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Deadline: September 1, 2017

The Department of Interior  announced more than $52 million in funding to Native American tribes and state wildlife agencies through the Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) program and the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. 

Tribal Wildlife Grants are used to provide technical and financial assistance to Tribes for the development and implementation of programs that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat. Activities may include, but are not limited to, planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related laboratory and field research, natural history studies, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat preservation, conservation easements, and public education that is relevant to the project. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, consultant services, subcontracts, acquisitions and travel.

The wide variation in the types of projects funded  is highlighted by this year’s awards: In Oklahoma, the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma received $155,000 to support a bat conservation project, while in New Mexico, the Pueblo of Tesuque received nearly $200,000 for its Mule Deer Management and Habitat Enhancement Program. In Washington, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians received nearly $200,000 for habitat enhancement and population monitoring of the South Rainier elk herd. In North Carolina, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians received $200,000 to support implementation of their wildlife action plan. In Maine, the Penobscot Indian Nation received $200,000 to support Atlantic salmon and other fisheries management on tribal trust lands. A complete list of the 2017 Tribal Wildlife Grant awards can be found here.

TWG funds are provided exclusively to fund wildlife conservation by federally recognized Native American tribal governments, and are made possible under the Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002 through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. Proposals for the 2018 grant cycle are due September 1, 2017.

The Native American Liaisons serve as a point of contact in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Tribal conservation issues. 

For additional information about Native American conservation projects and the Tribal Wildlife Grants application process, visit  or