Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grant Program (Traditional Section 6)

California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $400,000

Anticipated deadline: May 11, 2019 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking high quality grant proposals for projects that will further the conservation and recovery of federally listed threatened and endangered species in the state. Eligible projects are those that target species which are currently federally listed as threatened or endangered, proposed for listing, candidates for listing, or recently recovered; and focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Species status surveys
  • Captive propagation and reintroduction
  • Nesting surveys
  • Genetic studies
  • Development of management plans
  • Habitat restoration (on non-federal lands)
  • Public education and outreach

The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act) provides funding to states and territories for species and habitat conservation actions on nonfederal lands. States and territories must contribute a minimum non-federal match of 25% for the estimated program costs of approved projects. CDFW is responsible for managing native fish, wildlife, and plant species in California, and directs the use of federal Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund resources through this Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Program (ESCRP) grant program in coordination with the USFWS. Authority for the CDFW to administer the ESCRP program is granted through §1501.5 of the Fish and Game Code. Anticipated total funding available for the 2018 grant cycle is dependent on federal allocation of Section 6 funds to California in the 2018 federal budget year. In recent years approximately $2 million has available for sub-grant award through this program.

2018 Priorities

For the 2018 grant cycle, priority will be given to projects that address the following themes:

  • Projects that identify best practices to manage land and water resources and adapt to changes in the environment.
  • Assessment or conservation actions critically needed for the conservation and recovery of federally listed species, candidate species, and recently de-listed species.
  • Scientific investigations into the adaptive response of listed species to prolonged drought.
  • Applied science that reduces the impact of changing environmental conditions on listed species, or promotes resilience in listed species populations or their habitats to these stressors.
  • Projects that assess or address emerging threats to listed species from pathogens or invasive species.
  • Actions or assessments directly supporting the de-listing of currently listed species.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Entities eligible to submit grant proposals in response to this PSN include public agencies, state departments, colleges and universities, tribal governments, and nonprofit entities.
  • In order for a project to be eligible for ESCRP funding, the project must address the conservation of federally listed endangered, threatened, candidate, proposed, or recently recovered species.
  • Proposals must be developed in consultation with CDFW and USFWS biologists and identify a CDFW staff person willing to sponsor the project by administering the subgrant between CDFW and the project lead. 
  • Activities funded by ESCRP must be completed within 3 years of grant approval date.
  • Applicants must provide a minimum of 25% of the total project cost in non-federal matching funds or in-kind services



  • Habitat restoration projects funded under this program cannot be located on federal lands.
  • Proposals developed without first consulting agency biologists or which fail to identify a CDFW subgrant sponsor will not be considered for funding.
  • Federal funds cannot be used for NEPA compliance or to obtain any federal permits for the project. 
  • Federal funds cannot be used for habitat restoration or other physical improvements on federal lands.
  • Funds may be granted for EITHER the planning phase, OR the implementation phase of habitat restoration projects, but not both phases in the same grant cycle.