Tribal Wildlife Grants Program

“The Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program is part of a program providing wildlife conservation grants (known as the State Wildlife Grants Program) to States and to the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Tribes under provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat and species of Tribal cultural or traditional importance, including species that are not hunted or fished. TWG originates from the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (Pub. L. 107-63), when Congress first specified that the Service use a portion of the funds under the State Wildlife Grants Program to establish a competitive grant program available to federally recognized Tribes. This language allows the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, through the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), to establish a separate competitive Tribal grant program, known as TWG, which would not be subject to the provisions of the formula-based State Wildlife Grant Program, or other requirements of the State Wildlife Grant Program portion.” (

  • Funding Number– F16AS00199
  • Closing Date– September 2, 2016
  • Award Ceiling– $200,000
  • Funding Category– Environment and Natural Resources
  • Number of Expected Awards– 25
  • Eligibility– Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • More
  • Additional Help & Information– Fish and Wildlife Administrator Paul VanRyzin 7033581849

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Ocean Conservation Projects in Developing States: Advancing Marine Protected Areas and Reducing Nutrient Pollution

“The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) Office of Conservation and Water at the Department of State announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity for Ocean Conservation Projects in Developing States: Advancing Marine Protected Areas and Reducing Nutrient Pollution. OES seeks proposals in the following three categories and in the corresponding geographical areas. These projects are all pending the availability of funds: Category 1: Projects to improve compliance capacity in marine protected areas (MPA) in the Latin America the Caribbean region: Up to one or two awards not to exceed $495,000 will be funded for projects that will improve compliance capacity in Marine Protected Areas in the Latin American and Caribbean region with emphasis in Panama, The Bahamas, Belize and Honduras Category 2: Projects to create more effectively managed MPAs in East Africa: Up to one or two awards not to exceed $297,000 will be funded for projects that will support an effective management of Marine Protected Areas in East Africa with emphasis Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, and Djibouti. Category 3. Projects to reduce nutrient pollution in waterways, coastal waters and the ocean: Up to one or two awards not to exceed 247,500 will be funded for projects to reduce nutrient pollution in waterways, coastal waters and the ocean.” (

  • Funding Number– OES-OTI-16-005
  • Closing Date– August 1, 2016
  • Funding Category– Environment and Natural Resources
  • Award Ceiling– $495,000
  • Eligibility– Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education (
  • More Information–
  • Additional Help and Information– Contact Center Phone Number: 1-800-518-4726 Hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The contact center is closed on federal holidays.

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Kentucky River Watershed Watch Grants

“In 2003, the Kentucky River Authority initiated a Watershed Grant Program to provide financial assistance to local groups interested in engaging in watershed education, management or water quality sampling activities.

Grants of up to $3,000 have been awarded to applicants since 2004, and descriptions of past grant projects are provided below.

These watershed grants from the Kentucky River Authority have provided much-needed funding assistance for local efforts to improve water quality conditions. Further, the projects funded by the grants engender community interest, education and enthusiasm for continued watershed initiatives.” (

  • Closing Date– November 1, 2016
  • Award Ceiling– $3,000 per project
  • Contact Information– Malissa McAlister, Kentucky River Basin Coordinator, Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute Phone: (859)324-0845 E-Mail:
  • More Information–

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FY17 Sea Duck Joint Venture Competitive Grants

“The Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) is a conservation partnership under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Its mission is to promote the conservation of all North American sea ducks through partnerships by providing greater knowledge and understanding for effective management. The SDJV has evolved from a broad-based science program to a more focused program intended to provide information most needed by managers to make informed decisions about sea duck management and conservation. The programs overall strategies and priorities are outlined in a strategic plan and an implementation plan and may be found at The SDJV is coordinated and administered by the USFWS. Funding is being made available to the SDJV through U.S. Congressional appropriations and some of this funding is used to address priority science needs of the SDJV. This funding opportunity is made under the authority of Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956; 16 U.S.C. 742. The SDJV will accept proposals for the following priority science needs in FY2017: 1. Science Need: Develop or refine techniques to estimate detection probabilities, misidentification rates, and count biases during aerial sea duck surveys. 2. Science need: Support for the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey WBPHS review including analyzing data with respect to reallocation of survey effort 3. Science Need: Develop and/or evaluate methods for efficiently automating counts of birds in aerial photographs of large flocks, including birds with varying distribution and density patterns, and uniform vs dimorphic plumages. 4. Science Need: Determine population monitoring and information needs for management and conservation of sea ducks on the Great Lakes. 5. Science Need: Evaluate and modify veterinary and/or husbandry techniques to improve post-release survival of sea ducks, particularly surf scoter, white-winged scoter, and long-tailed duck, marked with implantable transmitters. 6. Science Need: Demonstrate the spatial resolution of stable isotope analysis of sea duck feather samples to determine breeding and molting areas in the absence of reference samples, particularly for scoters and long-tailed ducks. 7. Science Need: Determine if recruitment is a problem for the American Common Eider (ACOEI) and if so, identify the limitations. This broad topic includes elements that could affect fecundity (e.g. breeding propensity, clutch size, nest success, hatching success), duckling survival (direct: duckling predation; indirect: habitat, disease, etc.), etc. 8. Science Need: Determine whether sufficient population structure exists across the range of priority sea duck species to assess whether their populations should be managed as stocks or sub-populations, and ensure that research directed at reducing uncertainty in key demographic rates for population modeling efforts are applied at the appropriate geographic scales” (

  • Funding Number– F16AS00330
  • Closing Date– September 26, 2016
  • Funding Category– Environment, Natural Resources, Science and Technology and other Research and Development
  • Award Ceiling– $180,000
  • Number of Expected Awards– 7
  • Eligibility– unrestricted, see full announcement
  • More
  • Contact Information– Sea Duck Joint Venture Coordinator Tim Bowman +19077863569

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Watershed Association Professional Development Mini-Grants- Lake Champlain Basin Program

“These mini-grants provide professional development funds for the staff and volunteers of qualified watershed organizations in the Lake Champlain Basin, to cover expenses such as travel, meals, registration and accommodations at meetings, conferences, workshops and other venues designed to enhance the organizations’ capacity to operate. Qualifying Organizations: Watershed types of organization within the Lake Champlain Basin may apply for Watershed Association Professional Development Mini-grants. Up to $500/year is available per organization subject to availability of funds. Please read the attached instructions for more details about qualifying.” (

  • Funding Amount– $500 per organization
  • Deadlines– End of each month
  • Eligibility– Watershed types of organization within the Lake Champlain Basin
  • FormClick here 
  • More Information–

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Source Water Protection Grants- Minnesota

“Funding for the Source Water Protection Grant Program comes from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment Fund. New grants will be awarded each fiscal year.

All public water suppliers will have the opportunity to receive Source Water protection (SWP) implementation funding but eligibility for categories of grants is determined by the type of public water supply system.” (

Eligible Grant Project Examples– (

  • Seal a well
  • Construct a new well
  • Install a monitoring well
  • Well inspection (video log, gamma log)
  • Educate public about drinking water protection
  • Update well inventory
  • Update contaminant source inventory
  • Upgrade membrane filters
  • Manage fuel storage tanks
  • Connection to rural water
  • Clean up illicit dumping near well
  • Support property owners to manage nitrogen
  • Spill prevention and emergency response plan
  • Generators – MDH plan review and approval is required

Three Grant Types-

Plan Implementation Grants

  • Grant Period- September 1-30
  • Eligibility- Community and noncommunity nontransient systems

Competitive Grants

  • Grant Period- October 1-31
  • Eligibility- Community and noncommunity nontransient systems

Transient Non-community Grants

  • Grant Period- September 1-30
  • Eligibility- Noncommunity transient systems


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California Watershed Protection Fund

“The California Watershed Protection Fund supports projects designed to benefit the water quality of many of California’s watersheds and their ecosystems. Due to funding fluctuations, the specific watersheds eligible for grants may vary – please check the list of currently eligible watersheds. Please understand that this funding process is very competitive, and most grants are awarded to well-established organizations with a strong track record of community-based water quality stewardship. If your organization is new or small (under $100,000 annual expenses), we urge you to consider applying to our Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund instead.” (

  • Letters of Inquiry– August 15th 5pm PST
  • Closing Date– October 1st 5pm PST
  • Eligibility– The California Watershed Protection Fund is currently accepting applications related to the following watersheds: Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, San Francisco Bay, Russian River, Monterey Bay, Santa Ynez River, Santa Clara River, Santa Ana River, and watersheds and coastal waters of Southern California Bight in the Santa Barbara Channel, Los Angeles and Orange County areas (
  • More
  • Additional Information– Tim Little, Executive Director

Lake and River Enhancement Program

“The goal of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Lake and River Enhancement Section is to protect and enhance aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife, to insure the continued viability of Indiana’s publicly accessible lakes and streams for multiple uses, including recreational opportunities. This is accomplished through measures that reduce non-point sediment and nutrient pollution of surface waters to a level that meets or surpasses state water quality standards.” (

Approved grant funding projects (

  1. Investigations to determine what problems are affecting a lake/lakes or a stream segment.
  2. Evaluation of identified problems and effective action recommendations to resolve those problems.
  3. Cost-sharing with land users in a watershed above upstream from a project lake or stream for installation or application of sediment and nutrient reducing practices on their land.
  4. Matching federal funds for qualifying projects.
  5. Feasibility studies to define appropriate lake and stream remediation measures.
  6. Engineering designs and construction of remedial measures.
  7. Water quality monitoring of public lakes.
  8. Management of invasive aquatic vegetation
  9. Sediment removal from qualifying lakes.
  10. Logjam removal from qualifying rivers.
  • Closing Date– January 31, 2017
  • More Information–
  • Submission– electronically
  • Contact–

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Spill Impact Component Planning Grants

“This announcement provides guidance to the Gulf Coast States – defined as any of the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas – or the Gulf Coast States’ administrative agents and the Gulf Consortium of Florida counties to apply for grants to fund planning activities to develop individual State Expenditure Plans (SEP) under the Spill Impact Component of the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). The eligible entities may apply to the Council for a grant to use the minimum allocation available under the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act for planning purposes. The submission process for this announcement is organized into two phases: (1) the submission of a planning SEP by a Gulf Coast State; and (2) the administrative application process, which includes the submission of all administrative grant application materials by the eligible entities. All planning activities proposed under this announcement are limited to the development of a comprehensive SEP, including conceptual design and feasibility studies related to specific projects. This announcement does not include engineering and environmental studies related to specific projects. It also does not include any pre-award costs incurred prior to August 22, 2014.” (

  • Funding Number– GCC-GRANT-SEP-15-001
  • Closing Date– December 31, 2016
  • Funding Category– Environment, Natural Resources, and Other
  • Award Ceiling– $9,795,514
  • Number of Expected Awards– 5
  • Eligibility– Gulf Coast States – defined in 33 U.S.C. 1321(a)(34) as any of the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas – or their administrative agents and the Gulf Consortium of Florida counties. (
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  • Additional Help & Information– Kristin Smith Grant Management Specialist Phone 504-444-3558

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Project Grant Program- Freshwater Future

“The Project Grants Program provides grant awards ranging from $500 to $3,500 (USD) to be used for specific project expenses. The Project Grants Program is Freshwater Future’s original grant-making program. These awards are to be used for grassroots* project expenses that promote water resource protection and restoration by influencing community and/or individual behavior or opinions, corporate conduct, and/or public policies; and to strengthen the role of individuals and community groups working locally to protect and restore shorelines, inland lakes, rivers, and wetlands in the Great Lakes Basin.” (

  • Closing Date– September 30, 2016
  • Eligibility– Applicants must be a current organizational member of Freshwater Future
  • Applications Submission– Electronically to
  • Priority Funding Areas– (
    • Projects to protect and restore wetlands that will result in ongoing or positive permanent change in the habitat
    • On-the-ground restoration activities that include an action component to create permanent change (a small amount of funding for this area)
    • Advocating for low-impact solutions to community storm water issues
    • Participation in land use planning and zoning
    • Participation in watershed planning
    • Watch-dogging and participating in the development, implementation, and enforcement of local, state, provincial, and federal aquatic habitat protection regulations
    • Non-partisan voter education, voter registration, and candidate forums
    • Advocating for naturally functioning river and coastal ecosystems
    • Reducing polluted runoff
    • Launching special initiatives or creating unique opportunities to strengthen citizen involvement in aquatic habitat protection and restoration
    • Communicating how local wetlands, lakes and rivers are interconnected in the Great Lakes Basin

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