April 27, 2023
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is soliciting Full Proposals for the 2024 Multistate Conservation Grant Program which funds projects that address regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. The deadline for submitting Full Proposals for the 2024 cycle is June 15, 2023.
“For over two decades, the Multistate Conservation Grant Program has been firmly dedicated to conserving our nation’s fish and wildlife populations crucial habitats, and other natural resources,” said Curt Melcher, Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and President of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. “We need these important investments for the future of conservation.”
New this year is a one-step submission process for the 2024 Multistate Conservation Grant Program. Proposals will be ranked based on project qualifications, quality, and how they address the 2024 strategic priorities. Additional information can be found on the AFWA website, including FAQs, list of the 2024 Strategic Priorities, 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity, and Background and General Information. Please submit proposals and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Multistate Conservation Grant Program is administered by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Created through the Fish and Wildlife Administration Improvement Act of 2000, $6,000,000 from the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson funds are made available annually for conservation projects impacting a majority of states. Along with the annually available funds of $6,000,000, the President signed the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow's Needs Act (Modernizing PR Act) into law on December 20, 2019, as part of the larger Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. This law amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (WR Act, 16 U.S.C. 669) to, among other measures, create a new Modern Multistate Conservation Grant Program, which provided an additional $5,000,000 to the program, focused on recruitment, retention, and reactivation of hunters and recreational shooters. In addition to funding competitive conservation projects, the program also funds the National Survey on Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Associated Recreation, the nation’s most important wildlife participation and related economic impact database.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations. Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.