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Grants and Contracts to California Nonprofits and Agencies for Wildlife Conservation Projects

California State Duck Stamp (Stamp Project)

GrantWatch ID# 207070

Funding Source
Array ( )

Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/03/23 Postmarked By Date or Delivered by 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants and contracts to California nonprofit organizations and agencies for wildlife conservation projects. Funding is intended to support projects, activities, and strategies to benefit the state's population of ducks, geese, and swans. The goal of the program is to protect, preserve, restore, enhance, and develop migratory waterfowl breeding and wintering habitat, evaluate habitat projects and conduct waterfowl resource assessments and other waterfowl-related research. These funds also may be used to reimburse nonprofit organizations for completed habitat projects.

To achieve these goals the Department has adopted the following four objectives:

  1. Identify activities that are needed for the conservation and maintenance of California's waterfowl habitat on public land.
  2. Develop and fund project-specific strategies to protect, enhance, maintain or restore significant waterfowl habitat on public land.
  3. Develop and fund project-specific strategies to conserve waterfowl populations.
  4. Develop, administer, and fund a grants program for waterfowl conservation.

For examples of eligible projects, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To accomplish the objectives, the Department is authorized to award grants (and contracts where necessary) to nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, state departments and federal agencies (Fish and Game Code § 3702). The organizations must have the specific capacity (waterfowl habitat enhancement, restoration, creation and or research experience to deliver the objectives).

Pre-Application Information
- Solicitation Released November 21, 2022
- Proposals Due by 5:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time) February 3, 2023
- Advisory Committee Meeting February 20-28, 2023
- Internal Review and Recommendation Development March 20-31, 2023
- Department Recommendation Finalized and Forwarded to Commission By mid-May 2023
- Award Notification Distributed By June 30, 2023

All applications for FY 23/24 funding must have a U.S. Postal Service Postmark no later than February 3, 2023. Proposals delivered by any other means (FedEx, UPS., etc.) including hand delivery must be delivered no later than February 3, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Agreements are prepared with the intent of project start dates to begin by early winter.

Contact Information
Applications may be submitted by email to

Hard copy applications shall be addressed to:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Chief- Wildlife Branch
ATTN: Duck Stamp Funding Proposal
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Melanie Weaver, Waterfowl Program Leader, at

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