What We Do
This grant program provides funding for wildlife and sport fish restoration projects identified as priority projects by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). These high priority projects address problems affecting states on a regional or national basis. Projects include: species population surveys, outreach, data collection regarding hunter or angler participation, hunter or aquatic education, economic value of fishing and hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments.
Recently, the program has funded work on everything from studies on chronic wasting disease in deer to the national survey of fishing, hunting, and wildlife-associated recreation.
AFWA and the Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration Program work together to manage the program. Each year, $6 million is provided: $3 million from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and $3 million from the Wildlife Restoration Account.
In 2019, the President signed the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (Modernizing PR Act) (Public Law (Pub. L.) 116-94) into law. This law, among other measures, created a new “Modern Multistate Conservation Grant Program” designed to support “R3” projects for hunting and shooting sports. In this case, R3 stands for: recruit new hunters and recreational shooters, retain existing hunters and recreational shooters, and re-engage lapsed hunters and recreational shooters. This change makes up to an additional $5,000,000 available specifically for hunter and recreational shooter recruitment related grants, including related communication and outreach activities.
For more information on this grant program, visit the AFWA Multistate Conservation Grant Program website.