Endangered Species Conservation - Recovery Implementation Funds
To provide federal financial assistance to secure endangered or threatened species information, undertake restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species; help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of species. The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to provide a means by which the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend may be conserved, to provide a program for the conservation of these species, and to take appropriate steps to achieve the purposes of treaties and conventions set forth in the law.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
Service Regions awarded an estimated 70 grants totaling $3.9 million in Recovery Implementation Grants in FY 2017.Fiscal Year 2018
In FY18, the program issued approximately 136 awards, as either grants or cooperative agreements.Fiscal Year 2019
The program anticipates issuing approximately 100 awards.Fiscal Year 2020
Should funding become available, the Service intends to continue to fund conservation actions at similar levels, depending on available funding levels, species needs, and priorities.
Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. §1531 et. seq.; Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (H.R. 1625, Div. G); Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 (H. J. Res. 31, 116th Cong. Div. E, Title I).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State and local government agencies. Institutions of higher education, including public, private state colleges and universities, nonprofits that have 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, Native American tribal organizations (other than recognized tribal governments), city, county or township governments, individuals, Native American tribal governments (federally-recognized), for-profit organizations, and small businesses.
State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, including public, private, state colleges and universities, nonprofits that have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, Native American tribal organizations (other than recognized tribal governments), city, county or township governments, individuals, Native American tribal governments (federally-recognized), for-profit organizations, and small businesses.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. FWS Regional and Field Office contacts can provide specific information on the amount of funding available, as well as Regional recovery priorities. We encourage you to contact the appropriate FWS Regional and Field Office contacts to discuss potential projects. If funding is available and the potential project addresses a high priority Regional recovery need, then the Regional contact will refer the potential applicant of the appropriate FWS Ecological Services Field Office for further coordination.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Awards will be announced via letters sent directly to the applicants. No work may begin on a project until the appropriate legal contracting or procurement documents, and the required environmental compliance documents, have been signed by the authorized Service official. Unsuccessful applicants with be notified either by letter, fax, email or by telephone.
September 3, 2019
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Consideration of applications will ultimately be based on the FWS budget cycle. We encourage partners (especially existing partners who already have a working relationship with local FWS Field Offices) to talk to the local FWS Field Offices about possible project ideas and submittal timeframes.
More than 180 days. However, project applicants are not prohibited from submitting applications for consideration for subsequent funding for multi-year projects though there is no governmental guarantee that multiple years of the project will be funded.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals are outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
How may assistance be used?
This opportunity is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species' approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species' approved recovery plan, actions recommended in complete 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species' response to climate change. These are discretionary funds that are used for project purposes to help ensure the use of the best available scientific information in making management decisions. The percentage of funds set aside for discretionary activities varies each year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. Final performance reports and final SF-425, Federal Financial Reports are due within 90 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
Records must be maintained for 3 years following the submission of the final expenditure report or until final action has been taken on any litigation, claim or audit finding.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Depending on funding availability, assistance is available throughout the year; funding must be spent with 3 years of award. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
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, VA 22041 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$10,000,000.00; FY 19 est $10,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$3,976,711.00; - This program uses U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional and Field Office discretionary funding, if available. The amount of actual funding available in each Regional and Field Office will vary from year to year. Funding may not be available every year in each Regional or Field Office. If funding is available, it may be obligated on a per-project basis, rather than by fiscal year.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by Region
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Should funding become available, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) intends to fund projects that contribute to the recovery of Service-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States. Projects that address species response to climate change receive additional consideration. Examples of projects funded in FY 2017 include a $400,000 award to the University of Hawaii Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit to fund the Plant Extinction Prevention Program. The mission of this program is to protect Hawai‘i’s rarest native plants from extinction by managing wild plants, collecting seeds and establishing new populations. A $30,000 award will be used in the State of Idaho to fund the Selkirk Recovery Zone Grizzly Bear Research and Monitoring project. This project will aid in evaluating the population trend, status, and distribution of the Selkirk grizzly bear population while providing vital information to develop a seasonal habitat predictive model. The information will be used promote conservation of this threatened species. Finally, a $20,000 grant will be used in California to fund surveys and assessments to determine population, demography, and basic ecology of the Mojave shoulderband snail.Fiscal Year 2018
Snail extinction Prevention Program - Maintain Current field and lab operations of rare tree snail extinction prevention program on Oahu and Maui. 2018-2019 Wallowa Mountains Bull Trout Spawning Surveys and Nez Perce Tribe Assistance - Funding would support the continued survey of bull trout spawning areas (redd counts) in the Wallowa Mountains of NE Oregon in cooperation with ODFW, USFS, Grande Ronde Model Watershed, OWEB, Nez Perce Tribe and volunteers. Translocation and reintroduction of the Laguna Mountain skipper butterfly - The proposed project will develop a reintroduction plan for the release of the federally endangered butterfly, the Laguna Mountains skipper, on Forest Service lands in the Laguna Mountains, where the species has not been seen since 2001. San Joaquin kit fox mange treatment analysis - To develop disease models and treatment methods for San Joaquin kit fox in Bakersfield, CA. Over the past five years, multiple partners have worked to slow the spread of a mange epidemic in the San Joaquin kit fox population in Bakersfield. The mange epidemic has caused significant mortality within this local fox population and has the potential to spread to additional populations in surrounding rural areas. This study will develop epidemiological models and will lead to the development of critical treatment strategies to halt the spread of the disease. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation: funds for development of species distribution model and predicted suitable habitat for the yellow lance mussel. Implementation of Utah's White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) Protocol - To provide information about sites available for WNS treatment research and development; prepare for and respond to the establishment of Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) ; maintain inter-agency coordination for bat conservation and facilitate research for WNS; monitor bat populations and conduct surveillance for WNS and Pd; conserve WNS-affected or WNS-vulnerable bats; conduct outreach on WNS and bats; and participate in the Service's Annual WNS Meeting and regional bat working group meetings.Fiscal Year 2019
Should funding become available, the Service intends to continue to fund conservation actions including securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species.Fiscal Year 2020
Should funding become available, the Service intends to continue to fund conservation actions including securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species.