Endangered Species - Candidate Conservation Action Funds

The objective is to secure candidate and other at-risk species information or undertake restoration actions that will help avert federal listing of species.

The purpose is to provide a means by which the ecosystems upon which candidate and at-risk species depend may be conserved, to provide a
program for the conservation of these species.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: The Service awarded funding to 16 projects in FY 2017.

The Alaska region funded a walrus mark recapture program; the Pacific Southwest region funded a project to develop a survey protocol for Valley elderberry longhorn beetle (VELB) that will improve detection probability, and to better distinguish between the VELB and closely related California elderberry longhorn beetle.

The Northwest region funded 14 projects including an island marble butterfly habitat restoration project at American Camp in the San Juan Island National Historical Park.

Also funded were five conservation projects benefitting greater sage-grouse and other sage-brush species; Packard?s milkvetch pollinator habitat restoration; whitebark pine restoration; and a project to determine the distribution and population connectivity of Merriam?s ground squirrel.

Fiscal Year 2018: Should funding be available, the Service anticipates funding projects similar to FY17 that secure candidate and other at-risk species information and that undertake restoration actions which help avert Federal listing of species.

Fiscal Year 2019: Should funding be available, the Service anticipates funding projects similar to FY17 that secure candidate and other at-risk species information and that undertake restoration actions which help avert Federal listing of species.


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.

A list of Regional and Field Office contacts may be accessed at 15.660 posted on grants.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Fish And Game, New Hampshire Department Of $ 31,250   2020-07-012025-06-30
Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc. $ 25,515   2021-07-012024-12-31
Lafayette Central Park, Inc. $ 31,000   2019-09-012024-08-31
Natural Resources, Utah Department Of $ 20,000   2018-09-112023-09-30
Wildlife And Fisheries, Louisiana Department Of $ 11,000   2020-08-152023-07-14
Natural Resources, Washington State Department Of $ 19,021   2019-08-152022-12-31
University Of Lethbridge, The $ 14,375   2021-08-012022-10-31
Auburn University $ 24,734   2020-10-012022-09-30
Fish & Wildlife, Washington State Department Of $ 40,376   2021-07-012022-06-30
University Of Arizona $ 15,000   2021-06-012021-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: he Service awarded 16 grants totaling $406,000 in FY 2017. Awards were made in three of the Service?s eight regions: Alaska, Northwest, and Pacific Southwest Regions. Fiscal Year 2018: 0 (est). Fiscal Year 2019: 0 (est).

Uses and Use Restrictions

The assistance can be used for Candidate Conservation.

Funding maybe used for actions related to: (1) the development of scientific information that is useful in supporting candidate assessments, conservation actions and candidate conservation agreements; (2) reduce threats to a candidate and other high priority species, such as propagation of imperiled freshwater mussels; or (3) conservation of candidate species, such as biological field work to conduct species surveys; or (4) in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species' response to climate change.

These are discretionary funds that are used for project purposes to help ensure the use of the best available scientific information in making management decisions.

The percentage of funds set aside for discretionary activities varies each year.

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

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Natural Resources.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/general public.

Credentials/Documentation

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

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

FWS Regional Field Office contacts can provide specific information on the amount of funding available, as well as Regional recovery priorities.

We encourage you to contact the appropriate FWS Regional and Field Office contacts to discuss potential projects.

If funding is available and the potential project address a high priority Regional candidate conservation need, then the Regional contact will refer the potential applicant of the appropriate FWS Ecological Services Field Office for further coordination.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The following Federal regulations apply to this program: (1) Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 31.2; 2 CFR Parts 215, 220, 225, 230; 43 CFR Part 18; and 48 CFR 31. The following OMB Circulars apply to this program: OMB Circular No. A-102 and A-133. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances Forms (SF 424A and SF 424B - Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D - Construction). Applicants must also submit a project summary page, and a project description. The project description section of the application should address the evaluation factors identified in the Full Announcement posted on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Awards will be announced by August 1 of each Fiscal year via letters sent directly to the applicants. No work may begin on a project until the appropriate legal contracting or procurement documents, and the required environmental compliance documents, have been signed by the authorized FWS official. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified either by letter, fax, email or by telephone.

Deadlines

Jul 31, 2018 July 31, 2018.

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

From 120 to 180 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

None, however project applicants are not prohibited from submitting applications for consideration for subsequent funding for multi-year projects though there is no governmental guarantee that multiple years of the project will be funded.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The funding is for projects that can be completed within one year of the date of award. 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

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients of Candidate Conservation Action funding will be required to provide a written final report for each funded project detailing project results.

If a project is funded for more than one year, the recipient will be required to provide a written, annual report at the end of each year detailing the status of each project, in addition to the final report when the project is completed.

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A performance report is due annually within 90 days of the anniversary of the start date of the funding award and a final report is due 90 days after the funding expiration.

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

Records must be maintained for 3 years following the submission of the final expenditure report or until final action has been taken on any litigation, claim or audit finding.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $406,000; FY 18 est $0; and FY 19 est $0 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $406,000; FY18 $0 (est); FY19 $0 (est) This funding opportunity uses U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional and Field Office discretionary funding, if available. The amount of actual funding available in each Regional and Field Office will vary from year to year. Funding may not be available every year in each Regional or Field Office. If funding is available, it may be obligated on a per-project basis, rather than by fiscal year.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by Region.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A table lists administrative requirements that may apply.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. A list of Regional and Field Office contacts may be accessed at 15.660 posted on grants.gov.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Ecological Services, Branch of Communications and Candidate Conservation U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2171.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

This opportunity is limited to projects carrying out actions for candidate species describe in annual assessment; or for at-risk species in a conservation plan or strategy; or in a spotlight species action plan; or projects documenting species' response to climate change.


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