Protecting, restoring and enhancing wetland habitat for birds.

What We Do

Our Services

We welcome grant applications from qualified grantees. The North American Wetlands Conservation Act program operates in two cycles per year. Each cycle, eligible proposals are reviewed and ranked by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, a nine-member council established by the Act. The Council may directly approve Small Grants. The Council recommends Standard Grants projects to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, a seven-member commission authorized by the Act to give final funding approval.

Our Projects and Initiatives

Since 1989, nearly $2 billion in grants have gone to over 3,000 projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Over 6,600 partners have contributed nearly $4 billion in matching funds, affecting over 31 million acres of wetlands and associated uplands. You can learn more about the projects by visiting our project summary database.

Our Laws and Regulations

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act authorizes the grant program and establishes broad guidelines for its management. 

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Our Services

The NAWCA program provides matching grants to wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. There is a Standard and a Small Grants Program. Both are competitive grants programs and require that grant requests be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio.

Our Library

North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Section 10. REPORT TO CONGRESS: The Secretary shall report to the appropriate Committees on the implementation of this Act. The report shall include: (1) a biennial assessment of: (A) the estimated number of acres of wetlands and habitat for waterfowl and...
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The initial 2023-1 US Standard proposal scores are given below by proposal number. The proposal number is found at the top of the email comments sent to the Project Officers who submitted proposals. Averages by Technical Assessment Question (Q) are also shown, so you can generally see how the...