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.
Training/webinar recording (External links)
MSCGP Full Grant Proposal Application/budget training (May 17th, 2023)
2024 MultiState Conservation Grant Program Application
April 18th, 2023 - NOFO Published/Request for Full Proposals sent out.
June 15th - Full Grant Proposals Due to AFWA Portal (no Federal Forms)
August 15th - Applicants are notified and asked to address Technical Review Teams Concerns and start working on Federal Forms
August 15th - USFWS posts Direct Announcement and invites selected applicants to submit FGP Package in GrantSoklutions
September 5th - Due Date for Grants and Required Federal Forms to be uploaded and submitted in GrantSolutions.
September 24-27 - AFWA Annual Meeting. Directors vote on the Proposals' Priority List
October 1st - Priority List submitted to USFWS for Director approval
October 1st-December 31st - USFWS reviews/awards the grants
MultiState Conservation Grant Program Manager
Full Grant Proposals
Federal Forms (to be submitted with Full Grant Proposal)
- Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424)
- Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A)
- Completing SF-424A (instructions on how to complete the form)