National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grant Program

The National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grant Program funds projects that assist organizations in being effective co-stewards of important natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. The program’s goals are to assist refuge Friends organizations in developing projects, expanding and increasing their capacity and skills, meeting local refuge conservation challenges and gaining and building community recognition.

The Friends program will award up to $132,000 in grants in 2020: up to $81,000 for nonprofit capacity building grants, project specific grants, and peer-to-peer coaching grants, and up to $51,000 for special initiative grants. Funding for the Friends program is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

priorities, eligibility and criteria all on the website

Funding Agency

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


Crystal Boyd, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 612-564-7253, or Deborah Moore, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 703-358-2386,



Funding Cycle


Application Deadline

May 14, 2020