and/or use of the proposed habitat development or equipment purchase.
The Committee shall provide to the Director all eligible applications and a prioritized list of recommended projects deemed to be consistent with the purposes of the Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund. The Director shall make the determination of what grants shall be awarded after considering the recommendations of the State Duck Stamp Committee. Applicants shall be notified of the Director's decision.
Grant Ranking Criteria
For best results, prospective grantees should make sure their project scope of work addresses or fully describes the project scope of work in view of the ranking criteria. Photographs and maps are always helpful.
Habitat and Management Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
· Habitat Quality – How does the project provide high quality habitat for target wildlife species as prescribed in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan?
· Geographic Region & Biological Scope – What is the project’s scope? Is it regional, natural division, game division, watershed, county or managed area, or an individual landowner?
· Methodology & Project Cost (Feasibility) – Is the methodology sound and the project cost economical?
· Maintenance & Infrastructure – What infrastructure must be created and how will it be maintained?
· Existing Infrastructure & Capacity – Will current staff and/or equipment be able to maintain the project?
· Waterfowl Hunting Opportunity & Public Access – Are public or private hunting opportunities provided or refuge only? Is any public access provided? If so, how much?
· Hunting Opportunity – How many open public waterfowl hunting locations are within a 50-mile radius?
· Total Site Wetland Acreage – How many acres are directly impacted by this project?
· Critical Need – Will failure of the project result in loss or degradation of wetland habitat or public waterfowl opportunities?
Additional criteria for waterfowl propagation area projects outside Illinois:
· Habitat Quality and Location – degree of habitat quality and suitability in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and volume of waterfowl supplied to the Mississippi Flyway, i.e. Illinois State statutes are specific to waterfowl propagation areas (breeding areas).
· Applicant History and Specialization – the applicant should have a demonstrable history of grassland and wetland conservation impacting waterfowl in Illinois, and an applicant’s degree of priority work on waterfowl conservation specifically.
· Overall Value – demonstrable history of using governmental funds to leverage additional applicant cash funds and specified in their proposal how Illinois Duck Stamp funds will be leveraged in current application, i.e. detailed cash match narrative.
· Funds Leveraged – ratio of Illinois Duck Stamp funds to total leveraged, i.e. the percent of state award dollars that is matched by cash funds held by the applicant for the proposed project.
Equipment Purchase Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria
· Equipment Need – Will the equipment be used by a habitat team for habitat development and/or management? Will it be used over a broad area or within Focus Areas or Conservation Opportunity Areas?
· Equipment Maintenance – How will the equipment be stored and protected?
· Appropriateness and Cost – Is the proposed equipment appropriate for its intended use? Is the estimated cost economical, average or too expensive?
· Match and Project Partners - How much matching funds are proposed and how many partners are participating?
· Public Access – Who will use the equipment? Will it be used by a habitat team on private and public land? Will it be provided to the public at a fee? If so, how much? Or will access be limited to a group or a site?
In addition to these criteria, the applications will be competitively ranked by the State Duck Stamp Committee based on such criteria as the completeness of the application, past grant performance of the applicant, eligibility, feasibility, adverse impacts, quality of the proposed habitat, priority for the IDNR, the applicant’s cost-share match, and the applicant’s plan for general public access to and/or use of the proposed habitat development or equipment purchase.
If you have any questions or need assistance with a grant application please email Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-785-4416.