National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces over $21 Million in Grants
to Conserve Coastal Wetlands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced over $21 million will be provided to 25 projects in 13 coastal and Great Lakes states to protect, restore or enhance more than 11,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program.

State and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups and other partners will contribute over $35 million in additional funds to these projects, which include acquiring, restoring or enhancing coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands to provide long-term conservation benefits to fish and wildlife and their habitats.

The program, funded through taxes paid on equipment and fuel purchases by recreational anglers and boaters, creates significant benefits for other recreationists and theAmerican public. The billions of dollars generated through recreational angling, boating, waterfowl hunting and bird watching benefit communities in the vicinity of wetlands restoration projects.

Click HERE for the complete list of projects funded by the 2015 grant program.

The Service awards grants of up to $1 million to states based on a national competition, which enables states to determine and address their highest conservation priorities in coastal areas. Since 1992, the Service has awarded over $357 million in grants under the program.

Conservation of coastal wetlands ecosystems will not only benefits coastal wetland-dependent wildlife, but will also enhance flood protection and water quality, and provide economic and recreational benefits to anglers, boaters, hunters and wildlife watchers.

For media inquiries regarding this news release, please contact Vanessa Kauffman, 703-358-2138,

For all other inquiries regarding the 2015 National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant Program, please contact Chris Darnell, 703-358-2236, or Christy Vigfusson, 703-358-1748,


Program Links

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Coastal Program

Reference Documents

National Wetlands Conservation Grant Program Guidance 


Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States PDF (30 MB)


Ecology of Maritime Forests of Southern Atlantic Coast 


Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977 PDF (2 MB)


National Wetlands Priority Conservation Plan

Last updated: June 26, 2015