National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program
The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (Section 305, Title III, Public Law 101‐646, 16 U.S.C. 3954) established the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program (NCWCGP) to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal States through competitive matching grants to State agencies. The NCWCGP provides States with financial assistance to protect and restore coastal wetlands. Projects can include acquisition from willing sellers of coastal lands or waters or restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems. This is a competitive program and applications are ranked based on criteria published at 50 CFR 84.32. Additional information about the Program is available online at http://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants.
Funds for the NCWCGP are provided annually from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which are derived from excise taxes on fishing equipment, motorboat and small engine fuels, import duties, and interest on the fund. This grant program receives 15% of the trust fund annually. Awards typically range from $200,000, although there is no specific minimum, to a maximum of $1,000,000.
In this region, R2 Southwest Region, Texas is eligible to receive funding through the national competitive process. The request for application (RFA) is usually posted on Grants.gov in January of each year with the announcement of awards the following December or January.
For general information contact:
Coastal Wetlands Grant Manager
505-248-7476 / fax: 505-248-7471
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Federal Aid
P.O. Box 1306
Albuquerque, NM 87103-1306