Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration


To provide competitive matching grants to coastal States for coastal wetlands conservation projects. The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (Section 305, Title III, Public Law 101-646 U.S.C. 3954) established the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal States.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 The program received 25 applications from 11 coastal States. Of these, 20 projects from 10 states were funded with $17.4 million federal share and $20.3 million in non-federal share. The projects cumulatively protect, restore or enhance more than 13,000 acres of important coastal wetland habitat, including several miles of shoreline. Conservation of this habitat not only benefits coastal-dependent federal trust species, but also enhances flood protection and water quality, and provides economic and recreational benefits to commercial fishermen and anglers. The program received 25 applications and issued 20 awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY18 the program received 29 applications and issued 22 awards.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY19 the program received 28 applications and issued 22 awards.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY20 the program received 22 applications and anticipates issuing 22 awards.
Fiscal Year 2021 In FY21 the program anticipates receiving 28 applications and issuing 22 awards.
Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, 16 U.S.C. §§3951-3957.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include any agency or agencies designated by the Governor of a coastal State. It is usually a State natural resource or fish and wildlife agency. Eligible coastal States are States bordering the Great Lakes (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin); States bordering the Atlantic, Gulf (except Louisiana), and Pacific coasts (Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington); and American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, Commonwealths, or territories as designated in the applicant eligibility section.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
The Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service will select projects to be funded based on established criteria.
June 26, 2020
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 150 days.
Regional Directors will consider differences of opinion concerning the eligibility of proposals. Final determination rests with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Applications for successive project phases are competed as new project applications
How are proposals selected?
Applications are scored and then ranked based on criteria published in 50 CFR 84.32. See the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and Attachment A to this NOFO for more information on ranking criteria. The NOFO is available at
How may assistance be used?
Funds are available to coastal States for acquisition of interests in coastal lands or waters, and for restoration, enhancement or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. Final performance reports and final SF-425, Federal Financial Reports are due within 90 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
In addition, they are subject to Program specific audits contracted by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Cost records must be maintained separately for each project. Grantees must retain records, accounts, and supporting documents for three years after submission of final request for reimbursement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. States with a dedicated fund for land conservation are required to provide a minimum cost share equal to 25 percent of the total project costs, including requested program funds and eligible match. All other States are required to provide a 50 percent cost share. We waive the first $200,000 of match for the following insular areas: American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Once money is awarded, the money is available to the State for the time designated in the grant agreement (50 CFR 84.44). Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Territories/Commonwealths: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii: Chris Swenson USFWS-WSFR 911 NE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97232-4181 503-231-6758; States: Oregon, and Washington: Heidi Nelson USFWS-WSFR 911 NE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97232-4181 503-231-2096; State: Texas: Kelly Oliver-Amy USFWS-WSFR P.O. Box 1306 500 Gold Avenue, SW, Room #8514 Albuquerque, NM 87103 505-248-7457; States: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin: Casey Nelson USFWS-WSFR 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990 Bloomington, MN 55437-1458 612-713-5143; States: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina Commonwealths/Territories: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: James Duffy USFWS-WSFR 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 240 Atlanta, GA 30345-3319 404-679-4169; States: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia: Bill Perry USFWS-WSFR 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035-9589 413-253-8302; State: Alaska: Kyle James USFWS-WSFR 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 261 Anchorage, AK 99503 907-786-3696; State: California: Becky Miller USFWS-WSFR 2800 Cottage Way Room W-1729 Sacramento, CA 95825 916-978-6185
Headquarters Office
Chris Darnell
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, The National Refuge System - Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 US
Phone: (703) 358-1849
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$17,000,000.00; FY 19 est $17,000,000.00; FY 20 est $17,000,000.00; FY 17$17,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $125,000 - $1,000,000; Average: $575,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
50 CFR 84
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Grays Harbor, WA -The Washington State Department of Ecology, partnering with Ducks Unlimited, was awarded $1 million to acquire 1,750 acres of diverse and threatened habitats, including wetlands in Grays Harbor County, Washington. The project site is located within close proximity to protected areas, including Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. Multiple fish and bird species that use watershed along with elk, deer, black bear and river otters will benefit from the protection. Red Banks Alvar State Natural Area, WI - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was awarded $152,496 to help acquire and protect 140 acres on the Red Banks Alvar State Natural Area located adjacent to the Bay of Green Bay in Brown County, Wisconsin. The property is dominated by palustrine emergent, scrub/shrub and forested wetlands that provide important habitat for the threatened dwarf lake iris as well as migratory and breeding birds and other wildlife. Lower Altamaha River watershed, GA - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR) was awarded $1 million to acquire and protect approximately 2,091 acres of diverse habitat known as Sansavilla Phase 4. This tract is part of a long-term initiative by GA DNR, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Marine Corps, to conserve priority habitats in the lower Altamaha River watershed. More than 100 rare plants and animals occur within the tidal wetlands and adjacent uplands; of these 15 are federally listed as threatened or endangered, and 17 are state listed and are considered globally rare or imperiled.
Fiscal Year 2018 The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant (NCWCG) Program provides Federal grant funds to acquire, restore, enhance, and manage wetlands in coastal areas through competitive matching grants to eligible State agencies. Examples of FY 2018 projects include: Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with Skagit Land Trust, is acquiring 143 acres of coastal and riparian forest on Guemes Island in Skagit County; Ohio Department of Natural Resources is proposing to purchase a conservation easement encumbering the 65-acre Bay Point peninsula in Ottawa County, Ohio; and Alaska Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Conservation Fund and the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, is establishing conservation easements in northeast Lake Iliamna, in Southwest Alaska to protect a total of 13,876 acres of wetlands habitat covering 173 total islands with 283 miles of shoreline.
Fiscal Year 2019 Project examples: 1. The Washington State Department of Ecology will acquire, restore, and permanently protect a 158?acre former cattle ranch that contains 85.7 acres of wetlands and 4.6 miles of Skookum Creek and tributary shoreline draining directly into Puget Sound in Mason County, Washington. 2. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR) will acquire approximately 2,733 acres of diverse coastal habitats known as Floyd’s Neck & Grover Island in Camden County, Georgia. 3. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will purchase, in fee simple, and conserve in perpetuity approximately 75 acres of coastal habitats.
Fiscal Year 2020 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal areas.
Fiscal Year 2021 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal areas.


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