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Southern California Forests and Watersheds - Wildfires Restoration Grant Program

Grants to Southern California Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and LEAs
for Watershed and Forest Restoration after Wildfires

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Foundation / Corporation

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) - Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) and Angeles National Forest (ANF)

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Deadline Date:

03/25/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants starting at $25,000 to Southern California nonprofits, agencies, tribes, and educational institutions for planning and implementation projects to restore watersheds and forests affected by wildfires. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended for restoration projects related to the following wildfires:

Los Padres National Forest: Zaca (2007), Piru (2003), and Jesusita (2009) fires

Angeles National Forest: Copper (2002), Ranch (2007), Sayre (2008), and Powerhouse (2013) fires.

The Southern California Wildfires Restoration Grant Program aims to award approximately $8 million for this 2019 RFP - $2M each for Powerhouse, Copper, and Zaca; and $1M each for Piru and Jesusita.

The major goals of this competitive grant program are to:
1. Increase the pace and scale of restoration to address impacts from these fires;
2. Provide sustainable and lasting ecological benefits to the forest;
3. Engage in efficient, strategic, and innovative solutions to improve forest health and resilience;
4. Encourage ‘shared-stewardship’ of USFS lands through expanded partnership and cooperation.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182913

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant award amounts are expected to range from $25,000 to $500,000 per project. Past grant awards typically ranged from $100,000 to $200,000.

Proposals requesting funds in excess of $500,000 may be considered, however your proposal should include clear justification.

Term of Contract:

Generally, projects awarded through this funding opportunity are expected to be completed within 24 months of the grant award, however exceptions may be given depending on need and activities proposed. Some larger-scale, longer duration projects may warrant either an extended period of performance, or developing the project into distinct phases, to be funded over separate funding cycles.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state, local, and municipal government agencies, Indian tribes, educational institutions, and select U.S. Federal government agencies.

Ineligible applicants include businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

Note: For-profit businesses can participate in this program, however they are restricted from directly receiving grant agreements. Eligible grant recipients may solicit contractual services of for-profit businesses to support specialized and technical needs, as appropriate. Any such solicitation must follow the relevant compliance and procurement guidance.

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-proposal Conference:

ANF Applicant Open House I:
Arcadia Women’s Club
324 S. First Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 2:00 PM

ANF Applicant Open House II:
Acton Agua Dulce Library
33792 Crown Valley Rd.
Acton, CA 93510
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 2:00 PM

LPNF Applicant Open House:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bren Hall - Room 1414
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Friday January 25, 2019, 3:00 PM

Applicant Webinar: January 29, 2019

Pre-Application Information:

- Pre-Proposal Due Date: February 11, 2019, 11:59 PM EST
​- Full Proposal Invitations: ​February 25, 2019
​- Full Proposal Due Date: March ​25, 2019, 11:59 PM EST
​- Review Period: March - June 2019
​- Awards Announced: Mid-August 2019

Applicants who intend to request greater than $500,000 are encouraged to discuss your proposal with NFWF Program Manager prior to submittal.

Matching funds are required and will be a factor in the proposal evaluation.
- Projects are expected to provide at least 50% non-federal match to be competitive.
- Highly competitive projects will meet or exceed a 100% non-federal match.

Proposals not meeting the match expectations may be considered on a limited case-by-case basis and are still encouraged to apply. Applicants who don’t anticipate meeting the match requirements are encouraged to discuss your proposal with NFWF Program Manager prior to submittal.

Award payments are primarily reimbursable.

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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:
Jim Bond
Manager, Southern California Forests

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California