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North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) - U.S. Small Grants

Grants to USA Groups and Individuals for Projects
that Protect and Restore Wetland Habitats

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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10/14/21 4:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA groups and individuals for projects that help preserve, protect, and restore habitats. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support a range of activities that involve the protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds.

All eligible costs must be directly linked to eligible acquired, restored, or established acres that are completed DURING the project period. This means that each grant and match dollar, except for indirect costs, must be linked to an acre acquired, restored, and/or enhanced.

Specific examples of costs that are eligible to be paid with NAWCA Grant Funds:

  • Acquisition
  • Wetland restoration
  • Wetland Enhancement
  • Wetland Establishment
  • Other Direct Long-Term Wetlands Conservation Work
  • Indirect Costs 
  • Salary Costs
  • Prescribed Burn activities

More information about eligible costs can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173908

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amount of NAWCA funding request: up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

Eligible proposal: A 2-year plan of action (not including the 2-year old match window).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any group or individual may submit proposals.

The following grant costs/activities are ineligible to be paid with NAWCA grant funds:
A. Stewardship costs;
B. Monitoring or evaluation costs;
C. Proposal planning and development costs, including experiments, studies, or other investigations to document resource values;
D. Interest on a loan;
E. Administrative salary costs incurred prior to grant execution (including for proposal development) and after the project period are not eligible for grant funding; and
F. Costs related to enrollment of participants in other Federal conservation programs

Ineligible grant and match costs can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Proposal Deadline: October 14, 2021

US Small Proposal Deadline: No later than 4:00 pm Eastern time on submission deadline date.

Before you begin preparing your proposal you are encouraged to contact the coordinator of the Migratory Bird Joint Venture where your project is located. Joint Venture staff can provide valuable input to applicants during project development and proposal writing. In addition, each Joint Venture will review all of the proposal submissions from within their region and provide feedback about each project to the scoring subcommittee

Partners must match their grant request at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio. For example, applicants requesting a $100,000 grant would also need to contribute at least $100,000 in partner funds (from nonfederal sources) towards the project. Funds that pass through a nonfederal partner but originate from the Federal government are not eligible as match.

US Small: Proposals received after the October deadline will be processed, but will be considered for funding as an early submission for the next Fiscal Year.

US Small: The Council meets in February to make project selections. After the Council meeting, you will be given the results and a request to establish an ASAP Account. Additionally, Project Officer and proposal summary information will be posted on the NAWCA website. Please share the approval news with elected officials and the general public via a news release and send us a copy. Selected US Small projects will be presented to the September MBCC meeting as a report of funded projects.

Contact the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (DBHC) with any questions you may have. DBHC staff is responsible for reviewing each proposal, proposal component, and recipient for eligibility. The rules, regulations and policies that govern financial assistance under a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant can be difficult to navigate. It is highly recommended you contact DBHC directly with any questions you may have, especially with questions regarding eligible activities. A proposal will be automatically ineligible if the margins and font style/size are modified from the Proposal Outline Template, or if the proposal is missing enough sufficient information necessary to consider the proposal complete.

You will need a DUNS and SAM to register for a Grant Solutions’ account
1. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Dun and Bradstreet issues the DUNS number to federal grant applicants free of charge online at .
2. Have an active registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR), which is housed within the System for Award Management (SAM). If you are receiving funds as an individual not operating as a business, you are not required to register in CCR. You can register in CCR or obtain additional CCR information online at

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

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US Small Grants Program: Rodecia McKnight, (703)358-2266,

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