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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions in Multiple States to Protect and Restore Forest Ecosystems

Longleaf Landscape Stewardship Fund

GrantWatch ID# 178352
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaFloridaGeorgiaLouisianaMississippiNorth CarolinaSouth CarolinaTexasVirginia

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/08/22
Deadline: 02/02/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions for the restoration and management of forest ecosystems in multiple states. Funding is intended for projects that support the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of longleaf pine and bottomland hardwood forests within the historical longleaf pine range in the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

Projects should seek to implement one or more of the following strategies to address program priorities and restore or improve longleaf pine and bottomland hardwood habitats and populations of at-risk, listed and other wildlife species, with preference given to projects that benefit the following focal species: red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, Bachman’s sparrow, and/or northern bobwhite. 

  1. Establishing Longleaf Pine and/or Bottomland Hardwood Forests 
  2. Enhancing and Maintaining Existing Longleaf Pine and/or Bottomland Hardwood Ecosystems
  3. Expanding and Coordinating Technical Assistance and Outreach
  4. Building and Improving Local Implementation Team Capacity
  5. Accelerating Species Recovery
  6. Conservation Easements

For more information on the above strategies, see

For program priorities, see

In pursuit of habitat and species restoration goals, applicants are encouraged to prioritize projects that also address co-benefits and engage local communities and historically underserved landowners as outlined below:

  • Conservation Co-Benefits: Projects that will implement habitat restoration or improvement practices that benefit wildlife while also sequestering carbon and/or protecting and improving water quantity or quality are encouraged.
  • Community Impact and Engagement: Projects that incorporate outreach to communities, foster community engagement, and pursue collaborative management leading to measurable conservation benefits are encouraged.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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

Additional Geographic Information:

To be eligible for funding, projects must occur within the historical longleaf pine range. Preference will be given to projects located within local implemenation team boundaries as outlined in NFWF’s Business Plan: Longleaf Forests and Rivers. Focal areas are aligned with longleaf local implementation team (LIT) boundaries that are typically centered on significant geographic areas (SGAs) as defined in the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative Range-wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine.

Map of the historical longleaf pine range and NFWF focal areas:

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals, international organizations. U.S. Federal agencies, businesses, and unincorporated individuals are encouraged to partner with applicants but are not eligible to submit an application.

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.
- 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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicant Webinar: December 8, 2022, 10:30-11:30 AM, Eastern Time

To Register:

Pre-Application Information
- Applicant Webinar: December 8, 2022, 10:30-11:30 AM, Eastern Time
- Full Proposal Due Date: February 2, 2023, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- Review Period:February 2023-April 2023
- Awards Announced: May 2023

Award payments are primarily reimbursable.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
This program awards approximately 20-25 grants per year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant awards are expected to range from $250,000 to $3,000,000.

Term of Contract
Anticipated completion time for funded projects typically will be 24-36 months following finalization of a grant agreement.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:

Jon Scott, Southern Forests Program Director

Zack Bernstein
Program Coordinator, Southern Regional Office

Julian Fedorchuk
Program Coordinator, Southern Regional Office

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