MultiState Conservation Grant Program Overview

The Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP) funds projects that address regional or national-level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. It was established in 2000 by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act, which amended the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act.  The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) cooperatively administer the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. The Association solicits grant proposals and makes its “priority list” recommendations to the USFWS, which can only fund projects from the Association’s list and manages and monitors grant awards. Each year, up to $6,000,000 is available to fund MSCGP projects. 

In addition to the regular annually available funds of $6,000,000, the President signed the modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (Modernizing PR Act) (Public Law (Pub. L.) 116-94) into law on December 20, 2019, as part of the more significant 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 (M-MSCGP or as we refer to it, R3 MSCGP).” This will include up to an additional $5 million annually beginning with 2020 for Wildlife Restoration eligible grants as defined by the legislation. 

2024 MultiState Conservation Grant Program Application

(coming soon - check back by the end of March)

2024 MSCGP NOFO (coming soon)

Timeline (coming soon)




AFWA Contact
Silvana Yaroschuk
MultiState Conservation Grant Program Manager

The Initial Proposal

  • 2024 The Initial Proposal Guidelines
  • 2024 The Initial Proposal Template

 Full Grant Proposals (coming soon)

  • 2024 Full Grant Proposal Guidelines
  • 2024 Full Grant Proposals Template
  • Organization's Required Statements
  • 2024 Full Grant Proposals Scoring Criteria
  • 2024 MSCGP Final Priority List

Federal Forms (to be submitted with Full Grant Proposal)

These forms will be required only if you are invited to submit a Full Grant Proposal. You will be able to complete these forms online at  
  • Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424)
  • Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A)