National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program
The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act authorizes the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to grant funds to coastal states, including states bordering the Great Lakes, to carry out coastal wetlands conservation projects. Partnerships with non-government organizations are emphasized.
National Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NCWC) grants are available for: 1) the acquisition of interests in coastal lands and waters; and, 2) the restoration, management, or enhancement of coastal wetland ecosystems. Eligible projects must provide for the long-term conservation of such lands and waters and the hydrology, water quality, and fish and wildlife dependent thereon.
Coastal states bordering on the Atlantic, Pacific or Arctic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico (except Louisiana); states bordering the Great Lakes, and United States Insular Territories. Region 3 states which have received NCWC grants include Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Illinois has also submitted NCWC proposals.
Funds for Coastal Wetlands Grants are made available by allocating 18 percent of the Sport Fish Restoration Account. Up to $15 million annually is for the Coastal Wetlands state grant program on a competitive basis.
Approved projects can be reimbursed up to a maximum federal share of 50 percent. The state must provide at least 50 percent of the project funding from a non-federal source. Up to 75 percent of the cost of such projects may be reimbursed if a coastal state has established a trust fund, from which the principal is not spent, for the purpose of acquiring coastal wetlands, other areas, or open spaces.
Project Application/Selection Process:
States submit project proposals to the Service Regional Office in June of each year. These are reviewed by Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs staff to determine if they meet the program eligibility requirements. Eligible regional proposals are sent to the Service's Washington D.C. Office, where they are scored by a Service panel and then ranked amongst all projects received nationally. Proposals are recommended for funding in ranked order down to the point where the funds for that year's programs are exhausted. The Director makes final determinations and states are notified of the Service's decision in October.
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Contact:
Paul Glander, Fish & Wildlife Biologist
August 21, 2014