North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Standard Grant

The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.

There is a Standard and a Small Grants Program. Both are competitive grants programs and require that grant requests be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio.  The Standard Grant has two cycles, the first is due in late February, the second in late July.

As of December 2022, grant limits were raised from $1- 3,000,000 for U.S. Standard grants with no additional justification. By setting a higher maximum cap, the intent is to help conservation partners meet the demand for more funding to carryout large-scale conservation efforts in areas that are critically important for wetland-dependent migratory birds.  U.S. Standard grant proposals may range from $250,001 to $3 million in 2024.


The application process is rigorous and coordination well in advance with the SFBJV Coordinator is strongly encouraged.


Funding Agency

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Stacy Sanchez, (), 703/358-2017.


$250,000 – 3 million

Funding Cycle


Application Deadline

February 24, 2023