Fiscal Year 2020 Candidate Conservation Action Funds

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-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 ESA, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend.

The principle objective of this Candidate Conservation funding opportunity is to accomplish 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.

Deadline: Sep. 4, 2020

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 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 4, 2020