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Fish and Wildlife Service: Migratory Bird Conservation Program in the Midwest


The Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking applications for the Migratory Bird Conservation Program in the Midwest.

Donor Name: Fish and Wildlife Service

State: Selected States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 05/19/2023

Size of the Grant: $150,000


This program provides grants for the conservation of birds that are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act but not Federally-listed as Endangered or Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Proposals should address projects in the geographic area that includes USFWS Region 3 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin); non-breeding season areas important for birds breeding in Region 3 states; or broad-scale actions that will have tangible benefits that include birds in these states. To focus conservation on the highest priority issues with the greatest probability of making a difference for birds, the Midwest Migratory Bird Conservation Program operates under the USFWS business model known as Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC). SHC integrates biological planning, landscape design, conservation delivery, and monitoring and evaluation in a way that generates adaptive feedback that enables sound decisions and constantly improves their efficiency and effectiveness in conserving birds.

In 2023, the Midwest Migratory Bird Conservation Program will consider proposals addressing the following themes. (NOTE: Applicants must consult with MB Staff as listed below BEFORE submitting an application.)

  • Further understanding of migration, migratory connectivity, migratory threats, wintering ecology, and annual survival for birds moving within and through the Midwest— including local movements of birds-of-the-year during the period between hatching and dispersal/migration. Proposals addressing focal/priority species identified by Joint Venture partnerships in the Midwest are preferred – especially those focused on grassland-dependent species, shorebirds, or aerial insectivores.
  • Build capacity for sustainable conservation and monitoring of Neotropical migrants during the non-breeding season.
  • Assess trends, status, limiting factors and /or causes of decline of Great Lakes waterbirds (e.g. King Rail, Yellow Rail, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Black Tern) or shorebirds (e.g. Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Dunlin).

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Funding Amount: $250,000
  • Maximum Funding Amount: $150,000
  • Minimum Funding Amount: $20,000

Eligible Applicants

  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • State governments
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Special district governments

For more information, visit Grants.gov.

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