U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

Multistate Conservation Grant Program - Overview

The MSCGP provides funding for wildlife and sport fish restoration projects identified as priority projects by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). These high priority projects address problems affecting states on a regional or national basis. Project types that are generally selected for funding are: biological research/training, species population status, outreach, data collection regarding hunter/angler participation, hunter/aquatic education, economic value of fishing/hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments.

The AFWA and the Division of Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) work together to manage the MSCGP. The AFWA administers the grant application process, providing oversight, coordination, and guidance for the MSCGP while the WSFR awards and manages the grants.

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Source of Funds
$6 million is provided annually for the MSCGP, $3 million from Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and $3 million from the Wildlife Restoration Account. The funds made available from these two accounts are received from excise taxes collected on fishing equipment, motorboat and small engine fuels, import duties, firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and arrow components and interest.

States, groups of states, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and non-governmental organizations may apply for MSCGP grants by contacting AFWA or apply online at grants.gov.