Multistate Conservation Grant Program

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies


Grant amount: Up to US $3,000,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 5, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 4, 2018 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP) is a Federal financial assistance program  that  awards up to $6 million annually in grants for wildlife and sport fish restoration projects. The MSCGP is a discretionary grant program which awards grants based on a nationally  competitive process that the Association  of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (Association)  coordinates.

The Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP) funds projects that address the regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. 

2018 Multistate Conservation Grant Program National Conservation Needs 

State agency directors selected 10 National Conservation Needs for the 2018 MSCGP cycle. 

  • Proposed NCN 2: Management of the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife - Associated Recreation (National Survey) and planning for the 2021 National Survey 
  • Proposed NCN 4: Improve benefits for fish, wildlife, and their habitats through Farm Bill implementation 
  • Proposed NCN 8: Enabling State Fish and Wildlife Agencies to Coordinate and Implement Large Scale Conservation Initiatives 
  • Proposed NCN 9: Outdoor Heritage – participation, recruitment, retention and reactivation in hunting, fishing, boating, and conservation-related recreational activities; enhanced relations among state fish and wildlife agencies and the related industries 
  • Proposed NCN 10: Coordination of State Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Management of Wildlife Resources in Concert with Federal Actions Required by International Treaties, Conventions, Partnerships, and Initiatives 
  • Proposed NCN 11: Sustaining the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and the Public Trust Doctrine through Outreach to Law Schools, and Reviewing and Communicating to State Agency Members New Developments in Conservation Law and Policy. 
  • Proposed NCN 12: The Management Assistance Team (MAT) or similar entity to increase leadership capacity and agency effectiveness within state fish and wildlife agencies and the conservation community through leadership and professional development initiatives, training, consulting, and support of the National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI) 
  • Proposed NCN 13: Multistate Conservation Grant Program Coordination
  • Proposed NCN 14: Broadening Conservation Partnerships through the National Fish Habitat Partnership
  • Proposed NCN 15: Strengthening Fish and Wildlife Health Capacity through the National Fish and Wildlife Health Initiative

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Eligibility:

  • Projects must benefit sport fish, wild birds or wild mammals since the funding comes from the Sport Fish Restoration Account and the Wildlife Restoration Fund.          
  • Projects must benefit:
    • more than 26 states,
    • A majority (over 50%) of the states in a region of the USFWS; or
    • a regional association of state fish and wildlife agencies. 
  • A project must address a National Conservation Need (NCN), which are selected each year to establish the states' funding priorities for the grant program.          
  • Applicant Eligibility: The following entities may receive a Multistate Conservation Grant:
    • A state, a state instrumentality such as a state university, or a group of states;
    • The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, to carry out the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation; and
    • Nongovernmental organizations:
      • Non-profit hunter/angler/conservation organizations that have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education;
      • Non-profit hunter/angler/conservation organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; and
      • Private or Public institutions of higher education.

Ineligibility:

  • Use of MSCGP Grants: All applicants must ensure that their proposed project does not fund, in whole or in part, an activity that promotes or encourages opposition to the regulated hunting or trapping of wildlife or taking of sport fish.
    • Wildlife Restoration Projects: A grant under this section shall not be used, in whole or in part, for an activity, project, or program that promotes or encourages opposition to the regulated hunting or trapping of wildlife.
    • Sport Fish Restoration Projects: A grant under this section shall not be used, in whole or in part, for an activity, project, or program that promotes or encourages opposition to the regulated taking of sport fish


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