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Species Recovery Grants to Tribes

Species Recovery Grants to Tribes support tribally-led recovery efforts that directly benefit the following eligible species under NMFS, or joint NMFS-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), jurisdiction:

* Proposals focusing on listed Pacific salmon or steelhead may be supported through the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund.

In addition, grants support recovery efforts that may involve any combination of:

Can I Apply?

Federally-recognized tribes and organizations of federally-recognized tribes, such as the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, that have delegated authority to represent a federally recognized tribe on matters relating to listed, candidate, or proposed species are eligible to apply.

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 application window for FY2018 is now open. Proposals are due on November 1, 2017.

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


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

August - November 1: Submission period.

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

January/February: Funding recommendations made.

March: Pre-award negotiations with recommended applicants.

April: 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.

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

May-June (1-2 months): Awards finalized by GMD Grants Official.

Funded Projects

A list of previously funded projects can be found in the tribal grants archive. This grant program operates on an annual basis, provided funding is available.


For further information about this funding opportunity, please contact:

You may also contact one of the following people in the NMFS Regions for further guidance:

Updated: August 3, 2017