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Acres for America

Grants to USA and Puerto Rico Conservation Organizations
for Land Acquisition and Easement

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Walmart

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Deadline Date:

06/27/19 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA and Puerto Rico nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions for the conservation of large-scale habitats. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to the full application. Funding may be requested for perpetual conservation easements and land acquisitions.

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:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143705

Estimated Total Program Funding:


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-Application Information:

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.

- ​​Applicant Webinar: ​March 20, 2019 at 1:00-2:00 PM EDT
- ​Pre-Proposal Due Date: ​April 17, 2019 by 11:59 PM EDT
- ​Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: ​May 2019
- ​Full Proposal Due Date: June 27, 2019 by 11:59 PM EDT
​- Board of Directors Approval: ​November 2019

Budget Instructions:

Federally-funded projects must be in compliance with OMB Uniform Guidance as applicable.

Applicant Information:

Applicant Webinar Recording:

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:

For general information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Kimberly Shriner

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

Easygrants Helpdesk
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

Rocky Mountain Region Office:
Chris West

Central Region Office:
Todd Hogrefe

Southern Region Office:
Suzanne Sessine

Northeastern Region Office:
John Wright

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USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)