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Endangered Species Recovery Land Acquisition (RLA) Grant Program

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Grants to California entities to acquire land for approved species recovery plans. Funding is intended to support the purchase of land from willing sellers to protect the habitat of threatened and endangered species of animals, plants, and fish. Proposals will be considered for new or ongoing work.

The Recovery Land Acquisition Grant program was designed to promote species recovery through the permanent protection of specific parcels of land in support of approved or draft recovery plans, or similar species conservation documents. Loss of habitat is the primary threat to most listed species and land acquisition is often the most immediate, effective, and efficient means of protecting habitat necessary for the recovery of listed species. Land acquisition projects will conserve listed species habitat in perpetuity through fee simple acquisition or the acquisition of permanent conservation easements. 

To be considered for funding through this opportunity, the land proposed for acquisition must benefit at least one listed species for which (1) habitat loss is identified as a threat; and (2) habitat protection is identified as a priority recovery action in the species’ most recently approved recovery planning document. Further, all applications must state a commitment to funding for, and implementation of, management of the land in perpetuity, consistent with the conservation needs of the species.

While all projects must be consistent with the conservation objectives outlined in a species’ most recently approved recovery planning document, those designed to have a direct and timely impact on species recovery, ideally moving the species toward down or delisting, will be prioritized. Projects that assist in stabilizing endangered and threatened species on the brink of extinction by implementing priority 1 and 2 recovery actions will also be given greater consideration.

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GrantWatch ID#: 153719

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The maximum period of performance (PoP) for a grant awarded through this opportunity is three years, beginning on the effective date established at the time of grant approval or the date of award obligation, whichever is earlier.

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A CDFW grant lead is required for RLA grant projects. The grant lead is responsible for the coordination and management of the RLA grant, and to get approval through the CDFW Regional Office (of the Region where the project is located). The CDFW grant lead also coordinates the final proposal submission to the Wildlife Branch.

Only State agencies that have entered into a Cooperative Agreement pursuant to Section 6(c) of the ESA and have provided the information necessary for the annual renewal (reconfirmation) of their Cooperative Agreement are eligible to apply for funding. Applicants that have not fulfilled both criteria will not be considered. While funding may only be awarded to States, individuals or groups such as counties or conservation organizations may work with a State agency that has a cooperative agreement on conservation efforts that are mutually beneficial, as a subgrantee.

For Funding Restrictions please see page 15 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity in Attached Files, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals for the 2021 Grant Cycle are due to the appropriate CDFW Regional Office prior to February 17, 2021. Check with the Regional Office where your project is located for their submission deadline.

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Applicants must first register an account with and complete all steps of the registration process before they can apply Registration can take three to five business days or longer, if you do not complete the required steps in a timely manner. recommends submitting your application package at least 24-48 hours prior to the close date to allow time to correct any potential technical issues that may disrupt the application submission.

For additional submission requirements please see page 18 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity lin Attached Files, below

Recovery Land Acquisition grant funds are matched by States and other non-Federal entities (a minimum of 25%) to acquire these habitats from willing sellers. For cost-sharing or matching information please see page 6 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity in Attached Files, below.

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Wildlife Branch
1812 9th Street,
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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