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North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) - U.S. Standard Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, For-Profits, and
Other Partners to Protect Wetland Bird Habitat

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation

Deadline Date:

07/13/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $75,000 to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, tribes, landowners, and other partner groups for collaborative projects to enhance wetland and upland habitats for migratory bird species. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate program coordinator prior to applying.

The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.

The Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. In Mexico, projects may also include technical training, environmental education and outreach, organizational infrastructure development, and sustainable-use studies.

The program provides grants for conservation projects in all 50 states and several territories. Partners have matched grant funds more than two-to-one, tripling the impact on the ground.

Funds support a wide range of conservation activities, including projects aiming to:
-Protect, restore, or enhance wetland and associated upland migratory bird habitats throughout the country;
-Promote long-term protection of acquired habitats for birds and other wetland-dependent species;
-Catalyze conservation partnerships, bringing together federal, state, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals; and
-Support conservation of priority migratory bird species in the U.S., including waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, and landbirds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180336

Estimated Size of Grant:

U.S. Standard Grants are for requests above $75,000.

Term of Contract:

The funding period will be designated in the Agreement and will last 1-3 years as described in the proposal as the length of time needed to complete the project, unless it is extended.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

There are no limitations on agencies that can apply for a NAWCA grant. NAWCA supports public-private partnerships.

Partner Categories:

-State agencies
-Non-governmental conservation organizations
-Local governments, counties or municipalities
-Private landowners
-Profit-making corporations
-Native American governments or associations
-Federal agencies
-Other partner groups

Ineligible Grant Costs:

The following grant costs/activities are ineligible to be paid with NAWCA grant funds (these activities may be eligible as match under certain circumstances):
A. Stewardship costs;
B. Monitoring or evaluation costs;
C. Proposal planning and development costs, including experiments, studies, or other investigations to document resource values;
D. Interest on a loan;
E. Administrative salary costs incurred prior to grant execution (including for proposal development) and after the project period are not eligible for grant funding;
F. Costs related to enrollment of participants in other Federal conservation programs; and
G. Salaries and travel expenses for permanent, full-time Federal employees.

Pre-Application Information:

Partners must match their grants request at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio. For example, partners requesting a $1 million grant would need to also contribute at least $1 million in partner funds (from nonfederal sources) towards the project. View the eligibility guidelines for more information about eligible match costs.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the coordinator of the joint venture region in which your project is located early in the process for guidance on developing your project and proposal. Joint venture coordinators¬ź' prioritization of NAWCA proposals from their geographic region is a key element in the selection process.

Applicants submit project proposals to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (Division) for either of the program's two funding cycles per year. All proposals must be submitted through Grants.Gov. In order to apply for a grant, you and/or your organization must complete the registration process. The registration process for an organization or an individual can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. Please register early on

Applicants must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and an active registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR), which is housed within the System for Award Management (SAM).

After a preliminary review by Division staff, Joint Venture Coordinators, and North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) staff, eligible proposals are presented to the Council. The Council further reviews, ranks, and recommends projects to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission for final funding approval. The Division is responsible for administering the grants for the approved projects.

Grant Deadlines:
-February 23, 2018: U.S. Standard Grants, Cycle 1
-July 13, 2018: U.S. Standard Grants, Cycle 2

Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM eastern time on the submission deadline date.


-Proposal is Submitted in: February 2018
-May be Considered by Council in: June 2018
-May be Approved for Funding by MBCC in: September 2018

-Proposal is Submitted in: July 2018
-May be Considered by Council in: December 2018
-May be Approved for Funding by MBCC in: April 2019

How to Apply for a U.S. Standard Grant:

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More information about Standard Grants may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Joint Venture Region Coordinators:

Stacy Sanchez, U.S. Standard Grants Program Proposal Coordinator

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Bird Habitat Conservation
5275 Leesburg Pike MS: MB
Falls Church, Virginia 22041

703/358 1784

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