Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Conserve Wildlife Grants Now Available to Nonprofit Groups

Nonprofit groups working on projects directly related to wildlife diversity and education in New Jersey may now apply to the Department of Environmental Protection for matching grants to help support their endeavors, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Bird Banding Grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 are offered through the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program, using revenues generated by the Conserve Wildlife License Plate renewal fund. Approved projects will be funded for a single year. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, December 15.

The awards are 50-50 cost share grants, and at least 25 percent of the grantee’s share of the project funding must be monetary. The remainder may be in-kind support. The grant program’s allotment for 2017 is $39,000.

Work that may be eligible for grants include education/outreach projects, research projects, management projects or habitat protection projects. Some examples of eligible projects include those that minimize conflicts between humans and wildlife, control invasive species, create pollinator habitat or Monarch waystations or that gather data on underrepresented rare species.

Since its launch in 2008, the program has awarded 67 grants totaling $198,000, all of which support a broad range of nongame wildlife research, management and education projects.

Only nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations are eligible to apply for the grants. Requests must be submitted electronically to and award notifications are expected to be made by January 27, 2017.

For more information about the program, or for proposal guidelines, visit the Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program at or call the Endangered and Nongame Species Program at (609) 292-9400.


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