The United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program is a competitive grant program that supports public-private partnerships to advance projects that further the goals of NAWCA. Projects must advance long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitat for the benefit of all wetland-associated migratory birds. Grant requests may not exceed $100,000.

Eligible Uses

Funds may be used for wetland restoration, wetland enhancement, wetland establishment, or other long-term wetland conservation work as well as acquisition. A summary of eligible projects can be found in NAWCA’s Small Grants Eligibility Criteria & Processes is available here.

Eligible Recipients

Non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and individuals are all eligible recipients.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

North American Wetlands Conservation Fund received $46.5 million for FY22.

Cost Share Requirements

There is a 50% federal/50% non-federal match (a 1:1 ratio) and grant requests may not exceed $100,000.

Application Cycle

The application deadline is typically in October.


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