Funding Your Conservation Project



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Reminders and Notes:  Washington State’s Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) will be opening several RFPs for grant programs during winter and spring of 2018. Many of them have several deadlines that preceed the final application deadline.  Learn more on their website and by attending this webinar. 

Brink/McLean Grassland Conservation Fund (Nature Trust British Columbia)   Deadline: February 9

Rose Foundation, California Wildlands Grassroots Fund   Deadline: February 15

Klamath Basin Restoration Program   Pre-proposal Deadline: February 15

NOAA/NMFS is soliciting competitive applications for the 2018 Pacific Islands Region Marine Education and Training (MET) Mini-Grant Program.   Deadline: February 21

The North American Wetland Conservation Act Standards Grants Program has two application periods annually.   Next deadline: February 23

NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants   Deadline: February 26

2018 RFP Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative   Deadline: March 1

NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program FY 2018   Pre-proposals due March 7; Deadline: May 7

EPA Environmental Education Grant Solication Notice   Deadline: March 15

Washington Recreation and Conservation Office: Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program RFP   Pre-proposals due: April 12   See webinar

The Conservation Alliance provides grants to protect specific wild places for their habitat and recreational values.    Next deadline: May 1 (for nominations)

Washington Recreation and Conservation Office: Land and Water Conservation Fund   Deadline; May 1   See webinar

Washington Recreation and Conservation Office: Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account Deadline: May 1   See webinar

National Forest Foundation’s     Matching Awards Program (MAP)    Next Deadline: June 13

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (British Columbia) Public Conservation Assistance Fund   Deadline: May 16

USFWS Recovery Implementation Fund Grants    Deadline: July 31


North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants Program The NAWCA program supports wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Standard Grants program provides up to $1,000,000 and the Small Grants program up to $100,000. Grant requests must be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 1:1 ratio. See our NAWCA Grants page.

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants Program The NMBCA program funds neotropical migratory bird conservation projects throughout the Western Hemisphere. Projects should address migratory bird population needs on a continental scale and conserve birds throughout their life cycles. At least 75 percent of the funding must be spent on projects outside the United States and grants must be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 3-to-1 ratio.

Urban Bird Treaty Grant Program The Urban Bird Treaty Grant Program works with cities and partners to conserve migratory birds through education, hazard reductions, citizen science, conservation actions, and conservation and habitat improvement strategies in urban/suburban areas.

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program This program annually funds projects to help coastal states and U.S. Territories protect and restore coastal wetlands. Funding is provided through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. These grants are submitted through state agencies.

Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants Program Tribal Wildlife Grants are used to provide technical and financial assistance to Tribes for the development and implementation of programs that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat. Additional information may be found under state or regional USFWS offices.

Wildlife Without Borders Wildlife Without Borders is a USFWS grant program that funds international wildlife conservation projects. Each program focuses on a different type of animal or region of the globe. Grants relevant to Pacific Birds’ species include Critically Endangered Animals, Latin America and Caribbean, and Mexico.

Environmental Protection Agency Wetland Grants EPA has several funding sources that can be used to support state and tribal programs and voluntary wetlands restoration. EPA’s grant programs include, but are not limited to, the Wetlands Development Grants to build capacity to state/local/tribal governments and the Five Star and Urban Restoration Program funded by EPA, other agencies and private funds.

U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS offers technical and financial assistance within several grant programs. One example is the Regional Conservation Partnership Program which encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales. More information about state NRCS offices and contacts is on their website.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund supports the protection of federal public lands and waters, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and recreation areas. It also supports voluntary conservation efforts on private land. Applications are submitted by the states to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Endangered Species Grants to States, Territories and Private Landowners Grants offered through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund supports participation in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for candidate, proposed, and listed species.

The Forest Legacy Program works in partnership with states to protect environmentally sensitive forest lands while maintaining private ownership and working forests. The program directly supports property acquisition and supports efforts to acquire donated conservation easements.

Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund This is an annual grants competition administered by NOAA Fisheries. Eligible applicants are the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Alaska and federally-recognized tribes of the Columbia River and Pacific Coast.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management NOAA administers several grant programs through this office, for grants associated with NOAA’s mission and goals.

National Fish Habitat Partnerships fund habitat conservation projects related to fisheries conservation. More information about their mission, local partnerships and funding opportunities is on their website.

State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Support Program provides funds to state fish and wildlife agencies for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished.

The USFWS Coastal Program provides technical and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. The grant information is listed on, but interested parties in states should contact their state or regional USFWS office.

USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Through voluntary agreements, the Partners program provides expert technical assistance and cost-share incentives directly to private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats.

USFWS Cooperative Ecosystems Studies The CESU Network provides scientific research, technical assistance, and education on natural and cultural resource issues to federal land management, environmental organizations and research institutions. Each CESU is structured as a working collaborative with participation from numerous federal and non-federal institutional partners, especially migratory species with ranges in western Canada, the United States,


Alaska Conservation Foundation ACF works to protect Alaska’s environments and Alaska’s diverse cultures and ways of life. They strategically direct resources and funds to conservation leaders, organizations and initiatives.


California Department of Fish and Wildlife The department administers some federal grants, as well as state-funded grants that sustain, restore and enhance California’s fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.

