U.S. Standard Grants Program

Deadline: July 26, 2013

The Standard Grants Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats.


The Standard Grants Program began supporting projects in all three countries in 1990, shortly after the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act) of 1989 was passed. Each fiscal year, available funds have been distributed among projects in the three countries according to a pre-determined percentage within the range of percentages allowable under the Act.

The Process

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (Division) is responsible for facilitating and administering the Act’s Standard Grants Program. The process for receiving and preliminarily reviewing project proposals is handled slightly differently for each country and enjoys the active participation of each federal government. For further details, visit the country-specific Web pages on this site.

Once a slate of eligible proposals has been determined per each country-program’s process, the proposals are further reviewed and ranked by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, a nine-member council established by the Act. The Council then recommends projects to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, a seven-member commission authorized by the Act to give final funding approval to projects. The Division administers the grants for all approved projects.

Current Funding

Total funding for the Standard Grants Program in FY 2012 is $67.3 million. Individual country totals can be found on each country-program’s Web page.


From September 1990 through March 2011, some 3,850 partners in 1,573 projects have received more than $1.07 billion in grants. They have contributed another $2.21 billion in matching funds to affect 26.3 million acres of habitat and $1.15 billion in nonmatching funds to affect 230,670 acres of habitat. Individual country totals can be found on each country-program’s Web page.


U.S. Standard Grants proposals: David Buie (david_buie@fws.gov), (301) 497-5870, or Cheryl Leonard, (cheryl_leonard@fws.gov), 703-358-1725.

Canada Standard Grants Program: Christina Ryder (christina_ryder@fws.gov), (703) 358-2463.

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