The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has established a grants program to support and advance the recovery and rehabilitation of injured, sick or orphaned wildlife in the state.
Funds may be used to support operations, ongoing facility needs, innovation in wildlife care (e.g. rehabilitation techniques, enclosure designs, diet, behavioral enrichment); post-release monitoring, surveillance, data analysis; and conservation education.
Pursuant Fish and Game Code Section 1773, funding for this Grant Solicitation Notice is provided from the Division 2. Department of Fish and Wildlife. Chapter 7.5. Native Species Conservation and Enhancement. Article 5. Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund.
The CDFW shall maintain the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund established pursuant to Section 18749.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
The funds deposited in the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund are for the support of a competitive grant program to be established by the CDFW for the purposes of the recovery and rehabilitation of injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife, and conservation education.
To be eligible for grant funding from this grant program established pursuant to Section 1773.1, an applicant shall meet all of the following criteria:
(1) The applicant shall provide proof that it is a nonprofit organization that operates a wildlife rehabilitation facility permitted pursuant to Section 679 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations; or as an authorized satellite facility (sub-permittee).
(2) The applicant shall be in compliance with all conditions of its Wildlife Rehabilitation Memorandum of Understanding.
(3) The applicant shall maintain active participation in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Medical Database.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are required to submit a 2020 Native Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund grant application comprised of a cover letter and records verifying eligibility (ATTN: Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator).
Applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. PDT on September 1, 2020. Visit the CDFW website: wildlife.ca.gov/grants
The available pool of funds will be distributed to eligible applicants based on the following tiers based on 2019 wild animal intake and in the grant amounts shown:
2019 Intake: Grant Amount
1 - 100: $3,000
101 - 1,000: $9,000
1,001 – 4,000: $14,000
4,001 & over: $19,000
Grant recipients must submit one (1) Final Performance Report that describes the activities funded with this grant. These reports are due to CDFW no later than December 30, 2021. Failure to submit this report may disqualify the applicant from future consideration as a grantee of funds from this program.
The CDFW will validate each applicant’s eligibility and strive to fund as many grants as there are eligible applicants. If more eligible applications are submitted than funds available, then grants will be funded in the order the applications were received.
FUNDING & DURATION
The grant duration is one (1) year starting December 1, 2020 – November 30, 2021. Grant funds cannot be expended before or after the grant duration period.
To be eligible for grant funding from the grant program, an applicant shall meet all of the following criteria: Provide proof it is a nonprofit organization that operates a permitted wildlife rehabilitation facility, or as an authorized satellite facility (sub-permittee). Be in compliance with all conditions of its Wildlife Rehabilitation Memorandum of Understanding. Maintain active participation in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Medical Database.
Eligible projects may be any nonprofit organization that operates a permitted wildlife rehabilitation facility, or as an authorized satellite facility (sub-permittee), anywhere in California.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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