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State Furbearer Funding

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TO ALL PROSPECTIVE GRANTEES
   
Applications for Furbearer Fund projects will be accepted between January 15, 2020 and March 1, 2020.
 
  
The public can search the Catalog of State financial Resources for agencies with active grant programs, currently funded grants, current funding opportunities, and registered grantees.  Click here to search for state grant opportunities .
 
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

 

Grantee Registration

All grantees must register with the State of Illinois.   Grantee registration is completed by accessing, completing and submitting the Grantee Registration form.
 

Grantee Pre-qualification 

 
All entities must be qualified to do business with the State of Illinois.  To be qualified for a grant award, an entity must:   
·        have a current DUNS number (sign up for free); 
·        have a current SAMS Cage# (sign up for free);
·        must not be on the Federal Excluded Parties List;
·        must not be on the State of Illinois Stop Pay List; 
·        and be in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State

Grant Program Description

The State Furbearer Fund portion involved in the Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program provides for grants for the purpose of conservation of fur-bearing mammals, and for projects, approved by the Department, for the purpose of developing and improving public fur-bearing mammal habitat management areas within the State. Appropriate not-for-profit organizations, governmental entities and educational institutions 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. 

Eligibility Requirements

 
1)    Eligible recipients are limited to appropriate not-for-profit organizations, governmental entities, educational institutions or corporations.
 
2)    Eligible projects are limited to those that educate hunters and trappers of fur-bearing mammals within the State and the general public concerning the role that hunting and trapping has upon fur-bearing mammal management; the laws associated with the harvesting of fur-bearing mammals; the techniques used in the hunting and trapping of fur-bearing mammals; the conservation, management and ecology of fur-bearing mammals; and the promotion of products made from wild fur-bearing mammals
 

Application Procedures 

Complete Application

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;
·   complete a comprehensive Funding/budget summary form;
·        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 Furbearer Fund Committee.
 
The State Furbearer Fund 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 State Furbearer Fund. The Director shall make the determination of what grants shall be awarded after considering the recommendations of the State Furbearer Fund 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.
 
Evaluation Criteria: The Illinois Furbearer Fund Advisory Committee shall evaluate each application presented as follows:
 
Biological Importance
25 = Assists with achieving the goals of the Illinois Statewide Wildlife Action Plan
20 =Assists with achieving partial goals of the Illinois Statewide Wildlife Action Plan
10 =Assists with development of habitat associated with general private land work
  5 =Provides minimal assistance with habitat development
  0 =No habitat development provided (Project Not Recommended for Funding)
 
Geographical Reach
 15=Regional scope; natural division, game division, watershed
 10=County or managed area
    5=Individual Landowner
 
Quality of Habitat Provided
15=Provides high quality habitat for target wildlife species as prescribed by the Wildlife Action Plan
10=Provides moderate quality habitat that can address some of the needs of target wildlife species
5=Provides limited quality habitat that addresses only one of the target species’ habitat needs
0=Inappropriate plant materials are used or promoted (Project Not Recommended for Funding)
 
Methodology and Project Cost (Feasibility)
15=Proposed methodology is sound and project cost is economical
10=Proposed methodology is sound but project cost is average
 5=Proposed methodology is sound but project cost is expensive
0 =Proposed methodology is not sound (Project Not Recommended for funding)
 
Match and Partners
15 =50% or more match provided; or two or more partners participating
10 =25% or more match provided
5 =less than 25% match provided
0 =no match provided
 
Public Access Provided
15=Full public access provided
10=Limited public access provided or habitat used as a refuge
 5=No public access allowed
 0=Paid public access (Project Not Recommended for Funding)
 
Maximum Habitat Development & Management Score = 100
 

Equipment Proposals

 
Equipment Need
35=Equipment will be used by a habitat team for habitat development and/or management and will be used over broad areas or within Focus Areas or Conservation Opportunity    Areas.
25=Equipment is directly used for habitat development and/or management and is located in an area where equipment availability is limited.
20=Equipment is directly used for habitat development and/or management and is in an area where equipment with the same capability is available for timely use to conduct management.
10=Equipment is indirectly used for habitat development and/or management and is in an area where equipment with the same capability for timely use to conduct management is limited.
5=Equipment is indirectly used for habitat development and/or management and is located in an area where equipment with the same capability is available for timely use to conduct management.
0=Equipment is not involved with habitat development and/or management (Project Not     Recommended for Funding).
 
Equipment Maintenance
15=Equipment will be stored in a building sheltered from the elements
10=Equipment will be stored under tarp or in an open shelter
 5=Plans for equipment storage are unknown but equipment will be protected
 0=Equipment will be stored without protection (Project Not Recommended for Funding)
 
Appropriateness of Equipment and Project Cost (Feasibility)
15= Proposed equipment is appropriate and project cost is economical
10=Proposed equipment is appropriate but project cost is average
 5=Proposed equipment is appropriate but project cost is expensive
 0=Proposed equipment is not appropriate (Project Not Recommended for Funding)
 
Match and Partners
15=50% or more match provided; or two or more partners participating
10=25% or more match provided
 5= less the 25% match provided
 0= no match provided
 
Public Access Provided
20=Equipment will be used by a habitat team to provide habitat on private and public land
15=Equipment will be provided to the public at no cost
10=Equipment will be provided to the public at a reasonable cost
 5=Equipment will be limited to a group or site
 
Maximum Equipment Score = 100
 
Anticipated Announcement and State Award Dates: The Committee’s recommendations are forwarded to the DNR Director, who usually makes their decisions shortly thereafter.  Each applicant will be notified by letter and/or email of the Director’s decision regarding their application. 
 
If you have any questions or need assistance with a grant application please email Susan.duke@illinois.gov or call 217-785-4416.
Successful grantees must sign the standard Illinois Grant Agreement