Project Leaders Course (PLC)

Type: Instructor-led classroom training

* If you would like to consider an online version of this course visit: Online Project Leaders Course

Duration: 16 hours

This course is an instructor led classroom training opportunity offered at the regional level for multiple states within each Office of Conservation Investment (CI) region. The instructor led classroom course provides a basic overview of grant requirements and processes for CI-administered grant project leaders (state agency staff) with emphasis on the knowledge and use of the Service guidance, regulations, rules and supplemental documents in writing grant proposals, project statements, and annual performance reports. The course also covers practical issues relating to budgeting, compliance issues, inventory control, outreach and interaction with state and federal grant managers. Course is conducted at locations selected by each CI regional office. 

Who should take this course:
Persons responsible for planning, implementing, reporting and/or overseeing agency projects/activities receiving CI-administered grant funding. 


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

Offered annually in most CI Regions. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this course (event) for all participants. 


Tuition is free (paid by CI). Students are responsible for lodging, per diem, and all travel costs. For classes held at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV, please refer to the NCTC campus/lodging rates for lodging costs (includes meals) and campus/shuttle for shuttle service cost/information. For classes held in other locations, students will be responsible for securing their own travel and lodging accommodations.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this course (event) for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Mike Sawyers (michael_sawyers@fws.gov or 571-289-5821) or Heidi Nelson (heidi_nelson@fws.gov or 503-412-8637).


Mike Sawyers (michael_sawyers@fws.gov or 571-289-5821) or Heidi Nelson (heidi_nelson@fws.gov or 503-412-8637)