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Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for the
Conservation of Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

05/08/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to promote the conservation of the monarch butterfly, as well as other at-risk pollinator species. Preliminary proposals are due March 14. Eligible project categories include habitat improvement and outreach and organizational coordination.


The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund is soliciting proposals to advance conservation of the monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators. The majority of funding will support projects that benefit monarch butterfly, but projects that address demonstrated needs for other federally listed or candidate insect pollinator species are also eligible. The most-competitive projects will demonstrate clear benefits to both monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators. Grants will be awarded in two primary categories: 1) habitat improvement; and 2) outreach and organization coordination.

Geographic Focus:

Much of the available grant funding will be directed to projects that benefit monarch butterfly and other at-risk pollinators within the monarch butterfly range in the United States. Priority will be given to projects within the monarch butterfly eastern population migratory flyway, which includes the 16 states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Priority in the West will be given to projects on or adjacent to U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands or important monarch butterfly overwintering sites. 

Program Priorities:

Grant funding will be awarded in the following two categories:
-Habitat Improvement
-Outreach and Organizational Coordination

Each applicant will identify the one category that best describes the proposed project. If a project is expected to yield benefits in both categories, an applicant may list the other category as secondary. In general, a project with strong, focused activities and outcomes in a single category will compete better than a less-focused project that spans both categories. If a project is expected to benefit multiple at-risk pollinator species, the applicant should describe the relevant species and how they will benefit. The following sections provide more information on the funding categories. 

Habitat Improvement:

Funding in this category will support on-the-ground work to increase the quality, quantity and connectivity of habitat for monarch butterfly and other native insect pollinators. Applicants in this category should define a step-by-step restoration plan, including site preparation, equipment used, planting techniques, size of the project area, and maintenance plan (e.g., prescribed burning, mowing, grazing schedules). If preparing a proposal that includes collecting or propagating native plants, applicants should describe the intended use of the seed or seedlings. 

Funding will primarily support the following three strategies:
1. Restore and enhance habitat, with an emphasis on regionally appropriate milkweed and a diversity of nectar plants. 
2. Increase native seed and seedling supply, with an emphasis on improving the sustainability and affordability of regionally appropriate, local ecotypes.
3. Protect and improve western monarch butterfly overwintering sites.

Restoration work will be focused on the following lands:
-Federal, state and tribal lands
-Right-of-way: rail, transmission/pipeline, and roadside
-Agricultural lands: buffers, rangeland and pastureland, roadsides, field edges, including land enrolled in Farm Bill programs
-Western lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management or identified as important monarch butterfly overwintering sites

Monarch habitat plantings across the breeding range must include at least one species of regionally appropriate milkweed. Monarch habitat must also include nectar plants with bloom times that coincide with the presence of monarchs in the project site area. To meet the nutritional needs of breeding and migrating adult monarchs, monarch plantings must provide at least three blooming nectar plant species (in addition to milkweed) during each of the following periods: spring (March 20 - June 1), summer (June 2 - August 15), and fall (August 16 - October 30). In addition to enhancing larval and nectar plant sources, projects proposed to benefit other pollinators should specify actions to improve insect nesting sites. 

Outreach and Organizational Coordination:

Funding in this category will support efforts to align and expand monarch and pollinator conservation efforts across organizations, states and regions. Competitive projects will improve information exchange, coordinate conservation efforts, and promote implementation of conservation practices. This category seeks to advance innovative and catalytic approaches that ultimately link to on-the-ground projects. 

Funding will primarily support the following three strategies:
1. Establish and promote state and regional consortia focused on monarch and pollinator conservation (should aim to be inclusive, with participation by academia, NGOs, federal, state and local governments, the private sector, and other important stakeholders, such as tribes, landowners and other citizens). 
2. Support positions and programming that is additive (i.e., new positions and programming as opposed to existing positions and overhead).
3. Promote the application of best management practices for restoring, enhancing and maintaining monarch and pollinator habitat.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169906

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may range in size from $50,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants may be up to two years in length following finalization of a grant agreement.

Project start and end dates should define the period during which all proposed work is accomplished, all requested funds are spent, and all matching funds are spent or applied.

The start date indicated in an application should not precede August 1, 2018.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American)
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments
  • State Agencies

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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. 

Pre-Application Information:

Matching funds of at least 1:1 in non-U.S. federal funds will be required. Matching contributions must be spent or applied between the start and end dates indicated in the application.

Matching contributions may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes.

The cost of land acquisition or easement may also qualify as leverage for a project involving work at the protected site. In addition, eligible indirect costs (that would not be paid with requested grant funding) may be applied as match.

Dates of activities are subject to change. Please check the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund webpage for the most current dates and information.

-Pre-Proposal Due Date: ​March 14, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
​-Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: April 9
​-Full Proposal Due Date: ​May 8, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
​-Review Period: Mid-May – Mid-August
​-Awards Announced: Mid-August

Additional information to support the application process can be accessed on NFWF’s Applicant Information page:


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Contact Information:

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

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Todd Hogrefe, NFWF Central Region Director

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

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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