National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

Funding Agency:
US Fish and Wildlife Service

he Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (Title III, Section 301, Public Law 101-646, 16 U.S.C. 3951-3956) (Act) established the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant (NCWCG) Program to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal areas through competitive matching grants to eligible State agencies. The NCWCG Program is funded by revenues collected from excise taxes on sport fishing equipment, electric motors and sonar, import duties on fishing tackle, yachts and pleasure craft, and a portion of gasoline tax attributable to motorboats and small engines. Revenues are deposited into and appropriated from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. The primary goal of the NCWCG Program is the long-term conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (P.L. 114-94) authorizes funding for the NCWCG Program through Fiscal Year 2021.

Deadline: Jun. 29, 2018.

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Eligibility Requirements

Participation is limited to State agencies or entities designated as eligible by the Governor of a coastal State. It is usually a State natural resource or fish and wildlife agency. If you are uncertain of your agency’s eligibility, please contact your Regional WSFR Office (see Section VIII, Agency Contacts). The Regional WSFR Offices maintain the list of eligible agencies in each coastal State in the eight Service Regions.

Eligible coastal States are States bordering the Great Lakes (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin); States bordering the Atlantic, Gulf (except Louisiana), and Pacific coasts (Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington); and American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Louisiana is not an eligible coastal State for this Program as provided in the Act (50 CFR 84.21).

Although only eligible State agencies can apply for and receive grants through this Program, we encourage partnering with tribes, Federal agencies, other State agencies, non-governmental organizations, local governments and others. Please note that any contributions from Federal sources cannot be used or counted as non-Federal match unless authorized by Federal statute (such as Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program or REPI funds).

Amount

$1,000,000

Amount Description

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) expects that approximately $17 million will be available for grants from the NCWCG Program in FY 2017. Awards typically range from $125,000 (there is no specific minimum) to a maximum of $1,000,000. 

Funding Type

Grant

Category

Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

June 29, 2018