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 Program Due Dates

  • 4/22/2014
    Environmental Solutions for Communities
    Award Notification

  • 4/28/2014
    Sustain Our Great Lakes Program
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 5/15/2014
    Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 5/22/2014
    Long Island Sound Futures Fund
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 6/2/2014
    Acres for America
    Pre-Proposal Deadline

  • 6/6/2014
    Desert Terminal Lakes Restoration Program
    Award Notification

  • 6/23/2014
    Conservation Partners Program
    Full Proposal Deadline

​Pronghorn l Credit: Joe Riis



​Grant Programs

NFWF advances conservation through a variety of grant programs, both thematically and geographically based. These programs represent innovative partnerships between the public and private sectors to improve environmental stewardship, protect and manage critical habitats, develop innovative solutions to conservation challenges, and support vulnerable species and ecosystems. Select a program below to see its description and learn about associated funding:


 All Conservation Programs

  • The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is seeking proposals for research on the interaction between desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii; tortoises) and common ravens (Corvus corax; ravens) in the Colorado and Mojave deserts in California.
  • Acres for America, a NFWF partnership with Walmart, conserves critical habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants in 32 states across the U.S
  • NFWF's Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund supports local efforts in Alaska to protect, enhance and restore fish and wildlife habitat.

  • NFWF's American Oystercatcher Conservation Program aims to increase the Atlantic and Gulf Coast populations of this species by 30 percent over the next 10 years. 

  • The America’s Great Outdoors Initiative is a national plan  to create and enhance urban parks and greenspaces, renew and restore rivers, and conserve large rural landscapes.
  • The Landscape Conservation Stewardship Program, part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, develops community-based conservation partnerships.
  • NFWF's Apache Trout initiative aims to increase the abundance and distribution of Apache trout in the U.S.
  • The Appalachian Forest Renewal initiative, a partnership with the Forest Service, supports forest restoration in the Appalachian coal mining region. The initiative provides grants to improve habitat in Appalachian forests for key aquatic and bird species.
  • NFWF's Attwater’s Prairie-Chicken Conservation Program seeks to re-establish habitat so that this once-widespread species can again become viable.
  • NFWF’s Bog Turtle Conservation Program focuses on activities in the northeastern U.S to protect one of the smallest turtles in the world.
  • NFWF's Bring Back the Natives/More Fish program supports conservation activities that restore, protect and enhance native populations of sensitive or listed fish species across the U.S.

  • NFWF's Bronx River Watershed Initiative supports projects to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff to improve water quality in the Bronx River. 
  • This program helps to conserve vital upland habitats, enhance wetlands, and sustain healthy wild game and non-game populations across North America. 

  • NFWF's Cabinet Yakk Wildlife Corridors program protects and maintains movement opportunities for large mammals in Idaho and northwest Montana.
  • NFWF's Caribbean Seabird Program supports conservation actions that address invasive animal threats for species in priority regions of the Caribbean.
  • NFWF's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund accelerates local implementation of effective strategies to restore and protect water quality and vital habitats.
  • The Chi-Cal Rivers Fund is a public-private partnership working to restore the ecological, economic and social values of the Chicago and Calumet watersheds by supporting green storm water infrastructure, habitat enhancement, and public-use improvements.
  • The United States and Mexico signed an historic agreement in 2012 to address long-standing issues in the once-magnificent Colorado River Delta. Among the key provisions of “Minute No. 319”, which operates under the 1944 U.S.-Mexico water treaty, is a five-year commitment by both countries to support the restoration of freshwater flows through the dedication of waters stored in U.S. reservoirs and through acquisition of additional water from willing sellers by the non-profit Colorado River Delta Water Trust in Mexico.
  • NFWF's Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program, a partnership with Bonneville Power Administration, works to enhance stream flows in tributaries of the Columbia River. 
  • NFWF's ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program provides grants for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
  • NFWF's Conservation Partners Program helps private landowners across the nation address crucial conservation issues through Farm Bill programs. 

