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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, and IHEs for
Projects to Conserve and Restore Wildlife Habitat

MultiState Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP)

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Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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Grants to USA and territories government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education for large-scale projects to conserve and restore wildlife and fish habitats. Applicants must submit an initial proposal and ensure that required registrations are current prior to applying. Grant proposals must address regional or national level funding priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies.

The primary goal of both programs is to fund projects that address regional or national priority needs of the State fish and wildlife agencies (States) and their partners that are beyond the scope and capabilities of a single State. Eligible grant proposals are reviewed by the Association’s National Grants Committee (NGC) with the assistance of one or more technical committees. Proposals must address eligible activities in one or more of the Association’s selected Strategic Priorities to be considered. Strategic Conservation Priorities are developed annually by the Association and are used to guide proposal development and grant selection for the program.

Projects awarded under T-MSCGP may use the funds for sport fisheries and wildlife management and research projects, boating access development, hunter safety and education, aquatic education, aquatic R3 programs, fish and wildlife habitat improvements, and other purposes consistent with the enabling legislation.

Recipients awarded under the R3-MSCGP can only use the funds for making hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment projects that promote a national hunting and shooting sport recruitment program, including related communication and outreach activities. 

Grant awards issued under this program typically include projects for biological research, training, species population status assessment, fish and wildlife conservation outreach, data collection regarding hunter and angler participation, hunter and aquatic education, assessing the economic value of fishing and hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments. Many of the projects that will be conducted under these types of projects either directly or indirectly support Executive Order 14008: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. For example, regional or habitat needs assessments will support climate resilience, land conservation, and biodiversity efforts, including the 30 x 30 initiative. 

FY 2022 Strategic Priorities for the MSCGP:

  1. Conservation & Science
  2. Relevancy & Inclusion & Participation
  3. Coordination, Capacity Building & Fish and Wildlife Agencies Support
  4. Trust Fund Stewardship
  5. AFWA Priorities Identified in AFWA Funding Principles (submitted by ExCom)
    1. Management Assistance Team
    2. Management of MSCGP Program
    3. CITES and International Conservation Programs and Their Impact of State Agencies
    4. Coordination of Conservation on National Scale
  6. Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation (R3)
    1. Monitoring and Evaluation (Wildlife Restoration Only)
    2. Marketing
    3. Mentoring
    4. Engaging New Audiences
    5. R3 Capacity and Infrastructure

More information about the priorities can be found starting at

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GrantWatch ID#: 137949

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Award Floor: $50,000
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

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Performance Period: January 1st, 2023 – December 31st, 2023


  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only eligible grant proposals will be considered for funding so please ensure that you meet the following eligibility requirements:

Organization Information. Please indicate the appropriate classification of your organization. If you are a Nonprofit, please indicate the type: Applicant Classification:
a. 12 – Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
b. 13 – Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
c. 00 – State governments
d. 06 – Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
e. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, or a State or group of States, for the purpose of carrying out the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The State governments’ designation refers to Agencies with lead management responsibility for fish and wildlife resources in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia (Sport Fish Restoration only), Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or a group of these agencies.

State Benefit Requirement: Projects must benefit:
- At least 26 States,
- A majority (over 50%) of the States in a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Region
- A majority (over 50%) of States in a Regional Association of State Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA, MAFWA, NEAFWA, SEAFWA).

Pre-Application Information:

1. By May 18, 2022, Initial Proposals are due to AFWA and relevant subcommittees begin their review.
2. By June 24, 2022, AFWA invites applicants with high-ranking proposals to submit Full Grant Proposals.
3. By July 19, 2022, Full Grant Proposal Packages must be submitted through GrantSolutions or and, in addition, provided to AFWA.
4. During August 2022 the AFWA National Grants Committee will review the Full Grant proposals and make recommendations to State Directors.
5. In September 2022 the State Directors will approve the Priority List containing the highest scoring and ranked Full Grant proposals.
6. By October 1, 2022, AFWA will forward the Priority List of projects recommended for funding to the Service.
7. By January 2022 the Service will begin to award the grants from the Priority List and subsequently publish the list in the Federal Register. The Service can only award projects that appear on the Priority List.

Closing Date for Applications: May 18, 2022 Applying for funding through the T-MSCGP and R3-MSCGP requires a two-part process that is managed in partnership with AFWA. Please specify which program you are applying for in your application. In part one, applicants submit their Initial Proposal by May 18, 2022 for review. Initial Proposal requirements and deadline (May 18, 2022) information is available from the AFWA MSCGP webpage. Initial Proposals are required to address one or more of the AFWA Strategic Priorities listed within this webpage. Applicants must submit the Initial Proposals through the AFWA MSCGP portal. In part two, AFWA will invite the best Initial Proposals to submit a Final Proposal package through the AFWA MSCGP portal as well as through GrantSolutions. These sites have all required Federal grant forms. Full grant proposals will only be considered for funding if the applicant submits an initial proposal by the deadline of May 18, 2022, AFWA invites the applicant to submit a full proposal for the relevant project, and the applicant submits the full grant proposal for the relevant project by the deadline of July 19, 2022 to both the AFWA MSCGP portal as well as GrantSolutions.

Registration: Identifier and System for Award Management ( Registration: Applicants are required to register in prior to submitting a Federal award application and obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which will replace Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet in April 2022.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Silvana Yaroschuk, Multistate Conservation Grant Program Manager
(202) 838-3474

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
1100 First Street NE, Suite 825
Washington, DC 20002

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Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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