**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. The National Non-Infrastructure Partnerships initiative encourages National Wildlife Refuge System field stations to partner with local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, other land management groups, state and tribal partners, and others to accomplish projects that:

  • promote the stewardship of resources of the refuge through habitat maintenance, restoration, and improvement, biological monitoring, or research;
  • increase awareness and understanding of the refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System through the development, publication, or distribution of educational materials and products;
  • advance education concerning the purposes of the refuge and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System through the use of the refuge as an outdoor classroom to combine educational curricula with the personal experiences of students relating to fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitat and to the cultural and historical resources of the refuges and development of other educational programs;
  • promote the understanding of, education relating to, and the conservation of the fish, wildlife, plants, and cultural and historical resources; improve scientific literacy.

Additionally, this initiative can help address multiple FWS priorities as a catalyst for:

  • Economic and Conservation Enhancement
  • Career Training and Mentoring Opportunities for Youth and Adults
  • Equity and Inclusion in Conservation and Recreation
  • Climate and Wildlife Resilience
  • Community Health

Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,000,000
Award Ceiling: $5,000,000
Award Floor: $5,000

Application Deadline: September 10, 2023