The Technical and Evaluation Questions
NAWCA STANDARD GRANT applications ask specific technical questions and it is important to provide complete and detailed answers. Read the proposal instructions carefully and ask our Grants Liaison if you need assistance. Note that the technical questions and scoring table are closely aligned!
Technical Question #1: How does the proposal contribute to the conservation of waterfowl habitat?
You will be asked to list and enumerate waterfowl that your project will benefit: high priority waterfowl, priority waterfowl, and other waterfowl species. These species are listed in the instructions and you can also see them below.
Technical Question #2: How does the proposal contribute to the conservation of other wetland-associated migratory birds?
You will be asked to list the species found in the Bird Conservation Region where the project is located. Not sure what BCR you are in? See the map below.
Technical Question #3: How does the proposal location relate to the geographic priority wetlands described by the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners in Flight, the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, and/or the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan?
You will want to show how your proposal aligns with the conservation priorities of wetlands areas in the four major national bird conservation plans. The instructions link to those four plans. In Part B, you can refer to the priorities of regional plans (such as the Pacific Americas Shorebird Conservation Plan).
Technical Question #4: How does the proposal relate to the national status and trends of wetlands types?
The proposal instructions provide links to the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) Mapper and suggest contacting your Joint Venture Coordinator for more information at the local level.
Question 5 - How does the proposal contribute to long-term conservation of wetlands and associated habitats?
You will also be asked to consider how changing environmental factors could affect the proposed project acreage or bird populations and if there are adaptations to address those changes.
Technical Question #6: How does the proposal contribute to the conservation of habitat for wetland-associated federally listed or proposed endangered species; wetland associated state-listed species; and other wetland-associated fish and wildlife that are specifically involved with the proposal?
For this questions, be sure to include listed species at both the federal and state level.
Technical Questions #7: How does the proposal satisfy the partnership purpose of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act?
Partnerships and match are key elements for any submitted proposal. It is important to start well ahead of the due date to secure match and non-match partners that will add value to your proposal.
NAWCA SMALL GRANT applications also ask specific questions about birds and habitats, but they are less laborious than the Standard Grants. There are eight major evaluation questions with a three page maximum response. The scoring tables for both the Standard and Small Grant proposals are in the application and are worth careful review.
High Priority Waterfowl Species
Tule Greater White-fronted Goose
Dusky Canada Goose
Southern James Bay Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Priority Waterfowl Species
Pacific Greater White-fronted Goose
Wrangel Island Snow Goose