How to Apply

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act

2022 NMBCA Grant Cycle instructions

Changes from recent years

  • 2CFR200 applies to all NMBCA grants foreign and domestic.
  • There are perpetual reporting requirements for real property acquisition using the  SF-429.
  • A monitoring and evaluation table example was added to Proposal Narrative Section 9.
  • There are three required appendices.
  • Cover page no longer counts towards your proposal narrative 12-page limit.
  • Proposal Narrative Section 13 was moved to a required appendix and required statement see Appendix A.
  • Applications must be submitted in English. However, you may submit a second version of your application in Spanish or Portuguese if you feel the translation to English may affect your ability to effectively communicate your proposal. We must receive an English version of your proposal.
  • In the Budget and Budget Justification section of the Proposal Narrative there are now required statements pertaining to Indirect Cost Rates.
  • Phased projects must evaluate their progress towards long-term goals with measurable indicators and provide those measures to justify continued funding (see Proposal Narrative: Section 3e and Section 9).


All applicants (except offices of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) must apply through, which provides online standard forms that you must fill out completely and correctly, and a location to upload your proposal narrative and associated documents. However, before you begin filling out the online form, you should familiarize yourself with the guidance on this page. If you understand the guidance before you begin, the application process will likely be easier. In addition, you should review the management and reporting pages as well as the following grant administration standards to understand your commitments before writing a proposal; if you are selected and accept an award, you will agree to comply with these standards. You may find it useful to browse through the  presentation (1.9MB) we gave at the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference before beginning the application process.

Your application will consist of a Proposal Narrative, Partner Contribution Statements, Standard Forms 424 (“Application for Federal Assistance”), 424A (Budget), and 424B (“Assurances”), an Excel spreadsheet of your proposal narrative budget and a GIS shapefile (or Google Earth .kmz file) of your project area. Please refer to the  Fiscal Year 2022 Proposal Application Instructions (718.6KB)for further detail on how to apply.


Last Updated: August 25, 2021