Intermountain West Joint Venture


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The Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) is a public/private partnership dedicated to the conservation of bird habitat in selected portions of the 11 western states, stretching from Canada to Mexico.

Funding Interests

IWJV seeks to facilitate the long-term conservation of key avian habitat including planning, funding, and developing habitat projects that benefit all biological components of Intermountain ecosystems. The mission is achieved by developing partnerships with private and public landowners who support habitat conservation. The Joint Venture promotes the restoration and maintenance of all bird populations; fosters the protection, restoration, and enhancement of wetlands, riparian habitats, and the widely diverse uplands characteristic of the region. The Joint Venture's work centers on implementation of the conservation goals and objectives of five major bird initiatives. These include:

  • The North American Waterfowl Management Plan
  • Partners in Flight
  • The U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan
  • The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan
  • The National Sage Grouse Conservation planning Framework

Geographic Focus

Portions of WA, OR, MT, WY, CO, NM, CA, and AZ. All of NV, UT, and ID. A coordinated implementation plan for bird conservation in each state is available on the website

Types of Support

The intent of the IWJV Project Funding program is to provide project "seed" money to applicants developing conservation partnerships for "on-the-ground" bird habitat conservation.

Grant Size

$0 to $100000

Requirements & Limitations

Project monitoring and evaluation will not be considered for funding by the IWJV under this program. However, the cost of monitoring activity and project evaluation, where they are related to the project, may be used as partner contributions. Partner funding may be accumulated from habitat work accomplished in the project area two years prior and two years after submission of the funding request. These funds may be cash or in-kind contributions.Partnerships should be broadly based, with diversity of partner categories. A mix of state and federal agencies, non-government conservation agencies, private landowners and other conservation groups would be considered optimum.

A Project Selection Criteria and Ranking is detailed on the website

Application Process

Applicants are required to follow a specific format. Deviation from this format will disqualify funding assistance applications. The proposal format is available on the website


Projects are accepted at any time but must be submitted to the respective Joint Venture State Steering Committees by June 1, annually to be considered for funding the following fiscal year. See the website for state steering committee contacts

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Since 1994, grantees have succeeded in gaining funding to protect, restore, and enhance more than 430,000 acres of wetlands and associated uplands, at a cost of more than $135 million, which provide secure habitat for a myriad of species. <br><br>\
Amount: $
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