What We Do
Since 2000, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has distributed over $1 billion to the 56 states, territories, commonwealths, and D.C. through the State Wildlife Grant Program. Funds are used by state and U.S. territory fish and wildlife agencies for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. Grant funds may be used to address a variety of conservation needs, such as: research, fish and wildlife surveys, species restoration, habitat management, and monitoring.
Since 2008, a portion of the State Wildlife Grant Program funding has been used for competitive grants to encourage interstate collaboration, innovation, and species conservation at larger scales.
The non-competitive funds are allocated using a formula based on land area and population estimates. State agencies provide at least 25 percent of project costs in non-federal matching funds.