California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Proposal Solicitation Notice

Traditional Section 6 Species Recovery Grant Solicitation Procedure

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) identifies Traditional Section 6 priorities for species recovery projects in California prior to each proposal cycle. The CDFW will identify needs, topics and/or themes under which grant proposals will be given priority by November 15 and post the information on the CDFW Memorandum.

Submission Procedure

Public Solicitation Notice Process

An annual public solicitation (PSN) for Traditional Section 6 grant funding will be announced by CDFW and will be available on the CDFW home page. The guidance for California will include proposal requirements, identify a proposal deadline, and include a final process and timeline for each year's submission.

*The proposal submission period for the 2014/2015 grant year is now closed*

Full Project Proposal Submission (Required)

In order to be considered for funding, all applications must be submitted using the full proposal template provided, including a project budget table. A completed full proposal and budget table may be submitted by mail to the address below, or by email with the subject line title of "Traditional Sec6 Grant" to An email submission is preferred.

  • Chief, Wildlife Branch
    California Department of Fish and Wildlife
    1812 9th Street
    Sacramento, California 95811

All proposals submitted by mail must be postmarked by the due date and proposals sent by email or hand delivered must be received no later than 5:00pm of the due date February 14, 2014. Incomplete applications, applications using other than the standard format provided, or those delivered after the identified deadline will not be reviewed or considered for funding in the current cycle.

2014 Traditional Section 6 Grant Proposal Submission Timeline*

*Note - projects submitted for the current grant cycle will not receive funding until the following federal fiscal year

  • Jan 8 - USFWS releases Federal Section 6 Program RFP
  • Jan 10 - Solicitation notice sent out by CDFW
  • Feb 14 - Submission date to the CDFW for full proposals
  • Feb 18 to Mar 7 - Estimated technical scoring and ranking
  • Mar 10 to 21 - Estimated management project ranking
  • Mar 24 to April 10 - Estimated Director/Deputy project ranking/approval
  • April 11 - Estimated date for delivery of CDFW prioritized list of projects to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Eligible Applicants

To accomplish the States' program objectives, the CDFW is authorized to award grants and contracts for threatened and endangered species projects to nonprofit organizations (501(c)(3), local government agencies, tribal governments, public colleges and universities, state departments, and federal agencies. A CDFW sponsor that will be designated as the grant lead from a Region or Headquarters Branch Office is required for any submission.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must have the specific capacity to deliver the objectives as demonstrated by past performance or expertise through a statement of qualifications and experience. Projects that require handling of (or potential impacts to) threatened or endangered species are required to have the appropriate local, state, and federal permits. All grant application information, including timelines and templates, are available on the CDFW Traditional Section 6 webpage.

The State must provide a minimum non-Federal match of 25% for the cost of approved projects, or 10% when two or more States or Territories implement a joint project. The match source and amount must be identified in the proposal and can include in-kind services, Department staff time or operating expenses, volunteer contributions, or partial funding for the project from another non-federal source. A State or Territory must currently have, or enter into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and have a cooperative recovery program established to receive grant funds.

To be eligible for Traditional Section 6 funding consideration, projects must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • Proposal includes a CDFW letter of recommendation approved by the Regional Manager or Branch Chief and identifies a CDFW Regional or Branch staff sponsor as lead grant contact.
  • Proposal identifies a USFWS field office staff lead contact, and indicates that contact has been initiated to inform/request input for the proposed project.
  • Grant applicant and field staff personnel include documentation that exhibits a minimum of 3 years of experience for the work proposed.
  • State scientific collecting permits/MOUs and federal recovery permits are current (as appropriate) for staff identified to conduct work impacting listed species and included with proposal.
  • Land owners exhibit project support,and signed permission for access and work is provided.
  • Project identifies non-federal match source and provides a letter on an organizations' letterhead identifying how match will be met.
  • Project focus reflects CDFW priorities or exhibits support and justification for a local or regional project to be considered as CDFW priority.
  • Project includes stages or alternatives for partial funding for projects greater than $200,000.

