Funding Source

  • Joint Ventures and National Funding Opportunities

    Find a list of national agencies and funding opportunities for land trusts. Joint Ventures are partnerships for bird conservation that can help land trusts seeking federal grant funds.

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores our nation’s wildlife and habitats. Chartered by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private contributions. NFWF works with government,…

  • Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA)

    Lazuli Bunting. Photo Credit Bob Gunderson via BirdShare.

    The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) was passed in 2002 in order to promote the long-term conservation of Neotropical migratory birds and their habitats. The act established a competitive, matching grants program…

  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)

    The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) is a federal grants program that provides matching funds to partnerships focused on conserving wetlands for migratory birds. NAWCA grants fund the protection, restoration, and enhancement of wetlands and adjacent uplands which provide…

  • Ornithology Exchange

    The Ornithology Exchange maintains a lengthy list of funding opportunities related to birds. While many of these are research focused, they also list dozens of funding sources that are relevant to land trusts and targeted at regional, state, and local scales.

  • Regional Funding Opportunities

    Find a list of potential funding opportunities for land trusts broken out by region. These resources were pulled from small grant applications where applicants received matching funds from these various grant opportunities.

  • USDA Farm Bill

    For decades, the USDA Farm Bill has supported the voluntary conservation efforts of private landowners; it is the most important tool enacted by Congress for conserving habitat on private lands. Farm Bill conservation programs fund easements to protect agricultural lands,…

  • USFWS Coastal Program

    The Coastal Program is a voluntary, partnership-based, habitat conservation program located in 24 priority coastal areas that provides annual funding opporunities.

  • USFWS Partners Program for Private Lands

    The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides free technical and financial assistance to landowners, managers, tribes, corporations, schools and nonprofits interested in improving wildlife habitat on their land.