Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grants (Section 6)

Portal ID:
4687
Status:
Closed (22 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

The Department of Fish and Wildlife distributes federal funds for threatened and endangered species conservation and recovery through the Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grant Program in coordination with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The primary objective of this Program is to help develop and implement state programs to conserve and recover federally threatened and endangered species.

Description:

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) is seeking high quality proposals for projects that will further the conservation and recovery of federally listed threatened and endangered wildlife, plant, and certain fish species in California.

Eligible projects are those which target species that are federally listed as threatened, endangered, species for which a positive federal 90-day finding has been made, species that are the subject of a proposed federal listing rule, species for which the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has initiated a status review and has announced the review in the Federal Register, and species de-listed by the Service within the last five years. The proposed project must address the conservation of wildlife, plant, or fish species that are managed by Service. Marine species and anadromous fish species are funded under separate federal programs.

Project proposals must be developed in close coordination with Department and Service biologists and identify a Department employee who will sponsor the project by administering the grant. 

Projects must focus on one or more of the following areas:

  1. Introduction of species into suitable habitats within their historic range
  2. Enhance or restore habitat
  3. Habitat surveys and inventories
  4. Species status surveys
  5. Propagation of animals and plants
  6. Research 
  7. Monitoring of candidate, at-risk and recently recovered species
  8. Public education and outreach tools to address a specific threat to a species

Priority will be given to projects designed to directly impact the recovery of federally listed species, prevent extinction of a listed species, or prevent the need to list a candidate species, although proposals involving recently delisted species will also be considered.

Eligible entities include public agencies, state departments, colleges and universities, tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations. Funded activities must be completed within the grant period which may not exceed 3 years of grant approval date. 

A minimum non-federal match of 25% of the total cost of the project (25% of the sum of the federal amount requested plus the non-federal match) is required. It must be spent during the grant term and applicants must describe how the minimum match will be provided, including the match source and amount. Match may include in-kind services, volunteer contributions, use of donated equipment, or partial funding for the project from a non-federal source.

Grant funds cannot be used for federal compliance or to obtain any federal permits for the project. In addition, funds cannot be used to satisfy federal, state, or local regulatory requirements, including mitigation, avoidance, minimization, and monitoring. 

Applicants should review the 2021 federal Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for this grant program (click on “see related documents” near bottom of linked page). Applicants are encouraged to consider and address the review criteria in Section E of the NOFO when preparing their proposal.  

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Public agency includes state departments, colleges, and universities. 

Eligible Geographies:

Statewide

Matching Funding Requirement:

A minimum non-federal match of 25% of the total project cost (25% of the sum of the federal amount requested plus the non-federal match) is required. It must be spent during the grant term. Match may include in-kind services, volunteer contributions, use of donated equipment, or partial funding from a non-federal source.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Fall 2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Three years

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$2,000,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
25%
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

Funds are provided to states and territories from the US Fish and Wildlife Service through their Traditional Conservation Grant Program (Section 6 Grant Program). The Department administers Traditional Section 6 Grant funded projects in coordination with the USFWS through a Section 6 Cooperative Agreement. Authority to administer the program is granted through Section 1501.5 of the Fish and Game Code. 

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Erin Chappell, 1-916-708-2038, wildlifemgt@wildlife.ca.gov

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