The Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program’s Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) intends to award funding for its 2023 State and Interstate Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan (SIANSMP) Grant Program. Section 4724 of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, as amended (16 U.S.C. 4701-4741) (Act), authorized and provided general guidance for the development of State and Interstate Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Management Plans. The Act enables State governors to submit these plans to the ANS Task Force for approval.These comprehensive ANS Management Plans identify technical, enforcement, or financial assistance activities needed to prevent, eliminate, or reduce the environmental and public health and safety risks associated with ANS. ANS Management Plans focus on feasible, cost-effective management practices and measures to be undertaken by States to prevent and control ANS infestations in an environmentally sound manner.Once an ANS Management Plan is reviewed and approved by the ANS Task Force, the Act authorizes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to provide cost-share grants for the implementation of the approved plans. This Program has a two-stage application process (see sections D2 and E2, for more details).Stage One - the “Preliminary National Review” - is managed by the Service Headquarters office. The pre-proposal process will occur outside of Grant Solutions similar to how it has occurred in the past; for 2023, pre-proposals are due four weeks after posting of the NOFO.Stage Two - the “Regional Office Review and Grant Processing” - is managed by the Service Regional Offices (See the program administration contacts under section G below).
Eligible applicants are any State, or group of States and Tribes involved in an interstate organization, with an approved ANS Management Plan. For eligibility questions, please contact the appropriate agency contact identified in the contacts attachment. Unless the hosting entity of an approved plan has an unforeseen change, the currently eligible applicants can be found in the attachment provided.