California Wildlife Conservation Board The primary responsibilities of WCB are to select, authorize and allocate funds for the purchase of land and waters suitable for recreation purposes and the preservation, protection and restoration of wildlife habitat. WCB approves and funds projects that set aside lands within the State for such purposes, through acquisition or other means, to meet these objectives.


Legacy Lands Conservation Program This program is administered by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. It provides funding from the Land Conservation Fund for the acquisition of lands, including easements, for the protection of habitat, natural areas, cultural/historic sites, and other resources. There is up to $1 million in funding on an annual basis.


Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board OWEB is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Funding comes from  the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars, and salmon license plate revenue. Grant funds are provided for projects that contribute to the goals and objectives of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds and the Oregon Conservation Strategy.

Oregon Department of State Lands – Wetlands, Payment in LIeu Program The Wetland Mitigation Revolving Fund was established to accept payments to compensate for small wetland impacts from permitted activities (“payment in lieu”). The goal of the program is to use these pooled funds for larger projects that provide more effective replacement of wetland resources.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program This program is an agreement between the State of Oregon and the Bonneville Power Administration for mitigating the effects of the construction, inundation and operation of Willamette River Basin Flood Control Projects. Projects should emphasize protection of wildlife and wildlife habitats and, when possible, significant cultural values.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,  Access and Habitat Program This program funds projects that improve wildlife habitat, increase private hunting access to private land, or solve a wildlife damage issue. Examples include the development of wetland habitat, noxious weed control, riparian fencing and land acquisition.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bird Stamp Grants Grants are for projects that promote and conserve game birds and the acquisition, development, management, or enhancement of migratory game bird habitat.

Oregon Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The Oregon Office provides technical and financial assistance to partners through several programs.


Washington State Conservation and Recreation Office The state of Washington RCO office has a number of grant programs, such as the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program and the Marine Shore Protection Program. You can learn about each grant and see the annual grants schedule on their website.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) administers several pass-through grant programs that provide funding opportunities for projects that are conducted by outside organizations or members of the public. Funding is available for projects that benefit the conservation and management of fish and wildlife and their habitat.

Washington Department of Ecology This web page contains information and schedules for grants and loans through the Department of Ecology, such as the Floodplain by Design program.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The Washington U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service office administers several grant and assistance programs, such as the Puget Sound Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant Programs NFWF works with the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats. Their conservation programs support conservation efforts in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Their website outlines their programs, priorities, and funding criteria.

National Forest Foundation The NFF is the nonprofit partner of the U.S the U.S. Forest Service. They have several grant programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System.

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Multistate Conservation Grant Program This program funds projects that address the regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. Proposals must include multiple states and address at least one of the of the current year National Conservation Needs.

Saving Species Saving Species helps local conservation groups purchase land for conservation and habitat restoration, and may consider projects for restoration of habitat on land that is within an existing protected area.

The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses that supports efforts to protect specific wild places for their habitat and recreation values. There are two funding cycles annually.

Cornell Douglas Foundation This foundation provides small grants to organizations which promote the vision of the foundation: advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources.

The Goodman Family Foundation This foundation supports science-based work to improve the Greater Portland and San Fransisco Bay marine systems through protection, planning, and/or restoration. Requests should include an ecosystem management approach. Typical grants are $5000.

Waitt Foundation The foundation funds projects globally, with a focus on marine protected areas and sustainable fishing policy and practice. They also advise, provide technical assistance and otherwise support innovative ocean science.

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment Rose Foundation funds projects in several categories. As an example, the Columbia River Fund supports non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring the Columbia River watershed.

The Mountaineers Foundation The Mountaineers Foundation promotes actions and fosters understanding to inspire conservation within the Salish Sea region. They have two conservation education grant programs, capped at $5000 and $30,000.

Wildlife Conservation Society The Wildlife Conservation Society is a global non-profit that supports projects and research in several categories that fit their mission. They have a Climate Adaptation Fund and a number of research and fellowship programs.

Western Hummingbird Partnership Annually, the partnership supports projects related to hummingbird conservation in western Canada, United States, and Mexico. Projects are generally funded in the $1000-$5000 range.

The Weeden Foundation The Weeden Foundation’s primary mission is to protect biodiversity. One of the Foundation’s current primary interests is the protection of the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion in Northern California.

Charlotte Martin Foundation The foundation provides funding to protect wildlife and habitat as well as enriching the lives of children. One of their interests is conserving biodiversity in a changing climate.

The Russell Family Foundation The Foundation focuses its efforts on the Puget Sound Region and recently made a long-term commitment to the health of the Puyallup watershed through the Puyallup Watershed Initiative. They also have an Environmental Education grants program.

Pacific Seabird Group, Craig S. Harrison Conservation Fund Grants from this fund are to advance the conservation of seabirds by providing funds or supplies for conservation and restoration activities that benefit seabirds. See the website for more information.


Pacific Birds staff can help you identify grant programs that will help fund your project and also align with Joint Venture priorities. Contact a Partnership Coordinator in your area to learn more. Also be sure to check:

⇒ provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for U.S. federal funding opportunities.

⇒  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website provides information about its wildlife initiatives and grant programs.

⇒  Environment and Climate Change Canada offers several grants through its Community Action Programs for the Environment.

⇒  Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provides grants for fish and wildlife conservation projects across British Columbia.


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