Multistate Conservation Grant Program

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies


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

Next deadline: Aug 3, 2018 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: May 4, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

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) funds projects that address regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. It was established in 2000 by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act, which amended the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) cooperatively administer the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. The Association solicits grant proposals and makes its “priority list” recommendations to the USFWS, who can only fund projects from the Association’s list and manages and monitors grant awards. Each year, up to $6,000,000 is available to fund MSCGP projects. 

Background

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (“Association”) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) cooperatively administer the Multistate Conservation Grant Program (“MSCGP”). The MSCGP funds projects that address regional or national level funding priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. Each year, up to $6,000,000 is available to fund MSCGP projects that benefit sport fish, wild birds, and/or wild mammals. State agencies and non-governmental organizations are eligible to receive grants for one, two, or three years on a calendar-year basis.

The Association oversees the grant application process and prepares a “priority list” of recommended projects for the USFWS. The USFWS selects projects from the Association’s priority list to fund and notifies successful applicants of their grant award. Then, the USFWS manages and monitors the grant awards. 

2019 Multistate Conservation Grant Program National Conservation Needs 

Proposed NCN 1: Improve benefits for fish, wildlife, and their habitats through Farm Bill implementation

Proposed NCN 2: Improve National Coordination and Conservation Partnerships Through the Development of a Fisheries Gray Literature Database (Submitted by the American Fisheries Society/Science and Research Committee

Proposed NCN 3: Grassland Conservation and Awareness: Enhance, Conserve, and Restore a Diminishing Ecosystem

Proposed NCN 4: Incorporating Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Considerations into Energy Development

Proposed NCN 5: Enabling State Fish and Wildlife Agencies to Coordinate and Implement Large Scale Conservation Initiatives

Proposed NCN 6: Research for and Coordination of the 2021 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (National Survey)

Proposed NCN 7: Strengthening Fish and Wildlife Health Capacity through the National Fish and Wildlife Health Initiative

Proposed NCN 8: 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 related industries.

Proposed NCN 9: Coordination of State Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Authority to Manage Wildlife Resources in Concert with Federal Actions Required by International Treaties, Conventions, Partnerships, and Initiatives 

Proposed NCN 10: Increase leadership capacity and agency effectiveness within state fish and wildlife agencies (SFWA) and the conservation community through leadership and professional development initiatives, training, consulting, and support of the National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI)

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: Multistate Conservation Grant Program Coordination 

Proposed NCN 13: Broadening Conservation Partnerships through the National Fish Habitat Partnership

Proposed NCN 14: Supporting Wild Furbearer Management and Conservation through a Contemporary and Comprehensive Approach

Proposed NCN 15: Standardizing the Harvest Information Program (HIP) to unify methodologies by state wildlife agencies.

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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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