Request for Proposals

US Fish & Wildlife Service – National Fish Passage Program
Awards: $100,000-$2,000,000

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking project applications for $38 million in fish passage funding. The National Fish Passage Program prioritizes projects that will:  

  • maximize benefits to priority species and habitats;  
  • provide sustainable fish passage;  
  • leverage regional or watershed priorities for habitat restoration, fish passage, or aquatic connectivity;  
  • enhance community resilience to climate change, address public safety hazards and provide other benefits such as job creation or recreational fishing opportunities;  
  • support or engage with underserved and indigenous communities; and 
  • be supported by partners, affected stakeholders, and the local community 

Proposals can be initiated by any individual, organization, government, or agency, but must be submitted and completed in cooperation with a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. Interested parties should submit a Letter of Intent to the appropriate National Fish Passage Program regional coordinator, via email, by December 16, 2022. For more information.

Bureau of Indian Affairs – Wildlife & Parks

All due January 13, 2023 to Regional BIA Office.

Fish Hatchery Maintenance Program
Eligibility – Federally recognized tribe engaged in the spawning, hatching, rearing, holding, caring for, or stocking of fish and/or shellfish.
Purpose – Work that is required to prolong the life of a structure, building, or other facility component including: delay of physical deterioration; enhancement of original function; application of new technological advances; or replacement or acquisition of associated capitalized equipment.

Invasive Species Program
Eligibility – Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments
Purpose – Invasive wildlife funding will focus on planning, prevention, and implementation of invasive species management plans.
Funding range – $2,500 – $250,000 per application

Tribal Youth Initiative Program
Eligibility – Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments
Purpose – Initiative funding for the support and development of tribal youth programs focused on science in alignment with conservation and resource management will be distributed on a competitive basis to tribes and inter-tribal organizations. The programs will provide opportunities for youth to engage in the field of natural resource management and encourage their interest in pursuing educational opportunities and careers in natural resources management.
Funding range – $2,000 to $50,000 per application

Endangered Species Act Program
Eligibility – Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments
Purpose – Projects involving species protected by ESA and candidate species AND/OR Tribally important species and/or habitat(s) where such species or habitat(s) are identified in an official and approved tribal document, management plan, or Tribal Resolution that lists the tribally important species and/or habitat(s) and describes the tribal interest in focusing attention on those species/habitat(s)
Funding range – maximum of $120,000 per application

Native American Fish & Wildlife Membership
Membership in the NAFWS is an allowable budget item (one membership for a two-year period.). Successful applicants who are confirmed speakers at NAFWS events may be eligible for reimbursement of travel costs (per diem) by BIA.

USDA APHIS SARS-CoV-2 in Animals Tribal Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is awarding $5,000,000 in funds provided by the American Rescue Plan to Tribes, Tribal Nations, and organizations working on their behalf to support projects in the priority areas below:

  • Address gaps in surveillance and investigation activities for SARS-CoV-2 in animals, including farmed animals, captive wildlife, free-ranging wildlife, and companion animals.
  • Expand knowledge of species susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 to improve understanding of potential roles or routes of transmission.
  • Develop surveillance tools and strategies for the rapid detection and characterization of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 to support an early warning system to prevent or limit future SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks.
  • Identify effective interventions, and other measures to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 at the human-animal interface and/or impacts to the food supply.

Learn more. There will be two ARP Tribal Funding Opportunity Webinars on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 1:00PM Eastern and Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 1:00PM Eastern. Applications are due Jan 31, 2023.

U.S. Federal Highway Administration National Culvert Removal, Replacement & Restoration Grants

The National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grant Program (Culvert Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) Program) is an annual competitive grant program that awards grants to eligible entities for projects for the replacement, removal, and repair of culverts or weirs that meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish. Anadromous fish species are born in freshwater such as streams and rivers, spend most of their lives in the marine environment, and migrate back to freshwater to spawn.

Eligibility: Tribes, States, and units of local government.
Apply: Applications must be submitted electronically through no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on Monday February 6, 2023

USDA APHIS –  Antimicrobial Resistance Dashboard

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) is announcing the availability of cooperative agreement funding to carry out the Antimicrobial Resistance Dashboard.  USDA APHIS will develop antimicrobial resistance dashboard tools to improve access to information on antimicrobial resistance in domesticated animals, including livestock, poultry, and companion animals. APHIS is offering for the first-time competitive funding opportunities to support the development and utilization of dashboards to address the One Health challenge of antimicrobial resistance. The application deadline is February 20, 2023. Learn more.

National Science Foundation – Planning Proposals to Catalyze Innovative and Inclusive Wildland Fire Science through Diverse Collaborations

NSF is calling for planning proposals focused on catalyzing innovative and inclusive wildland fire science through collaboration among diverse stakeholders and rights holders. Participants may include Tribal Nation and Tribal College and University (TCU) representatives, local community members, Indigenous researchers, and/or cultural knowledge holders. Budget requests must not exceed $100,000 per year (including indirect costs) for a total of $200,000, with a duration of up to 24 months. Prior to submission of a proposal, prospective investigators must submit a two-page description of the proposal concept to ascertain its suitability in responding to this DCL Planning proposals can be submitted at any time but should be submitted no later than May 31, 2023 for consideration during Fiscal Year 2023. Questions on planning proposal preparation or this DCL may be sent to

Two webinars will be hosted by NSF Program Officers about the DCL and to answer questions. You can register for either session at this link: A summary of the presentation will be available after the second webinar concludes.

Open Year Round

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund – Link to Page

This funding invests in programs, initiatives and projects aimed at,

  • Conserving Wildlife and Habitat
  • Connecting New Audiences to the Outdoors
  • Advocating for Access and Sportsmen’s Rights
  • Supporting Military and Veterans
  • Strengthening Communities in the Missouri Ozarks

Apply all year round!

Useful Funding Links

National Wildlife Federation: Nature-based Funding Database
National Wildlife Federation’s interactive database for communities interested in pursuing federal funding and/or technical assistance for nature-based solutions. Use the filters below to search for nature-based solutions funding and technical assistance resources that fit your needs. – NWF 

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Opportunities Database
In November 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law increasing funding for existing federal programs and funding new programs. The Colorado River Collaborative created a new searchable database to identify funding opportunities through IIJA. See their Tribal Government Fact Sheet and search the database for funding opportunities.

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