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Fiscal Year 2017 Recovery Implementation Grants

US Department of the Interior: Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration

Applicant type: Individuals, Government Entity, Nonprofit, College / University, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


Note: Applications are due by July 31, 2017. However, you may submit applications throughout the year. Consideration of applications ultimately will be based on the FWS budget cycle.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Ecological Services Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to States, other Federal agencies, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers, and other partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, to avert listing of species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce's NOAA Fisheries office, share Endangered Species Act responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles.

The overall goal of this Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is based on cooperative relationships with states, non-profit organizations, private landowners and those interested in habitat restoration or undertaking endangered and threatened species research, surveys and monitoring, or educational outreach efforts. Work may be done via cooperative agreement, grant agreement, project grants, or direct payment for specified use.

This opportunity provides funds to accomplish high priority recovery tasks for high priority, FWS-managed, endangered and threatened species in the United States (based on our Species Recovery Priority System and Recovery Task Priority System), such that known threats to the species may be reduced or eliminated.

This opportunity is limited to projects carrying out actions described in a species’ approved recovery plan, in the implementation schedule of a species’ approved recovery plan, actions recommended in a completed 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species’ response to climate change. For example: securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species and their habitat, implementing restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species, help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of a species. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration

The FWS is committed to addressing the issue of climate change. Through the creation of the FWS proposed strategic plan, “Rising to Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change,” we developed a proposed 5-year action plan that details the actions that we will undertake to implement the strategic plan. One of the objectives in the proposed 5-year action plan is to evaluate and determine whether it is appropriate to revise FWS grant criteria to incorporate climate change considerations. Therefore, through this notice for Fiscal Year 2017, we are including species’ response to climate change as one of the funding application ranking criteria to help us evaluate whether it would be appropriate to include climate change considerations in this and future funding opportunities. 

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  • Eligible applicants:
    • State and local governments/agencies
    • institutions of higher education, including public, private, state colleges and universities
    • non-profits that have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
    • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federallyrecognized tribal governments)
    • city, county or township governments
    • individuals
    • Native American tribal governments (Federally-recognized)
    • for-profit organizations
    • small businesses
  • Applicants are expected to have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the biology of the involved endangered or threatened species and their ecosystem, including preferably having worked with the species in the field and holding a currently valid Endangered Species Act permit, issued by the FWS, authorizing them to work with these species (or that have previously held a permit to do so).
    • If funding is awarded, applicants that do not currently hold a valid permit for the proposed activity may need to apply for and obtain a FWS permit before beginning the proposed activity.
    • For more information about the permit requirements, please visit our Ecological Services Program’s permit website


  • Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration.
  • Cost Sharing or Matching is not required, but encouraged.


  • Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.
  • A proposal cannot include FWS Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) costs.
  • A proposal cannot seek funding for projects that serve to satisfy regulatory requirements of the Endangered Species Act, including complying with a biological opinion under Section 7 of the Act or fulfilling commitments of a Habitat Conservation Plan under section 10 of the Act, or for projects that serve to satisfy other Federal regulatory requirements (e.g., mitigation for Federal permits).
  • Applicant entities or their key project personnel identified in the Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program.

This page was last reviewed August 01, 2017 and last updated August 01, 2017