What We Do
The NMBCA program operates on an annual grant cycle. Each year, a panel of Service staff and outside experts reviews eligible project proposals and makes recommendations for funding to the FWS Director. The Director approves the projects for funding on behalf of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. An Advisory Group convened by the Secretary of the Interior makes policy recommendations to the program.
Our Projects and Initiatives
Since 2002, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act has provided nearly $75 million in grants to support 628 projects in 36 countries. These projects have positively affected approximately 5 million acres of bird habitat and spurred partnerships on multiple levels contributing an additional $286 million. The networks that have developed as a result of NMBCA funding have evolved into powerful conservation alliance. You can learn more about the projects by visiting our project summary database.
Our Laws and Regulations
The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act authorizes the grant program and establishes broad guidelines for its management.
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The NMBCA program provides matching grants to Neotropical migratory bird conservation projects throughout the Western Hemisphere, with at least 75 percent of funding going to projects outside the United States. The competitive grants require that grant requests be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 3-to-1 ratio.