  • NFWF's Coral Reef Conservation Initiative addresses declines in both the quantity and quality of the world’s coral reef ecosystems.
  • This conservation program receives and administers funds from settling defendants in the matter of the United States of America v. M/V Cosco Busan, et al to restore, expand, or enhance recreational opportunities in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • The Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund is dedicated to restoring and protecting native forests, freshwater systems and associated species within the Cumberland Plateau, stretching from northwestern Alabama to the Kentucky-West Virginia border.
  • The Delaware River Restoration Fund (DRRF) awards competitive grants to restore the water quality and habitats of the Delaware River and its tributaries.
  • Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists provides support for jobs in nature and conservation for young people.
  • NFWF's Early Successional Forest Initiative focuses on establishing viable populations of the American Woodcock, Golden-winged Warbler, and some two dozen additional imperiled species that nest in young, regenerating forests in eastern North America.
  • NFWF’s Eastern Brook Trout Conservation Program works to improve habitat and water quality in the mid-Atlantic region to reintroduce Eastern brook trout and reconnect isolated populations. 
  • This is a multi-year (up to 3 years) RFP that will look to increase eelgrass habitat in San Francisco Bay for Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) and other species of concern.
  • Environmental Solutions for Communities, a partnership between Wells Fargo and NFWF, helps communities throughout the U.S. create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship.
  • NFWF's Fisheries Innovation Fund supports effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities in the implementation of sustainable fisheries in the U.S.
  • NFWF’s Fishery Improvement Partnership Fund is an investment model to help address overfishing, one of the biggest threats to the global seafood supply. The Fund, supported by the Walton Family Fund and Darden Restaurants, will leverage philanthropic, industry and government resources to help develop and advance Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) worldwide, with particular emphasis on fisheries that supply the US seafood market.
  • NFWF's Fishing for Energy program, a partnership with Covanta, works to reduce the amount of derelict fishing gear in U.S. coastal waterways.
  • NFWF's Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program works to restore coastal, wetland and riparian ecosystems across the country.
  • Forestland Stewards, a new partnership between International Paper and NFWF, will conserve and expand ecologically important forestlands and coastal savannas in eight southern states. The program will protect and enhance forest systems to create seamless habitats for wildlife and more sustainable forests to support local economies.
  • NFWF’s Great Migrations and Crucial Corridors Conservation Program aims to preserve North America's most important wildlife migrations by targeting critical bottlenecks and key linkages. 
  • The Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Project is designed to provide environmental improvements and address environmental areas of concern such as water quality, groundwater, open space, reduction of toxic pollution, and air quality in the Greenpoint, Brooklyn community.
  • NFWF's Gunnison Sage-Grouse Conservation Program works with private landowners to increase the habitat available for this rare grassland species.
  • NFWF's Guy Bradley Award, presented annually, recognizes individuals for achievements in wildlife law enforcement.
  • NFWF's Hawaiian Forest Bird Conservation Program supports implementation of sustainable and cost-effective strategies to restore three endangered species: the Palila, Maui Parrotbill, and Nihoa Millerbird.
  • The Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program is designed to restore key habitats and bolster natural systems, enabling them to withstand the impacts of future storms. Projects in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible for funding.
  • NFWF's Jackson Hole One Fly Stream Improvement Program supports stream protection, restoration, and enhancement projects to benefit Yellowstone cutthroat and Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout.
  • NFWF's Kirtland’s Warbler Initiative is a public-private partnership for the conservation of Kirtland’s Warbler that, should the species be removed from the Endangered Species List, would provide financial and public support for maintaining its viability.
  • NFWF's Klamath River Coho Enhancement Fund supports  the survival and recovery of Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Coho salmon.
  • NFWF’s Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Conservation Program works to protect and sustain Lahontan cutthroat populations.
  • NFWF's Long Island Sound Futures Fund supports projects in local communities to protect and restore the Long Island Sound.
  • NFWF's Longleaf Stewardship Fund is a landmark public-private partnership that supports restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem throughout the southeastern U.S.  
  • NFWF's Lower Klamath Basin initiative works to stabilize and increase the populations of Klamath River Coho salmon and restore biologically viable populations. 
  • NFWF’s Mountain West Migratory Bird Habitat Conservation Fund supports projects to conserve migratory bird habitat in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon.
  • NFWF's National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program funds projects that assist organizations in being effective co-stewards of important natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. 
  • NFWF's Native Environment Conservation Plan (NECP) was developed to offset adverse impacts of the Caney River Wind Project near Howard, Kansas, through conservation of high-quality tallgrass prairie.
  • NFWF’s New England Cottontail Conservation Program funds conservation activities for the cottontail rabbit in the states of Maine and New Hampshire.
  • NFWF's Northern Great Plains Initiative is designed to conserve mixed grass prairie and associated wildlife populations of the northern prairie.
  • The Oregon Governor’s Fund for the Environment supports projects to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and habitat resources in Oregon’s rivers, streams and coastal areas.
  • NFWF's Pacific Seabird Initiative works to support seabird populations by increasing their survival and reproduction to levels that will allow for long-term sustainability. 

