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Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits
for Wildlife Conservation Projects

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New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) - Division of Fish and Wildlife

Deadline Date:

12/14/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 to New Jersey nonprofits for wildlife conservation programs. Funding is intended for projects to benefit local endangered wildlife through research, education, habitat management, outreach, or species protection projects.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

1. Education/outreach projects, such as classroom wildlife programs, interpretive signage or online resources;
2. Research projects, such as animal surveys or censuses, habitat monitoring, or public attitude surveys;
3. Management projects, such as habitat creation, improvement, or restoration;
4. Habitat protection projects, such as securing wildlife corridors or sensitive wildlife breeding areas.

Projects that complement new or significant ENSP initiatives or that might inform the ENSP's future work are encouraged. Examples of such complementary projects include, but are not limited to:

- Promoting/marketing of NJ's Wildlife Action Plan, Landscape Project, Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ) project, and/or Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas (RCOAs) project;
- Performing road segment assessments based on CHANJ mapping;
- Creating pollinator gardens or Monarch waystations along migratory routes;
- Creating distribution maps for NJ's moth and/or Tiger Beetle species of greatest conservation need (including literature reviews and consultation with experts);
- Enhancing Horseshoe Crab spawning habitat through beach restoration or cleanup;
- Establishing a long-term Horseshoe Crab egg sampling effort as an index of shorebird food availability;
- Investigating the possible impacts of aquaculture structures on shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs;
- Implementing approved strategies or developing new technical guidance to control invasive species that threaten nongame wildlife (e.g. Chinese Pond Mussel, invasive plants);
- Reducing mortality of Diamondback Terrapins and other estuarine/marine species by locating and removing ghost crab pots in coastal waterways;
- Reducing road mortality of Diamondback Terrapins and enabling females to safely access nesting sites, particularly at problem areas in Fortescue, NJ;
- Summarizing or showcasing multi-level, species-specific habitat change information;
- Minimizing human-wildlife conflicts (ex: venomous snakes interactions, impacts of roads);
- Implementing approved strategies or developing new strategies to limit the spread of wildlife diseases or pathogens affecting nongame wildlife (e.g., White-nose Syndrome, chytrid fungus, Ranavirus, snake fungal disease, West Nile virus);
- Gathering, compiling, or confirming location/survey data for under-represented rare species (e.g. Corn and King Snakes, invertebrates, small mammals, Barn Owls, vernal pool herpetofauna) or "Upper Tier" Priority Species of Greatest Conservation Need for inclusion in ENSP's Biotics database.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184790

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request per proposal is $3,500 ($1,000 is the minimum).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for proposals is 5:00 PM Friday, December 14, 2018.

Award notifications will be made by January 25, 2019.

This is a 1:1 matching grant; therefore grant funds cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. At least 25% of the grantee's share of project funding must be monetary, and the remainder may be from in-kind support.

Successful applicants will have 30 days from the award notification date to submit a signed Resolution by their governing body authorizing the organization to enter into a grant agreement and certifying that the required matching funds and in-kind support will be provided for the project.

All grantees must be registered vendors with the State of NJ. Please visit to register or to check your organization's status.

This is a reimbursement grant. The entire grant amount will be paid to the grantee in one sum, following receipt and acceptance by the ENSP of all agreed work products/deliverables, documentation of costs and match, and upon compliance with all terms of the Grant Agreement.

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Contact Information:

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

Requests must be submitted electronically to

For information contact:

MacKenzie Hall
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
Endangered and Nongame Species Program

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey