Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife

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

Anticipated deadline: Dec 14, 2020 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, 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 Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program will award $37,000 in grants for 2019-2020. The maximum request per proposal is $3,500 ($1,000 is the minimum). This is a 1:1 matching grant; therefore grant funds cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. At least 25% of the grantee's share of project funding must be monetary, and the remainder may be from in-kind support.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects will benefit New Jersey's endangered, threatened, and nongame wildlife through education, outreach, research, species protection, habitat management, or any combination of such actions. Projects should help to address an important threat or action highlighted in New Jersey's State Wildlife Action Plan.

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:

  • 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);
  • Reducing mortality of Diamondback Terrapins and other estuarine/marine species by locating and removing ghost crab pots in coastal waterways;
  • Reducing road mortality of Diamondback Terrapins and enabling females to safely access nesting sites, particularly at problem areas in Fortescue, NJ;
  • Summarizing or showcasing multi-level, species-specific habitat change information;
  • Minimizing human-wildlife conflicts (ex: venomous snakes interactions, impacts of roads);
  • 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.