Wildlife Funding

State & Tribal Wildlife Grants 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 gullsPREVENTING 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. Click here for SWG Allocation History by state.

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Dear Colleague Letters Supporting State & Tribal Wildlife Grants

Dedicated Funding

The Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program (WCRP), created by Congress in 2000, authorizes federal funding to State fish and wildlife agencies for wildlife conservation and related recreation and education. While the program is on the books, it is not currently receiving any funding. The Teaming With Wildlife (TWW) coalition is working to find a permanent, stable funding source for the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program.

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Task Force on Wildlife Diversity Funding

As we enter the third decade of the Teaming With Wildlife (TWW) initiative, the AFWA President’s Task Force on Wildlife Diversity Funding was chartered in April 2011 to review and assess the past work of the TWW program and explore how AFWA can best position itself to achieve our ultimate goal of dedicated funding.

For more information on the Task Force on the Wildlife Diversity Funding