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MultiState Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP)

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, and IHEs for
Projects to Conserve and Restore Wildlife Habitat

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Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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Grants to USA and territories states, groups of states, agencies, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education for large scale projects to conserve and restore wildlife and fish habitats. Applicants must submit an initial proposal and ensure that required registrations are current prior to applying. Grant proposals must address regional or national level funding priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies.

The primary goal of both programs is to fund projects that address regional or national priority needs of the State fish and wildlife agencies (States) and their partners that are beyond the scope and capabilities of a single State. Eligible grant proposals are reviewed by the Association’s National Grants Committee (NGC) with the assistance of one or more technical committees. Proposals must address eligible activities in one or more of the Association’s selected Strategic Priorities to be considered. Strategic Conservation Priorities are developed annually by the Association, and are used to guide proposal development and grant selection for the program.

Projects awarded under T-MSCGP may use the funds for sport fisheries and wildlife management and research projects, boating access development, hunter safety and education, aquatic education, aquatic R3 programs, fish and wildlife habitat improvements, and other purposes consistent with the enabling legislation. 

Grant awards issued under this program typically include projects for biological research, training, species population status assessment, fish and wildlife conservation outreach, data collection regarding hunter and angler participation, hunter and aquatic education, assessing the economic value of fishing and hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments.

FY 2022 Strategic Priorities for the MSCGP:

  1. Conservation & Science
  2. Relevancy & Inclusion & Participation
  3. Coordination, Capacity Building & Fish and Wildlife Agencies Support
  4. Trust Fund Stewardship
  5. AFWA Priorities Identified in AFWA Funding Principles (submitted by ExCom)
    1. Management Assistance Team
    2. Management of MSCGP Program
    3. CITES and International Conservation Programs and Their Impact of State Agencies
    4. Coordination of Conservation on National Scale
  6. Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation (R3)
    1. Monitoring and Evaluation (Wildlife Restoration Only)
    2. Marketing
    3. Mentoring
    4. Engaging New Audiences
    5. R3 Capacity and Infrastructure

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GrantWatch ID#: 137949

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Budget: $100,000 minimum; Maximum Award $ 1,000,000

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Performance Period: January 1st, 2022 - December 31st, 2022


  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, or a State or group of States, for the purpose of carrying out the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The State governments' designation refers to Agencies with lead management responsibility for fish and wildlife resources in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia (Sport Fish Restoration only), Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or a group of these agencies. Eligible proposals must benefit: (a) at least 26 States; (b) a majority of the States in a region of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; or (c) a regional association of State fish and wildlife departments. Any nongovernmental organization that applies for a grant shall submit with the application a certification that the organization will not use the grant funds to fund, in whole or in part, any activity of the organization that promotes or encourages opposition to the regulated hunting or trapping of wildlife, to recreational shooting activities, or to the regulated taking of fish.

State Benefit Requirement: Projects must benefit:
- At least 26 States,
- A majority (over 50%) of the States in a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Region
- A majority (over 50%) of States in a Regional Association of State Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA, MAFWA, NEAFWA, SEAFWA).

Funding Restrictions can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

1. By May 17, 2021 at 5:00pm Eastern Time, Initial Proposals are due to AFWA and relevant subcommittees begin their review.
2. By June 21, 2021, AFWA invites applicants with high ranking proposals to submit Full Grant Proposals.
3. By July 20, 2021, Full Grant Proposal Packages must be submitted through GrantSolutions or and, in addition, provided to AFWA.
4. During August 2021 the AFWA National Grants Committee will review the Full Grant proposals and make recommendations to State Directors.
5. In September 2021 the State Directors will approve the Priority List containing the highest scoring and ranked Full Grant proposals.
6. By October 1, 2021 AFWA will forward the Priority List of projects recommended for funding to the Service.
7. By January 2022 the Service will begin to award the grants from the Priority List and subsequently publish the list in the Federal Register. The Service can only award projects that appear on the Priority List.

No match is required.

- Obtain a DUNS Number: Request a DUNS Number through the Dun & Bradstreet website. For technical difficulties, send an email to the D&B SAM Help Desk. Please ensure that you are able to receive emails from The “Obtain a DUNS Number” webpage also provides detailed instructions. Once assigned a DUNS number, your organization must maintain up-todate information with Dun & Bradstreet. Applicants must enter their DUNS number in the “Organizational DUNS” field on the SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance form.
- Register with the System for Award Management (SAM): Register on the website. “Help” tab on the website contains User Guides and other information to assist you with registration. The Register with SAM page also provides detailed instructions. You can also contact the supporting Federal Service Desk for help registering in SAM. Once registered in SAM, entities must renew and revalidate their SAM registration at least once every 12 months from the date previously registered. Entities are strongly encouraged to revalidate their registration as often as needed to ensure their information is up to date and reflects changes that may have been to the entity’s DUNS or IRS information. The Service cannot award recipients without a valid SAM registration at the time of proposal review and approval. In addition, the Service will not be able to enroll an applicant within the Automated Standard Application for Payment (ASAP) system in order to receive their awarded funds.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Silvana Yaroschuk, Multistate Conservation Grant Program Coordinator
(202) 838-3474

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
1100 First Street NE, Suite 825
Washington, DC 20002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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