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North American Wetlands Conservation Act

Category: Environment

The Act, a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, supports activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The Plan is an international agreement that provides a strategy for the long-term protection of wetlands and associated uplands habitats needed by waterfowl and other migratory birds in North America. The Act provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife. The Act has two grant programs: the Standard Grants Program and the Small Grants Program. The Actís Standard Grants Program is designed to support projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats throughout Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In Mexico, partners may also conduct projects involving technical training, environmental education and outreach, organizational infrastructure development, and sustainable-use studies. The Small Grants Program operates only in the United States, supports the same type of projects and uses the same selection criteria and administrative guidelines as the Standard Grants Program. The deadline is for the Standard Grants Program. Both grants programs are competitive and require that requests be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio. Funds from U.S. Federal sources may contribute toward a project, but arenít eligible as a match. Additional information can be found on the Web site. The deadline for the U.S. Small Grants Program is Oct. 29, 2009.

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