IDNR State Pheasant Fund

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $150,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 23, 2020 3:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Illinois

Location of residency: Illinois

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Overview:

The State Pheasant Fund provides grants to appropriate not-for-profit organizations and to governmental entities for projects for the purpose of wild pheasant conservation. This Fund is part of the Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program. Grants through the State Pheasant Fund are competitive and are evaluated for their merit.

Grant funding through this Fund supports activities and programs undertaken to preserve, protect, acquire, manage, and maintain high quality habitat for wild pheasant conservation. Eligible projects are limited to projects with the purpose of wild pheasant conservation. The projects may include land acquisition, pheasant habitat improvement on public or private land, pheasant research or education of the public regarding pheasants and pheasant hunting. See 520 ILCS 5/1.31 for full text of the Pheasant Fund Act.

Funding Information

This Notice of Funding Opportunity is for grant awards that utilize only State-appropriated funds from the Illinois State Pheasant Fund. Obligations of the State will cease immediately without penalty of further payment being required if in any fiscal year the Illinois General Assembly fails to appropriate or otherwise make available sufficient funds for this award. No federal funds are included in this grant program.

The Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act (30 ILCS 705/5) limits the grant period for grants with advance payments to a maximum of twenty-four (24) months. The term begins on the date of the DNR Director’s signature. Typically, that signature happens in late January. All work must be completed within the grant term. All grant funds must be expended by the grantee within 2 years of receipt of such funds.

Any funds not expended or legally obligated at the completion of the project or at the end of the grant agreement, whichever is earlier, must be returned to the DNR within 45 days to be deposited in the State Pheasant Fund.

Funding is available for new projects as well as proposals that continue, supplement or expand existing projects. New projects and continuing projects are given equal consideration.

Available grant funding depends on Annual Projected Revenues and Funding Level Appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly.

Disbursements: The disbursement of funds will be made after the final execution of the grant, and upon submission by the grantee of a written request for payment on the Request for Reimbursement Form provided by DNR. Disbursements can be made quarterly, or at the end of the grant. All payments shall be based upon documentation of project expenditures as submitted by the grantee, as provided below:

  • Advance Payments: The DNR shall make advance payments to the grantee before the work and/or equipment is purchased, in accordance with the following guidelines and the grantee’s program of proposed expenditures for the grant funds:
    • For projects involving the purchase of equipment with a total cost estimate up to $5,000.00, the DNR shall make payment in advance to the grantee up to one hundred percent (100%) of the grant award based on quotes submitted and approved by the DNR. Within 10 days after the purchase of such equipment, grantee shall provide written documentation to the DNR of the actual equipment purchase price, together with a payment of any amount by which the grant funds exceed the purchase price.
    • For projects involving the purchase of equipment with a total cost estimate of over $5,000.00, the DNR shall make payment in advance to the grantee up to ninety-five percent (95%) of the grant award based upon quotes submitted and approved by the DNR. The remainder shall be reimbursed to the grantee after final documentation of project expenditures. Within 10 days after the purchase of such equipment shall provide written documentation to the DNR of the actual equipment purchase price, together with a payment of any amount by which grant funds received exceed the purchase price.
    • Payment for commodities and contractual services shall be made in advance up to sixty percent (60%) of the grant award with the remainder reimbursed to the grantee after final documentation of project expenditures.
  • Except as otherwise required by paragraph a) (Advance Payments), all billings shall be submitted within ninety (90) days following the end of a project period or date of project completion. Failure to do so may be cause for termination of the project with no further reimbursement to the grantee.
  • Project costs for which reimbursement is sought cannot be incurred by the grantee prior to the effective date of the agreement, unless otherwise authorized by the DNR. Costs incurred prior to DNR approval are ineligible for grant assistance. If purchase is initiated and documented by a written purchase order or invoice prior to the end of the term of the grant agreement and payment is made within 30 - 60 days, the expense may be allowable.
  • Final payment will not be processed until the Final Report and Request for Reimbursement are received and approved by the DNR. All local match (if any) will be paid by the grantee who will provide documentation at this time

Limitations: The maximum reimbursement for various types of habitat development is limited to the following cost-per-acre rates which include the grantee's percentage cost share match as listed in the Uniform Budget Template:

  • $100.00/acre for seed costs (grasses, forbs, legumes or any combination thereof)
  • Food plots alone are not eligible for reimbursement.

Cost per acre limitations have not been set for trees and shrubs.

Cost Sharing or Matching is not required for award of these grants. However, providing cost share can improve the competitiveness of a project. See Section E below.

Indirect Cost Rate: To charge indirect costs to a grant, the applicant organization must have an annually negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA). There are three types of NICRAs: a) Federally Negotiated Rate. Organizations that receive direct federal funding may have an indirect cost rate that was negotiated with the Federal Cognizant Agency. Illinois will accept the federally negotiated rate. The organization must provide a copy of the federally NICRA. b) State Negotiated Rate. The organization must negotiate an indirect cost rate with the State of Illinois if they do not have Federally Negotiated Rate or elect to use the De Minimis Rate. The indirect cost rate proposal must be submitted to the State of Illinois within 90 days of the notice of award. c) De Minimis Rate. An organization that has never received a Federally Negotiated Rate may elect a de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct cost (MTDC). Once established, the de minimis rate may be used indefinitely. The State of Illinois must verify the calculation of the MTDC annually in order to accept the de minimis rate.

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Eligibility:

  • Eligible recipients are limited to any appropriate not-for-profit organization.
    • “Appropriate Not-ForProfit Organization” means a not-for-profit corporation that is organized pursuant to the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986 [805 ILCS 105], is in good standing as a not-for-profit corporation and is authorized to conduct affairs in Illinois with one of its purposes as stated in its Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws being the support, development, conservation or management of habitat for future generations, or wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Eligible projects are limited to projects with the purpose of wild pheasant conservation.
    • The projects may include land acquisition, pheasant habitat establishment, maintenance or restoration on public or private land, pheasant research or education of the public regarding pheasants and pheasant hunting.
    • Examples of past funded expenses include purchase of native grass and forb seed, herbicide, and purchase of habitat management equipment such as controlled burn tools, seeders, sprayers, native grass drills, expenses related to research or education on pheasants and their habitat, and land purchases.

Preferences:

  • Cost sharing or matching funds are not required for award of these grants but it is an evaluation criteria item.

Ineligibility:

  • Kinds of Projects Ineligible for Grants include all projects that do not have the primary aim of wild pheasant conservation.
  • Vehicles such as trucks, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), etc., are not eligible under this grant program