Tribal Wildlife Grants

Goal of the Tribal Wildlife Grant Program:

Provide a competitive funding opportunity for Federally recognized Tribal governments to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished.

Tribal Wildlife Grants are used to provide technical and financial assistance to Tribes for the development and implementation of programs that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat. Activities may include, but are not limited to, planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related laboratory and field research, natural history studies, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat preservation, conservation easements, and public education that is relevant to the project. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, consultant services, subcontracts, acquisitions and travel.

Summary of Projects Supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants Program (2007-2012) (PDF)

Tribal Wildlife Grant and Tribal Landowner Incentive Programs Report — Periodic Report, 2006
Grant recipients are selected through a nationally competitive process. Proposals are evaluated according to resource benefit, performance measures, work plan, budget, capacity building and their partnerships and contributions.

Previously funded Tribal Wildlife Grant projects range from comprehensive surveys of plants, fish and wildlife, to habitat and fish restoration, to development of new resource management plans and techniques. More than $60 million has gone to Native American tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program since 2003, providing support for 350 conservation projects administered by participating Federally-recognized tribes. A comprehensive report on projects awarded between 2003 and 2006 is now available online (PDF).

Questions About Applying?
Contact the national Native American Liaison or find the Regional Contacts for your area of the country.

Responses to Comments on the Implementation of the Tribal Wildlife Grants
Between December 1, 2008 and March 2, 2009 the Service accepted comments on the implementation of TWG and on proposed changes to the program. These are the responses to those comments. Read more (PDF).

Grant Writing Preparation and Tutorial
A successful grant proposal is one that is well-prepared, thoughtfully planned, and concisely packaged. The applicant should become familiar with all of the pertinent program criteria from which assistance is sought. Refer to the primary contact person before developing a proposal to obtain information such as when applicable deadlines occur, and the process used by the agency for accepting applications. Individuals without prior grant proposal writing experience may find it useful to attend a grantsmanship workshop. Read more.

 

Last updated: December 11, 2014