White House Announces $91 Million in “America the Beautiful” Challenge Grants


Ian Brickey, ian.brickey@sierraclub.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Biden Administration announced $91 million worth of grants through the America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC). The Challenge is a joint public-private undertaking among the Administration, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and other private sector partners to support landscape-scale conservation projects across the country. The $91 million will be added to $50.7 million in matching contributions, for a total grant amount of $141.7 million.

The grants, which were enabled by the White House’s signature Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, other federal conservation programs, and private donors, will be used to support projects that conserve, restore, and connect wildlife habitats and increase community access to nature.

In response, Chris Hill, senior director for Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign, released the following statement:

“Thriving landscapes means thriving communities. Protecting more of the lands and waters that make up this country will preserve vital wildlife habitat and ensure that more communities have direct access to nature and the benefits of the outdoors. Moreover, these projects will help us achieve the conservation goals we must meet to stave off a climate catastrophe.

“The Sierra Club is thrilled with today’s announcement of this serious investment in lands and water conservation – we hope it is the first of many to secure this natural inheritance for the next generation.”

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with millions of members and supporters. In addition to protecting every person's right to get outdoors and access the healing power of nature, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org.