Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grants (Section 6)

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    nicole
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    Link to announcement.

    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:

    Introduction of species into suitable habitats within their historic range
    Enhance or restore habitat
    Habitat surveys and inventories
    Species status surveys
    Propagation of animals and plants
    Research
    Monitoring of candidate, at-risk and recently recovered species
    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.

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