Financial Assistance Award Terms and Conditions

Acceptance of a grant or cooperative agreement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) carries with it the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the terms and conditions of award. Acceptance is defined as the start of work, drawing down funds, or accepting the award via electronic means. Awards are based on the application submitted to and approved by the Service. Awards from the Service are subject to the terms and conditions incorporated into the award either by direct citation or by reference to the following: Federal regulations; program legislation or regulation; and special award terms and conditions. The Service financial assistance award terms and conditions flow down to subrecipients and contractors, unless a particular award term or condition specifically indicates otherwise.

Award Terms and Conditions


Related Information and Guidance

Refer to the terms and conditions in effect as of the signature date on your award:

Effective as of: December 31, 2020

Effective as of: May 18, 2020

Effective as of: October 1, 2018

Effective as of: January 6, 2017

Effective as of: January 1, 2016

Effective as of: December 26, 2014

Effective as of: August 7, 2014

Effective as of: February 21, 2014

For awards issued before February 21, 2014, refer to the terms and conditions referenced in your award.

Anyone with knowledge of fraud, waste, abuse, misconduct, or mismanagement involving the Service should contact the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General Complaint Hotline.


Service Indirect Cost Guidance for Applicants and Recipients

All applicants proposing to charge indirect costs to an award must include a statement in their application that describes their indirect cost rate circumstance.  See the Service’s "Indirect Costs Guidance" and Department of the Interior policy DOI-AAAP-0007 for more information on indirect costs.

Pre-Award Risk Assessment

Prior to award, the Service reviews the risk posed by non-Federal entities per 2 CFR §200.206 requirements. Service programs document their review of risk posted by applicants using Service form FWS 3-2462, "Financial Assistance Recipient Risk Assessment" and use the results to establish award monitoring plans, set award reporting requirements, and determine if one or more specific award conditions in 2 CFR §200.208 should be applied to the award.



Last updated: June 22, 2021