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Welcome to the WSFR Training

The purpose of the WSFR Training Program is to provide national training to develop basic and specialized grants management knowledge and skills resulting in the consistent and sensible application of regulations, processes, and decisions in the WSFR grant programs.

WSFR training courses inform and equip state and federal grant management staff members to deal effectively with grant management processes and issues.

The Training Program also maintains the online WSFR Toolkit  for grant managers and grantees.

Course Catalog

Instructor-led Courses
Advanced Grants Management (AGM)
32 hours
Basic Grants Management  (BGM)
32 hours
Lands Course 
24 hours
Project Leaders Course  (PLC)
12 hours

Distance Learning and Online Courses

Type Duration
Online Project Leaders Course



estimated 6-8 hours

Introduction to Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Learn about the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program history and its legacy of conservation



estimated 30 - 45 minutes

The Grants Management Process

Learn all phases of a WSFR grant through traversing the grant management process in a game board format



estimated 20-30 minutes

Online Virtual Learning SeriesTypeDuration
WSFR Safety Margins Video Tutorial
This tutorial explains how safety margins in the Wildlife Restoration (WR), Sport Fish Restoration (SFR), and State Wildlife Grants (SWG) financial assistance programs are calculated, as well as provides best management practices for recipients to minimize the potential for reverting funds under these programs. 


35 minutes

Completing the Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A)
This tutorial explains how applicants of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service financial assistance programs should complete the SF-424A when applying for non-construction grants and cooperative agreements.  Click here  to download a written version of the SF-424A tutorial.

35 minutes

Completing the Federal Financial Report (SF-425)
This tutorial explains how recipients of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service awards should complete the SF-425 when reporting on the financial status of Federal and matching funds under financial assistance grants and cooperative agreements. Click here to download a written version of the SF-425 tutorial.

29 minutes

Note: When viewing the on-line courses on a PC, it may be necessary to adjust your screen size depending on the web browser you use. For tablet users, it is best to open the URL link on your tablet and create a Bookmark on the Home Screen. Then click on the Home Screen bookmark to open the course.

Scheduled National Training Events


October 28-31, 2019 - Basic Grants Management (BGM) Course, Lakewood, Colorado (Class is FULL)


May 18 - 21, 2020 - Basic Grants Management (BGM) Course at NCTC in Shepherdstown, WV (Travel days are Sunday, May 17, and Friday, May 22)

BGM Registration For NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV (May 18-21, 2020) - To be open soon

June 8 - 11, 2020 - Advanced Grants Management (AGM) Course - Sacramento, CA 

AGM Registration For Sacramento, CA (June 8-11, 2020) - To be open soon

September 14 - 17, 2020 - Basic Grants Management (BGM) Course, Lakewood, Colorado 

Western BGM Registration For Lakewood, CO (September 14-17, 2020) - To be open soon

Contact us about your grant management training needs. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to courses (events) for all participants. For classes held at NCTC, please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Julie Schroyer, 304-876-7927, julie_schroyer@fws.govTTY 800-877-8339.  

WSFR Training Calendar

Contact Information

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program 
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25543
FAX 304-876-7757

Debbie Unbehagen
Chief, Financial Assistance Systems and Training Branch 

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