Funding - NAWCA

North American Wetlands Conservation Act

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), enacted in 1989, works to conserve North America's waterfowl, fish and wildlife resources while producing a variety of environmental and economic benefits.  It is a non-regulatory, incentive-based, voluntary wildlife conservation program.  The program’s success is driven by partnerships among federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.  

Every federal dollar provided by NAWCA must be matched by at least one dollar from non-federal sources.  More than $1.4 billion in federal grants has been allocated for NAWCA projects – and these funds have leveraged an additional $3 billion from matching and non-matching sources.  Since its inception, 2,644 NAWCA projects have contributed to the conservation of 33.4 million acres of habitat across North America.



A total of 103 NAWCA Standard Grant projects have been funded in the LMVJV.  Grant funds of $70,000,000 have been matched by $215,000,000 in partner funds to conserve over 629,000 acres of wetlands for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, wading birds, and myriad other wildlife and people.



The NAWCA program is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Details regarding the program can be found at:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to become familiar with LMVJV bird objectives (see Conservation Planning in the pull-down menu above) as they develop project proposals.

As indicated in the grant application process described in the Proposal Application Instructions, joint ventures have a role in reviewing both Standard Grant and Small Grant applications and providing input to the proposal selection process.  Applicants within the LMVJV region are asked to do the following:

1. If you have questions about LMVJV objectives, grant proposal development or guidelines related to a project within the LMVJV region, please contact one of the following:

Steve Brock                              Dr. Anne Mini                Dr. Keith McKnight
Partnership Coordinator             Science Coordinator       Coordinator
Mississippi Alluvial Valley             541-231-5188               903-363-8365

2. A complete copy of  each grant proposal(s), with shapefiles for all project elements, should be submitted to Dr. Anne Mini, Science Coordinator (; 541-231-5188) at the time of submittal to NAWCA.

3. Once proposals are assessed for consistency with LMVJV objectives, the JV Management Board & Staff will schedule a conference call with all project officers for submitted proposals to provide the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

4. All proposals submitted in each cycle within the LMVJV region are ranked by the Management Board, and these ranks are submitted to the NAWCA Council to serve as one of the elements used to select projects to receive funding.


2018 Proposal Instructions:

How to Apply for a NAWCA Grant


The Grants Handbook

The Grants Handbook mirrors the U.S. Grant Administration Standards (September 2010 as Amended) and is
intended to help current and potential grantees understand the grant process and administration for NAWCA and NMBCA US grants.  

The link for the Handbook is: