What is NAWCA?
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) is a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) grant program that provides matching funds to organized partnerships to protect, restore, and enhance lands that benefit wetland-associated migratory birds and other wildlife.
By protecting and restoring wetlands and uplands, NAWCA supports intact, functioning ecosystems, which provide many services to society such as clean drinking water and flood protection. These direct economic benefits support multi-billion dollar industries, including tourism, commercial fisheries, forestry, and agriculture. Also, many NAWCA projects provide public access and support important traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming, and cattle ranching.
NAWCA By the Numbers
The NAWCA program funds projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico through competitive grants. Grant requests must be matched by partner contributions at least a 1-to-1 ratio. In the past two decades, NAWCA has provided $1.4 billion in grants to fund 2,644 projects in the United States. More than 5,600 partners have contributed another $3 billion in matching funds to conserve 33.4 million acres of habitat.
In the ACJV, partners have a demonstrated success in receiving NAWCA funding. Since 1991, ACJV staff have worked with over 500 partners to protect, restore, or enhance over 2 million acres of priority habitats. Partners have received over $228 million dollars in grants which have been matched by $1.3 billion in matching funds. These grants represent almost 1/3 of the grants awarded in the United States!
How to Apply for a NAWCA Grant
To learn more about the application process visit our applicant pages.