Protecting, restoring and enhancing wetland habitat for birds.

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We provide matching grants to qualified projects. Application information is available at

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

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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.

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In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed into law the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) with the intention of protecting, restoring, and managing wetland ecosystems and other habitats critical to maintaining healthy populations of migratory birds throughout North America. In 2002, Congress...
En el 1989, el Congreso de los Estados Unidos aprobó el Acta Norteamericana para la Conservación de Humedales (NAWCA o el Acta o la Ley) con la finalidad de proteger, restaurar y manejar ecosistemas de humedales y otro tipo de hábitats para mantener poblaciones sanas de aves migratorias en toda...

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...

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We welcome grant applications from qualified grantees. The NAWCA 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.