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Grants to Canada Organizations for Collaborative Habitat Conservation Projects

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Funding Source
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)
CFDA Number: 15.623
Funding or PIN Number: F24AS00009
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/25/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Canada organizations for collaborative conservation projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. New applicants must contact the funding source to determine eligibility. Funding is intended to support partnerships working on long-term projects focused on the protection, enhancement, and restoration of wetlands and habitats. Funding is intended to restore and conserve wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl and other migratory birds.
The objective of the NAWCA is to encourage partnerships to protect North America’s wetlands as habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-associated migratory birds, fish and wildlife. It should be noted that the statutory criteria encourage proposals with multiple partnerships, projects supporting the purposes of the Act, and projects that have multiple benefits in addition to those for wetland-associated migratory birds.
Section 4402(9) of the Act (amended in March 2010) states that the term "wetlands conservation project" means:
  • (A) The obtaining of a real property interest in lands or waters, including water rights of a wetland ecosystem and associated habitat, if the obtaining of such interest is subject to the terms and conditions that will ensure that the real property will be administered for the long-term conservation of such lands and waters and the migratory birds and other fish and wildlife dependent thereon; and
  • (B) The restoration, management, or enhancement of wetland ecosystems and associated habitat for migratory birds and other fish and wildlife species if such restoration, management, or enhancement is conducted on lands and waters that are administered for the long-term conservation of such lands and waters and the migratory birds and other fish and wildlife dependent thereon.
For further information regarding requirements for Canada wetlands conservation projects, see page 9 of the FOA, in Supporting Documents, below. 


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • 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
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Canada Standard Grants Program is a matching grant program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out wetlands conservation projects in Canada.

NAWCA funding cannot be used to fund “all bird, all habitat” conservation projects.

For information regarding ineligible expenditures, see page 39 of the FOA, in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: Aug 25, 2023.
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, ET, on the listed application due date.

It is recommended that the JV Coordinators or provincial JV Coordinators be contacted in the first half of the calendar year with any proposed work to see if it would be considered a good fit with Provincial and Joint Venture habitat goals. The Joint Venture partnership will work to include any eligible work into the Joint Venture proposals for the funding cycle.

Applicants are required to have an Identifier and System for Award Management ( Registration.
- Unique Entity Identifier (UEI):

NAWCA proposals from Canada must have at least a one-to-one ratio of matching funds to the NAWCA Funds requested through the Act. Match Funds or Match Funding can include U.S. non-federal funding and/or Canadian federal or non-federal funding.

If you are a new NAWCA grantee you must first determine whether or not your organization qualifies for NAWCA funding by contacting your regional Habitat Joint Venture. Furthermore, you must ensure your application meets the definition of a wetlands conservation project, see page 9 of the FOA, in Supporting Documents, below.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act:

North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grant Administration Standards for Canadian Recipients:

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $10,000,000
Award Floor: $200,000

Contact Information
Canadian NAWCA Proposals:
Wetlands Office
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Place Vincent Massey- 14th Floor
351 St. Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau, Québec
K1A 0H3

Canadian NAWCA Grant Agreements:
NAWCA Canada Program Coordinator
Division of Bird Habitat Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703-358-2007
Cell : 571-419-1602

Canadian Habitat Joint Venture:
Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture
Andrew Huang

Canadian Intermountain Habitat Joint Venture
Andrew Huang

Prairie Habitat Joint Venture
Deanna Dixon

Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
Kristina Hick

RFP & Supporting Documents
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