Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) projects benefit most of the 386 bird species that breed in the continental United States or Canada and spend the winter in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, or South America.
The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act promotes long-term conservation of Neotropical migratory birds and their habitats through a competitive grants program, by:
- sparking partnership-based conservation, supporting hundreds of public-private collaborations;
- energizing local, on-the-ground conservation efforts;
- achieving habitat protection and other critical bird conservation activities in 36 countries; and
- building conservation capacity in local organizations.
The goals of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act include perpetuating healthy bird populations, providing financial resources for bird conservation, and fostering international cooperation. Because the greatest need is south of the U.S. border, at least 75 percent of the funding supports projects outside the United States. The grants program requires a partner-to-grant dollar match of 3 to 1.
All applicants (except offices of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) must apply through Grants.gov, which provides an online form that you must fill out completely and correctly. However, before you begin filling out the online form, you should familiarize yourself with the guidance on this page.