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Grants to USA Organizations, Agencies, and Individuals to Restore, Protect, and Enhance Eligible Animal Habitats

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


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
CFDA Number: 15.623
Funding or PIN Number: F24AS00003 - NAWCA 2024-1 US Standard Grants
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: 07/07/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories organizations, agencies, and individuals to restore, protect, and enhance eligible animal habitats. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to six weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.

The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). 

Specific examples of costs that are eligible to be paid with NAWCA grants funds follow:

  • Acquisition: This category includes fee-title acquisition and donation (transfer of title), conservation easement and lease acquisition and donation; appraisal fees; acquisition legal costs; boundary surveys; travel and transportation, and annual payments for 10-year conservation agreements (or the maximum duration allowed by State law).
  • Wetland Restoration: The manipulation of the physical, chemical and/or biological characteristics of a site with the goal of returning natural/historic functions to a former or degraded wetland. Restoration can further be defined as either reestablishment (returning natural/historic functions to a former wetland resulting in a gain in wetland acres) or rehabilitation (repairing natural/historic functions of a highly degraded wetland resulting in no gain in wetland acres).
  • Wetland Enhancement: This category includes the same eligible costs as restoration above, plus nest boxes; habitat islands; plantings and initial land management costs caused by the proposal (e.g., fencing). 
  • Wetland Establishment: The manipulation of the physical, chemical and/or biological characteristics present to develop a wetland that did not previously exist. The result produces a gain in wetland acres. This category includes the same eligible costs as restoration above.

All eligible costs must be directly linked to eligible acquired, restored, enhanced, or established acres that are completed during the project period. For eligible grant costs, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted

Organizations, agencies, and individuals may apply.

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;

For further ineligible costs, see

For funding restricions, see

For all activities, grant funds cannot be used for work completed prior to submission of the proposal or for costs incurred before the Service receives the grant proposal.

Pre-Application Information
The U.S. Standard Program consists of two submission cycles. Complete proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time, February 24, 2023, and July 7, 2023. FWS highly recommendeds you submit proposals before the deadline in case there are any technical difficulties or unforeseen circumstances that may cause delays.

Proposals received after the February deadline will be considered for funding as a July submission. Proposals received after the July 2023 deadline will be ineligible unless the proposal is clearly labeled as an early 2025 submission (these will be subject to modifications if there are changes in the 2025 submission guidelines).

February proposals will be presented to the MBCC the following September and July proposals will be presented to the MBCC the following spring. After each MBCC meeting, you will be notified of the results.

You must have an active System for Award Management ( registration to apply through GrantSolutions, to receive an award and to be able to receive funds. FWS strongly encourages applicants to initiate this process at least six weeks before the application deadline. Individuals may register in but are not required to have a registration.

FWS strongly recommends that you contact the coordinator of the joint venture region ;in which your project is located early in the process for guidance on developing your project and proposal.

An intergovernmental review may be required for applications submissions from a U.S. state or local government prior to submission. Applicants must contact their State’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to comply with the state’s process under Executive Order 12372.

Partners must match their grants request at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Expected Number of Awards: 30

Estimated Size of Grant
- Award Ceiling: $3,000,000
- Award Floor: $250,001

Contact Information
Apply Online:

After your application is submitted, email the application confirmation number and shapefiles to

Federal Applicants: email proposal and all supporting documents to

If you have questions about whether you can comply with any stipulations in any of these documents, please contact the program coordinator associated with the program you are applying for before you submit a proposal: Stacy Sanchez (703)358-2017,

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