Fiscal Year 2019 Candidate Conservation Action Funds

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 (Service) Ecological Services Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to states, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers and other potential partners to secure information about candidate and other at-risk 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 Candidate Conservation funding opportunity is based on cooperative relationships with states, non-profit organizations, private landowners and those interested in habitat restoration or undertaking candidate and at-risk species research, surveys and monitoring, or educational outreach efforts.  Work may be done via cooperative agreement and project grants.

This opportunity provides funds to accomplish high priority conservation tasks for high priority, Service-managed, candidate (based on our annual Candidate Species Assessments) and at-risk species in the United States, such that known threats to the species may be reduced or eliminated.  Projects for National Marine Fisheries Service-managed species are not included in this funding opportunity.

Projects carrying out actions addressing threats described in a species’ annual Candidate Species Assessment, or projects documenting species’ response to changes in the environment are especially important.  For example, securing scientific information about candidate and at-risk species and their habitat, implementing restoration actions that will lead to removing threats so as to preclude the need to list, help prevent extinction of a species, or otherwise aid in improving the conservation status of a species would be considered priority projects.

Applications are due by September 3, 2019. However, you may submit applications throughout the year. Consideration of applications ultimately will be based on the FWS budget cycle.

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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 Federally-recognized tribal governments); city, county or township governments; individuals, Native American tribal governments (Federally-recognized); for-profit organizations; small businesses.

Applicants are expected to have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the biology of the involved candidate or at-risk species and its ecosystem, including preferably having worked with the species in the field.

Amount Description

This funding opportunity uses Service 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 office.  Applicants are required to coordinate with the Service prior to submitting a proposal for consideration.  Grants or cooperative agreement, for example, may be used for this funding opportunity.  If funds are awarded through a cooperative agreement with the Service, the Service will be substantially involved in projects under this funding opportunity; the level of involvement will vary by project or agreement.


Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 3, 2019