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Subject 600-5-4 PARTNERS FOR WILDLIFE GRANTS

Rule 600-5-4-.01 Purpose

In compliance with the "Fair and Open Grants" Article of the "Budget Accountability and Planning Act of 1993," following is the information on a grant program implemented by the Conservation Commission.

Rule 600-5-4-.02 The Name of the Grant Program

The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission and United States Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Wildlife Grants Program.

Rule 600-5-4-.03 The Citation to Statutory Basis for the Grant Program in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated or other General Law of the State of Georgia

The Conservation Commission is authorized under 2-6-27(6) to receive and accept grant funding from outside sources and to manage and disperse same in support of soil and water conservation activities.

Rule 600-5-4-.04 The General Scope and Purpose of the Grant Program

To provide funds for installation of soil and water conservation measures which are also wildlife habitat restoration measures under provisions of the "Partners For Wildlife" agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rule 600-5-4-.05 General Terms and Conditions of the Grants

For an agreed upon amount of funding, usually not to exceed $5,500 as total cost or as cost-share, landowners must install certain conservation and wildlife habitat restoration measures and maintain same for a period of ten years while keeping the area of the activity open for educational visits and inspection tours.

Rule 600-5-4-.06 Eligible Recipients of the Grants

Owners of lands in the State of Georgia upon whose land exists conditions which fit the criteria of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for wildlife habitat restoration and concurrent Conservation Commission conservation practice implementation and who are able and willing to meet the requirements of the Partners For Wildlife agreement.

Rule 600-5-4-.07 The Criteria for the Award of the Grant

Availability of funding, conditions on the land which fit the requirements of the program, willingness of the owner to commit funds to install measures, willingness of the owner to adhere to longterm aspects of the agreement and physical capacity to accomplished the work.

Rule 600-5-4-.08 Directions and Deadlines for Applying for Such Grants

Generally depending on the time of the availability of grant funds but usually in time for any work to be completed before the end of the calendar year.

Partners for Wildlife Grant Program

Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission

P.O. Box 8024

Athens, GA 30603