Multistate Conservation Grant Program

The Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP) funds projects that address the regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies.

2018 Multistate Conservation Grant Cycle

The MSCGP was established in 2000 by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act, which amended the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act.


State agency directors selected 10 National Conservation Needs for the 2018 MSCGP cycle. 
The National Grants Committee (NGC) met on June 29, 2017 to review Letters of Intent (LOIs) for the 2018 funding cycle. LOIs were scored by relevant AFWA committees and by the National Grants Committee. Based on these scores and taking into consideration available funding, successful applicants will be asked to submit full proposals.
Full proposals must be submitted to MSCGP Program Manager by the close of business (5:00pm EST) on Friday, August 4, 2017.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Projects must benefit sport fish, wild birds or wild mammals since the funding comes from the Sport Fish Restoration Account and the Wildlife Restoration Fund.
  • Projects must benefit (a) more than 26 states; (b) a majority of the states in a region of the USFWS; or (c) a regional association of state fish and wildlife agencies.
  • A project must address a National Conservation Need (NCN), which are selected each year to establish the states' funding priorities for the grant program.
  • Eligible grant recipients are (a) a state or group of states; (b) a non-governmental organization; and (c) the USFWS only for the purpose of conducting the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.
  • Any non-governmental organization that applies for a grant is required to certify that grant funds will not be used to fund any activity, project or program that promotes or encourages opposition to the regulated hunting or trapping of wildlife, or to the regulated taking of fish.
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