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FY 2020 Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF) - Traditional Conservation Grants Program

Grants to USA State Government Agencies to
Protect Endangered Species on Private Lands

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) - Ecological Services and Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration

Deadline Date:

07/03/20 11:59 PM PDT Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories state-level government agencies for the preservation of endangered and threatened wildlife living on privately-owned lands. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for management, research, monitoring, and outreach activities, or any combination thereof.

The principle objective of the Traditional Conservation Grant program is to support the development and implementation of States’ programs to conserve and recover threated and endangered species under the Service’s jurisdiction. Financial assistance, provided in the form of grants, can be used to support projects that have direct conservation benefits for federally listed species, candidate and at-risk species, and recently delisted species. States may apply for funding to conduct work on federally listed resident species that are included in the State’s cooperative agreement. States may also apply for funding to monitor candidate, at-risk, and recently delisted species. Candidate Species are those that the Service determined warrant listing as a threatened or endangered species, but the listing is precluded by other higher priority actions.

For the purposes of this Notice of Funding Opportunity, we are considering certain “at-risk” species in addition to Candidate Species: 1) those species that are the subject of a positive 90-day finding but not yet the subject of a proposed rule, 2) species that are the subject of a proposed listing rule but not a final rule or 3) species for which the Service has initiated an ESA status review and has announced the review in the Federal Register, and 4) species included on the National Listing Work Plan. A full list of at-risk species can be found at the end of this notice (Attachment B). Further, recently delisted, for purposes of this solicitation, are those species delisted within the past five years. Only species delisted due to recovery may receive funding under this solicitation.

Proposals should include clear and specific information about how the proposed work would contribute to species recovery or prevent the need to list a species under the ESA. Successful applications will be those that clearly demonstrate a direct conservation benefit to the species or its habitat.

Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction of species into suitable habitats within their historic range
  • Enhancement or restoration of habitat
  • Surveys and inventories of habitats
  • Species status surveys
  • Propagation of animals and plants
  • Research such as genetic analysis to determine genetic health and population structure
  • Public education and outreach tools such as website development or coordination workshops with local landowners to address a specific threat to a species
  • Monitoring of candidate, at-risk and recently recovered species

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179476

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$13,000,000

Number of Grants:

The Service expects to make an estimated 232 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
- Award Floor: $1

Term of Contract:

Awarded grant funds must be expended in a timely manner or returned to the Service for reallocation through the next grant award cycle. Service policy is to allow for up to three years from the date of award announcement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only States agencies that have entered into a cooperative agreement with the Service pursuant to section 6(c) of the ESA or enters into/ reconfirms such an agreement within 30 days of the application deadline are eligible to apply under this funding opportunity. The Service requires a complete, signed cooperative agreement before it can obligate Federal funds to a project [50 CFR 81.3, 50 CFR 81.5, 43 CFR 12.50(b)(3)]. While funding can only be granted to States, individuals or groups (for example counties or conservation organizations) may work with a State agency that has a cooperative agreement on conservation efforts that are mutually beneficial, as a subgrantee.

Excluded Parties: The Service conducts a review of the SAM.gov Exclusions database for all applicant entities and their key project personnel prior to award. The Service cannot award funds to entities or their key project personnel identified in the SAM.gov Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or otherwise excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits, as their ineligibility condition applies to this Federal program.

Proposals involving ongoing projects with open CESCF grants will not be accepted unless a detailed description of how the existing funds will be spent and how the projects differ.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant application packages must be received no later than Friday, July 3, 2020, at 11:59 PM PDT. It is recommended that you submit it early enough to address any unforeseen technical complications. All letters of financial commitment are due with the application by the deadline. Applications or letters received after the deadline will not be considered.

A proposal must include a minimum 25 percent non-Federal cost share. The cost share may be cash or an in-kind contribution, such as volunteer efforts and donations of goods or services. This cost share requirement decreases to 10 percent when two or more States having a common interest in one or more species, the conservation of which may be enhanced by cooperation of such States, enter jointly into a project [50 CFR 81.8(a)]. The Insular Areas of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Government of the Northern Mariana Islands are exempt from grant matching requirements up to $200,000 under all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Grant Programs (based on a May 9, 2003, Director’s Memorandum).

Applicants are required to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet and then register in SAM.gov prior to submitting a Federal award application.

If submitting the application via Grants.gov, applicants must first register an account with Grants.gov and complete all steps of the registration process before they can apply. Registration can take three to five business days or longer.

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) when viewing this opportunity on Grants.gov.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kelly Niland
703-358-2492
Kelly_Niland@fws.gov

Please see Page 25 of the NOFO in Attached Files below for a full list of agency contacts for each region.

CFDA Number:

15.615

Funding or Pin Number:

F20AS00070

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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