Recovery Implementation Fund

Posted: July 10, 2020

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Grantor: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Additional Information
The principal objective of this Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is to promote and support the implementation of recovery plans for federally endangered and threatened species. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) conveys the importance of recovery plans as a central organizing tool for guiding each species’ recovery process by requiring their development for every listed species.

Recovery plans establish an overall recovery vision that, among other things:
  • Defines the point at which protections under the ESA are no longer needed
  • Identifies and prioritizes the most effective and feasible suite of recovery actions that will promote species survival and recovery
  • Provides the public and policy makers with an overall estimate of the time and cost to recover species, and the ability to measure success and resources needs, and
  • Aids the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in working with others to improve the status for imperiled species.
Program Priorities
Priority will be given to proposals that
  • enhance partnerships with states, non-profit organizations, private landowners, other Federal agencies, and others, and
  • leverage our resources and authorities with those of our partners.
Highest priority will be given to those projects that are designed to have a direct impact on recovery of listed species through development and implementation of management actions that reduce or eliminate threats, such as projects that propose to:
  • Stabilize endangered and threatened species on the brink of extinction by accomplishing Priority 1 and 2 Recovery Actions.
  • Achieve downlisting and delisting criteria by accomplishing Priority 3 Recovery Actions.
  • Contribute information on the species’ current condition, changes from historical to current condition, or predict the species’ response to environmental conditions or conservation efforts.
  • Reduce the extinction risk to the species, such that the future condition of the species is likely to improve in terms of representation, resiliency, and/or redundancy.
Eligible applicants are
  • State and local governments/agencies
  • Institutions of higher education, including public, private, state colleges and universities
  • Non-profits that have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally-recognized tribal governments)
  • City, county or township governments
  • Individuals
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally-recognized)
  • For-profit organizations
  • Small businesses.
Program Contact
Aaron Valenta
Regional Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (404) 679-4144

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