National Wildlife Refuge System

Grant Programs

Friends of Heinz Refuge, PA, used a Nature of Learning grant to help children from Longstreth Elementary School plant a pollinator garden on the refuge.
Friends of Great Swamp, NJ, held the first Peer to Peer Coaching session in June. Other Friends groups are invited to submit their own proposals.
Credit: Carl Woodward/Friends of Great Swamp

National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program

This program provides competitive seed grants ranging from $1,500-$5,000 for proposals that focus on start-up and capacity building projects. The complete application kit is available at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation web site. For more information, contact Teal_Edelen at 202-857-0166, or at 703-358-2392.


Proposals for the 2014 fall cycle are due September 30 with final funding decisions by December 31.

Based on Friends feedback, these changes have been made:

  • More preparation time has been built in to the cycle.
  • Up to 15 percent of a project’s total cost may include indirect costs. See the NFWF indirect cost policy here.

The Peer-to-Peer Coaching Special Initiative is accepting proposals as well. The Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey held the first session, gathering nine refuge Friends groups from four states for two days of networking and educational presentations.

Full request for proposals here.


Nature of Learning

These grants are funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to promote the use of refuges as outdoor classrooms.
For more information, contact Teal Edelen at 202-857-0166, or at 703-358-2386.

National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

The Foundation awards grants to strengthen Friends by building organizational capacity. Every Day Capacity Building grant applications will now be accepted year-round. Applications that are submitted between November 1 and April 30 will be reviewed in the Summer Cycle with 25 grants awarded in August. Applications that are submitted between May 1 and October 30 will be reviewed in the Winter cycle with 25 grants awarded in February.

Last updated: August 1, 2014