And at least one (1) of the following:

  • Project demonstrates a benefit or prevents an immediate threat for one or more identified federally endangered, threatened, candidate, or recently recovered species.
  • Project implements a priority action from a federal recovery plan or an action that is identified as necessary for recovery by the Service or the CDFW as described in a Federal Recovery Plan, USFWS 5-Year review, or documented as required by USFWS or CDFW in another form of conservation management or planning source.
  • Project contributes scientific information that supports species recovery planning efforts or conservation actions.

Proposal Review

Project proposals submitted on or prior to the deadline stated in the CDFW PSN will be evaluated and ranked based on the following administrative and program reviews.

Administrative Review

First, projects undergo an administrative review to determine if projects meet the Federal Section 6 criteria and CDFW eligibility requirements. Qualifying projects move forward to program review.

Program Review

Proposed projects are reviewed at two levels (technical and management) prior to the final recommended project list being submitted to the Director.

  • Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) - This is a committee that consists of CDFW technical staff representing scientific programs in headquarters branches and regions statewide. The Committee evaluates and scores proposed projects based on biological need, feasibility, and anticipated benefit.
  • Management Advisory Committee (MAC) - This is a committee that consists of CDFW managers from headquarters and regions, which has the responsibility to review and comment on conservation and recovery priorities in California. The MAC determines annual priorities and scores the proposals forwarded from the TAC.

Technical Scoring of Proposals/Project Ranking

Each proposal is to be evaluated and scored based upon the criteria stated in the PSN. Traditional Section 6 proposals will be evaluated and scored by CDFW's TAC. Proposals will be distributed among TAC members in such a manner that a minimum of three members read, evaluate, and score each proposal.

The scores of the TAC will then be averaged and ranked numerically. The method and full score sheet to be utilized by the TAC (including recent updates) will be included with the RFP and available on this page.

TAC Scoring Criteria (Full Score Sheet)

The scoring of each proposal will use the following criteria:

  • IMMEDIATE THREAT/BENEFIT TO SPECIES Award points for ONLY ONE of the below:
    • Project is necessary to avoid extinction of a federally listed species (up to 20 points)
    • Project is necessary to avoid, slow, or stop a severe population decline of a fed listed species (up to 15 points)
    • Project will increase statewide population size, or number of populations (up to 10 points)
  • RECOVERY PRIORITY AND NEED Award points for ONLY ONE of the below:
    • Project is believed to be the last step to meet recovery goals (up to 20 points)
    • Project is believed to be the necessary*, next step for the recovery of a species (up to 15 points)
    • Project implements a Priority Action from the federal Recovery Plan (up to 10 points)
    • Project implements an identified recovery action from an identified effort other than a federal Recovery Plan (up to 7 points)
  • SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION BENEFIT Award points for ONLY ONE of the below:
    • Project acquires scientific information essential* to the recovery of a species (up to 15 points)
    • Project acquires scientific information that supports species recovery planning efforts or conservation actions (up to 10 points)
    • Project benefits multiple federally listed species (5 points per additional species)
    • Project is the final phase of a multi-stage Section 6 project (5 points)
    • Project is a management/restoration activity that benefit a substantial portion of the species population in CA (10 points)
    • Project has committed partners that will contribute non-federal cost (including in-kind) match (10 points)
    • Project assesses or contributes to species ability to adapt to climate change (up to 5 points)

*As described in the Federal Recovery Plan, USFWS 5-Year review, or documented as necessary by USFWS or CDFW in another form of conservation management or planning source.

For questions regarding the Traditional Section 6 Grant proposal scoring process or preliminary project consultation contact: Dan Applebee, (209) 588-1879 or (


Scored proposals are delivered to the MAC by the TAC, where they are reviewed based upon management priorities and statewide priorities that extend beyond technical scientific and conservation benefit. Each Region/Branch is allocated 10 points to distribute among projects based on recommendations.


The Director is delegated 50 discretionary points to distribute during his review to use for CDFW critical or collaborative projects that best address the most pressing issues related to listed species recovery and conservation in California.

Final Selection Process

The CDFW approved project list is finalized and submitted to USFWS for their review and approval. USFWS priorities or requirements can influence project selection in any given year. USFWS priorities and criteria are included in each year's Federal RFP. A list of approved projects will be updated and available on the Traditional Section 6 website each year once they have been approved by the USFWS Regional Director.