Tufted Puffin – Peter Davis/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
FINDING FUNDS FOR YOUR PROJECT
Pacific Birds staff will help you identify grant programs that align with Joint Venture priorities and also help fund your conservation project. Contact a Partnership Coordinator in your area to learn more.
Also be sure to check:
⇒ Grants.gov 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.
FEDERAL AND INTERNATIONAL GRANT PROGRAMS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NPLCC supports projects in their region through an annual competitive grants process for projects, studies, and events that support natural and cultural resource conservation in the face of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors.
The State Wildlife Grant 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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
The 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 Grants.gov, but interested parties in states should contact their state or regional USFWS office.
Through voluntary agreements, the Partners program provides expert technical assistance and cost-share incentives directly to private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats.
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,
STATE SPECIFIC GRANTS
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.
Western Alaska LCC supports projects in western Alaska that help inform decision-makers about how climate change may affect the systems/habitats/species they manage. The LCC focuses its efforts on activities and projects that will benefit a variety of its partners and stakeholders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grants are for projects that promote and conserve game birds and the acquisition, development, management, or enhancement of migratory game bird habitat.
The Oregon Office provides technical and financial assistance to partners through several programs.
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.
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.
This web page contains information and schedules for grants and loans through the Department of Ecology, such as the Floodplain by Design program.
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.
OTHER FUNDING SOURCES
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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’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.
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 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.
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.
UPCOMING GRANT DEADLINES
Fund for Wild Nature is accepting proposals for small grants to save native species and wild ecosystems.
Deadline: May 1
EPA Tribal Wetland Program Development Grants
Closes: June 5
National Forest Foundation, Matching Awards Program
Next deadline: June 26
National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants Program
Deadline: June 30 Note: applications are submitted through state agencies.
North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants
In addition to the USFWS page on NAWCA grants, see Pacific Birds NAWCA web pages.
-U.S. Standard Grants / Cycle 2 due July 14
-U.S. Small Grants due October 19
-Canada Standard Grants due August 26
Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Habitat Restoration Program has funding available for technical assistance
Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund, FY 2017
Due: May 23
The California Coastal Conservancy Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation is open.
Due: May 31
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Restoration and Technical Assistance Grants
Deadline: May 1
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, 2017-2019 Capacity Building TA Grants. See website for schedule.
Oregon Wildlife Foundation accepts grant applications on a quarterly basis. The Foundation is especially interested in projects that conserve, restore or improve oak savannah or wetland habitats.
Next deadline: May 25