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Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribal Governments for Projects to Protect Threatened Species and Habitats

Endangered Species Conservation and Recovery Grant Program


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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/29/24 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and Tribal governments for projects to protect and restore wildlife habitats and endangered or threatened species. Funding may be used for outreach, research, monitoring, and management projects. Proposals should include clear and specific information about how the proposed work would address Recovery Plan goals and contribute to species recovery or prevent the need to list a species under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Additionally, applicants may apply for funding to monitor candidate, at-risk, and recently delisted species.

Project proposals must be developed in close coordination with CDFW and USFWS biologists and identify a CDFW employee who will sponsor the project by administering the grant.

 Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Enhancement or restoration of federally listed species’ habitat
  • Surveys and inventories of federally listed species and/or their habitats
  • Introduction of federally listed species into suitable habitats within their historic range
  • Propagation of federally listed animals and plants
  • Research, such as genetic analysis to determine genetic health and population structure of federally listed species
  • Monitoring population of federally listed, candidate, at risk, and recently delisted species (note: for candidate, at-risk and recently recovered species only monitoring projects are eligible)
  • Public education and outreach activities such as coordination workshops with local landowners, when those activities address a specific threat to an ESA-listed species

For the 2024 grant cycle, CDFW will give priority to projects that address the following themes:

  • Actions or assessments directly supporting the de-listing of currently federally listed species
  • Projects benefitting species listed under both the ESA and the California Endangered Species Act (CESA)
  • Projects that identify and implement on-the-ground land, water, and species management practices for the conservation and recovery of federally listed species
  • Applied science that reduces the impacts of large high intensity wildfires, drought, and other climate-related stressors on federally listed species or promotes resilience to these stressors in federally listed species or their habitats
  • Scientific investigations into the adaptive response of federally listed species to changing environmental conditions, including prolonged drought, altered water and fire regimes, proliferation of non-native species, and habitat type conversion
  • Activities and applied research in natural communities supporting multiple federally listed species

Funds may be granted for either the planning phase or the implementation phase of habitat restoration projects, but not both phases in the same grant cycle.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Entities eligible to submit grant proposals in response to this PSN include public agencies, state departments, colleges and universities, tribal governments, and nonprofit entities.

Grant funds cannot be used for:
- Federal compliance or to obtain any federal permits for the project.
- To satisfy federal, state, or local regulatory requirements, including mitigation, avoidance, minimization, and monitoring.

Projects targeting marine species, including sea turtles, marine mammals, and anadromous fish are not eligible as those species are not managed by the USFWS.

Pre-Application Information
In order to be considered for funding, applicants must submit a complete proposal using the supplied templates at the end of this notice by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on January 29, 2024.

- Dec. 20 – Jan. 29, 2024 Public Solicitation Period
- Jan. 29 – Deadline, 5:00 PM PST
- Jan. 30 – Feb. 2, 2024 Administrative review (pass/fail)
- Feb. 5 – Mar. 21, 2024: Responsive proposals ranked by Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Management Advisory Committee (MAC). Director selects CDFW priority projects to forward to USFWS
- Mar. 22 – May 24, 2024: Applicants work with CDFW Federal Assistance Program to finalize federal grant application packages. Packages submitted to USFWS by the NOFO deadline.
- Summer 2024: USFWS reviews and ranks proposals and announces grant awards
- Fall 2024: CDFW works with applicants to prepare final Federal Assistance Packages for submission to USFWS
- Fall – Winter 2024: USFWS reviews and approves final Federal Assistance Packages and transmits funds to CDFW
- Winter 2024 – Spring 2025: CDFW grant sponsors work with CDFW Payable Grants staff to execute sub-grants between CDFW and project leads. Funds become available to projects following execution of sub-grants or contracts.

Proposals must be developed in consultation with USFWS biological staff and CDFW biological staff and identify a CDFW staff person willing to sponsor the project by administering the sub-grant between CDFW and the project lead. Proposals developed without first consulting agency biologists or which fail to identify a CDFW sub-grant sponsor will not be considered for funding.

A minimum non-federal match of 25% of the total cost of the project is required and must be provided by applicants.

Landowner Permission: For work proposed to be performed on lands not owned or managed by the applicant, written proof of permission to access the land from the fee title owner or land management agency must be supplied.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Awards are generally limited to $400,000 per project (exclusive of match). Proposals requesting more than $400,000 in grant funds should include a description of project alternatives with fewer objectives, a narrower scope, or break the project into multiple phases that could be funded with smaller awards.

Term of Contract
Funded activities must be completed within the grant performance period which may not exceed 3 years from the project start date.

Contact Information
Project proposals must be submitted to with “ESCRP 2024” included in the subject line along with the common name of the primary target species, e.g., “ESCRP 2024 Amargosa Vole”.

For questions regarding the Traditional Section 6 Grant proposal scoring process or preliminary project consultation contact
Dan Applebee:
(916) 516-3178

Wildlife Branch - Nongame Wildlife Program
1010 Riverside Parkway,
West Sacramento, CA 95605
(916) 373-6627

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