||The United States Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) established an annual, competitive grants program to support projects that promote the conservation of neotropical migratory birds and their habitats in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (DBHC) is responsible for managing the NMBCA grants program and administers all grants. Applicants submit project proposals, using Grants.gov, to the DBHC during the program's one funding cycle per year. The FWS Director selects the projects for funding.
There are two programs that you can apply to under the NMBCA. One is the Core (traditional) Program benefitting any eligible Neotropical migratory bird. The other is the IMPACT (Identifying Measures of Performance and Achieving Conservation Targets) Program, which is designed to focus resources to a specific set of Neotropical migratory bird species or needs. Proposals not selected under the IMPACT Program are automatically considered for funding under the Core Program.
What kinds of projects are eligible?
• Protection and management of Neotropical migratory bird populations;
• Maintenance, management, protection, and restoration of Neotropical migratory bird habitat;
• Research and monitoring;
• Law enforcement; and
• Community outreach and education.
Because NMBCA funds are limited, please note that:
• Proposals for wetland habitat conservation in the United States and Canada should be directed to the North
American Wetlands Conservation Council. Go to http://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetlandconservation-
• Proposals involving NAWCA priority wetlands in Mexico should be submitted to the North American Wetlands
Conservation Council. See http://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act/standardgrants/
mexico.php. (Priority wetlands are described in the Application Instructions here.)
Proposals for species on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) List, seeking funds for domestic conservation work,
must explain why NMBCA funding is needed in addition to available ESA funding.