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.
Since 2002, the NMBCA 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
Our Laws and Regulations
The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act
The act provides grants to countries in Latin America and the Carribean, and the United States for the conservation of neotropical migratory birds that winter south of the border and summer in North America. The law creates a competitive grants program to be administered by the Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. The authorization of appropriations is $5 million per year through 2003, with 3% or $80,000, whichever is greater, allocated for administration. At least 75% of the funds must be spent outside of the United States and the non-federal match is 3 to 1. The law encourages habitat protection, education, researching, monitoring, and capacity building to provide for the long-term protection of neotropical migratory birds.