Reclamation and USFWS announce availability of grants to help listed species

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100

For Release: October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have announced the opportunity to apply for grant funding for projects that would improve conditions for federal Endangered Species Act-listed species and their habitats impacted by the Central Valley Project. The CVP, owned and operated by Reclamation, is one of the world’s largest water storage and conveyance systems.

The grants are funded by the Central Valley Project Conservation Program and Central Valley Project Improvement Act Habitat Restoration Program. Reclamation and the Fish and Wildlife Service have partnered to manage these programs concurrently to reduce administrative costs resulting in more funding available for program purposes. The CVPCP and CVPIA HRP have established 16 specific priority actions related to CVP-impacted species, their habitats and corresponding geographic areas. Available funds apply to the 2019 and 2020 funding years. Reclamation expects $4.2 million total will be available to apply to these grant programs pending future appropriations.

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 applications that support these actions. State or local government agencies, private organizations, individuals and educational institutions are eligible to apply. The grant application period closes March 16, 2018. Federal agencies wanting to apply are encouraged to contact the program managers named in the announcement to discuss potential projects and the application submission process.

Program information and application instructions are available at, keyword BOR-MP-18-F001.

More information about the CVPCP and HRP may be found at For questions, please contact Daniel Strait at 916-978-5052 (TTY 800-877-8339) or

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