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Institutions in Multiple States to Restore and Protect Watershed Resources

Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF)

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Long Island Sound Study (LISS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Deadline Date:

05/19/22 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont nonprofit organizations, agencies, Tribal entities, and educational institutions to restore and preserve natural resources in eligible areas. Project categories include education and public participation, implementation, design and planning, and community science and water quality monitoring. All proposed projects must be within the Long Island Sound watershed boundary.

The LISFF supports efforts to test innovative approaches to conservation, deliver transformative projects and support people and communities who value the sound and take a direct role in its future. A road map guiding investments under the LISFF is the Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan 2020-2024 Update. The CCMP Update has four themes (CCMP Theme) shown below, Implementation Actions (IAs) associated with each theme, and three cross-cutting principles: resilience to climate change, sustainability, and environmental justice.  NFWF seeks proposal submissions that incorporate the theme(s), IA(s) and cross-cutting principle(s).  

Projects that incorporate outreach to communities, foster community engagement, and pursue collaborative management leading to measurable conservation benefits are encouraged. When possible, projects—especially those implemented in underserved, under-resourced or overburdened communities—should engage community-level partners to help design, implement, and sustain projects to secure maximum benefits for communities and post-grant award. 

The CCMP Update has four themes:

  • Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds – Improve water quality by reducing nitrogen  pollution, combined sewer overflows, impervious cover, stormwater runoff, and point and nonpoint source loading into Long Island Sound.
  • Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife – Restore coastal habitats to maintain resilience and function and to support populations of fish, birds and wildlife.
  • Sustainable and Resilient Communities – Projects that 1) support vibrant, informed, and engaged communities that use, appreciate, and help protect and sustain the Sound; 2) sustain its ecological balance in a healthy, productive, and resilient state for the benefit of both people and the natural environment; and 3) improve habitat, enhance resilience, and directly engage communities.
  • Sound Science and Inclusive Management – Manage the Sound using science that is inclusive, adaptive, innovative and accountable.

For more information on the above themes, see https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-03/lisff-2022-rfp.pdf#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142753

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Implementation Projects: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $1.5 million
- Design/Planning Projects: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $500,000
- Community Science/Water Quality Monitoring: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $100,000
- Education and Public Participation Grants: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $250,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must start within six months and be completed within 24 months after notification of grant award. Larger-scale complex implementation projects must start within six months and be completed within thirty-six months after notification of grant award. Notification of award is projected to be November 2022. Project start date cannot be before October 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local government, municipal government, Tribal Governments and Organizations, and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds :
- Research projects. Consider the LISS Research Grant Program.
- Development of new educational curriculum.
- Support for fellowships and/or tuition support or reimbursement.
- Marketing efforts serving to generally promote the applicant organization and its initiatives.
- Funding for lunches or snacks, t-shirts and promotional items (e.g., key chains, coffee mugs, pens etc.).
- Full fee or easement acquisition is not eligible for funding.
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.
- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.
- Proposals for habitat restoration, fish passage, education, and resilience projects in the Long Island Sound watershed upper basin states (MA, NH, VT) are not eligible for funding under the LISFF.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational webinars about the RFP and application process:

Applicant Webinar: CT & NY Applicants - March 15, 2022, 2:00PM – 3:30PM Eastern
To Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3055840102283394063

Applicant Webinar: MA, NH, VT Applicants - March 16, 2022, 2:00PM – 3:30PM Eastern
To Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9220877665525753100

Pollution Prevention Calculator Webinar: March 22, 2022, 9:30AM – 10:30AM
To Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4038659462352089358

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applicant Webinar: CT & NY Applicants - March 15, 2022, 2:00PM
- Applicant Webinar: MA, NH, VT Applicants - March 16, 2022, 2:00PM
- Pollution Prevention Calculator Webinar: March 22, 2022, 9:30AM
- Proposal Due Date: May 19, 2022, 11:59PM, Eastern
- Review Period: Summer 2022
- Awards Announced: November 2022

Grants require a minimum matching contribution valued at 25% of the “Requested Amount” from the LISFF.

Budget Instructions: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information/budget-instructions

Applicant Webinar Recording (NY, CT):
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5399590975059536909

Applicant Webinar Recording (MA, NH, VT): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2047693493922820876

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact Erin Lewis: Erin.Lewis@nfwf.org

Easygrants Helpdesk
Email: Easygrants@nfwf.org
Voicemail: 202-595-2497

NFWF
1133 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

Grant Coverage Areas:

All proposed projects must be within the Long Island Sound watershed boundary: https://nfwf.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0e3a87a189e8458195217e18c36ded59

- Habitat restoration projects must fall within the Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed boundary in CT and NY.
- Resilience, water quality and fish passage projects may be in any portion of the Long Island Sound Study Area in CT and NY.
- Education projects may be in any portion of the Long Island Sound Study Area in CT and NY. Projects may occur in communities outside this boundary in those states as long as the content is focused on the health and living resources of the Sound.
- Nitrogen prevention watershed/plan/design and implementation projects may occur anywhere in the Sound watershed of CT, NY, Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), and Vermont (VT) as shown in the Long Island Sound Watershed Boundary.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New York City;   New York;   Vermont

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