Reclamation and USFWS Announce the Availability of $2.1 Million in Grants to Help Imperiled Species

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

BOR Reclamation LogoThe Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of approximately $2.1 million in grants to improve conditions for federally-imperiled species and their habitats impacted by the federal Central Valley Project. The CVP, owned and operated by Reclamation, is one of the world’s largest water storage and transport systems.

The grants are funded by the Fiscal Year 2016 Central Valley Project Conservation Program and Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program. The CVPCP and CVPIA HRP have established 13 specific Priority Actions related to CVP-impacted species, their habitats and corresponding geographic areas.

Each of the Priority Actions is supported by a threatened or endangered species recovery plan that provides strategies and guidance on how the species could be restored to a healthy and viable status. Applicants are requested to submit proposals that support these Priority Actions.

The 2016 grants continue 21 years of funding projects. This year, four categories of projects are being solicited for funding: land protection (fee title and conservation easement); habitat restoration; research; and species captive propagation and reintroduction.

State or local government agencies, private organizations, individuals and educational institutions are eligible to apply for grants. Applications for grants will close on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Federal agencies wanting to apply are encouraged to contact the program managers named in the announcement to discuss potential projects and the proposal submission process.

Instructions for submitting a proposal and background information on the programs is available at www.grants.gov. Applicants may search for the Funding Opportunity Announcement by Funding Opportunity Number R15AS00048.

Additional information about the CVPCP and HRP may be found at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpcp/. For questions, please contact Daniel Strait, Manager, CVP Conservation Program and CVPIA Habitat Restoration Program (Reclamation), at 916-978-5052 or dstrait@usbr.gov.

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