Conservation Funding

The Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture is fortunate to have gained fiscal support from a number of important conservation funding sources. This section describes primary sources of support for LMVJV waterfowl and habitat conservation. It also describes the process for applying for federal North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) funds. NAWCA funds are available nationwide, and Joint Ventures have a special role in reviewing and providing input during the grant selection process.


North American Wetlands Conservation Act


The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), enacted in 1989, works to conserve North America's waterfowl, fish, and wildlife resources while producing a variety of environmental and economic benefits. It is a non-regulatory, incentive-based, voluntary wildlife conservation program. The program’s success is driven by partnerships among federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations.

Every federal dollar provided by NAWCA must be matched by at least one dollar from non-federal sources. In the past two decades, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act has funded over 2,800 projects totaling $1.6 billion in grants. More than 6,000 partners have contributed another $3.3 billion in matching funds to affect 30 million acres of habitat.


A total of 106 NAWCA Standard Grant projects have been funded in the LMVJV. Grant funds of $73,000,000 have been matched by $225,000,000 in partner funds to conserve over 638,000 acres of wetlands for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, wading birds, and myriad other wildlife and people.

The NAWCA program is administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Applicants are strongly encouraged to become familiar with LMVJV bird objectives as they develop project proposals. For more detail on bird objectives and priorities, please see Conservation Planning & Science Priorities, as well as individual conservation plans in the Science menu above.

As indicated in the grant application process described in the Proposal Application Instructions, Joint Ventures have a role in reviewing both Standard Grant and Small Grant applications and providing input to the proposal selection process. Applicants within the LMVJV region are asked to do the following:

1. If you have questions about LMVJV objectives, grant proposal development, or guidelines related to a project within the LMVJV region, please contact one of the following:

  • Dr. Anne Mini


2. A complete copy of each grant proposal(s), with shapefiles for all project elements, should be submitted to Dr. Anne Mini, Science Coordinator (above) at the time of submittal to NAWCA.

3. Once proposals are assessed for consistency with LMVJV objectives, the JV Management Board and staff will schedule a conference call with all project officers for submitted proposals to provide the opportunity to discuss and ask questions.

4. All proposals submitted in each cycle within the LMVJV region are ranked by the Management Board, and these ranks are submitted to the NAWCA Council to serve as one of the elements used to select projects to receive funding.

2020 Proposal Instructions:

The Grants Handbook mirrors the U.S. Grant Administration Standards (September 2010 as amended) and is intended to help current and potential grantees understand the grant process and administration for NAWCA and Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) US grants.

2020 Small Grants - Deadline 17 October 2019