Endangered Species Recovery Implementation

Funding Agency:
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The purpose of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is to provide a means by which the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend may be conserved, to provide a program for the conservation of such endangered species and threatened species, and to take appropriate steps to achieve the purposes of treaties and conventions set forth in the ESA. Section 2(a)(5) of the ESA authorizes the use of Federal financial assistance to encourage the States and other interested parties to develop and maintain conservation programs to safeguard the Nation’s heritage in fish, wildlife and plants for the benefit of all citizens.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Ecological Services Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to states, landowners, educators, non-governmental organizations, researchers, and other potential partners to secure information about endangered, threatened or candidate species, to aid in the recovery of these species, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. Program Objective: The principal objective of this Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is to support the implementation of priority recovery actions for federally endangered and threatened species. The ESA conveys the importance of recovery plans as a central organizing tool for guiding each species’ recovery process by requiring their development for every listed species.

Deadline: Sep. 30, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

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 and holding a currently valid Endangered Species Act permit, issued by the Service, 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 Service permit before beginning the proposed activity. For more information about the permit requirements, please visit our Ecological Services Program’s permit website at https://fws.gov/service/permitsState 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 Federally-recognized tribal governments); city, county or township governments; individuals, Native American tribal governments (Federally-recognized); for-profit organizations; and small businesses.

Amount Description

Maximum Award $ 2,000,000

Minimum Award $ 1,000

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 30, 2024