The majority of endangered and threatened species depend, at least in part, upon privately owned lands for their survival. The help of landowners is essential for the conservation of these and other imperiled species. Fortunately, many private landowners want to help. Often, however, the costs associated with implementing conservation actions are greater than a landowner could undertake without financial assistance. The Private Stewardship Grants Program (PSGP) addresses this need by providing grants and other assistance on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in private, voluntary conservation efforts that benefit species listed or proposed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), candidate species, or other at-risk species on private lands within the United States.
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are soliciting project proposals for Federal assistance under the PSGP. The full program announcement located at http://endangered.fws.gov/grants/private_stewardship/index.html describes how you can apply for funding under the PSGP and how we will determine which project proposals will be funded. In fiscal year 2004, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded more than $7 million to 97 projects in 39 states through the PSGP. The amount available for fiscal year 2005 is approximately $6.5 million.
Eligible projects include those by landowners and their partners who need technical and financial assistance to improve habitat or implement other activities on private lands. Under the PSGP, privately owned means land that is not owned by a governmental entity. The PSGP supports on-the-ground conservation actions as opposed to education and outreach, planning, or research activities, and we will not fund the acquisition of real property either through fee title or easements.
The Service may be able to assist landowners in planning or implementing projects. However, due to the limited time available for such assistance, it may be necessary to submit the project proposal for funding under a future PSGP Request for Proposals. For additional information on how the Service may be able to assist you, contact the Program Contact in the appropriate Regional Office identified at http://endangered.fws.gov/grants/private_stewardship/index.html
In addition, many other Federal, State, Territory, or Tribal agencies, as well as conservation organizations, work closely with landowners and may be able to assist with planning and implementing a project.
A PSGP proposal must include at least 10 percent cost sharing (i.e., at least 10 percent of total project cost) on the part of the landowner or other non-Federal partners involved in the project (the cost-share may be an in-kind contribution, including equipment, materials, operations, and maintenance costs). The cost share must come from sources other than the PSGP or other
Within each Region, a diverse panel of representatives from State and Federal governments, conservation organizations, agriculture and development interests, and the science community will assess the applications and make funding recommendations to the Service. The purpose of using the diverse panels is to obtain individual advice on project selection from an array of interests involved with conservation efforts on private lands. The Service will use the individual panel member recommendations in selecting projects, although geographic distribution of projects, the amount of funding requested for a project compared with the total amount of funding available, and other such factors may also be considered. Partial funding of one or more projects, when practicable, may be considered. After reviewing the individual panel member recommendations and the other factors, the Service?s Director will make funding selections, subject only to the final approval of the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
Awards will be announced through a national press release and a letter to the award recipient notifying them of the selection for an award. This letter is not an authorization to begin performance. The final exact amount of funds, the scope of work, and terms and conditions of a successful award will be determined in pre-award negotiations between the prospective recipient and the Service's representatives.
Who can apply:
Specialized Group (Health Professional, Student, Veteran)
Eligible functional categories:
Conservation Grants Private Stewardship for Imperiled Species
For the complete program announcement and application package please click here
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Endangered Species