Multistate Conservation Grant Program Overview

The Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777 et seq.) and the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669 et seq.) as amended by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-408, 114 STAT. 1766 §113 and 114 STAT. 1722 §122) authorize the Secretary of the Interior to make up to $6,000,000 available annually to fund Multistate Conservation project grants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will cite this traditional program as the Traditional Multistate Conservation Grant Program (T-MSCGP).

In addition, the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (Modernizing PR Act, 16 U.S.C. 669) amended the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to, among other measures, authorize the Service to make hunter recruitment and recreational target shooter recruitment grants that promote a national hunting and shooting sports recruitment program, including related communication and outreach activities. The Service will cite this program as the R3 Multistate Conservation Grant Program (R3-MSCGP). Up to $5,000,000 will be available specifically for the R3-MSCGP grants.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and the Service work cooperatively to manage T-MSGCP and R3-MSGCP. Administratively, both programs function similarly. AFWA sets the strategic priorities for project activities and provides the Service with a list of recommended projects to be considered for awards. The Service administers the program and manages the awards.


2025 MSCGP Timeline 

April 5, 2024 USFWS Posts Notice Of Funding Opportunities
June 7, 2024 Proposals are due to the AFWA Portal
June 10 - 27, 2024  AFWA reviews proposals for eligibility
July 1-31, 2024 Technical Review Teams score/discuss proposals and  provide the  NGC with a preliminary list of potential proposals
August 1-30, 2024    NGC/OCI reviews the potential proposals
September 1-15, 2024 Applicants address NGC/OCI feedback/concerns and resubmit in the AFWA Portal
September 2024    Priority List of Proposals is reviewed and finalized
October 1, 2024      Priority List of Proposals is sent to USFWS
October 5, 2024 Applicants submit their Proposals and the required  Federal Forms to GrantSolutions
October – December USFWS reviews and awards the 2025 MSCGP grants
AFWA Contact
Silvana Yaroschuk
MultiState Conservation Grant Program Manager