FY 2021 Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF) Traditional Conservation Grants Program (Service Legacy Region 2)

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Funding Opportunity ID: 329779
Opportunity Number: F21AS00173
Opportunity Title: FY 2021 Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF) Traditional Conservation Grants Program (Service Legacy Region 2)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.615
Eligible Applicants: State governments
Additional Information on Eligibility: Only States agencies that have entered into a cooperative agreement with the Service pursuant to section 6(c) of the ESA or enters into/reconfirms such an agreement within 30 days of the application deadline are eligible to apply under this funding opportunity. The Service requires a complete, signed cooperative agreement before it can obligate Federal funds to a project [50 CFR 81.3, 50 CFR 81.5, 43 CFR 12.50(b)(3)]. 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.
Agency Code: DOI-FWS
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Fish and Wildlife Service
Posted Date: Nov 12, 2020
Close Date: May 12, 2021 The Service will not review or consider applications received after 11:59 PM EST on May 12, 2021, regardless of submission method. This program encourages the submission of applications online through Grants.gov or GrantSolutions.gov as applicants will receive an acknowledgement of application receipt. Grants.gov automatically generates an electronic date and time stamp in the system upon application receipt and sends an acknowledgement of receipt with the date and time stamp and a unique Grants.gov application tracking number to the authorized representative by email. This email from Grants.gov serves as your proof of timely submission. GrantSolutions automatically generates an electronic date and time stamp in the system upon application receipt as well. Applicants are encouraged to verify the completeness of their application package before submission using the checklist provided below. APPLICATION CHECKLIST SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance SF-424B, Assurances Project Narrative SF-424A , Budget Information Budget Narrative Indirect Cost Statement and related documentation (when applicable) Conflict of Interest Disclosure (when applicable) Single Audit Reporting Statement (when applicable) SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (when applicable) Overlap or Duplication of Effort Statement
Last Updated Date: Nov 12, 2020
Award Ceiling: $1,290,817
Award Floor: $1,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,290,817
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The principle objective of the Traditional Conservation Grant program is to support the development and implementation of States’ programs to conserve and recover threated and endangered species under the Service’s jurisdiction. Financial assistance, provided in the form of grants, can be used to support projects that have direct conservation benefits for federally listed species, candidate and at-risk species, and recently delisted species. States may apply for funding to conduct work on federally listed resident species that are included in the State’s cooperative agreement. States may also apply for funding to monitor candidate, at-risk, and recently delisted species. Candidate Species are those that the Service determined warrant listing as a threatened or endangered species, but the listing is precluded by other higher priority actions. For the purposes of this Notice of Funding Opportunity, we are considering certain “at-risk” species in addition to Candidate Species: 1) those species that are the subject of a positive 90-day finding but not yet the subject of a proposed rule, 2) species that are the subject of a proposed listing rule but not a final rule or 3) species for which the Service has initiated an ESA status review and has announced the review in the Federal Register, and 4) species included on the National Listing Work Plan. A full list of at-risk species can be found in Attachment A. Further, recently delisted, for purposes of this solicitation, are those species delisted within the past five years. Only species delisted due to recovery may receive funding under this solicitation. A list of all delisted species and the year delisted is available at the Service’s ECOS Delisted Species page. Projects proposed for funding may involve management, research, monitoring, and outreach activities or any combination thereof. Applications should include clear and specific information about how the proposed work would contribute to species recovery or prevent the need to list a species under the ESA. Successful applications will be those that clearly demonstrate a direct conservation benefit to the species or its habitat. Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to: Introduction of species into suitable habitats within their historic range Enhancement or restoration of habitat Surveys and inventories of habitats Species status surveys Propagation of animals and plants Research such as genetic analysis to determine genetic health and population structure Public education and outreach tools such as website development or coordination workshops with local landowners to address a specific threat to a species Monitoring of candidate, at-risk and recently recovered species
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