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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions in Multiple States to Protect Pollinating Insects

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
169906

Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: ArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasMichiganMinnesotaMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew MexicoNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonSouth DakotaTexasUtahWashingtonWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 04/18/23
LOI Date: 05/11/23
Deadline: 07/13/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions in multiple states to protect the monarch butterfly and other native insect pollinators. A pre-proposal must be submitted prior to the full application. The Foundation will award grants for both habitat improvement and technical assistance for private working lands.

Geographic Focus:

  1. Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Grant funding will be awarded in the following eligible states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin. Within eligible states, priority will be given to projects located in the North Core and South Core Monarch Conservation Units (Figure 1). Projects are restricted to private working lands.
  2. Habitat Improvement: Grant funding will be awarded in the following eligible states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Within eligible states, priority will be given to projects located in the North Core, South Core, West Core, and Overwintering Monarch Conservation Units (Figure 2). West of the Rocky Mountains, priority will be given to projects on or adjacent to the following: monarch butterfly overwintering sites, BLM lands, and USFS lands.

The most competitive projects will demonstrate clear benefits to both the monarch butterfly and additional at-risk native insect pollinator species (i.e., federally listed, candidate, or proposed native insect pollinator species).

The Pollinator Fund seeks projects in the following two categories. Each applicant will identify one category that best describes the project.

  1. Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands:  Funding in this category will support the implementation of technical assistance to increase the number of private landowners voluntarily engaged in monarch butterfly and pollinator conservation practices on private working lands. Grant funding will be awarded in the following eligible states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.
    Funding in this category will support the following two strategies:
    • Hiring additional staff or contractors, based on demonstrated need, including staff to assist private landowners and NRCS with developing pollinator habitat management plans and implementation of new and existing NRCS financial assistance contracts
    • Targeting outreach to landowners and other partners to prioritize, plan, and deliver financial assistance available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other Farm Bill programs to improve pollinator habitat and support at-risk pollinator species
  2. Habitat Improvement: Funding in this category will support on-the-ground work to increase the quality, quantity, and connectivity of habitat for the monarch butterfly and other native insect pollinators. Grant funding will be awarded in the following eligible states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
    Funding in this category will support the following two strategies:
    • Restore and enhance pollinator habitat, with an emphasis on regionally appropriate milkweed and a diversity of native nectar plants
    • Increase native seed and seedling supply, with an emphasis on improving the sustainability and affordability of regionally appropriate local ecotypes

For information about program priorities, see https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2023-04/1_2023_monarch_fund_rfp_v5_final_0_1.pdf#page=2

More information on geographic focus:  https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2023-04/1_2023_monarch_fund_rfp_v5_final_0_1.pdf#page=1



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Entities
• Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, U.S. federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions.

Ineligible
Ineligible applicants include 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.
• Equipment: Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff listed in this RFP to discuss options.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund - Applicant Webinar 2023 - NFWF
Tue, Apr 18, 2023 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM IDT
Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6165629529852277338

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Applicant Webinar: April 18, 3:00 PM, Eastern Time
- Pre-Proposal Due Date: May 11, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: June 20
- Full Proposal Due Date: July 13, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- Review Period: July to November
- Awards Announced: Late November

Matching:
- For category 1 (Technical Assistance for Private Workings Lands), projects are required to provide at least a 1:1 match ratio with contributions from non-federal sources to be considered for funding.
- For category 2 (Habitat Improvement), matching funds are not required.

View the applicant webinar recording: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/7658140699453866587

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,700,000

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding Availability:
1. Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Up to $600,000 is expected to be available for grants ranging from $150,000 to $300,000.
2. Habitat Improvement: Up to $2.1 million is expected to be available for grants ranging from $200,000 to $250,000.

Term of Contract
- Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Funding will be awarded for projects up to three years in length following the finalization of the grant agreement.
- Habitat Improvement: Funding will be awarded for projects up to two years in length following the finalization of the grant agreement.

Contact Information
Online application: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/NFWF/Implementation/Modules/Login/LoginModuleContent.aspx?Config=LoginModuleConfig&Page=Login

Crystal Boyd
Pollinator Programs Senior Manager
crystal.boyd@nfwf.org

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
T 202-857-0166 | F 202-857-0162

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