Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund

To provide Federal financial assistance to any State or Territory (hereafter, 'States'), through its appropriate State or territorial agency, to assist in the development of programs for the conservation of endangered and threatened species.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The program has not announced projects for funding.

However, we expect to award over 225 grants to fund projects that benefit threatened and endangered species on non-Federal lands.

Fiscal Year 2018: The program has not yet selected projects for funding.

However, we expect to award over 200 grants to fund projects that benefit threatened and endangered species on non-Federal lands.

Fiscal Year 2019: The program has not yet selected projects for funding.

However, we expect to award over 200 grants to fund projects that benefit threatened and endangered species on non-Federal lands.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Please visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/regions/index.html to access a list of regional program contacts.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Conservation & Natural Resources, Alabama Dept Of $ 351,029   2018-03-012023-09-30
Wildlife And Fisheries, Louisiana Department Of $ 32,500   2018-07-012023-06-30
California Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 176,781   2019-09-162022-09-15
California Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 113,102   2019-09-012022-08-31
California Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 77,866   2019-09-012022-08-31
California Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 286,418   2019-09-012022-08-31
California Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 142,288   2019-08-012022-07-31
Fish And Game, Massachusetts Department Of $ 69,750   2017-07-012022-06-30
Fish And Game, Idaho Dept Of $ 50,000   2017-08-152022-06-30
California Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 159,666   2019-07-012022-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: FY 2017 grant awards have not yet been announced. However, the Service awarded approximately $44.8 million in fiscal year 2016 to Nontraditional Program projects through the CESCF. Of that amount, approximately $5.8 million was awarded through the Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance program to fully and partially fund 7 out of 8 eligible proposals from 8 States. Approximately $22 million fully funded 11 out of 11 eligible proposals through the HCP Land Acquisition program. The Recovery Land Acquisition program awarded approximately $17.2 million in funding to 24 projects in 19 States. Information on the fiscal year 2016 grant awards can be found at: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/pdf/FY16.CESCF-ProjectDescriptions.pdf An additional $10.5 million was awarded to 53 states and territories through the Traditional Conservation grants program. Fiscal Year 2018: Assuming the average grant awards remain consistent with FY16 levels, we anticipate making 6 awards through the Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance program and providing funding to 53 states and territories through the Traditional Conservation Grants program. We do not anticipate awarding grants under the Recovery Land Acquisition or HCP Land Acquisition grant programs. Fiscal Year 2019: Assuming the average grant awards remain consistent with FY16 levels, we anticipate making 6 awards through the Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance program and providing funding to 53 states and territories through the Traditional Conservation Grants program. We do not anticipate awarding grants under the Recovery Land Acquisition or HCP Land Acquisition grant programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The assistance provided to the State fish and wildlife agency can include animal, plant, and habitat surveys; research; planning; monitoring; habitat protection, restoration, management, and acquisition; and public education.

Assistance is restricted to those State agencies with which the Fish and Wildlife Service has a current cooperative agreement for the species involved.

Yes, restrictions can be found in the annual request for proposals found at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.

100 % of appropriated funds are set aside for discretionary activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Participation limited to State agencies that have a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior.

The annual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), announced through www.grants.gov and posted to the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service Web site at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html, describes the criteria that must be satisfied for an application to be eligible for funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All States that have entered into a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior.

Credentials/Documentation

. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, 'Uniform Administrative requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments,' must be used for this program.

An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An applicant must complete the Standard Form SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF-424A and SF-424B - Non Construction; or SF-424C and SF-424D - Construction). The project description section of the application should address the evaluation factors identified in the annual request for proposals that will be posted at www.grants.gov and to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.

Award Procedures

Final selection is made by the Secretary of the Interior, based on recommendations by the Director or Regional Directors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Funds are obligated by an authorized signature on an award agreement.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; and Land and Water Conservation Fund Act , 54 U.S.C. 200302 et seq., 16 U.S.C. 460l(el)-4 to 460l(el)-11 (prior to 2015).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Information regarding approval/disapproval time frames is available in the annual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) posted at www.grants.gov and at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.

Appeals

Decisions can be appealed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chief, Ecological Services Division of Recovery and Restoration. Final determination rests with the Secretary of the Interior.

Renewals

Renewals can be made through submission of a project proposal and approval of a grant award document.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: States may receive up to 75 percent of the program costs. When two or more States have a common interest in one or more endangered or threatened species and enter into a joint agreement, the Federal share of the total project cost may be increased to 90 percent. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

So much of the annual appropriation allocated for obligation to any State for any fiscal year as remains unobligated at the close thereof is authorized to be made available to that State until the close of the succeding fiscal year. Any amount allocated to any State which is unobligated at the end of the period during which it is available for expenditure is authorized to be made available for expenditure by the Secretary for conducting programs authorized by Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation or special award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual interim reports are due 90 calendar days after the end of each four full quarters based on fiscal quarters (March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31).

The final report is due 90 calendar days after the grant ending date.

Cash reports are not applicable.

A performance report is required for each project segment within 90 days following the close of the segment.

The Federal Financial Report, SF 425 is required.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR Part 170.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Land acquisition records and land documents must be maintained in perpetuity.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-5143-0-2-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $11,141,000; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0 - 5954 Species Recovery Land Acquisition Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $11,141,000 (est); FY18 $0 (est); FY19 $0 (est). (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $9,467,000; FY 18 est $6,518,000; and FY 19 est $6,518,000 - 5944 Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $9,467,000 (est); FY 18 $6,518,000 (est); FY19 $6,518,000 (est). (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $10,508,000; FY 18 est $10,487,000; and FY 19 est $10,487,000 - 5941 Conservation Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $10,508,000 (est); FY18 $10,487,000 (est); FY19 $10,487,000 (est). (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $19,601,000; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0 - 5943 Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $19,601,000 (est); FY18 $0 (est); FY19 $0 (est).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by program element.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., as amended; Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, 16 U.S.C. 4601, as amended; 50 CFR 81, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manual Chapter 521 FW 4 (http://www.fws.gov/policy/521fw4.html); The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Toolkit (http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/ToolkitFiles/toolkit.pdf); and the annual request for proposals posted at www.grants.gov and at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web site at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/section6/index.html.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Please visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/regions/index.html to access a list of regional program contacts.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Ecological Services Chief, Ecological Services Division of Restoration and Recovery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2171.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals for grant funding must be submitted by the State fish and wildlife agency. The State must have an approved cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior which provides for sharing responsibilities for endangered species, prior to receiving Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (section 6 of the Endangered Species Act) funds. Individual project proposals must compete with other State submissions for funding. For additional information please visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.



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