USFWS Coastal Program

The Coastal Program is a voluntary, partnership-based, habitat conservation program located in 24 priority coastal areas along the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, and in the Caribbean. Within these areas, conservation efforts are guided by a national strategic plan that integrates USFWS priorities with the shared conservation goals of conservation partners and stakeholders.

After 20 years, there are plans to preserve native wildlife on nearly 37,000 acres of habitat in one of the most scenic and populated areas in Southern California. Photo Credit: Chris Jepsen/Creative Commons

USFWS delivers habitat conservation through locally-based staff who provide technical and financial assistance for habitat conservation planning and design, and implement habitat restoration, conservation outreach, due diligence for easements, and protection projects. 

Funding is available annually through the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants Program, which provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands. The Program is funded by revenues collected from excise taxes on sport fishing equipment, electric motors and sonar, import duties on fishing tackle, yachts and pleasure craft, a portion of the gasoline tax attributable to motorboats and small engines, and interest on the fund, under the authority of the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950.

Eligible projects include the acquisition of real property interest in coastal lands or waters and the restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems. 

For more information and specific questions contact your Regional Coordinator.

Guide to the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Fact Sheet

Apply for a National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant