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.

2016 Multistate Conservation Grant Cycle

AFWA is currently soliciting National Conservation Needs (NCNs) for the 2016 Multistate Conservation Grant Program cycle. NCNs are the foundation of the multistate program and establish the states’ funding priorities for the grant cycle.

Each regional association of fish and wildlife agencies and AFWA committees are allowed to submit one NCN for consideration. Proposed NCNs will be evaluated by AFWA’s National Grants Committee.  The National Grants Committee will select NCNs for state directors’ approval at the March 2015 North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. 

NCNs are due to the multistate grant program coordinator by February 2, 2015.  

2015 Multistate Conservation Grant Cycle

At AFWA's 2014 Annual Meeting, voting members approved the recommendation of 14 projects to be funded through the 2015 Multistate Conservation Grants Program (MSCGP) cycle.

The total cost of the 14 projects recommended is $2,899,046 ($1,414,248 in Wildlife Restoration funds and $1,484,798 in Sport Fish Restoration funds). 

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.

AFWA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) cooperatively administer the Multistate Conservation Grant Program.

Each year, up to $6 million is available to fund MSCGP projects. Projects may be funded for one, two or three years on a calendar year basis.

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.