National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NCWC) Grant Program is a competitive grant matching program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands of U.S. coastal states and trust territories.

Although only state agencies are eligible applicants, we are encouraged by USFWS to partner with tribes, cities, counties, land trusts, and other state and federal agencies. Partner organizations are considered sub-grantees for any successfully awarded projects.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: There is typically $17-20 million available for each annual funding cycle.
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: Awards typically range from $125,000 (there is no specific minimum) to a maximum of $1,000,000.
  • Amount of matching funds required: A minimum 25 percent match is required, however, additional points are awarded for match above the minimum amount. Match is to be provided by subgrantee. Ecology does not provide matching funds.

Applications are currently being accepted.

Start date:
End date:

Application Schedule for current NCWC grant cycle (Fiscal Year 2022):

Date Program Milestone

Feb-March, 2021

Contact Ecology with pre-proposals. Ecology and USFWS work with potential subgrantees to assess project concepts.

April 1 & 2, 2021

Pre-proposal site visits (virtual) by Ecology and USFWS.  After site visits, you may be invited to submit a full application.

May 7, 2021

Draft applications due to Ecology. 

Mid-May 2021

USFWS and Ecology review drafts and provide feedback on draft applications.

June 11, 2021

Final applications due to Ecology at 5:00 p.m.

Late June, 2021

Ecology submits approved applications to USFWS.

October 2021

USFWS National Ranking Meeting.

Early-mid 2022

USFWS announces awards, Ecology issues subawards.


Funding is available for the following entities:

Only state agencies are eligible to apply for NCWC grants, however, we have a strong interest in supporting projects from partner organizations that will conserve coastal wetlands.

  • Acquisition of a real property interest in coastal lands or waters from willing sellers or partners (coastal wetlands ecosystems), providing that the terms and conditions will ensure the real property will be administered for long-term conservation.
  • The restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems, providing restoration, enhancement, or management will be administered for long-term conservation.

More information about this funding program