DOI/FWS: 2023 CESCF Traditional Conservation Grants Program (Region 2)

The Fish and Wildlife Service is currently accepting applications for its Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF) Traditional Conservation Grants Program (Region 2).

Donor Name: Fish and Wildlife Service

State: Selected States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 05/08/2023

Size of the Grant: $1,273,344


The principle objective of the Traditional Conservation Grant Program is to support the development and implementation of States’ programs to conserve and recover threatened 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 benefits for federally listed species, candidate and at-risk species, and recently delisted species. States may apply for funding to conduct conservation 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.

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 Endangered Species Act. Successful applications will be those that clearly demonstrate a direct benefit to the species or its habitat.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,273,344
  • Award Ceiling: $1,273,344
  • Award Floor: $1,000

Eligible Regions: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.

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