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Endangered Species Recovery Land Acquisition (RLA) Grant Program

Grants to California Entities for Land Acquisition
Projects to Protect Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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Grants to California entities to acquire land for approved species recovery plans. Funding may be used to purchase 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.

Established in FY 2001, 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. Under this program, the Service provides matching grants to States for specific land acquisition projects that will conserve listed species habitat in perpetuity through fee simple acquisition or the acquisition of permanent conservation easements.

For Recovery Land Acquisition Grants - The funds must contribute to the recovery of at least one listed species pursuant to a draft or final recovery plan or similar conservation document in which habitat protection or land acquisition is identified as a priority action necessary for species recovery.

General Program Funding Priorities

All proposals must be consistent with the conservation objectives outlined in approved or draft species recovery plan, recovery outline, species status assessment, or similar conservation document. Highest priority projects are designed to have a direct and timely impact on the recovery of listed species, ideally moving the target species toward down or delisting. Further, projects that complement State and Service efforts to prevent the extinction of a listed species and preclude the need to list candidate and at-risk species under the ESA in the future are also prioritized.

For further information on Funding Priorities other Eligibility Criteria please the Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: F19AS00144 through the link in Pre-Application Information below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 153719

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Number of Grants:

The Service estimates 26 grants may be funded.

Term of Contract:

Once projects are approved, money is not available until Section 6 funds are allocated in the following Federal Fiscal Year.
Period of Performance (PoP): The maximum period of performance for CESCF grants is three years. If an approved project cannot be completed within the PoP, the State Director/Commissioner may request an extension of up to 12 months from the Director of the Service provided appropriate justification. Any awarded project that will not be completed within the PoP, and from which funds are deobligated, may be eligible for funding in future competitions.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Payable grant funds are awarded by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) programs to various entities for projects that sustain, restore and enhance California's fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

Eligible Applicants
Applicants must be entered into a Cooperative Agreement pursuant to Section 6(c) of the ESA to be eligible for funding, and have provided the information necessary for annual renewal (reconfirmation) of their cooperative agreement. Applicants that have not fulfilled both criteria will not be considered for funding. While funding can only be granted to States, individuals or groups (for example 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.

If an application for a financial assistance award is selected for funding, the Service has no obligation to provide any additional funding in connection with that award in subsequent years. Notwithstanding verbal or written assurance that may have been received, pre-award costs in this program are not allowed under the award unless approved in accordance with 2 CFR ยง200.458. The funding source cannot reimburse you for the time that you expend or costs that you incur in developing a project or preparing an application, or in any discussions or negotiations you may have with us prior to the award.

For Funding Restrictions please see page 16 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity below.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals for the 2019 Grant Cycle are due to the appropriate CDFW Regional Office prior to April 18, 2019. Check with the Regional Office where your project is located for their submission deadline.

This program encourages applicants to submit their applications online through
-Applicants must first register an account with and complete all steps of the registration process before they can apply through 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 15 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity listed 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 Number: F19AS00144 through the link below.

A CDFW grant lead is required for RLA grant projects. The grant lead is responsible for the coordination and management 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. Project coordination during project development with the appropriate USFWS Field Office staff prior to proposal submission is highly recommended.

Given the significant investment of time and money associated with projects funded through this opportunity, the funding source recommends you coordinate with your Regional Coordinator (See the Notice of Funding Opportunity section VIII. Federal Agency Awarding Contact) before starting work on any potential project and proposal.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife-Wildlife Branch Grant Programs:

For Notice of Funding Opportunity for this grant click on the Related Documents tab in the following link:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

Federal Awarding Agency Contact,
California and Nevada Region
RLA Grants:
Karen Jensen
(916/ 414-6557)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2800 Cottage Way
Room W-2606
Sacramento, California

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USA: California