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Partial Interest

Any single right or combination of rights that have been separated from the fee simple.

The separation of an interest from the fee simple occurs through:

(1) Reservation,

(2) Lease,

(3) Condemnation, or

(4) Other assignment of rights or interests to another owner
Entry link: Partial Interest

Participant Support Costs

Direct costs for items such as stipends or subsistence allowances, travel allowances, and registration fees paid to or on behalf of participants or trainees (but not employees) in connection with conferences, or training projects.

Entry link: Participant Support Costs

Pass-Through Entity (PTE)

A non-Federal entity that provides a sub award to a subrecipient to carry out part of a Federal program.

Entry link: Pass-Through Entity (PTE)

Performance Goals

Target level of performance expressed as a tangible, measurable objective, against which actual achievement can be compared, including a goal expressed as a quantitative standard, value, or rate. In some instances (e.g., discretionary research awards), this may be limited to the requirement to submit technical performance reports (to be evaluated in accordance with agency policy).

Entry link: Performance Goals

Performance Module

The Performance module is used by grantors and grant recipients to create, manage, review and approve the administrative and mandatory components of grant proposals and performance reports that document the progress and completion of grant objectives.

Entry link: Performance Module

Period of Performance

The total estimated time interval between the start of an initial Federal award and the planned end date, which may include one or more funded portions, or budget periods. Identification of the period of performance in the Federal award per § 200.211(b)(5) does not commit the awarding agency to fund the award beyond the currently approved budget period.

Entry link: Period of Performance

Personal Property

Anything tangible or intangible that is not real property.

(1)Tangible personal property includes:

(a) An object that is not firmly attached to the land, structures, or trees so that its removal would not damage either the object or the point of attachment;

(b) Soil, rock, gravel, minerals, gas, oil, or water after excavation or extraction from the surface or subsurface,

(c) Commodities derived from trees or other vegetation after harvest or separation from the land; and

(d) Annual crops before or after harvest.

(2) Intangible personal property includes:

(a) Intellectual property, such as patents and copyrights;

(b) Securities, such as bonds and interest-bearing accounts.

(c) Licenses.

Entry link: Personal Property

Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, either alone or when combined with other personal or identifying information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual. Some information that is considered to be PII is available in public sources such as telephone books, public websites, and university listings. This type of information is considered to be Public PII and includes, for example, first and last name, address, work telephone number, email address, home telephone number, and general educational credentials. The definition of PII is not anchored to any single category of information or technology. Rather, it requires a case-by-case assessment of the specific risk that an individual can be identified. Non-PII can become PII whenever additional information is made publicly available, in any medium and from any source, that, when combined with other available information, could be used to identify an individual.

Entry link: Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

Pittman-Robertson Act (PR)

Passed in 1937, is now known as Wildlife Restoration. Revenues generated from these excise taxes are apportioned to state wildlife agencies for their conservation efforts, hunter education programs, and operation of archery and shooting ranges.

Entry link: Pittman-Robertson Act (PR)


Project Leader Course

Entry link: PLC


Program Office.

Entry link: PO


A flat shape consisting of straight lines that are joined to define the borders of a project.

Entry link: Polygon


Period of Performance.

Entry link: POP

Post Award

The recipient begins work and charges allowable costs, submits payment requests, and manages and monitors activities. Award revisions are made if needed. Interim reporting requirements will vary depending on program/award period/recipient type. Compliance concerns may arise (e.g. species found not previously known to be present or artifacts/remains are discovered). The Program Office monitors the recipient’s progress via performance and financial reporting.

Entry link: Post Award

Post Close-Out

The Program Office and recipient will conduct continued monitoring for real property, equipment, subrecipients, etc., if applicable. Records are maintained and audits may be conducted.

Entry link: Post Close-Out


Pittman-Robertson (a.k.a. Wildlife Restoration Act)

Entry link: PR


The Program Office completes required prerequisites for the new funding opportunity. The applicant develops and submits an application package and addresses compliance requirements. The Program Office reviews the application package and communicates with the applicant to approve an award.

Entry link: Pre-Award

Pre-Award Cost

Those costs incurred prior to the effective date of the Federal award directly pursuant to the negotiation and in anticipation of the Federal award where such costs are necessary for efficient and timely performance of the scope of work.

Entry link: Pre-Award Cost

Prior Year Recovery

Grant funds that are deobligated, but have a continued period of availability to a grantee.

Entry link: Prior Year Recovery

Program Income

Program income is defined as the gross income receive the grantee or sub-grantee and earned only as a result of the grant during the grant period (50 CFR 80.123-124). It may additive, deductive or a cost share.

Entry link: Program Income


One or more related undertakings necessary to fulfill a need(s), as defined by the grantee in a project statement, and consistent with the purposes of the appropriate Act.

Entry link: Project

Project Cost

Total allowable costs incurred under a Federal award and all required cost sharing and voluntary committed cost sharing, including third-party contributions.

Entry link: Project Cost

Project Statement

A written description the work required to achieve the anticipated project outcome.  This project statement includes estimated costs, incremental activities, project phases, and expected results. The project statement is the heart and soul of your grant application. It helps to identify a conservation issue, problem, or opportunity that must be addressed, as well as, the actions that your agency will implement to help resolve the issue, problem, or opportunity.

Required Elements:

  • Need
  • Purpose/Objectives
  • Results or benefits expected
  • Approach
  • Useful Life
  • Geographic Location
  • Principal Investigator (research projects)
  • Program Income
  • Budget Narrative
  • Multipurpose projects
  • Timeline
  • General

Entry link: Project Statement

Property Covenant

Conditions tied to the ownership or use of the land.

Entry link: Property Covenant

Property Deed

Written and signed legal instrument that is used to transfer ownership of real property.

Entry link: Property Deed

Property Lien

A legal claim on assets which allows the holder to obtain access to property if debts are not paid.

Entry link: Property Lien

Property Name

The commonly known name designated by the State or Regional Office for any size of contiguous parcels/tracts assigned by the Grantee.

Entry link: Property Name


The appropriate application forms, project statement, and other documents submitted with the application.

Entry link: Proposal

Protected Personally Identifiable Information (Protected PII)

An individual's first name or first initial and last name in combination with any one or more of types of information, including, but not limited to, social security number, passport number, credit card numbers, clearances, bank numbers, biometrics, date and place of birth, mother's maiden name, criminal, medical and financial records, educational transcripts. This does not include PII that is required by law to be disclosed.

Entry link: Protected Personally Identifiable Information (Protected PII)


Pass-Through Entity.

Entry link: PTE

Public Description

A short publically‐viewable narrative or abstract that summarizes the project’s purpose, benefits, approach, and impacts.

Entry link: Public Description

Public Land Survey System (PLSS)

Also known as the Government Survey System established in 1785 to sell land in the Northwest Territory using grids and squares the township system. Used now in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and all states north of the Ohio River and all states west of the Mississippi River except Texas and Hawaii.

Entry link: Public Land Survey System (PLSS)

Public Target Range

Defined as  a specific location that—

(a) Is identified by a governmental agency for recreational shooting;

(b) Is open to the public;

(c) May be supervised; and

(d) May accommodate archery or rifle, pistol, or shotgun shooting. (Pub. L. 116-17)

Entry link: Public Target Range

Purchase Price

The amount that the Grantor (name on the deed) agrees to sell the real property interest to the purchaser (Title holder on deed).

Entry link: Purchase Price


The "Purpose" is a critical element in the Project Statement which states the desired outcome of the proposed project in general or abstract terms. 

Entry link: Purpose

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