Funding opportunities

Funding for conservation is an ongoing and increasingly competitive challenge. Below is a directory of funding programs and entities that provide support for bird habitat conservation within the IWJV region. Browse funding programs by category (see left) or explore the grants below.

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA)

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) was passed in 2002 in order to promote the long-term conservation of neotropical migratory birds and their habitats.  The act established a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out noteworthy projects in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  

By law, at least 75% of the total funding available for grants each fiscal year must be used to support projects outside the U.S. As such, the program has proven to be successful in catalyzing partnerships and capacity building for neotropical migratory bird conservation across the Western Hemisphere.

The goals of the NMBCA are to:

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants program fulfills a Congressional mandate declaring that maintenance of healthy populations of birds in North America depends on “the protection, restoration, and management of wetland ecosystems and associated habitats in Canada, as well as the United States and Mexico.”

Special Initiatives

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has increasingly developed mechanisms for targeting Farm Bill conservation programs to strategically address natural resource concerns such as water quality, wildlife, and forest health. Through a new paradigm of Conservation Beyond Boundaries, NRCS now implements special initiatives at large scales and across jurisdictional boundaries. For example, NRCS targets program funds regionally or within a state to maximize landscape-level benefits to at-risk wildlife and fisheries. Learn more here.

Sage Grouse Initiative

Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiatives (CCPI)

CCPI provides funds to be used for targeted conservation activities and areas. The purposes of CCPI are to:

  • Address conservation priorities on a local, multi-state or regional level;
  • Encourage producers to cooperate in meeting regulatory requirements;
  • Encourage producers to cooperate in the installation and maintenance of conservation practices that affect multiple operations; and,
  • Promote the development and demonstration of innovative conservation practices and delivery methods.

CCPI is implemented through multi-year agreements (not to exceed 5 years) with eligible partners and owners/operators of agricultural and non-industrial private forest lands selected through a competitive application process. Eligible partners include state, local and tribal governments, producer associations and cooperatives, institutions of higher education and non-governmental organizations.  

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)

Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

The Great Northern LCC is an alliance of conservation partners with common landscape conservation goals for building ecosystem resilience within the Great Northern geographic area.  It is one of four LCCs within the IWJV boundary.

Great Basin LCC

The mission of the Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is to examine the effects of climate change and other natural and human impacts across the region. The Great Basin LCC promotes the coordination of science-based actions to enable human and natural communities to respond and adapt to those conditions. No funding is available at this time. 

Southern Rockies and Desert LCCs

The Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is being formed by the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other federal agencies, states, tribes, non-government organizations, universities and entities. The LCC will provide science and decision-support tools to inform management decisions that will protect and conserve resources necessary to meet the complementary trust responsibilities of the partners involved. The Southern Rockies LCC will explore management issues related to sensitive species that occur across a broad range of habitats, changing climate conditions, the potential impacts of drought and more.

National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program

The primary purpose of the National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group Grant Program is to provide assistance to new and existing Friend organizations. Friends organizations have powerful voices and do an additional 20 percent of all work on National Wildlife Refuges. Nurturing and supporting these organizations leads to a stronger Refuge System. 

Mountain West Migratory Bird Habitat Conservation Fund

In June 2010, Ruby Pipeline LLC, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, prepared a Voluntary Conservation Plan for Migratory Birds associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Ruby Pipeline project. The Plan specified that Ruby Pipeline would contribute funds for the conservation of migratory bird habitat. Those funds have been used to establish the Mountain West Migratory Bird Habitat Conservation Fund. The habitat focus area of the Fund includes the Wyoming Basin and Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, Central Basin and Range, Northern Basin and Range, and Eastern Cascades Slopes and Foothills. These areas stretch across portions of Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon. 

ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program

ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program is a partnership of ConocoPhillips, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that provides grants for bird habitat conservation projects in areas where ConocoPhillips has an operating presence.

From 2005 through 2012, the program awarded 55 grants worth $6.5 million to 30 conservation groups in 12 states and five countries. Grantees matched this funding with an additional $9.9 million, for a total conservation investment of $16.4 million. As a result of this investment, roughly 99,000 acres of critical bird habitat have been protected, restored or enhanced.

Funding priorities include:

Conservation Partners Program

Conservation Partners Program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and other regional/initiative specific partners. The purpose of this program is to provide grants on a competitive basis to support field biologists and other habitat conservation professionals (ecologists, foresters, range cons, etc.) working with NRCS field offices in providing technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, foresters and other private landowners to optimize wildlife habitat conservation on private lands.

Awards will be directed towards:

Landscape Conservation Stewardship Program

As part of a national effort to develop a grassroots approach to conservation, the Landscape Conservation Stewardship Program aims to empower the American people in the conservation of our natural heritage.

To achieve this goal, NFWF cooperated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System to develop community-based conservation partnerships in 2012. These partnerships will help to conserve wildlife, plants and natural resources while fostering community interest and involvement on a national scale. Funding was awarded through competitive grants for capacity building in the community, mentoring and training, developing outcomes to measure conservation success, and consolidating lessons learned into a ‘Great Outdoors America’ roadmap to assist new community-based coalitions.

Funding priorities include:

Conservation Effects Assessment Program (CEAP)

The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) is a multi-agency effort coordinated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service to quantify the environmental effects of conservation practices and programs and develop the science base for managing the agricultural landscape for environmental quality. Project findings will be used to guide U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation policy and program development and help conservationists, farmers, and ranchers make more informed conservation decisions.

Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) preserves and restores native wildlife species and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds. Currently, the foundation works with 14 federal partners and more than 50 corporate and foundation partners. NFWF also manages more than $100 million in mitigation and settlement funds to create positive conservation outcomes.

NFWF provides funding on a competitive basis to projects that sustain, restore, and enhance our nation's fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. Foundation grants address challenges facing key endangered, threatened, or declining species that are indicators for overall ecosystem health.  

They include programs that support bird conservation through habitat restoration, capacity, and other specific initiatives.

ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program, RFP 2014

Pre-proposal Due Date: Monday, August 18, 2014

Full proposal Due Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Overview: The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program is inviting applications for competitive grant funding to be awarded through the 2014–2015 funding cycle.  This program includes two elements: the SPIRIT of Conservation Program and the SPIRIT of Conservation Innovation Fund.

The program is a partnership among ConocoPhillips, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  We anticipate that $1 million will be available for this program.

1. Projects within the United States and Canada must occur in one or more of the following states or provinces:

United States: Alaska, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Texas

Canada: Alberta and British Columbia