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Southwest Rivers Program - Rio Grande Headwaters Grant

Grants to Colorado and New Mexico Agencies, Nonprofits, IHEs,
and Special Districts for Conservation of the Rio Grande Watershed

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

08/08/19 11:59 PM Eastern / 9:59 PM Mountain


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Grants to Colorado and New Mexico agencies, nonprofits, IHEs, schools, and special districts for conservation projects related to the headwaters of the Rio Grande. Funding is intended to improve and maintain headwater streams in order to preserve the habitats of various fish and wildlife.

This grant program will provide funding to projects that produce measurable outcomes for species of conservation concern in the riparian corridors of the headwaters region of the Rio Grande. This region includes the main stem and headwater tributaries of the Rio Grande in Colorado’s San Luis Valley and northern New Mexico, as well as the headwaters of the Rio Chama, Jemez River, and Rio Puerco.

Priority projects will address the leading factors in aquatic species decline such as habitat alteration, environmental change and invasive species. Maintaining healthy headwater streams can help store water upstream and provide security for water users, fish, and wildlife downstream. Projects benefiting one or more of the following species are priorities for funding.

Priority species include Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Rio Grande chub, Rio Grande sucker and North American beaver.

Priority Activities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186309

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

4-6 grant awards

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include: local, state, federal, and tribal governments and agencies (e.g., townships, cities), special districts (e.g., acequias, conservation districts, planning districts, utility districts), non-profit 501(c) organizations, schools and universities.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- ​Funds from this program cannot support fee title land acquisition projects. However, funds may cover certain transaction costs associated with an acquisition (appraisals, title searches, surveys) and for conservation easements.
- 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:

Applicant Webinar: Tuesday, July 16th 2019 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Mountain

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Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar: July 16, 2019, 11:00 AM, Mountain
- Full Proposal Due Date: August 8, 2019, 9:59 PM, Mountain
- Review Period: August-September 2019
- Awards Announced: November 2019

Applicants must provide at least $1 in matching funds for every $1 of NFWF grant funds requested. Eligible matching sources can include cash, in-kind donations, and/or volunteer labor which are directly related to the project proposed for funding. Applicants must distinguish between federal and non-federal matching fund sources.

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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: Kirstin Neff,, 303-222-6485.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Headwaters region of the Rio Grande;   New Mexico: Headwaters region of the Rio Grande