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Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes
in Multiple States for Habitat Restoration Projects

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

07/15/21 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia nonprofit organizations, agencies, educational institutions, and Tribal entities for the preservation of forest and freshwater habitats. Funding is intended for projects to sustain and restore healthy forests, rivers, and streams that provide habitat for diverse native bird and aquatic populations.

The overall goal of the program is to improve the quality and connectivity of forest and freshwater habitat in order to increase the distribution and abundance of fish, birds, and other wildlife, as evidenced by a suite of species that collectively are indicators of forest and freshwater habitat condition. The program aims to:

  • Improve the management of public and private forestlands in order to create blocks with a mosaic of mixed-aged forests that support a diversity of bird and wildlife species, especially targeting golden-winged warbler, wood thrush, and cerulean warbler; and
  • Bolster populations of eastern brook trout, eastern hellbender, and native freshwater mussels by removing barriers to fish passage, restoring riparian and in-stream habitat, and improving water quality and hydrology.

Applicants are encouraged to deploy a range of strategies to engage public and private landowners in active stewardship through technical and financial assistance, demonstrations, education and outreach, and other innovative approaches.

All proposals should strive to implement strategies and contribute to goals detailed in NFWF’s Central Appalachia Business Plan (March 2019. Revised February 2021). Priority strategies for funding in 2021:

  • Restore and Manage Forest Blocks in Focal Geographies
  • Target Outreach and Assistance to Key Forest Landowners and Practitioners
  • Sustain and Improve High Integrity Habitat for Eastern Brook Trout
  • Restore Eastern Hellbender and Freshwater Mussel Habitat and Increase Occupancy

For more information on program priorities, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181728

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from $50,000 to $200,000 each.

Term of Contract:

Projects should begin within six months of the award date and be completed within two to three years from the agreed start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofit 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
- 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 program staff.
- 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. 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 1:30-3:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time

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Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 1:30-3:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time
- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time
- Review Period: Mid-July to Mid-September
- Awards Announced: Mid-November

These grants strongly encourage non-federal matching contributions valued at 50% or more of the total project costs (1:1 ratio).

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

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For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
John Wright, Manager, Northeastern Regional Office
(202) 595-2478

Easygrants Helpdesk
Voicemail: 202-595-2497

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

T: 202-857-0166
F: 202-857-0162

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program will award grants in portions of the Appalachian region of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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