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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issues financial assistance through grants and cooperative agreement awards to commercial organizations, foreign entities, Indian tribal governments, individuals, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and state and local governments.

Administrative relief for applicants and recipients affected by COVID-19

Service Implementation of OMB M-20-26 Guidance, effective June 18, 2020

This guidance implements extended administrative relief for Service recipients as authorized by OMB Memorandum M-20-26, “Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations”.  OMB has extended two previous areas of flexibility and rescinded now expired memorandums M-20-17 and M-20-20.

Service Implementation of OMB M-20-17 Guidance, effective March 19, 2020

This guidance implements specific administrative relief for Service applicants and recipients as authorized by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-20-17, "Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations" dated March 19, 2020.  OMB has provided short-term relief of certain Title 2 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) requirements without compromising accountability.  This guidance supplements the OMB guidance.

We will make updates to the content on this page as often as needed to reflect current related Department of the Interior and OMB guidance and to answer questions we receive related to this guidance.  We recommend recipients regularly check back to this page.

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Policy and Oversight


Programs and Funding Opportunities

For information on Service officials’ responsibilities for grant and cooperative agreement award administration, policy, oversight, systems, and training, see Service policy 515 FW 1.

For questions related to Service financial assistance policy and oversight, contact us at Please do not submit applications for financial assistance to this email address.



The Service administers a wide variety of financial assistance programs that are authorized by Congress and address the Service’s mission.

For more information on the Service’s financial assistance programs, visit our Programs page. To search for Service funding opportunities and apply for Federal financial assistance, go to the official United States government financial assistance portal,, at



Last updated: June 22, 2020