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Acres for America

Grants to USA and Puerto Rico Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational
Institutions for Wildlife Habitat Conservation Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Walmart

Conf. Date:

03/25/20

LOI Date:

04/15/20

Deadline Date:

06/24/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Puerto Rico nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions for projects that promote the conservation of wildlife habitats. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to the full application. Eligible uses of grant funds include perpetual conservation easements and land acquisitions.

Acres for America is the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) premier land conservation program, and was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements.

Preferential consideration will be given to proposals that can demonstrate their ability to achieve more than one of the program priorities below.

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

To be competitive for funding through the Acres for America program, land acquisitions and conservation easements should address the following criteria:

  • Project Scale and Program Priorities. Projects should protect or contribute to the protection of significant acres of land, address one or more of the program priorities, and meet the other criteria below.
  • National or State Conservation Priority. Endorsement by appropriate federal, state, and local government agencies that the acquisition is of high conservation value is a primary consideration
  • Protect Critical Fish and Wildlife Species. Important fish, wildlife, and/or plant resources, such as endangered species or areas of significant biological diversity, as identified by conservation agencies or organizations, should be conserved through the acquisition. 
  • Expand Wildlife Connectivity. Acquisitions that reduce fragmentation of key habitats, expand and enhance wildlife corridors and contribute to larger landscape-scale conservation efforts are preferred over isolated acquisitions.
  • Expand Public Access to Nature. Projects that provide public access for people to enjoy and experience the outdoors, recreate and connect with nature are preferred. 
  • Benefit Local Economies. Projects that can demonstrate the connection between the land acquisition and related benefits to local economies are preferred.
  • Provide a Range of Ecological Services. Please indicate if the project can demonstrate or even quantify the ecological services provided or protected through land protection (i.e., securing drinking water sources, or protecting stream flow for aquatic resources, carbon sequestration).
  • Under Threat of Conversion. Please demonstrate the threats to the property and what would happen if the property is not conserved.

For details on the above criteria and additional criteria, see: https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/acres-for-america-2020-rfp.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143705

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,100,000

Number of Grants:

Based on prior year decisions, NFWF anticipates that between four and eight projects will be awarded funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities:

- Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.
- Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:

- 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.

Land Acquisition and Conservation Easement Eligibility:

- All acquisition documents, including appraisals, title reports, environmental hazard assessments, mineral rights assessments, surveys, and where appropriate, a local attorney's opinion of easement viability, as well as other appropriate documents, must be available for NFWF staff review as part of the application process. For more specific information regarding funding an acquisition of interest in real property, see NFWF’s Applicant’s FAQ webpage.
- The fee transfer or perpetual conservation easement must qualify for "conservation purposes" as defined by Internal Revenue Code Section 170(h), which generally includes the following: the preservation of land areas for outdoor recreation by, or the education of, the general public; the protection of relatively natural habitats of fish, wildlife, or plants, or similar ecosystems; the preservation of open space - including farmland and forestland - for scenic enjoyment or pursuant to an adopted governmental conservation policy; in either case, such open space preservation must yield a significant public benefit; the preservation of historically important land areas or buildings.
- Debt retirement on acquisition projects is not preferred.
- Applicants should be able to secure letters of support from appropriate Congressional representatives for acquisition of interest in a real property if requested by NFWF.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: Wednesday, March 25th 2020 at 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5614527881991718145

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:

- Pre-Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, April 15th 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: May 2020
- Full Proposal Due Date: June 24, 2020 by 11:59pm ET
- Board of Directors Approval: October 2020

Prior to submitting a pre-proposal, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NFWF regional office. The purpose is to give the applicant an opportunity to share project concepts and ideas prior to fully preparing and submitting a pre-proposal.

All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Federal funds may be considered as match. Due to the competitive nature of this program, successful Acres for America projects typically have matching funds at a 5:1 ratio or greater.

Award payments are primarily reimbursable. Projects may request funds for reimbursement at any time after completing a signed agreement with NFWF.

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

Applicant Information:
https://www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/applicants/Pages/home.aspx

Webinar Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uiysML28es

Contact Information:

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

Apply online through Easygrants: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/NFWF/Implementation/Modules/Login/LoginModuleContent.aspx?Config=LoginModuleConfig&Page=Login

For general information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Kimberly Shriner
202-595-2639
kimberly.shriner@nfwf.org

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:

Easygrants Helpdesk
Email: Easygrants@nfwf.org
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Include: your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.​​​​​​​​

Regional Contacts:

Western Region Office:
Jonathan Birdsong
jonathan.birdsong@nfwf.org

Rocky Mountain Region Office:
Chris West
chris.west@nfwf.org

Central Region Office:
Todd Hogrefe
todd.hogrefe@nfwf.org

Southern Region Office:
Suzanne Sessine
suzanne.sessine@nfwf.org

Northeastern Region Office:
John Wright
john.wright@nfwf.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

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