The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

Funding Agency:
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources.  The PFW Program is delivered through more than 250 full-time staff, active in all 50 States and territories.  Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas define where the program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species.  Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff.  Projects must advance the Department of the Interior’s mission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission, and PFW’s mission, promote biological diversity, and based upon sound scientific biological principles.  Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity.  Applicants seeking funding under this program should contact the National PFW Program office prior to submitting an application for funding.  

Deadline: Sep. 30, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants: To receive funding, PFW projects must be implemented on private lands.  IN GENERAL, the term private lands is any property not state or federally owned. Private lands include, but are not limited to; tribal, Hawaiian homeland, city, municipality, non-governmental, and private fee-title properties.

The PFW Program actively identifies potential projects throughout the federal fiscal year (October 1 – September 30).  PFW Program staff work collaboratively with potential applicants to identify common habitat conservation priorities.  We strongly suggest that all potential applicants work with the local PFW Program staff to ensure that their project meets the project selection criteria. Projects are considered for funding throughout the year, depending on the availability of funds



Amount Description

Project funding is generally limited to $25,000.00 USD or less. Higher amounts may be requested, but may not be awarded without appropriate justification and approval. 

Funding Type



Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 30, 2018