Welcome to WSFR Financial Assistance Training!

Welcome to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) - Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program, Division of Financial Assistance Support and Oversight, Systems & Training Branch, financial assistance training program.  The purpose of the WSFR financial assistance training program is to provide national training to both Service-staff and recipients in order to develop basic and specialized financial assistance management knowledge and skills, as well as promote consistent and sensible application of regulations, rules, policies, and procedures throughout the WSFR-administered programs.  Our courses aim to inform and educate state and federal grant management staff members to deal effectively with grant management processes and issues.

The Service's mission statement is: Working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  "The accomplishment of the Service mission is dependent upon the effectiveness of its financial assistance (i.e., grants and cooperative agreements) function." (Service Acquisition and Financial Assistance Management Review, 2010).

The Training Branch offers a suite of financial assistance training options including live, in-person, classroom instruction, online courses, and virtual learning series videos.  Please review the options we offer.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the WSFR Training Program Coordinator Ryan Oster (ryan_oster@fws.gov or 304-596-3641).

Live Instructor-Led Courses (click on a course to register) 
Course CatalogDuration
 Basic Grants Management (BGM)                                                                32 hours                                            
 Advanced Grants Management (AGM)                                                       32 hours
 Lands Grants Management Course 24 hours
 Project Leaders Course (PLC) 16 hours


Online Courses
Course Catalog Duration
 Introduction to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program  Estimated 30-45 minutes 

 WSFR Online Project Leaders Course (PLC)  Estimated 6-8 hours
 Fundamentals of Real Property Technical Appraisal Reviews                     Estimated 3 hours
 WSFR Administrative Review of Real Property Appraisals  Estimated 1.5 hours

Online Virtual Learning Videos
Course CatalogDuration
 WSFR Safety Margins Course Estimated 35 minutes
 Completing the Budget for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A)             Estimated 35 minutes   
 Completing the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) Estimated 30 minutes