  • NFWF’s Path of the Pronghorn program helps pronghorn and other animals migrate more easily by improving fencing and removing other impediments to their passage. 
  • PG&E’s Nature Restoration Trust, a partnership with NFWF, supports community-based stewardship and restoration of vital habitats in northern and central California.  
  • The Puerto Rico Seagrass Fund supports assessment and implementation of seagrass conservation projects in Puerto Rico.
  • NFWF's Pulling Together Initiative addresses one of the most significant threats to the economy and ecology of the United States: invasive weeds.
  • NFWF's Rio Grande Water Transactions Program works with willing sellers in New Mexico and Texas to acquire and lease water rights to restore natural flows.
  • NFWF's River Herring Conservation Program implements strategies to reverse declines in the species and create sustainable populations. 
  • NFWF’s Russian River Coho Conservation Program works to restore coho in the Russian River by changing traditional water management practices to improve stream conditions.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, is soliciting proposals to fund projects that result in the rehabilitation, re-establishment, establishment, or enhancement of aquatic resources in the California Central Valley and Sierra Nevada.
  • NFWF's Sea Turtle Conservation Initiative works to restore  leatherbacks, Kemp’s ridleys, loggerheads, and hawksbills in the Northwest Atlantic and leatherbacks, loggerheads and hawksbills in the Eastern Pacific. 
  • NFWF's Seabird Conservation Program works to improve the conservation status of seabirds in the Caribbean and Pacific, including albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, storm petrels, tropicbirds, alcids, terns and others. 
  • The Shell Marine Habitat Program, a partnership between Shell Oil Company and NFWF, supports the conservation and restoration of key coastal species and their habitats.
  • NFWF's Short Grass Prairie Conservation Program supports habitat restoration and other conservation actions for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, an “umbrella” species for numerous other grassland birds.
  • NFWF's Short Grass Prairie Stewardship Fund supports conservation activities that help establish viable populations of imperiled grassland birds through habitat restoration, enhancement and protection.
  • NFWF's Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration Conservation Program replenishes the health and biodiversity of mountain meadow regions. 
  • NFWF’s Sky Islands Grasslands Conservation Program works to restore high quality grasslands, ecosystem functioning, and self-sustaining populations of native species in the Southwest.
  • NFWF's Southeast Native Bass Conservation Program focuses on conserving Guadalupe bass in Texas, Redeye bass in Savannah, and Shoal bass in Chattahoochee, Flint and Chipola Rivers. 
  • NFWF's Southeastern Grasslands Conservation Program works to restore grassland habitats in the southeastern United States.
  • NFWF's Southern Company Power of Flight Program restores and revives the populations and habitats of birds in the southern U.S. through restoration and environmental education.
  • NFWF's Sustain Our Great Lakes program is a public–private partnership to improve the ecological health of the Great Lakes basin. 
  • NFWF's Tampa Bay Environmental Fund protects, restores and enhances the natural resources of Tampa Bay through a competitive grant process.
  • Sample identified priority watersheds throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to determine whether Eastern Brook Trout are present.
  • NFWF's Upper Colorado River Native Fishes Conservation Program works to stabilize and increase populations of the Colorado River cutthroat trout, bluehead and flannelmouth sucker, and roundtail chub. 
  • NFWF's Upper Klamath Basin initiative works to restore watershed and water flow conditions for federally-listed Lost River sucker and shortnose sucker, as well as state sensitive redband trout.
  • NFWF's Walker Basin Restoration Program seeks to increase instream flows to Nevada's Walker Lake through voluntary water transactions, water management initiatives and community-based conservation.
  • NFWF’s Western Water Program works to restore healthy habitats for many wildlife species by acquiring water rights from willing sellers to restore streams, lakes and wetlands.