Now accepting applications for FY2024!

Neotropical migratory birds, those that breed in North America and winter throughout Latin America, are among nature’s most incredible wonders. From the icy arctic tundra to the lush amazon rainforest and beyond, neotropical migratory birds play pivotal roles in ecosystems, cultures, and economies for all.  

Recognizing the significant threats Neotropical migratory birds face in their annual migrations, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) was initiated with a vision to sustain migratory bird populations on a continental scale. The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Grant Program is the only source of federal funding solely dedicated to the conservation of birds shared throughout the Western Hemisphere.The grants provided through this program help partners to protect, research, monitor, and manage bird populations and habitat throughout their entire migratory life cycle, as well as to conduct law enforcement and community outreach and education. Over time, this funding helps prevent species from being listed as threatened or endangered, with priority given to imperiled species that are listed on our Birds of Conservation Concern 2021 report.

Creating a Legacy of Impact 

Since 2002, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grant program has provided more than $89 million in funds that have supported 717 projects across the Western Hemisphere. What does that mean? That means over 5 million acres of bird habitat has been conserved on-the-ground and a growing number of partnerships have contributed an additional $346 million in matching funds.    

The IMPACT program targets up to 30 percent of Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation grant 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. The remaining funds are dedicated in support of the broader Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation grant program, where conservation projects addressing any Neotropical migratory bird species are eligible. 

To continue this legacy with our partners across the globe, we are excited to announce another round of Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grant Program funding for FY2024! 

FY2024 Grant Opportunity Details: 
  • Proposal Deadline: November 2, 2023 (11:59pm Eastern Time) 

  • Funding Opportunity #: F24AS00011  

All applications must be submitted through our project management system GrantSolutions. This process requires a user account, an Unique Entity ID (UEI) and an active registration in the “System for Award Management” (SAM).  

If it is your first time using or if you haven't procured a UEI and SAM registration, initiate preparations as soon as possible to avoid delays or complications in your application process.  

To get started, please visit the How to Apply for a NMBCA Grant. 

Additional Requirements for IMPACT Submissions can be found here.  

Important Changes: 
  • Matching contributions are now allowable from January 1, 2021 (2 years prior to proposal submission). 

  • We now consider “Cash” to be any cash outlay for a project related cost that is made up to 2 years before January 1 of the year the application is received. There must be documentation of the purchase of these goods or services.  

Learn more about Matching Contribution Savings Plans and see if they are an option for your project in the Proposal Application Instructions. 

Act now, apply early, and let's make an impact together! 

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