Bull Elk | Credit: Ken Canning
  • 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 Acres for America to conserve lands of national significance, protect critical fish and wildlife habitat and benefit people and local economies.

    Acres for America priorities include:

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

    The program has far surpassed its original goal to permanently conserve one acre of wildlife habitat for every acre of land developed by Walmart Stores. Acres for America has:

    • Protected more than 1.4 million acres – an area comparable in size to Grand Canyon National Park;
    • Connected over 10 million acres of protected lands to support landscape-scale conservation and wildlife migration;
    • Funded 88 projects in 38 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 lands and habitats and connected youth to the outdoors by investing more than $1.8 million in community-based projects located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Bridgeport, Portland (OR), Albuquerque and Washington, D.C.

    In November 2015, NFWF and Walmart announced a 10-year renewal to continue this exceptional program’s work for another decade. It is anticipated that the renewal of Acres for America will be consistent in scope with the first 10 years.


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  • 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, as a two-phased application. The RFP is typically released in March, with preproposals due around May. Following a review period of about four weeks, appropriate pre-proposals will be selected and applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.