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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: North American Wetlands Conservation Act – Small Grants

Deadline: October 19, 2017

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants increase bird populations and wetland habitat, while supporting local economies and American traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming, and cattle ranching. Wetlands protected by NAWCA provide valuable benefits such as flood control, reducing coastal erosion, improving water and air quality, and recharging ground water.

NAWCA grants supports costs that are linked to acquired, restored, enhanced, or established acres that are completed during the project period. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Acquisition: This category includes fee-title acquisition and donation (transfer of title), conservation easement, and lease acquisition and donation; appraisal fees; acquisition negotiations; 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 is considered restoration.
  • Restoration can further be defined as either re-establishment (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). Rehabilitation is considered a one-time action.
  • Wetland enhancement: The manipulation of the physical, chemical, and/or biological characteristics of a wetland site to improve specific functions of the wetland is enhancement. The result produces no gain in wetland acres. This category includes the same eligible costs as restoration above, plus nest boxes; habitat islands; and initial land management costs caused by the proposal (e.g., fencing and signing).
  • 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.
  • Other: Direct long-term wetlands conservation work (e.g., administering the NAWCA grant agreement; conducting required state and federal compliance activities [e.g., permits, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, and contaminants surveys]; and conducting work that cannot easily be assigned to other activity categories).

Amount: Grants range up to $100,000. Grants must be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio.

Eligibility: Unrestricted, no limitations indicated. Project officers must be affiliated with the grant recipient’s organization and must be knowledgeable about biological, partnership, and administrative aspects of the proposal.

Link: https://www.fws.gov//birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act.php

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