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Grants to USA State Governments to Purchase Land for Habitat Conservation

Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund: HCP Land Acquisition


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
CFDA Number: 15.615
Funding or PIN Number: F24AS00055
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/13/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA state governments to purchase land that will be set aside for habitat conservation in perpetuity. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to reduce habitat loss for endangered and threatened species through permanently protecting habitats.

Established by Congress in fiscal year (FY) 1997, the HCP Land Acquisition Grant program was designed to reduce conflicts between the conservation of listed species and competing land uses on specific parcels of land associated with approved and permitted HCPs. Under this program, the Service provides matching grants to States in support of land acquisition projects that will conserve species habitat in perpetuity through fee simple acquisition or the acquisition of permanent conservation easements. The Service considers the use of Federal acquisition dollars by States for habitat protection associated with HCPs to be an important and effective mechanism to promote species recovery, prevent extinction, and preclude the need to list species under the ESA in the future.

To be considered for funding under this opportunity, the land proposed for acquisition must benefit at least one eligible species included on an active section 10(a)(1)(B) permit.

The primary goal of this program is to promote Federally listed and at-risk species conservation through the acquisition of habitat associated with approved and permitted habitat conservation plans (HCP). All land acquired through these grants complements, but does not replace, the mitigation, minimization, and/or monitoring commitments of the HCP. Thus, this work is additive to the conservation commitments entered into when HCPs are permitted and serves as a meaningful way to leverage non-Federal investment in species recovery and connect conservation lands across the landscape.


  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: State governments

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, 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 a list of ineligible applicants, see p. 9 of the FOA in Attached Files.

For funding restrictions, see p. 18 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Application Information
The Service is accepting applications for the FY 2024 Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grants award cycle through December 13, 2023. Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, ET.

The Service intends to make pre-award notifications by May 30, 2024, and obligate funds within 120 days.

Applicants are required to register as a financial assistance recipient in prior to submitting a Federal award application and obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). A Federal award may not be made to an applicant that has not completed the registration.

In accordance with section 6(d) of the ESA, the minimum non-Federal cost share is 25 percent of the total project cost, i.e., the amount requested from the program plus the amount of non‐Federal cost share. If a proposal involves the collaboration of two or more States, the minimum non-Federal cost share decreases to 10 percent of the total project cost.

In accordance with 48 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1469(a), Amendment of Subsection (d), the required match is waived for each grant awarded to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Award: $26,000,000
Minimum Award: $10,000

Term of Contract
Estimated Project Start Date: May 30, 2024
Estimated Project End Date: 05/30/2027

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.

Contact Information
For programmatic technical assistance or program administration assistance, contact:
Kelly Niland

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