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Grants | Overview
Because more than half of all species currently listed as endangered or threatened spend at least part of their life cycle on privately owned lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recognizes that success in conserving species will ultimately depend on working cooperatively with landowners, communities, and Tribes to foster voluntary stewardship efforts on private lands. States play a key role in catalyzing these efforts.
A variety of tools are available under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to help States and landowners plan and implement projects to conserve species. One of the tools, the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (section 6 of the ESA) provides grants to States and Territories to participate in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for candidate, proposed, and listed species. The program provides funding to states and territories for species and habitat conservation actions on non-federal lands. States and territories must contribute a minimum non-federal match of 25 percent of the estimated program costs of approved projects, or 10 percent when two or more States or Territories implement a joint project. A state or territory must currently have, or enter into, a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior to receive grants. Most states and territories have entered into these agreements for both plant and animal species.
FY 2014 Awards
Awards for Fiscal Year 2014 announced September 9, 2014.
FY 2014 Request for ProposalsWe accepted grant proposals for the FY 2014 funding period between January 8, 2014 and March 14, 2014
- Read the news bulletin
- Full text of the program announcement—request for proposals and application information
- Standard Form 424 "Application for Federal Assistance"
- Federal Aid Tool Kit (forms and compliance requirements for receiving Federal grants)
- Director’s Memorandum Regarding Prescribed Burning Off-Service Lands
- Archive of section 6 grants information
- Other grant programs available
- How to contact us for more information
To learn more, download the Grants fact sheet [9/2014].
View information about current Endangered Species grant programs.
Find out how to apply for a grant.
Access the full library of documents related to grants.
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