Joint Venture Flex Funds

The Joint Venture Flex-Fund program provides support to conservation partners in the UMRGLRJV and the Minnesota and Iowa portions of the Prairie Pothole JV to facilitate projects that address priorities defined in JV Implementation Plans. Projects that focus on monitoring and applied research topics that will improve JV conservation decision tools at larger scales, or projects that address JV focal species or priorities in State Wildlife Action Plans are typically given higher priority. However, projects that focus on coordination, outreach, and/or habitat restoration/enhancement that contribute towards goals in JV plans are also considered. All proposals must have a minimum 1:1 match of non-federal dollars to Joint Venture request.

Wood Duck, photo by Noppadol Paothong

JV Flex-Fund Proposals are reviewed and ranked by the UMRGLRJV Technical Committee and requests for proposals are typically distributed in September. To view JV research and monitoring priorities, click here.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) of 1989 was passed, in part, to support activities associated with implementation of objectives under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The scope of NAWCA has since been expanded to include the conservation of all birds and habitats associated with wetland ecosystems. Funds from NAWCA are used to acquire, restore, or enhance wetland and associated upland habitats in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

A key guiding principle of  the NAWCA program is to accomplish program objectives through partnerships – as such, NAWCA funds must be matched by non-federal partners at least a 1:1 ratio. This formula has been highly successful; as of 2010, the NAWCA program has leveraged over $1.08 billion in NAWCA funds with $2.24 billion in partner contributions to affect 25.9 million acres of habitat.
The NAWCA grants program is administered by the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and there are typically three NAWCA proposal cycles per year – two “Standard” grant cycles, which are for larger projects with an up to $1 million funding request, and one “Small” grant cycle, for projects with smaller scopes that have up to a $75,000 funding request. While criteria and match requirements are the same as a NAWCA Standard Grant, the Small Grants program is often a good fit for new NAWCA applicants, as funding priority is given to partners new to the NAWCA grant program.

For more information about the NAWCA grants program, visit NAWCA Standard Grants Program and NAWCA Small Grants Program.

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) of 2000 created a federal grants program that supports the conservation of neotropical migratory bird populations through voluntary public-private partnerships in the United States, Canada, and countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. By law, 75% of NMBCA funds available each year must be spent on projects outside of the United States.

NMBCA projects may include activities that support habitat conservation, research and monitoring, law enforcement, and outreach and education focused on neotropical migratory birds. NMBCA projects are required to have a 3:1 ratio of nonfederal match to NMBCA funds. As of 2010, $35 million in NMBCA funds have leveraged $150 million of partner funds to support more than 300 projects in more than 30 countries, positively impacting more than 3 million acres of migratory bird habitat.

The NMBCA program is administered by the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with one grant cycle per year, typically announced in late summer/early fall. Maximum grant awards are $250,000 for U.S. or Canada-only projects, and $500,000 for projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, or shared-country projects.

For more information about the NMBCA grants program, visit NMBCA Grants Program.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative -
Great Lakes Watershed Habitat and Species Restoration Initiative

Building on the work of the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force and the associated Great Lakes Regional Strategy, The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was started in 2009. The overarching objective of GLRI is to protect and restore ecosystems associated with the largest complex of freshwater lakes on earth – the Great Lakes. The current GLRI Action Plan outlines this strategy from 2010-2014.

GLRI was funded in the FY2010 Federal budget at $475 million, of which $65 million was distributed by the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in order to facilitate implementation of GLRI objectives. Projects undertaken by the FWS through GLRI are addressing a wide variety of issues associated with Great Lakes ecosystem health through both research and on-the-ground implementation, including detecting and cleaning up toxic substances, combating invasive species, restoring imperiled fish populations and improving aquatic habitat, and protecting and restoring wetlands and associated upland habitats within the Great Lakes Watershed.

In 2010, $2 million of these FWS GLRI funds were distributed to the Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes Region JV and the Atlantic Coast JV through the Great Lakes Watershed Habitat and Species Restoration Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to protect and restore migratory bird habitat within Great Lakes watersheds through a competitive, partnership-based grants program. In FY2010, seven partner projects were selected for funding that will protect, restore, or enhance approximately 1,526 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat in six states. For more information about some of these projects visit our Projects page.

Requests for proposals under the GLRI-JV grant programs are typically released in January, and are posted in the “What’s New” sidebar section of this website.

All bird photos on this website courtesy of Noppadol Paothong