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Grants to USA State Governments to Develop Conservation Plans to Protect the Habitats of Endangered Species

Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund: Conservation Planning Assistance


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: F24AS00053
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 and territories state governments to develop conservation plans to protect the habitats of endangered and threatened species. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended for planning activities.

The Conservation Planning Assistance Grant program provides funding to States to support the development of new Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs), Safe Harbor Agreements (SHAs), and Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs). Funding may also be used to support the renewal or amendment of existing HCPs, SHAs, and CCAAs. The development of HCPs that include only candidate or at-risk species (i.e., no Federally listed species covered by the HCP), such that the HCP would be in place if the species is listed, is also supported through this program. Funding may be used to support development and planning activities such as document preparation, public outreach, baseline species surveys, habitat assessments, and inventories. The preparation of environmental compliance review documents, such as National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), is also an eligible use of grant funds.

The primary goal of this program is to support the development of new Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs), Safe Harbor Agreements (SHAs), and Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs). This program also supports the renewal or amendment of existing HCPs, SHAs, and CCAAs. These plans and agreements can significantly reduce the burden of the ESA on small landowners by providing efficient mechanisms for compliance, distributing the economic and logistical impacts of species conservation among the community, and bringing a broad range of landowner activities under the legal protections of the plans and agreements.


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

For funding restrictions, see p. 17 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Application Information
The Service is accepting applications for the FY 2024 Conservation Planning Assistance 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: $1,000,000
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.

If an approved project cannot be completed within the award’s PoP, the State may request a one-time extension of up to 12 months with appropriate justification.

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

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