Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund

 

To provide Federal financial assistance to any State or Territory (hereafter, "States"), through its appropriate State or territorial agency, to assist in the development of programs for the conservation of endangered and threatened species.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.615
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The Service awarded $34.9 million to Nontraditional Program projects through the CESCF. Of that amount, approximately $7.4 million was awarded through the Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance program to fully fund 13 out of 13 eligible proposals from 7 states. Approximately $17.9 million fully or partially funded 11 out of 16 eligible proposals through the HCP Land Acquisition program. The Recovery Land Acquisition program awarded approximately $9.6 million in funding to 16 projects in 14 states. An additional $12.4 million was awarded to 53 states and territories through the Traditional Conservation grants program. Fiscal Year 2015: Assuming the average grant awards remain consistent with FY14 levels, we anticipate making 13 awards through the Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance program, 11 awards through the HCP Land Acquisition program, 16 awards through the Recovery Land Acquisition program, and providing funding to 53 states and territories through the Traditional Conservation Grants program. Fiscal Year 2016: Assuming the average grant awards remain consistent with FY14 levels, we anticipate making 13 awards through the Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance program, 11 awards through the HCP Land Acquisition program, 16 awards through the Recovery Land Acquisition program, and providing funding to 53 states and territories through the Traditional Conservation Grants program.
Authorization
Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., as amended; Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, 16 U.S.C. 4601, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Participation limited to State agencies that have a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior. The annual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), announced through www.grants.gov and posted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Web site at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html, describes the criteria that must be satisfied for an application to be eligible for funding.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All States that have entered into a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior.
Credentials/Documentation
A current cooperative agreement(s) between the Secretary of the Interior and the State Conservation agency(ies) concerning endangered and threatened species is necessary. Costs will be determined in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C,"Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Section 12.62 (of the common rule), identifies Federal cost principles for determining allowable costs. Separate agreements for animals and plants are normally made with each State's responsible agency. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
The standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," must be used for this program. An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An applicant must complete the Standard Form SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF-424A and SF-424B - Non Construction; or SF-424C and SF-424D - Construction). The project description section of the application should address the evaluation factors identified in the annual request for proposals that will be posted at www.grants.gov and to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.
Award Procedure
Final selection is made by the Secretary of the Interior, based on recommendations by the Director or Regional Directors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Funds are obligated by an authorized signature on an award agreement.
Deadlines
Jan 23, 2015 January 23, 2015. Variable. Information regarding deadlines is available in the annual Request for Proposals posted at www.grants.gov and at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Information regarding approval/disapproval time frames is available in the annual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) posted at www.grants.gov and at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.
Appeals
Decisions can be appealed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chief, Ecological Services Division of Recovery and Restoration. Final determination rests with the Secretary of the Interior.
Renewals
Renewals can be made through submission of a project proposal and approval of a grant award document.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals for grant funding must be submitted by the State fish and wildlife agency. The State must have an approved cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior which provides for sharing responsibilities for endangered species, prior to receiving Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (section 6 of the Endangered Species Act) funds. Individual project proposals must compete with other State submissions for funding. For additional information please visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.
How may assistance be used?
The assistance provided to the State fish and wildlife agency can include animal, plant, and habitat surveys; research; planning; monitoring; habitat protection, restoration, management, and acquisition; and public education. Assistance is restricted to those State agencies with which the Fish and Wildlife Service has a current cooperative agreement for the species involved. Yes, restrictions can be found in the annual request for proposals found at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html. 100 % of appropriated funds are set aside for discretionary activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Annual interim reports are due 90 calendar days after the end of each four full quarters based on fiscal quarters (March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31). The final report is due 90 calendar days after the grant ending date. Cash reports are not applicable. A performance report is required for each project segment within 90 days following the close of the segment. The Federal Financial Report, SF 425 is required. Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Land acquisition records and land documents must be maintained in perpetuity.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: States may receive up to 75 percent of the program costs. When two or more States have a common interest in one or more endangered or threatened species and enter into a joint agreement, the Federal share of the total project cost may be increased to 90 percent.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
So much of the annual appropriation allocated for obligation to any State for any fiscal year as remains unobligated at the close thereof is authorized to be made available to that State until the close of the succeding fiscal year. Any amount allocated to any State which is unobligated at the end of the period during which it is available for expenditure is authorized to be made available for expenditure by the Secretary for conducting programs authorized by Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Please visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/regions/index.html to access a list of regional program contacts.
Headquarters Office
Chief, Ecological Services Chief, Ecological Services Division of Restoration and Recovery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2171.
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-5143-0-2-302 - FY 13 amounts are based on the President’s budget request and FY 14 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels only.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $12,237,870; FY 15 est $10,508,000; and FY 16 est $10,508,000 - 5941: Conservation Grants
FY14 $12,237,870; est FY15 $10,508,000; est FY16 $10,508,000. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $7,980,293; FY 15 est $9,480,000; and FY 16 est $9,480,000 - 5944: Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants
FY14 $7,980,293; FY15 $9,480,000; est FY16 $9,480,000. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $9,443,171; FY 15 est $9,462,000; and FY 16 est $9,462,000 - 5954: Species Recovery Land Acquisition Grants
FY14 $9,443,171; FY15 $9,462,000; FY16 est $9,462,000. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $14,192,664; FY 15 est $17,938,000; and FY 16 est $17,938,000 - 5943: Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grants
FY14 $14,192,664; FY15 $17,938,000 ; FY16 est $17,938,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by program element.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., as amended; Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, 16 U.S.C. 4601, as amended; 50 CFR 81, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manual Chapter 521 FW 4 (http://www.fws.gov/policy/521fw4.html); The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Toolkit (http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/ToolkitFiles/toolkit.pdf); and the annual request for proposals posted at www.grants.gov and at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/section6/index.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: $45.4 million in grants awarded to 53 states and territories to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered fish, wildlife, and plants. Examples are: 1) Traditional Conservation grant in the amount of $19,000 to the State of North Dakota for inventory, mapping, and data management activities that support conservation efforts for the Western prairie fringed orchid.
2) HCP Planning Assistance grant to the State of California in the amount of $717,271 to support the Bakersfield Regional HCP in Kern County. A key element of the new plan would be to establish standardized avoidance and take minimization measures for the San Joaquin kit fox, a federally listed endangered species that utilizes the urban environment within the City of Bakersfield.
3) Recovery Land Acquisition grant in the amount of $180,000 to the State of Michigan to purchase three parcels of land to protect and assist in the recovery of the endangered Mitchell’s satyr butterfly and the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, a candidate for ESA listing.
4) HCP Land Acquisition grant in the amount of $2,000,000 to the State of California to purchase approximately 700 acres of important habitat land for many of the species covered in the East Contra Costa HCP, including federally listed species such as the San Joaquin kit fox, California red-legged frog, and vernal pool tadpole shrimp. The acquisition of these properties added to the reserve system and provided protection for lands that have rich on-site resources and support a diverse mosaic of habitat types. Fiscal Year 2015: The program has not yet selected projects for funding. However, we expect to award over 200 grants to fund projects similar to those supported in FY14 that benefit threatened and endangered species on non-Federal lands. Fiscal Year 2016: The program has not yet solicited States and Territories for proposals. However, we expect to award over 200 grants to fund projects that benefit threatened and endangered species on non-Federal lands.

 


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