Fiscal Year 2017 Recovery Implementation Grants

Funding Agency:
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The purpose of the Endangered Species Act 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 these species, and to take appropriate steps to achieve the purposes of treaties and conventions set forth in the law.

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 potential 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.

Both the FWS and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is part of the Department of Commerce’s NOAA Fisheries office, are responsible for implementing the Endangered Species Act. The FWS is primarily responsible for managing terrestrial and freshwater species, while the NMFS is primarily responsible for managing oceanic species, including most marine mammals. We also share responsibilities for several species such as sea turtles. For example, we have responsibility for sea turtles when they are on land, and NMFS has responsibility for sea turtles when they are in the water.

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. Projects for NMFS-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

Deadline: July 31, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

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.

Amount Description

This funding opportunity uses FWS Regional and Field Office discretionary funding, if available. The amount of actual funding available will vary from year to year. Funding may not be available every year in each Regional or Field Office. 

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

July 31, 2017