Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $3,500

Next anticipated deadline: Nov 1, 2018

Later anticipated deadlines: Nov 1, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New Jersey

Location of residency: New Jersey

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With funding from the Conserve Wildlife License Plate renewal fund, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) offers small matching grants for projects that advance nongame wildlife conservation and education. Approved projects are funded on a single-year basis and must be located in New Jersey. Grants are awarded every other year.

The total amount available through the Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program in 2017 is $39,000.

Eligible projects will benefit New Jersey's nongame wildlife through education, outreach, research, species protection, habitat management, or any combination of such actions. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Education/outreach projects, such as classroom wildlife programs, interpretive signage or online resources;
  • Research projects, such as animal surveys or censuses, habitat monitoring, or public attitude surveys;
  • Management projects, such as habitat creation, improvement, or restoration;
  • Habitat protection projects, such as securing wildlife corridors or sensitive wildlife breeding areas.

Projects that complement new or significant ENSP initiatives or that might inform the ENSP's future work are encouraged. Examples of such complementary projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Minimizing human-wildlife conflicts (ex: venomous snakes interactions, impacts of roads);
  • Promoting/marketing of NJ's Wildlife Action Plan, Landscape Project, Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ) project, and/or Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas (RCOAs) project;
  • Performing road segment assessments based on CHANJ mapping;
  • Creating pollinator gardens or Monarch waystations along migratory routes;
  • Creating distribution maps for NJ's moth and/or Tiger Beetle species of greatest conservation need (including literature reviews and consultation with experts);
  • Enhancing Horseshoe Crab spawning habitat through beach restoration or cleanup;
  • Establishing a long-term Horseshoe Crab egg sampling effort as an index of shorebird food availability;
  • Investigating the possible impacts of aquaculture structures on shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs;
  • Implementing approved strategies or developing new technical guidance to control invasive species that threaten nongame wildlife (e.g. Chinese Pond Mussel, invasive plants);
  • Summarizing or showcasing multi-level, species-specific habitat change information;
  • Implementing approved strategies or developing new strategies to limit the spread of wildlife diseases or pathogens affecting nongame wildlife (e.g., White-nose Syndrome, chytrid fungus, Ranavirus, snake fungal disease, West Nile virus);
  • Gathering, compiling, or confirming location/survey data for under-represented rare species (e.g. Corn and King Snakes, invertebrates, Barn Owls, vernal pool herpetofauna) or "Upper Tier" Priority Species of Greatest Conservation Need for inclusion in ENSP's Biotics database.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations are eligible to apply.
  •  This is a 1:1 matching grant; therefore grant funds cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost.