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Since 2002, more than $50.1 million in grants.

Grants have supported 451 projects in 36 countries.

Partners have contributed an additional $190.6 million.

More than 3.7 million acres of habitat affected.

This call for proposals is now closed. Please look for a new call in late August 2014.

In 2014, what was previously called the NMBCA pilot program will be renamed the IMPACT program.  IMPACT stands for "Identifying Measures of Performance and Achieving Conservation Targets" and is still functionally a pilot effort to evaluate the effectiveness of steering funding to projects that are likely to demonstrate a measurable biological improvement in the bird population or increase our knowledge and understanding of the factors limiting populations of these species.

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The Fiscal Year 2014 Budget for this program has not yet been appropriated by the U.S. Congress. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that there will be funding for the upcoming funding cycle.  We will fund as many meritorious proposals as possible with the funding we receive in our final appropriation.

Important information about and changes to the NMBCA program in 2014

  1. The proposal due date this year is December 3 2013.
  2. All proposals must be submitted through Grants.gov, as explained below.
  3. Applying through Grants.gov requires an active System for Award Management (SAM) registration. We strongly encourage applicants to initiate this process at least 6 weeks before our deadline, because it can be a complex process.
  4. A new section requests information on current and pending funding to applicants; see section 13 of the proposal template.
  5. Matching contribution responsibilities have been clarified.
  6. The Selection Criteria have been restructured.

2014 Proposal Application Instructions

Proposals must be submitted to grants.gov no later than December 3 2013. Click here to see an overview of the Grants.gov application process and SAM. Here is our guidance on how to apply.

Additionally, a copy of the proposal and accompanying documentation should be emailed directly to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (DBHC), which manages the NMBCA grants program and administers all grants, at neotropical@fws.gov.

All applicants must follow the instructions given here. In addition, you should review the management and reporting pages as well as the following grant administration standards before writing a proposal to understand their commitments, should they receive an award. By accepting an award you agree to comply with these standards.

Important: Read these instructions carefully before submitting a proposal and use the format provided on this page, (see the “Proposal Template” link in the “Quick Links” column at the right of this page). Proposals that do not follow the instructions may be determined to be ineligible for funding. Before contacting us with questions, please read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)! They provide suggestions that may improve the competitiveness of your proposal and will help you plan your project.

How is the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act program organized

There are two programs that you can apply to under the NMBCA. One is the core (traditional) program benefitting any eligible Neotropical migratory bird and the second is a IMPACT program designed to focus resources to a specific set of Neotropical migratory bird species. Proposals not selected under the IMPACT program are automatically considered for funding under the core program. The subsections in these instructions apply to the core program, the IMPACT program, or both.

What are the objectives of the IMPACT program?

The IMPACT program focuses a portion of available NMBCA funding in support of projects having the highest potential to leverage resources and interest into "initiatives" that contribute significantly to the conservation of select, high-priority species within the next 5-10 years. We seek to fund on-the-ground conservation projects that will directly improve the population status of these species. We will also consider  research, monitoring or assessment projects for a broader set of species of conservation concern that significantly contribute to filling  information gaps that currently inhibit implementation of the most effective conservation actions.  The goal of this IMPACT program is to invest in projects that can demonstrate a measurable biological improvement in the population or increase our knowledge and understanding of the factors limiting populations of these species.

Which species does the IMPACT program target?

Species targeted by the IMPACT program are of high conservation priority, have a completed conservation plan for at least part of their range, and are expected to respond in measurable ways to the proposed activities within 5 to 10 years. On-the-ground conservationprojects proposing to directly improve population status must focus upon one or more of the following:

Bicknell's Thrush (Catharus bicknelli)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)
Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)
Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)
Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)
Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
Kirtland's Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)
Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii)

Research, monitoring or assessment projects submitted under the IMPACT program must focus on a Bird of Conservation Concern, a Watchlist species, or a species listed under the Endangered Species Act (see the eligible species marked here).

Should I apply to the IMPACT program?

You should apply to the IMPACT program if: 1) your proposed project seeks to conserve one or more of the IMPACT program’s 13 primary target species, 2) you can explain how project activities will contribute to conservation needs outlined in existing conservation plans for these species, and 3) you can demonstrate the desired improvement in the species' conservation status in some measurable way (for example, increase population of X species by Y% in 10 years). Alternatively, you should apply if you are proposing research, monitoring, or assessment activities that will significantly and measurably advance our understanding of information gaps that critically limit more effective conservation of Birds of Conservation Concern, Watch list species or species listed under the Endangered Species Act (see the marked birds on this list). For example, you may propose to investigate at what stage in the annual cycle of a Bird of Conservation Concern appears to be most limiting to its annual survival and explain how the information gained in the study will improve conservation decision-making.

Project activities for conservation, research, monitoring or assessment can occur anywhere in the range of these species, although we strongly encourage the development of projects addressing key limiting factors on non-breeding grounds where financial resources for conservation of these species are less available.

What information must be included in a IMPACT program proposal?

Proposals must clearly address the most important factors limiting growth or stability in populations of targeted species. Proposals should show clear cause-and-effect linkages between the proposed short-term (1-2 year) objectives and activities and identified long-term goals for improved population status. Applicants should:

1. Define the desired status of the population to be achieved in the long term over the next 5 to 10 years. If possible, this goal should be linked to measurable biological outcomes that have been identified in a species conservation plan. However, local or regional measurable biological objectives or other indicators established by the applicants may also be appropriate if desired population goals are not clearly identified in the plans.  Examples of long-term goals might be to:

  1. increase a species’ reproductive success by X% on a portion of its breeding grounds as measured by local or regional surveys, 
  2. improve the population trend of a species as measured by the North American Breeding Bird Survey, 
  3. improve the survival of a species by X% on a portion (used by Y% of the population) of its wintering grounds, or
  4. reduce by X% the most significant threat to a target species in a locality or region.

2. Explain in your proposal what actions will be taken in the short term (1-2 years of your proposal) to help achieve your desired long-term status goal. These project objectives should be specific, measurable, practical and results-oriented. It is likely that the desired long-term goal may only be achievable through multiple projects over 5-10 years. For example, in your 1-2 year project you might protect and restore a percentage of breeding or wintering habitat that contributes to a longer term habitat goal in your project area. Ideally, you would have data showing the numbers of birds you expect to benefit from the conserved habitat.

3. Describe how you will evaluate your success in achieving the short-term project objectives (1-2 years) and how you will assess progress towards the desired population status improvement over the longer term (5-10 years). This is where well defined and measurable biological outcomes are needed. For example, if you propose to protect and improve winter habitat for species X, you might describe how you will measure changes in winter survival resulting from project activities. Other examples of desired short-term measurable impacts could be increases in protected or restored habitat and the number of individual birds this stands to benefit, quantifiable reductions in threats to a species at some local or regional scale, or documented increases in local abundance or reproductive success.  Demonstration of long-term improvements in population status should relate more directly to measures of abundance at scales most relevant to overall populations, and evaluation may involve increased reliance on regional or national data sources and programs. You are advised to adequately budget for your evaluation costs to measure your short-term objectives, and, if applicable, to gather data to track your long-term goal, which may include gathering baseline measurements and annual measurements thereafter.

4. For research, monitoring, or assessment projects, you must explain how your project will help to identify the key limiting factors for a species.  For example, it might be suspected that the quality of available wintering habitat is limiting a bird population, but your research project intends to confirm or deny this hypothesis. If you are working to measurably advance understanding of a critical limiting factor for a population, you should identify the plan or body of work that identified the limiting factor.

What comprises a competitive IMPACT project?  

Competitive conservation projects under the IMPACT program must be able to demonstrate compelling need, link project activities to measurable biological outcomes (or threat reductions) and describe the significance of these outcomes in the context of long-term conservation objectives for the targeted species.  Following the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation may help you to develop a competitive IMPACT program project.  We encourage you to learn about the Open Standards (in English; in Spanish).  IMPACT projects involving research, monitoring or assessmentmust demonstrate one or more compelling information needs, emphasize the critical conservation decisions that depend on this information, and describe how information gained through the project will actively drive decisions that lead to significant improvements in the conservation status of targeted species.

How will IMPACT program proposals be evaluated?  

The selection criteria used for the core program will be a central evaluation component to IMPACT program proposals.  However, the following additional criteria will assist reviewers in evaluating the impact of the on-the-ground conservation IMPACT program proposals:

  1. Has the applicant identified what kind of long-term improvement or goal they want to achieve for the species?  Have they identified measurable long-term outcomes?
  2. Have they developed a 5-10 year plan or course of action to which the current proposal contributes to achieving their desired long-term goal? 
  3. Are the short-term objectives for this proposal achievable and measurable?
  4. Have they explained how they will measure the outcome or the difference in the short term (2 years) and longer term (5-10 years)?
  5. Does the applicant have the ability to make a significant biological improvement or for the target species?  Is there a reasonable chance that continued investment in the partnership over the next 5-10 years will continue to lead to a measurable improvement (at some scale) for the species?

Evaluation of research, monitoring or assessment proposals to the IMPACT program will focus on:

  1. How compelling is the information need for the species?
  2. Will the research improve our understanding of the key limiting factors for the population?
  3. What critical conservation cannot take place without this information? Will results be available by the project end?
  4. Have the applicants described how the information gained will actively drive management or other decisions that will lead to significant improvements in the conservation status of the species?
  5. Is the project well designed, with appropriate data collection techniques?

All eligible proposals submitted to the IMPACT program will compete against each other first; all non-selected IMPACT program proposals will be eligible to then compete in the core program.

Where can I find conservation planning information for species targeted for IMPACT program conservation projects? 

Here are some useful links for each species:

Bicknell's Thrush (Catharus bicknelli)
Species Account; Conservation Plan; PIF

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)
Conservation Plan; Spanish Summary.

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)
Conservation Plan; Non-breeding Range Conservation Plan; el Grupo Cerúleo; PIF; Canadian Management Plan

Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)
Conservation Plan; Alianza Pino-Encino; PIF

Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)
Conservation Plan; Species account; BMP_PA_MD; GWWCI; GWWA_WHIP; PIF

Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
Conservation Plan; 2; Spanish Summary

Kirtland's Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii)
Spotlight Species Action Plan; PIF; Canadian Recovery Strategy

Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Conservation Plan; 2; Spanish Summary; Canadian Management Plan

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)
Conservation Plan; Spanish Summary

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
Species Account; PIF Watch list Needs

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)
GCJV; REWG

Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)
Species Account; Conservation Plan; Action Plan Summary

Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii)
Species Account; Conservation Plan; PIF; Canadian Recovery Strategy

How will you know I am submitting to the IMPACT program?

Proposals to the IMPACT program must clearly indicate this on their cover page by stating “Submitted to the 2014 IMPACT program” immediately after the project title (click here for additional guidance). Proposals submitted to this program may request up to $200,000. Outside of the above, all other aspects of a IMPACT program proposal are the same as those of the core program and you should follow the guidance below.

The following sections apply to both the core (traditional) program and the IMPACT program described above.

What is a Neotropical migratory bird?

For the purposes of the NMBCA, a Neotropical migratory bird is one that breeds in the continental United States or Canada and spends the boreal winter in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, or South America. Birds from all taxa are included, so that proposals may benefit land birds, waterbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and others. Click here for a list of these birds. NOTE: Non-migratory subpopulations of a species that is listed as an eligible Neotropical migratory bird are a lower conservation priority for the program.

Who may apply?

  • An individual, corporation, partnership, trust, association, or other private entity;
  • An officer, employee, agent, department, or instrumentality of the Federal Government, state, municipality, or political subdivision of a state, or of any foreign government;
  • A state, municipality, or political subdivision of a state;
  • Any other entity subject to the jurisdiction of the United States or of any foreign country; or
  • An international organization.

Where may a project be located?

Project activities may be carried out in the USA, in Canada, or in any country or territory in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Should projects with activities in the USA coordinate with a Joint Venture?

For projects with activities in the USA, we strongly encourage applicants to contact the Migratory Bird Joint Venture (JV) where the project activities are planned. Proposals with activities that are coordinated with a JV will be more competitive. Check the JV Map and Directory to find the JV appropriate for your project area.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

  • Protection and management of Neotropical migratory bird populations;
  • Maintenance, management, protection, and restoration of Neotropical migratory bird habitat;
  • Research and monitoring;
  • Law enforcement; and
  • Community outreach and education.

Because NMBCA funds are limited, please note that:

  1. Proposals for wetland habitat conservation in the United States and Canada should be directed to the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. See http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/index.shtm.
  2. Proposals involving NAWCA priority wetlands in Mexico should be submitted to the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. See http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/index.shtm. (Priority wetlands are described in the Application Instructions here.)

What activities are ineligible?

We cannot pay salaries or travel expenses for permanent, full-time US Federal employees. We will not fund or accept as match any activity that would circumvent the laws or regulations of either the USA or the country in which the activity would occur. Any activities that do not comply with the applicable NMBCA Grant Administration Guidelines are ineligible. In addition, the following categories are ineligible for grant funding or matching contributions:

  1. General contingency costs
  2. Principal contributed to endowment funds
  3. Financing
  4. Costs for activities that were not preapproved by USFWS/DBHC or that are not in the proposal
  5. Proposed (or preapproved) costs that remain unexpended at the end of the project

If ineligible activities are part of your proposal, we may reduce the match and grant requested accordingly if the change is less than 5% of the total proposal cost, in which case your proposal will remain eligible.  Should you be funded you would need to provide a revised Summary, Budget Table, and Budget Narrative that reflect the reduced grant amount. If the ineligible activities are more than 5%, your proposal is ineligible.

Can project funds be used for environmental mitigation?

While eligible, a proposal for such work would be considered a lower priority. NMBCA is interested in funding new conservation work that results in a net gain for conservation.

Who chooses the proposals to be funded?

After an eligibility review, a panel of experts reviews the eligible project proposals and makes recommendations for funding to the FWS Director, who selects the projects for funding. The USFWS may solicit advice from qualified experts during the technical review of your proposal. We also may contact past and proposed partners about the costs included in your proposal.

What are the selection criteria for both core and IMPACT program proposals?

The basic criteria are the same. They are listed here.

Will prior performance influence future selection?

Yes, during the selection phase, reviewers will take into consideration an applicant’s prior performance in past and current projects with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. On-time submission of all required reports and documentation is an important performance component.

Are there special rules for land acquisition (fee simple or easement purchase) outside of the USA?

If your project will acquire land (all property rights in fee title) or partial property rights (easements or similar arrangements) outside the USA with Federal (U.S.) funds, the title holder (owner) or easement holder must be an in-country organization and you must clearly state this in your proposal by identifying the future title holder. You will also need to provide proof (e.g., correspondence in the form of an email or letter) with your proposal that you have communicated your intention to acquire land during this project to the appropriate government agency in the country. (The correspondence must reference your NMBCA proposal). As soon as an acquisition is completed, you will need to submit copies of legal and other documentation (settlement statements, appraisals, deeds, maps, and GIS shape files) showing that all acquisitions were completed within the project period. As soon as possible, you will need to submit similar documentation for land acquisitions provided as match, even if the match was donated and the acquisition occurred before the beginning of the project period.

What is the duration of a grant?

The funding period may be one or two years. A grant project period starts on the date on which the grant is awarded, which typically occurs about 3 months after the selected projects are announced. The announcement is expected to occur no later than International Migratory Bird Day, in early May.

What are the match requirements?

Federal funds (i.e., funds from the USA government) requested under the Act must be matched 3:1 by non-Federal funds. That is, for every NMBCA grant dollar, a minimum of three non-Federal dollars are required. Match contributions must not have been used (or be used) to match another project funded by the Federal government of the USA, under any assistance program! For example, if you included the purchase of a particular tract of land or a vehicle as match in a previous phase that was funded in part through NMBCA, you may not include the purchase cost of this tract or vehicle again. All match contributions must be committed in Partner contribution statements (also called “match confirmation letters”) from the contributing partner or from the applicant.
Please note that -

  • For project activities in the United States (except Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and Canada, the 3:1 non-Federal share must be in cash.
  • For project activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the 3:1 non-Federal share may be cash or in-kind contributions.

“Cash” in this context means the recipient's cash outlay (including the outlay of money contributed to the recipient by third parties) to be expended after the date the proposal is submitted and during the project period. (Note that equipment depreciation and volunteer labor are not considered cash.) Contributions that have been expended up to two years prior to the date the proposal is submitted may be considered in-kind contributions; however, contributions made after the proposal is submitted are preferred. Contributions made more than two years before proposal submission are not eligible as match.
Match contributions must be directly related to the proposed project and the types of activities eligible under the Act and occur within the proposed project area. All match activities (cash and in kind) must be: 1) necessary and reasonable for accomplishing the project objectives, 2) described in the objectives and evaluation section of the proposal, and 3) listed in the approved proposal budget. The importance to Neotropical migratory bird conservation of the activities funded with match must be clearly explained in the proposal, budget table and budget justification. It is important to note that proposal reviewers consider match-funded activities to be an integral part of the project. All project activities should result in tangible, “on-the-ground” accomplishments. For instance, unused financing or product sales, or other unused funds are not acceptable forms of match.

Our reporting and documentation requirements apply to all match funded activities. For example, if you propose to provide a 1,000-acre easement as in-kind match (which is only allowed as match for grant funded activities outside the USA) you will need to send us copies of all required property documentation (deed, settlement statement, appraisal, map, GIS shape file). Grantees must maintain detailed accounting of receipts and expenditures of their own and of all partner organizations’ matching funds and in-kind match. All match records must identify the specific NMBCA grant to which they contributed. Reports summarizing these accounting records must be maintained by the grantee, and must be submitted as part of the final report. Detailed records (including all supporting documentation) may be requested for review at any time, up to three years after the final report was received by FWS; therefore, grantees must keep all project records for at least 3 years after FWS acknowledges receipt of the complete final report. Any match that is not supported by adequate documentation may be disallowed.  Records for in-kind match must explain and show how the values of in-kind contributions were determined (for example, number of hours of volunteer time contributed, basis on which the hourly rate was calculated, rental rates for meeting space and vehicles, records of actual calculations for valuing in-kind contributions). The rates for volunteer or staff services must be consistent with those paid for similar work in the labor market in which the grantee competes for the type of service and skill. The value of donated equipment cannot exceed the fair market value of equipment of the same age and condition at the time of donation. The value of loaned equipment cannot exceed its fair rental value. The value of donated facilities cannot exceed the fair rental value of comparable facilities in the same locality.

Should I submit partner contributions statements (match confirmation letters)?

To confirm match contributions, we require that the applicant include, with the proposal, letters verifying each partner’s (including the applicant) committed dollar amount. We prefer to see a statement from each partner listed in the proposal. If a particular partner cannot commit to the funds by the proposal submission date, we will accept a letter from the applicant committing to that uncommitted partner’s match contribution; however, the applicant then incurs the obligation to provide this match if the partner cannot. A proposal with letters from multiple partners committing funds will be more competitive.
If you want to show support from non-funding sources, do not send letters, but instead include a description in the proposal. For example: "To illustrate the overwhelming support for this proposal, we have 37 letters on file from landowners and municipal and national representatives.”

What must be included in a partner contribution statement for a proposal to the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act?

Partner contribution statements must comply with the following:

  • Each statement must be submitted with the proposal before the deadline date.
  • The statements must be dated and signed by the partner.
  • All matching contributions must be shown in US dollars, and, if applicable, the conversion rate from the local currency on a specific date should be shown.
  • Make sure that the contribution from each partner on the statement is the same as the amount shown in the proposal.  If there is a difference in the amounts contributed either in the proposal or between the proposal and the partner statement, the lowest amount will be considered that partner’s contribution. (If there are excessive inconsistencies in the proposal, it will be returned as ineligible.)

We will only accept properly formatted Partner contribution statements as verification of partner match. Submitting partner letters that do not include answers to the following questions will have an adverse effect on your proposal.

  1. What is the title of the proposal?
  2. What is the name of your organization (private individuals may indicate “Private”)?
  3. When will you make the contribution?
  4. What is the value of your contribution in US dollars (with conversion rate used) and how did you determine the value?
  5. If your contribution is based on a fund-raising event or other future action and that future action fails, will you still provide the same contribution amount?
  6. Does the contribution have a non-Federal origin? Has the contribution not been matched with any past, current or future US Government grant funds, including previous phases of NMBCA projects?
  7. What long-term Neotropical migratory bird conservation work will the contribution support?
  8. Does the proposal correctly describe the amount and nature of your contribution?
  9. If applicable, is your organization competent to hold title to, and manage, land or easements acquired with grant or match funds?
  10. Can you affirm that all proposed match activities (cash and inkind) are necessary and reasonable for accomplishing the project objectives, are described in the objectives and evaluation section of the proposal, and are listed in the approved proposal budget?
  11. For the letter from the applicant only, can you affirm the following? a) Your organization will maintain a detailed accounting of receipts and expenditures of your own and of all your partner organizations’ matching funds and in-kind match, and this accounting will identify the specific NMBCA grant to which each match was contributed. b) You understand that you must be able to show how values of in-kind contributions were determined. c) If selected, you will submit reports summarizing these accounting records as part of the final report, and will keep all records (including supporting documents) for at least 3 years after FWS acknowledges receipt of the complete final report. d) You understand that any match that is not supported by adequate documentation may be disallowed. e) You have verified and filed copies of source documentation for all match already contributed, either by your organization or by your partners, before the time the proposal was submitted.
  12. Do you have any additional comments?
  13. Did you include the required signatures?
  14. Did you include your Name (printed), Organization, and Title?
  15. Did you include the date signed?

Is there a maximum or minimum grant amount for which I can apply?

The maximum request per proposal is US$200,000. The average award has been around US$100,000. Requests under US$15,000 are discouraged; please contact us if you are planning such a proposal. Requests at or near $200,000 will likely receive additional scrutiny during review to make sure the investment is fully justified and reasonable.

In what languages may I submit proposals?

You may submit your proposal in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Applicants should use the language in which they can best describe their project; a badly translated proposal in English will not have better chances than the same, but well-written proposal in Spanish. However, all proposals must have an English summary of your objectives and of all the grant- and match-funded activities.

When is the deadline for proposals?

For Fiscal Year 2014 funding, project proposals must be submitted to grants.gov no later than December 3, 2013. There is only one submission opportunity per year. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their proposals well in advance of this deadline to ensure the on-time arrival of their proposals and to avoid unforeseen complications with the new submission process through Grants.gov. Proposals received after the deadline will not be eligible.

Is there a suggested proposal format?

Yes. The document format link named “Proposal Template” under “Quick Links” to the right of this Web page, “NMBCA PROPOSAL FORMAT”, will facilitate the proposal review.

  • Submit a digital file in Adobe PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word. Do not send printed materials.
  • The electronic filename should be the same as the proposal title and must follow the Grants.gov naming convention: 50 characters or less, no spaces, no special characters (example: -, &, *, %, /, #, \) including periods (.), blank spaces and accent marks.
  • Do not include photos within the document.
  • We recommend you keep the file size as small as possible (around 10MB if you send a copy to neotropical@fws.gov; you can attach up to 200MB of files in Grants.gov).
  • Use a font of at least size 11 in Times New Roman.
  • The proposal must be no longer than 12 pages, including the cover page, the maps and the budget, but excluding the partner contribution statements.

Partner contribution statements do not count towards your proposal length and should be submitted electronically either included at the end of your proposal PDF file or as separate document, labeled with the proposal title and the partner name.  You must also submit the forms called “SF 424” and either “SF 424B” or “SF 424D” if you cannot apply via Grants.gov. These forms do not count towards the page limit.] If you attach any other additional pages or appendices, your proposal is ineligible!

Where do I send the proposal?

You must submit your proposal through grants.gov. In addition, we strongly recommend that you submit a copy of your proposal and matching contribution letters as electronic mail attachments to neotropical@fws.gov. Please put your proposal title into the subject line of your email message. Receipt of your proposal will be acknowledged by email. Please ensure that at least one functional and correctly spelled email address is listed on the first page of your proposal. If we have any questions regarding your proposal, we will send them only to that email address.

How do I know that my proposal was received in Grants.gov?

The grants.gov website will send you an email message acknowledging receipt of your proposal.

Whom do I contact for further information?

Contact information is available on the Contacts page.
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