Grants and Funding Available to the Corps
Grants that the Corps can directly apply for:
- US Forest Service Forest Pest Suppression program - provides 100% free funding to Corps projects from the USFS if experiencing problems such as gypsy moths, oak wilt, southern pine beetles, etc. Proposals that are focused on suppression or eradication have a higher chance of getting funded. The range of typical proposals that are funded is $1,000 to $40,000.
- Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership – a national partnership established to promote and facilitate the conservation of habitat for fish and other aquatic species in reservoir systems through collaborative actions that contribute to the ecological health and function of reservoirs and their associated waters and watersheds, the restoration, protection and enhancement of fish and other aquatic species and communities, the sustainability and enhancement of reservoir fisheries, public awareness of the conservation issues and challenges facing reservoir and associated waters and watershed management in the 21st Century, or the quality of life of the American people
- Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership grants received by Corps Projects
- NWK: Smithville Grant Proposal, 2014
- SAM: West Point Grant Proposal, 2016
- MVK: Grenada Grant Proposal, 2015
- LRN: Dale Hollow Grant Proposal, 2016
- MVS: Rend Grant Proposal, 2016
- SAS: J Strom Thurmond Grant Proposal, 2017
- SAS: Richard B Russell Grant Proposal, 2016
- MVS: Carlyle Grant Proposal, 2015
- MVS: Carlyle Grant Proposal, 2017
- LRH: Delaware Lake Grant Proposal, 2016
- Eligible applicants include state and federal government agencies,
non-governmental organizations (e.g., community associations, watershed
user groups, cooperatives, civic groups), municipalities, universities,
schools, state and tribal governments. Click here to view the 2017 request
- US DOT Federal Highway Administration FAST ACT - The Federal Lands Transportation Program provides funding through a competitive process for projects that improve access within the Federal estate on infrastructure owned by the Federal Government. The Federal Lands Access Program provides funding through a competitive process for projects that improve access to the Federal estate on infrastructure owned by State and local governments. Each State’s programming decisions are made by a committee, and there is a requirement for local match. (80% of these funds are allocated to the Western states)
- State Fishing, Boating and Waterways Grants- (Note: Some states may require a 3rd party to apply for the grants. Check your state website for details)
Grants that require a third party to apply for:
- National list of Grant Makers provided by the Corps Foundation, February 2013
- Boat US Foundation Grassroots Grants- awards local volunteer organizations up to $4,000 for the promotion of safe and clean boating education. Over the past 20 years the Foundation has awarded over a million dollars to local community organizations, yacht clubs, flotillas and squadrons. The Foundation is looking for creative and innovative projects that promote safe and clean boating on your local waterway. Past topics have ranged from PSAs on the effects of boating under the influence to signs at boat ramps telling users about invasive species in the area and how to prevent them from spreading. The application process typically begins in January with submissions due in the spring. (Must be applied for by a non-profit friends group/cooperating association. Grants are not awarded to government agencies.)
- Bogs 2% for Outdoor Education grants - Bogs will donate 2% of all purchases to their grant program which supports outdoor education projects that connect youth to learning opportunities. The goal is provide scholarships and grants up to $5,000 to remove financial barriers so all kids can grow and learn outdoors. Projects should focus on 3 to 18 year old children, for already existing, sustained and consistent programs that demonstrate impact on the local community to create a world where outdoor education is highly valued. Preference is given to organizations focused on serving lower income youth.
- Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grants - To promote conservation and hunting, fishing, camping, boating and other outdoor sporting and recreational activities. The Fund intends to focus its efforts in the following areas: advocacy programs related to the responsible ownership and use of firearms, conservation programs and youth activities and programs.”
- EPA Environmental Education (EE) Grants - Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year, supporting more than 3,700 grants. Eligible applicants include: local education agency, state education or environmental agency, college or university, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization , noncommercial educational broadcasting entity, or tribal education agency.
- Five Star Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program - The program focuses on the stewardship and restoration of coastal, wetland and riparian ecosystems across the country. Its goal is to meet the conservation needs of important species and habitats, providing measurable and meaningful conservation and educational outcomes. The program requires the establishment and/or enhancement of diverse partnerships and an education/outreach component that will help shape and sustain behavior to achieve conservation goals.
- On-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration
Proposals due: End of January
- Meaningful education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum
- Measurable ecological, educational and community benefits
- Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants: NFWF provides funding on a competitive basis to projects that sustain, restore, and enhance our nation's fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. Each of their initiatives has a business plan developed by scientists and other experts and approved by their Board of Directors. Grants are available to support the actions identified in the business plan. Additional grant programs support diverse projects for wildlife and habitat conservation across the country.
- NEEF Every Day $5,000 Grants- NEEF’s Every Day Grants will strengthen the stewardship of public lands by strengthening Friends Groups through funding for organizational capacity building. If a Friend Group can better engage the public, it can attract more volunteers which creates a larger base of individuals to ask for support. If it can gain more support, it can do more volunteer events. Twenty (20) Every Day Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to those groups who make the best case for how the funds will build their capacity to better serve the lands they love. (Must be applied for by a friends group/cooperating association)
- Take Me Fishing grants- The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation awards grants of $2,500 or less designed to give young individuals the resources and funding needed to bring their innovation ideas to life. This award opportunity supports pioneering projects and initiatives that are youth-developed that result in increased fishing participation. Projects should reinforce the idea that recreational fishing is one of the first and most important ways in which young Americans are introduced to the outdoors. Deadline is November 1. (Must be applied for by a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization interested in connecting Americans with their waterways through recreational fishing.)
Grants and Funding Available to the Corps
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