Recovery Challenge


Deadline Passed 04/26/2019. Deadline Unknown for 2020. The Recovery challenge funding opportunity is to enhance and increase partnerships with agencies and organizations implementing highest priority recovery actions for federally listed endangered and threatened species, and in particular for genetically-sound breeding, rearing and reintroduction programs. Section 2(a)(5) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1535, as amended, authorizes the use of Federal financial assistance to encourage the States and other interested parties to develop and maintain conservation programs to safeguard the Nation's heritage in fish, wildlife and plants for the benefit of all citizens. In addition, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 (H.J. Res. 31, 116th Cong. Div. E, Title I (2019)) authorized specific funding for the Recovery Challenge funding opportunity.

endangered species, species recovery, reintroduction, conservation
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Eligible partnerships include one of the following: A longstanding partnership, where: o The partner has a history of working with the Service on recovery efforts for the species addressed in the proposal for at least the past 5 years; o The longstanding partner contributions for the project must be equal to or greater than their current contribution averaged over the past 5 years to meet eligibility criteria for this type of partnership; and o Documentation is provided in the submission that includes funding and in-kind partner contributions for each of the previous 5 years, along with a brief description and the 5-year average contribution. A new partnership, where: o The partner has not yet worked with the Service on recovery efforts for the species addressed in the proposal; or the partner has worked with the Service on the species addressed in the proposal for less than 5 years; and o New partner contributions will include at least a 50:50 match.