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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Tribes for Wildlife Habitat Protection and Restoration Projects

RESTORE Colorado Grant Program (Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and the Environment)


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
190977

Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Colorado

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/20/23 9:59 PM MT Save

Grant Description
Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and tribes for habitat protection and restoration projects. Funding is intended for projects that protect, reestablish, increase, or improve animal habitats in Colorado. A variety of habitats are eligible, such as forests, wetlands, rangelands, and grasslands.

All proposals must specifically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the landscape-scale accomplishment of one or more of the program priorities. The program seeks projects that develop and implement conservation practices directly on-the-ground and/or which increase organizational capacity to implement conservation activities. Preference will be given to at-scale projects that impact more than one priority habitat type and emphasize ecological connectivity and resilience.

In 2024, approximately $4.5 million may be available for projects focusing on the following habitats and statewide priorities:

  • Watershed resilience (wetlands, riparian and upland habitats including forests)
  • Eastern Colorado grasslands
  • Sagebrush rangelands
  • Big game winter range and migration corridors

The partners developed the program to accomplish wildlife habitat restoration, expansion, and improvement at-scale and provide opportunities for the proactive management of Colorado’s public and private conservation lands for the greatest benefit to wildlife and local communities. The concept of conservation at-scale refers to cross-jurisdictional projects that accomplish landscape-level benefits to wildlife habitat and ecological function over landownership and management. For example, a stream restoration project could incorporate upland forest pre- or post-wildland fire mitigation in order to accomplish watershed-level conservation or a project addressing big game migrations could cut across sagebrush, grassland and forest habitats to emphasize species benefits and ecological connectivity. Projects that address a single priority habitat will still be considered and will be competitive but are encouraged to emphasize cross-jurisdictional components.

For more details on program priorities, see https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2023-09/restore-co-2024-rfp_0.pdf#page=2.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, political subdivisions of the state, local and municipal governments, Native Nations and Indigenous-led organizations, and educational institutions.

All projects must occur entirely within the State of Colorado. Individual program priorities have geographic focus areas based upon the physical location of the resource.

Ineligible
Ineligible applicants include businesses and unincorporated individuals.

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 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.
- 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.
- Program funds will not be used for conservation easements or fee title acquisitions land.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicant Webinar: Thursday, September 28th, 2023, at 10:00 AM Mountain Time

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7667191882133208155

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Applicant Webinar: Thursday, September 28th, 2023, at 10:00 AM Mountain Time
- Full Proposal Due Date: Monday, November 20th, 2023, by 9:59 PM Mountain Time
- Review Period: November 2023 – February 2024
- Awards Announced: March 2024

All application materials must be submitted online through NFWF’s Easygrants system.

Due to the diversity of federal, state and private funding sources involved in the RESTORE Colorado Program, leverage and match is encouraged but not required.

Application Information: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information

Applicant webinar recording: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/3092694646135184557

Pre-Recorded Easygrants Instructional Webinar: https://nfwf.sharefile.com/share/view/sd56aec097da443238650dc8af6103987/foabe9d%E2%80%A6

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,500,000

Number of Grants
Approximately 10 projects

Estimated Size of Grant
Minimum grant amount: $100,000

Term of Contract
A grant term shall not exceed three years in length. Funding priority will be given to projects that will demonstrate significant accomplishments within the first year.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:

Riparian and Forest Project Inquiries:
Kirstin Neff, Southwest Rivers Program Manager, Kirstin.Neff@nfwf.org

Sagebrush, Grassland and Migration Project Inquiries:
Daley Burns, Manager, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Daley.Burns@nfwf.org

General Inquiries:
Gracie Broughton, Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator, grace.broughton@nfwf.org

For issues or assistance with our online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
Email: Easygrants@nfwf.org
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Include: your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.

NFWF
1133 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1000
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