State & Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program


In 2000, at the urging of the Teaming with Wildlife (TWW) coalition, Congress created the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) program to assist States and their partners with the conservation of more than 12,000 species of fish and wildlife that are at-risk. This is the only federal program with the explicit goal of PREVENTING endangered species listings. This program continues the long history of cooperation between the federal government and the States for managing and conserving wildlife species, going back to landmark laws like the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the 1950 Dingell-Johnson Sportfish Restoration Act. As a condition for receiving SWG funding, each State and territorial fish and wildlife agency developed a State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). These plans were approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and are being implemented using the SWG program. .

State Wildlife Grants Apportionment 2001-2014

State Wildlife Grants Publications

State Wildlife Grants Success ReportState & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program: Ten Years of Success
This report includes examples from every State that demonstrate the program’s success in preventing endangered species listings (September 2011)

Measuring the Effectiveness of State Wildlife GrantsMeasuring the Effectiveness of State Wildlife Grants Report
This report recommends a framework with effectiveness measures for States to improve performance reporting for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) program (April 2011)

Five Year Accomplishment ReportFive Year Accomplishment Report
Five years into the State Wildlife Grants program, this report examines the proactive and cost-effective projects that are being undertaken by state fish and wildlife agencies and their partners with these federal dollars. It also includes success stories from every state. (April 2006)

State and & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program…FACT SHEET
State Wildlife Grants is the Core Program to prevent endangered species listings and to keep common species common in all 56 states and territories.

State Wildlife Action Plans: Preventing Wildlife from Becoming Endangered FACT SHEET
A State & Federal Partnership for Conserving Species & Ecosystems

Guidelines for the State Wildlife Grant Program

Congressional Outreach

Every spring, the TWW coalition holds a Fly-in Day in Washington, DC to communicate to Congress the importance of the SWG program and other wildlife conservation legislation. The Fly-in includes an advocacy training, meetings with members Congress and their staff, a TWW coalition reception, and a congressional reception with awards ceremony near the U.S. Capitol. During the meetings, members of Congress are asked to sign a Dear Colleague letter in support of funding for the SWG program in annual appropriations bills. Please click here to view the Dear Colleague letter archive.

Restoring SWG

In February 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR1, which would have eliminated funding for the SWG program for FY11. The TWW coalition immediately launched a campaign to restore funding for the SWG program. While we were successful in restoring $62 million for SWG in FY11, it was still a 31% cut—resulting in the lowest funding level since the inception of the program— which has left many State wildlife diversity programs in jeopardy. It also represents a new era of national fiscal austerity that leaves the future of the SWG program hanging in the balance. Part of the campaign to save the SWG program was the circulation of two sign-on letters in support of SWG funding for FY11 and FY12.

SWG Allocations Table 2001-2014.pdf268.04 KB
FY14 Apportionments Letter from USFWS.pdf375.5 KB
FY13 SWG Apportionment Letter from USFWS.pdf561.22 KB
FY12 SWG Apportionment Letter from USFWS.pdf70.2 KB
FY11 SWG Apportionments Letter from USFWS.pdf130.63 KB
SWG Overview.pdf43.32 KB
SWG Guidelines.pdf518.89 KB