Species Recovery Grants to States


The Species Recovery Grants to States Program is authorized under section 6 of the ESA.  Species Recovery Grants to States support management, research, monitoring, and/or outreach activities that have direct conservation benefits for listed species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) within that State. Recently delisted species, proposed, and candidate species are also eligible.

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.


View funded Species Recovery Grants to States Proposals from previous years:

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Application Process

Who Can Apply?

State agencies that have entered, or that enter within 30 days of the grant proposal deadline, into an agreement with NOAA Fisheries 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

Proposals should be submitted through Grants.gov, the online portal to all federal grant opportunities. Please note that you must be registered with Grants.gov in order to apply for funding online, and the registration process can take several days. See further information  on how to register with Grants.gov. For more information about Grants.gov and NOAA grants, visit the NOAA Grants Management Division website.

Detailed guidance on how to prepare proposals is provided in the federal funding opportunity. This document should be read carefully to ensure that proposals meet eligibility requirements and are complete upon submission. Download application forms and submit your application on Grants.gov.

When to Apply

Applications must be postmarked, provided to a delivery service, or electronically submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 1, 2018. The grant schedule below provides additional information about the general timing of the grant cycle stages.



August: Announcement of federal funding opportunity posted on Grants.gov.

August 2 – November 1: Submission period. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 1, 2018.

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


January/February: Program Review Panel meeting convened; 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.

May-June: NOAA Grants Officer finalizes Fiscal Year 2018 awards. Award recipients and non-recipients notified via e-mail. 

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 08/16/2018