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: 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 of the IOfficenspector General Complaint Hotline.

OIG Complaint Hotline



For the Service’s indirect cost guidance for applicants and recipients, click HERE.  All applicants proposing to charge indirect costs to an award must include a statement in their application that describes their indirect cost rate circumstance.

Prior to award, the Service conducts an annual risk assessment for every entity receiving one or more awards in the current fiscal year. The result of that risk assessment is used to establish a monitoring plan for all awards to the entity in the fiscal year. For medium and high risk recipients, the Service will also consider incorporating into one or more specific award conditions detailed in 2 CFR 200.207, as relevant to the identified risk condition(s). For a copy of the Service’s risk assessment form, click HERE

For more information on indirect costs, see Department of the Interior policy DOI-AAAP-0007.



Last updated: January 24, 2017