Recovery Challenge

Funding Agency:
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The overall goal of this Recovery Challenge funding opportunity is to enhance and increase partnerships with agencies and organizations implementing highest priority recovery actions identified in recovery plans, and in particular for genetically-sound breeding, rearing, and reintroduction programs.


Specifically, this opportunity provides funds to accomplish priority-1 recovery tasks identified in Recovery Plans for endangered and threatened species under the trusteeship of the Service in the United States and its territories, such that known threats to the species may be reduced or eliminated. This opportunity also addresses the Department of the Interior priorities of:  

1) Creating a conservation stewardship legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt by utilizing science to identify best practices to manage land and water resources and adapt to changes in the environment; and,

2) Striking a regulatory balance by ensuring that Endangered Species Act decisions are based on strong science and thorough analysis.

Applications must be submitted to appropriate Regional Office by August 24, 2018.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Federal (other than the Service), 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; and small businesses. U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations with 501c3 Internal Revenue Status (IRS) must provide a copy of their Section 501c3 status determination letter received from the IRS.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

August 24, 2018