The Wetland Program Development Grants program assists state, tribal, and local governments and interstate/intertribal entities in developing or updating state/territory/tribal/local wetland programs. The primary focus of these grants is to develop or update state, territorial, and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to develop or update local (e.g. county or municipal) programs.

Eligible Uses

Eligible projects are those that protect, manage and restore wetlands, including:

Eligible Recipients

States, tribes, local governments, interstate associations, and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply for the Regional WPDG Request for Proposals (Track One). Nonprofits, interstate associations and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply for the National WPDGs (Track Two). Local governments, interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and eligible colleges and universities that are agencies of a state government can apply under Track Two only.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

Generally, the program is funded at $3.5 million.

Cost Share Requirements

75% federal share is provided with a 25% non-federal match required; if a tribe or intertribal consortium includes the funds in an approved Performance Partnership Grant (a type of EPA grant that helps combine several grants into a single grant with a single budget), there is no cost-share requirement. In-kind contributions are accepted.

Application Cycle

Requests for Proposals are typically put out in the springtime with applications due in July.


Other Info

This program is covered under the Justice40 Initiative.