Fiscal Year 2018 Recovery Implementation Fund Grants

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 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. 

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.

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. 

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Agency Website

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. 

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

July 31, 2018