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    Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Project Leader Online Course

    Who should take this course? This course is designed for Project Leaders from State fish and wildlife agencies.

    Who is a Project Leader? A Project Leader is any person who is responsible  for  the planning, implementing, reporting, and/or  overseeing agency activities or projects that receive WSFR program grant funding.


    • Understand and apply general and specific grant program related guidance.
    • Describe the basic administrative and fiscal processes of WSFR Program's grants management.
    • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the federal and state partners.
    • Identify state and federal compliance issues related to WSFR Program's grants.
    • Write project statements, grant narratives and reports.

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    progress bar   Guests can access this course. If you have a login account, you can track your progress (logout and log back in to refresh the progress bar) and click on the bar to see what chapters you have completed.

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    "" Chapter 1 - Introduction includes information you need to successfully complete this class. The course objectives are to increase Project Leaders knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in:
    1. Writing project statements (narratives compliance requirements, especially NEPA and Section 7,
    2. Writing/submitting performance reports,
    3. Grant cost accounting processes,
    4. Communicating, and coordinating with individuals/agencies involved with the WSFR grant programs.
    5. You will also get a refresher on the history of the WSFR program and an overview of the grants management process.

    Ryan and Phil talking in kitchen "" Chapter 2 - Pre-Award: Project Statement includes instruction on how to write a project statement for your grant, and what to look for when you review it. You will
    1. Identify and explain the components of the project statement/narrative.
    2. Determine if the proposal is substantial in character and design.
    3. Determine if the project statement/narrative meets minimum requirements.
    4. Determine if enough information is included in project statement to satisfy NEPA and Section 7 compliance requirements.

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    Chapter 3 Project Dependent Compliance includes information and examples on grant compliance. You will:

    1. Summarize the NEPA documentation process.
    2. Identify the issues that prevent using categorical exclusions.
    3. Determine the information needed to evaluate the impact on listed, proposed, and candidate species and/or critical habitat.
    4. Discuss the importance of this information in the Section 7 evaluation process.
    5. Review the requirements for compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.
    6. Discuss the compliance requirements for various program and project types.

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    Chapter 4 Pre-Award: Grant Application Package includes examples of completed grant application packages. You will:

    1. Identify and explain the purpose of the various components of the grant application package.
    2. Determine the need for inclusion of compliance and other supporting documents.
    3. Discuss the estimated costs of the project.

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    Chapter 5 Award: Notice of Award includes information on the grant award. You will:

    1. Identify and explain the purpose of the grant award and the elements contained in the great award document.
    2. Describe the terms of acceptance, grant provisions an special conditions on the grant award.
    3. Discuss the obligation of funds for awarded grants.
    4. Describe the importance of complying with the terms and conditions stated on the grant award document.

    Ryan and Phil in open office area "" Chapter 6 Post Award: Implementation, Managing and Monitoring includes information on the activities used to monitor federal assistance awards. You will:
    1. Identify and explain activities involved in implementing, managing and monitoring grant awards.
    2. Describe the communication needed and people involved during grant implementation and management.
    3. Explain the importance of monitoring during the grant period and what should be monitored.
    4. Describe ways to monitor and evaluate the grant.
    5. Determine when a grant needs to be modified and what documentation needs to be provided.

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    Chapter 7 Post Award: Reporting Requirements. This chapter explains reporting activities you will need to do including:  

    1. Identify reporting requirements.
    2. Explain the consequences of not meeting the reporting requirements.
    3. Explain the steps involved in preparing an environmental assessment.

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    "" Chapter 8 Grant Closeout.  This chapter describes your responsibilities after grant closeout:
    1. Describe the actions and documentation that initiate grant closeout.
    2. Become familiar with the dissemination of information.
    3. Describe the communication and people involved in grant closeout
    4. Explain your role in closing a grant.

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    Chapter 9 Post Closeout. This chapter describes your responsibilities after grant closeout:
    1. Identify responsibilities that continue after grant closeout.
    2. Discuss 2 CFR 200.507 (Program Audits).
    3. Describe importance of understanding and applying grant program requirements and guidance.

    Phil and Ryan standing in the forest icon 10 "" Chapter 10 Additional Resources and Print Certificate includes optional course resources and instructions to print a course completion certificate.
    Tell us about yourself.  Evaluate the course.