National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Since our creation by Congress in 1984, NFWF has become one of the world’s largest conservation grant-makers. We work with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. NFWF supports conservation efforts in all 50 states, U.S. territories and abroad. Our grants – more than 12,100 since our founding – are made through a competitive process and awarded to some of the nation’s largest environmental organizations, as well as some of the smallest. We neither advocate nor litigate. Instead, NFWF focuses on using the best science to get results and build a better future for our world. Financial commitments to our conservation mission since our founding now top $2.1 billion.
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How We Work
NFWF specializes in bringing all parties to the table – individuals, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations. Together, we protect and restore imperiled species, promote healthy oceans and estuaries, improve working landscapes for wildlife, advance sustainable fisheries and conserve water for wildlife and people.
NFWF currently works with 14 federal partners and more than 50 corporate and foundation partners. Our IDEA (Impact-Directed Environmental Account) program manages more than $100 million in mitigations and settlement funds to create positive conservation outcomes.
NFWF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are governed by a 30-member Board of Directors approved by the Secretary of the Interior.
Our conservation programs cover many ecosystems and address challenges in oceans and coasts, forests and grasslands and freshwater environments.
Learn about NFWF’s approach to conservation science and the partners who make our work possible, and find out how to apply for a grant.
What We Do
For nearly three decades, NFWF has been a driving force in national conservation. We’ve supported more than 12,100 projects that align with our mission: to protect and restore our nation’s fish and wildlife species and the habitats they need to survive.
NFWF programs span forests and grasslands, oceans and coasts, and freshwater ecosystems. We focus on funding the best projects, using the best science. We support actions that target species and habitats, but also benefit the larger set of species present in the places where we work. Our IDEA program manages and invests conservation funds arising from legal and regulatory actions to ensure that they’re applied effectively.
NFWF works with public and private partners in all 50 states and abroad to solve the most challenging conservation problems. See our grants library for specific project information.