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Hawaiian Forest Birds

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, Agencies, Indian
Tribes, and Educational Institutions to Protect Forest Birds in Hawaii

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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11/21/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions to protect forest birds in Hawaii and eliminate threats to their existence. Funding is intended to promote the conservation of Maui parrotbill, Palila, and Nihoa millerbird, with an additional goal of applying lessons learned through focused recovery of these species to additional threatened Hawaiian forest bird species. Funding is also provided for actions targeting four additional listed species (Alala, Akikiki, Akeke’e and Puaiohi) including support for the reintroduction of Alala to native forests on the big island. This program focuses on the endemic forest birds of the Hawaiian Islands. Current geographic priorities include Laysan Island, Nihoa Island, Kauai, Maui and the island of Hawaii.

In 2020, the Hawaiian Forest Bird program seeks projects in the following program priority areas: 

  1. Maui parrotbill:  The business plan emphasizes the establishment of a second population on leeward Maui to reduce long-term extinction risk. In 2020, proposals are sought that continue parrotbill translocations and support for monitoring of translocated individuals; support for habitat restoration and predator management activities will also be considered.
  2. Palila:  Proposals are sought that continue monitoring population response to management actions, and that foster, and accelerate Palili recovery efforts. Priorities include support for Palila reintroduction and translocation efforts to establish additional breeding locations on Mauna Kea; habitat restoration monitoring to evaluate forest condition and recovery and to inform restoration planning and implementation efforts, ungulate fence monitoring and repair, predator management and population survey analyses. 
  3. Alala and Hawaii forest birds:  The Alala release plan (2013) outlines a 5-year strategy for re-introducing Alala to native forest on the island of Hawaii. Proposals are sought in support of Alala reintroduction; specific activities of interest include monitoring survival and breeding behavior of released Alala and predator management. 
  4. Kauai forest birds: Since 2014, NFWF has supported actions to increase rodent management to improve nesting success of Kauai forest birds. In 2020, proposals are sought that continue implementation of rodent management actions at critical sites, provide capacity and support monitoring to assess the effectiveness of rodent management for Akeke'e, Akikiki and Puaiohi.
  5. Mosquito control: In Hawaii, distributions of endemic forest birds are inversely related to the distribution of avian malaria and Culex quinquefasciatus (Southern house mosquito). Low levels of immunity, changing distributions of C. quinquefasciatus combined with surveys of native and non-native birds across the state reveal clear evidence that disease is a significant driver of population change. To be successful, a landscape scale approach will be critical, and ultimately a toolbox of techniques will be necessary to advance mosquito control. In 2020 support for the following will be considered:
  •  Coordinate stakeholders involved in advancing efforts to register a Wolbachia mosquito bio pesticide, including federal, state, NGO and University entities.
  • Work with regulatory agencies to advance the registration / permitting of a Wolbachia mosquito bio pesticide
  • Communicate with stakeholders on progress of efforts to protect native birds by controlling invasive mosquitoes and incorporate feedback into plans.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187239

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The majority of awards under this program will fall in the range of $50,000 to $250,000 range. However upper or lower limits to award size are not specified.

Term of Contract:

Projects may extend from one to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, international organizations.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals.

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-Application Information:

Full Proposal Due Date: November 21, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.

A minimum of a 1:1 non-Federal match of cash and/or in-kind services is required and will be considered in application review.

- Full Proposal Due Date: November 21, 2019, by 11:59 PM EDT
- Review Period: December 2019 - February 2020
- Awards Announced: March 2020

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Grant Coverage Areas:

This program focuses on the endemic forest birds of the Hawaiian Islands. Current focus is on Laysan Island, Nihoa Island, Kauai, Maui and the island of Hawaii.

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