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Species Recovery Grants to States

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Species Recovery Grants to States (formerly called "Protected Species Cooperative Conservation Grants") support management, research, monitoring, and/or outreach activities that conserve listed species, recently de-listed species, and proposed and candidate species in that State.

Projects focusing on Pacific salmon and steelhead are not considered under this grant program, but may be supported through the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.

Who Can Apply

State agencies that have entered, or that enter within 30 days of the grant proposal deadline, into an agreement with NMFS under section 6(c) of the ESA. (The terms "State" and "state agency" are used as defined in section 3 of the ESA.)

How to Apply

  1. Read the FFO for complete guidance on preparing your proposal, including eligibility requirements and completeness.
  2. Read our FAQs for answers to common questions.
  3. Download application forms and submit your application on
  4. If you have more questions, please contact us.

When to Apply

The FY2016 submission period closes on October 8, 2015.

The grant schedule below provides additional information about the general timing of different stages of a typical grant cycle.



July: Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) posted to

July - October: Submission period. Applications must be received by October 8th.

October/November: Proposals screened for eligibility and required elements; reviewers solicited and assigned; proposals undergo merit review.

December/January: Review panel meeting convened; funding recommendations made.


February: Pre-award negotiations with recommended applicants.

March: Assistant Administrator for Fisheries reviews recommended proposals and makes final selections. NOTE: Delays from this point forward may occur depending on the status of the Federal appropriation process.

March/April: Completion of required environmental and legal reviews; submission of award files to NOAA Grants Management Division (GMD).

April-June (1-3 months): Awards finalized by GMD Grants Official.

Updated: July 8, 2015