About Us

The purpose of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) is to provide financial support and foster international cooperation for initiatives that perpetuate healthy bird populations by conserving birds throughout their life cycles and addressing their needs on a continental scale. 

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 2-to-1 ratio.

The IMPACT program targets a portion of NMBCA funding on a group of particularly threatened Neotropical migratory birds with the goal of achieving a measurable biological improvement in these species over the next 5-10 years. Twenty-five to 30 percent of available NMBCA funding will be dedicated in support of projects that propose to address these species and shorebird initiatives as outlined in these instructions. The remaining 70-75 percent of funds will be dedicated in support of the traditional NMBCA program, where conservation projects addressing any Neotropical migratory bird species are eligible.

You can see a list of projects and summaries on our project summaries page

Our History

Since 2002, the NMBCA grant program has provided more than $94.2 million in funds to support 747 projects in 43 countries. These projects have positively affected more than 6 million acres of bird habitat and spurred partnerships on multiple levels contributing an additional $363 million.

This year, $4,871,748 million in federal funds will be matched by $17,150,022 million in partner contributions going to 30 collaborative conservation projects in 19 countries across the Americas.