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Endangered Species Conservation – Recovery Implementation Funds

Number: 15.657
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.657 Endangered Species Conservation – Recovery Implementation Funds
Federal Agency (030):
Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq, as amended; Public Law 93-205, 87 Stat. 884, Endangered Species Act Amendments of 1978, Public Law 95-632, 92 Stat. 3751, and Endangered Species Act Amendments of 1982, Public Law 97-304, 96 Stat. 1411.
Objectives (050):
To provide federal financial assistance to secure endangered or threatened species information, undertake restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species; help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of species. 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.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
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 complete 5-year status review of the species or in a spotlight species action plan, or projects documenting species' response to climate change. These are discretionary funds that are used for project purposes to help ensure the use of the best available scientific information in making management decisions. The percentage of funds set aside for discretionary activities varies each year. 100% of appropriated funds are discretionary.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
State and local government agencies. Institutions of higher education, including public, private state colleges and universities, nonprofits that have 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, Native American tribal organizations (other than recognized tribal governments), city, county or township governments, individuals, Native American tribal governments (federally-recognized), for-profit organizations, and small businesses.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, including public, private, state colleges and universities, nonprofits that have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, Native American tribal organizations (other than recognized tribal governments), city, county or township governments, individuals, Native American tribal governments (federally-recognized), for-profit organizations, and small businesses.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Costs will be determined in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Section 12.62 (of the common rule), identifies Federal cost principles for determining allowable cost. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
FWS Regional and Field Office contacts can provide specific information on the amount of funding available, as well as Regional recovery priorities. We encourage you to contact the appropriate FWS Regional and Field Office contacts to discuss potential projects. If funding is available and the potential project addresses a high priority Regional recovery need, then the Regional contact will refer the potential applicant of the appropriate FWS Ecological Services Field Office for further coordination. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The following Federal regulations apply to this program: (1) Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 31.2; 2 CFR Parts 215, 220, 225, 230; 43 CFR Parts 12 and 18; and 48 CFR 31. The following OMB Circulars apply to this program: OMB Circular No. A-102 and A-133. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF)-424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF-424A and SF-424B – Non-construction; or SF-424C and SF-424D – Construction). Applicants must also submit a project summary page, and a project description. The project description section of the application should address the evaluation factors identified in the Full Announcement posted on www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure (093):
Awards will be announced by August 1 of each Fiscal Year via letters sent directly to the applicants. No work may begin on a project until the appropriate legal contracting or procurement documents, and the required environmental compliance documents, have been signed by the authorized FWS official. Unsuccessful applicants with be notified either by letter, fax, email or by telephone.
Deadlines (094):
Jul 31, 2013 July 31, 2013.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 120 to 180 days. Applications are due by July 2 of each year so that the proposal selection and funding process can be completed before the end of each Fiscal Year (September 30). However, you may submit applications throughout the year. Consideration of applications will ultimately be based on the FWS budget cycle. We encourage partners (especially existing partners who already have a working relationship with local FWS Field Offices) to talk to the local FWS Field Offices about possible project ideas and submittal timeframes.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
> 180 Days. However, project applicants are not prohibited from submitting applications for consideration for subsequent funding for multi-year projects though there is no governmental guarantee that multiple years of the project will be funded.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
The funding is for projects that can be completed within 1 year of the award date. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. No cash reports are required. Recipients of Recovery Implementation funding will be required to provide a written final report for each funded project detailing project results. If a project is funded for more than one year, the recipient will be required to provide a written, annual report at the end of each year detailing the status of each project, in addition to the final report when the project is completed. In general, OMB Circulars A-102 Sections 40 and 41, and 2 CFR 215 specify requirements for both financial and program performance reporting. A performance report is due annually within 90 days of the anniversary of the start date of the funding award and a final report is due 90 days after the funding expiration. Award recipients may be required to complete the following financial form: Standard Form (SF)-425, Federal Financial Report. Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Records must be maintained for 3 years following the submission of the final expenditure report or until final action has been taken on any litigation, claim or audit finding.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 12 $1,095,000; FY 13 est $840,000; and FY 14 est $0 - FY 13 funding is an estimate and we anticipate a decrease in available funding for FY 14.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Varies by Region.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: We anticipate 15 applications for grants and expect to fund fewer than three projects should there be a decrease in available funding.

These numbers are based on estimates from prior years. We intend to continue to fund conservation actions including securing scientific information about endangered or threatened species, 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. Projects that address species response to climate change will receive additional consideration. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
A table lists administrative requirements that may apply.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. A list of Regional and Field Office contacts may be accessed at 15.657 posted on grants.gov.
Headquarters Office (152):
Chief, Endangered Species, Division of Consultation, HCPs, Recovery and State Grants, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Room 420, Arlington, Virginia 22203 Phone: (703) 358-2171.
Website Address (153):
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/recovery/index.html
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: We intend to fund similar projects in FY 2014 to contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States. Projects that address species response to climate change receive additional consideration. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
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.