Feature Story

A ten-year partnership with Walmart protects open spaces for wildlife and people.



 Due Dates

  • 11/15/2015
    Notification Deadline



  • Who can I contact if I have questions about a project I am considering for submission?
    You are encouraged to contact the program representatives (shown at left) or a Regional Office Director to discuss your project ideas and receive guidance on conservation priorities in your area.
  • Does this program have any match requirements?
    All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Federal funds may be considered as match.
  • What are the regular grant cycles for this program?
    This program runs annually. The 2015 pre-proposal deadline is July 23. Following a review period of about four weeks, appropriate pre-proposals will be selected and applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. The deadline for full proposals is Sept 17.
Mule Deer Fawn | Credit: USFWS
  • Acres for America

    Acres for America is one of the most effective public-private partnerships in the history of U.S. conservation efforts. In 2005, NFWF and Walmart teamed up to establish the Acres for America program to conserve lands of national significance, protect critical fish and wildlife habitat and benefit people and local economies.

    Acres for America priorities include: 

    • Conserving critical habitats for birds, fish, plants and wildlife;
    • Connecting existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect migration routes;
    • Providing access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and,
    • Ensuring the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching and recreation.

    The program has far surpassed its original goals. Walmart’s commitment aimed to permanently conserve at least one acre of priority wildlife habitat for every developed acre of Walmart Stores’ current and future footprint, but has exceeded that target. Since its inception, the program has:

    • Funded 60 projects in 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico;
    • Provided nearly $4 million in emergency response funding to protect fish and wildlife that were immediately threatened by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012; and,
    • Restored urban waters and connected youth to the outdoors by investing more than $1 million in community-based projects located in Washington, D.C.; New York City, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Chicago, IL; Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA.

 Application Information

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 Program Information

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 Staff Representatives