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Grants to New Mexico and Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, Schools, and IHEs to Improve Watersheds and Restore Habitats

IMPORTANT DATES:

Conference Date
10/14/22
Application Deadline

11/17/22 11:59 PM Eastern / 10:59 PM Central / 9:59 PM Mountain

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ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: New MexicoTexas

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Southwest Rivers Program - Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative

National Fish And Wildlife Foundation

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #186661

Grant Description

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Grants to New Mexico and Texas nonprofit organizations, local, state, federal, and tribal governments and agencies, schools, and IHEs to sustain and restore grassland systems, rivers, and streams in eligible watershed areas. Funding is intended to implement habitat restoration strategies and increase baseline species information for species of interest within specific aquatic and grassland focal areas.

The Initiative will award grants in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas within the focal areas. The aquatic focal geographies map identifies several aquatic focal areas along tributaries of the Pecos River and the river main stem which will be given priority. The Pecos grasslands focal geographies map identifies the region in which projects targeting pronghorn and migratory grassland birds will be given priority.

Program Priorities:

All proposals must specifically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the accomplishment of one or more of the program priorities as identified in the Southwest Rivers Program Business Plan.

Habitat Restoration and Management Grants: Grants will be awarded for projects that improve habitat for one or more of the target species:

  • Stream and Riparian Habitat
  • Grassland Habitat Restoration and Management
  • Outreach and Technical Assistance

For more information on Habitat Restoration and Management Grants, see https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/2023-pecos-rfp_0.pdf#page=4

Species Intervention Grants: Grants will be awarded for projects that secure or establish populations of certain target aquatic species, including Pecos gambusia, Pecos pupfish, and Texas hornshell:

  • Securing existing populations: Implement strategies that protect target species from invasion and/or disease.
  • Establishing new populations: For target species with limited range that are threatened by invasion, translocate individuals to suitable habitats that will increase redundancy and establish protected populations.

For more information on Species Intervention Grants, see https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/2023-pecos-rfp_0.pdf#page=4

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities

- Eligible applicants include: local, state, federal, and tribal governments and agencies (e.g., townships, cities, boroughs), special districts (e.g., conservation districts, planning districts, utility districts), non-profit 501(c) organizations, educational institutions.
- Ineligible applicants include: international organizations, businesses or unincorporated individuals.

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.
- 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 the program staff listed in this RFP to discuss options.
- 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

Additional Geographic Information:

The Initiative will award grants in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas within the focal areas. The aquatic focal geographies map identifies several aquatic focal areas along tributaries of the Pecos River and the river main stem which will be given priority. The Pecos grasslands focal geographies map identifies the region in which projects targeting pronghorn and migratory grassland birds will be given priority. For maps, see the RFP below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: October 14, 2022, at 1:00pm Eastern / 12:00pm Central / 11:00am Mountain

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1896979040723699723

Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Due Date November 17, 2022, by 11:59pm Eastern / 10:59pm Central / 9:59pm Mountain
- Review and Notification Period: November 2023 – March 2023
- Awards Announced: March 2023

These grants require matching contributions (either cash or in-kind) valued at 50% of the total project costs (1:1 ratio).

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,400,000

Number of Grants:

NFWF expects to make 5-8 grant awards from this Request for Proposals

Term of Contract:

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

Contact Information:

To apply: https://easygrants.nfwf.org

Direct questions to:

Kirstin Neff, Manager, Southwest Rivers Program
Kirstin.Neff@nfwf.org
(303) 222-6485

Cayla Donnelly
Coordinator, Regional Program
Cayla.Donnelly@nfwf.org
(202) 595-2417

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