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Grants to USA Tribal Governments for Environmental Conservation Programs

Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
CFDA Number: 15.639
Funding or PIN Number: F23AS00257
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/24/23 11:59 PM ET Electronic submission; Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than the application due date. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories tribal governments for environmental conservation programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be finalized prior to applying. Funds are intended to support activities that preserve animal populations and their natural habitats, especially those of traditional and cultural significance to Native American communities. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, surveys, public education, natural history studies, laboratory research, and monitoring.

The Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program was created to support the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats and species of Tribal cultural or traditional importance, including species that are not hunted or fished. The TWG Program is part of the Congressionally authorized State and Tribal Wildlife Grant (STWG) Program which provides wildlife conservation grants to States, Commonwealths, and to the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Tribes under provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act. TWG Program funding originates from the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Pub. L. 107-63), when Congress first specified that the Service use a portion of the funds appropriated under the STWG Program to establish a competitive grant program available to federally recognized Tribes. This language allows the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, through the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), to establish a separate competitive Tribal grant program which is not subject to the provisions or other requirements of the STWG Program.

The TWG Program provides opportunities for federally recognized Tribes to engage in fish and wildlife conservation efforts on their lands, many of which are located adjacent to DOI-managed lands. Many of the TWG Program-funded project activities increase fish and wildlife populations, allowing for hunting and fishing opportunities on and off Tribal lands. Additionally, the TWG Program funds project activities that align and assist the Service with Endangered Species Act (ESA) activities supporting downlisting, delisting, and preventing new species listings under the ESA.

Eligible projects include those that initiate, develop, or implement activities or programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished. Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning for conservation of fish and wildlife, and their habitats
  • Conservation management actions for fish and wildlife, and their habitats
  • Field and laboratory research related to fish and wildlife resources
  • Natural history studies
  • Fish passages
  • Habitat mapping or evaluation
  • Field surveys and population monitoring
  • Restoration of habitat
  • Management of invasive species
  • Public education relevant to the proposed project

Wildlife TRACS (Tracking and Reporting Actions for the Conservation of Species) is the tracking and reporting system used by WSFR to capture conservation and related actions funded by its grant programs. TRACS serves as the electronic repository system for all performance and accomplishment reporting related to those Federal awards. TRACS highlights program accountability by documenting program accomplishments and results. As outlined in this announcement, grant and project statement information and performance reporting data may be entered into TRACS but use of this system is optional for Tribes.


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Participation is limited to federally recognized Tribal governments listed in the current Federal Register Notice of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. This is the official listing of all federally recognized Tribes in the United States pursuant to Section 104 of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-454; 108 Stat. 4791-4792). The most recent Notice was published in the Federal Register, 88 FR 2112 (January 12, 2023). Tribal organizations and other entities may participate as subrecipients or contractors to federally recognized Tribal governments. Tribal contact information is available in the BIA Tribal Leaders Directory.

Applicant Tribes must bring all administrative and fiscal reporting for any open TWG Program grants up to date in order to be eligible to apply for new funds. Applicants will be notified within five business days upon receiving proposals noting any outstanding reporting issues that need to be addressed. Tribes will then have thirty days to bring these grants into compliance. Proposals from Tribes that have not brought past due reports (e.g., interim or final performance reports, or interim or final financial status reports) up to date in this 30-day period will be found ineligible and excluded from further consideration in the FY 2023 TWG Program cycle.

When an applicant is carrying two or more active TWG projects while applying for another, the Service has an administrative obligation to verify that there are no correctable problems in implementing the existing awards. We will review the reasons why those grants are still open before proceeding with further consideration. Tribes that demonstrate their effective use of TWG Program funds will not be affected. Tribes that have taken no significant action on any one of their two or more preexisting awards will not be considered eligible to apply for new TWG Program funds until the problem is resolved. Possible resolutions might be for the Tribe to demonstrate progress in the agreed-upon activities of an inactive grant, demonstrate that the assertion of “no action” is incorrect, or the Tribe may cancel the grant so that the obligated funds may be recovered and made available to other Tribes in the next grant cycle.

TWG Program funds may not be used to acquire real property interests. Real property interests include, but are not limited to, fee simple, fee with exceptions to title, easements, water rights, mineral rights, and leasehold.

Funding Restrictions can be found at

Pre-Application Information
Jun 23, 2023: Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59PM, ET, on the listed application due date in GrantSolutions or or applications emailed to your WSFR Regional Office. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than the application due date.

Applicants are encouraged to work with Service staff in developing proposal applications and addressing all scoring criteria provided in this announcement.

Expected Award Date: December 04, 2023

Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: No

There is no limit to the number of applications that may be submitted within a single fiscal year. However, no single Tribe may be funded for multiple projects within a given fiscal year if the total combined request exceeds the maximum annually allowable amount of $200,000. If multiple applications exceed this amount, only the highest scoring application will be accepted, and the other(s) will be determined to be ineligible.

Identifier and System for Award Management ( Registration: This requirement does not apply to individuals applying for funds as an individual (i.e., unrelated to any business or nonprofit organization you may own, operate, or work within), or any entity with an exception to bypass registration with prior approval from the funding bureau or office in accordance with bureau or office policy. All other applicants are required to register as a financial assistance recipient in prior to submitting a Federal award application and obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). A Federal award may not be made to an applicant that has not completed the registration. If an applicant selected for funding has not completed their registration by the time the program is ready to make an award, the program may determine the applicant is not qualified to receive an award. Federal award recipients must also continue to maintain an active registration with current information through the life of their Federal award(s). Entities already registered in should review their registration to confirm that they are registered as a financial assistance recipient, which requires completion of the “Financial Assistance General Certifications and Representations”. See the “Submission Requirements” section of this document below for more information on registration.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
20-40 awards are expected to be issued

Estimated Size of Grant
- Maximum Award: $200,000
- Minimum Award: $10,000

Contact Information
For programmatic technical assistance, contact:
Scott Aikin
(202) 285-4311

For program administration assistance, contact:
D.J. Monette
(413) 244-4495

For technical registration and submission, downloading forms and application packages, contact: Customer Support
Numeric Input Field: 1-800-518-4726

For GrantSolutions technical registration, submission, and other assistance contact:
GrantSolutions Customer Support

Regional TWG Program contact information can be found at

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