Request for Proposals - 2012 Version
Pre-proposal Due Date: Friday June 15th, 2012 (midnight CST)
The Shell Marine Habitat Program (SMHP) is a partnership between
Shell Oil Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
The purpose of the partnership is to support conservation and restoration
activities that result in measurable benefits to key species and their
habitats along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf of Mexico coast including: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama and Florida (from the Western panhandle through Tampa Bay).
Shell Marine Habitat Program funding
will be focused on the following issues with the intent of achieving
meaningful, measurable outcomes that advance the conservation priorities below.
It is estimated that
on average the oyster population in the Gulf today is less than 20 percent of
historical levels, and in some states the levels are less than 10 percent. In
order to reverse this trend, the Shell Marine Habitat Program is seeking to
fund projects that:
Increase populations of native Eastern oysters
through restoration activities and sustainable management of the oyster fishery.
Proposals that seek to restore oysters in areas protected from harvest
will be considered particularly competitive; and,
Conduct oyster restoration projects that
incorporate a “living shoreline” treatment to both enhance oyster
populations and protect near shore coastal ecosystems.
shorebirds and water birds
Coastal areas of the Gulf of
Mexico have been classified by national shorebird leaders as critically
important for about 60 percent of the 50 shorebird species that are found in
the United States. Consistent, year-after-year strategic efforts are required
to provide dependable, high quality habitat that can meet the energetic and
other needs of migratory shorebirds, waterbirds, and waterfowl that depend on
the Gulf. The Shell Marine Habitat Program is seeking to support these efforts
by providing grant funds that:
Protect, restore or create critical coastal
wetland habitat for resting and overwintering migratory species using public-private
partnerships and other innovative methods; and,
Establish or support coastal bird stewardship
programs that are focused on high priority areas for shorebird
conservation, such as sites identified as Important Bird Areas, along the Gulf coast and that engage volunteers and conservation professionals
in stewardship activities such as invasive plant removal, placement of signage for colonial nesting
waterbirds, and reduction of nest predators.
At least five endangered sea turtle populations depend on
the marine and beach habitats of the Gulf of Mexico. Two populations of
particular concern based on their reliance on the Gulf are the Kemp’s ridley
and North Atlantic Loggerhead sea turtles. The Shell Marine Habitat Program
seeks to build a positive population trajectory for these populations by
increasing turtle nesting success rates in and around the Gulf. Specifically
the Shell Marine Habitat Program will provide grant funding for the following
types of activities:
Conduct outreach and
education campaigns, or pilot incentive solutions targeting protection of
turtle nests from vehicles driving on nesting beaches;
critical nesting habitat through monitoring and providing cost-share
assistance for installation of sea turtle-friendly lights at high priority
sites along key sea turtle nesting beaches. Competitive proposals will
experts to establish a lighting plan that is safe both for the property
owners and sea turtles; and,
For additional information, visit the
North Atlantic loggerhead and Kemps Ridley sections of the NFWF Sea Turtle Business Plan.
CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE APPLICATIONS
Highest priority will be given to projects that:
Clearly and specifically describe activities that help meet the
goals of one or more of the above listed conservation priorities;
Provide measurable and meaningful conservation outcomes linked to
the goals of the above priorities (e.g., acres protected, restored or enhanced,
short- or long-term population increases);
Build on existing conservation efforts for these issues;
Enhance ecosystem structure or function (e.g., by increasing
landscape-level connectivity) and/or population viability (e.g. increasing
smaller populations toward recovery goals). Habitat parameters that provide
appropriate conditions for viable populations should be considered, as
Are carefully planned, technically sound and involve qualified
technical experts, agencies and/or organizations in their design and execution;
Build new, or enhance existing, partnerships (list all partners
involved). Applicants are encouraged to leverage diverse organization strengths
and resources to enhance project sustainability through partnerships and
Describe any ancillary benefits that may result from the project,
(e.g., serves as a model for others to replicate; shares methodologies
developed with other practitioners; creates new partnerships; etc.);
Address the long-term sustainability of the project by providing a
monitoring and maintenance plan and describing how future funding will be
Provide volunteer opportunities for the public and Shell
employees, as appropriate.
including education, training, and/or public outreach as a main component must
demonstrate how the project supports conservation goals related to the above
listed priorities, how the project will motivate people to take the desired
action(s), and include an evaluation component that measures the success of the
project in achieving specific and quantifiable conservation outcomes.
PROJECT MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION
All applications should include
quantitative performance metrics that will be tracked and measured to evaluate
success in achieving stated conservation goals (degree of change from baseline
or pre-project conditions as a result of activities), and that describe the
plan for long-term monitoring and adaptive management.
refer to the Grantee Communications Guidance document to understand the communications
requirements for grants awarded through SMHP (these include: issuing at
least one press release; providing a project description, funder recognition,
and links to the NFWF and Shell websites on grantee website; and provide notice
of external communications – articles, etc.- and events as they occur).
All applications should include a statement describing how the
project and its quantifiable results will be evaluated.
Approximately $900,000 is available in 2012.
Government agencies, non-profit organizations, and educational
institutions are eligible for funding.
Typical grant awards range from $50,000 - $200,000
Grant funds cannot be used for political advocacy,
fundraising, lobbying or litigation activities or to support projects resulting
from legally mandated mitigation projects.
A minimum 1:1 match of cash or in-kind/contributed goods and
services is required; higher match ratios increase the competitiveness of the
proposal. All potential sources, and amounts of match, including Federal funds,
should be listed in the pre-proposal.
To be eligible, matching contributions must be:
Raised and dedicated specifically towards the project;
Voluntary in nature (mitigation, restitution, or other permit or
court-ordered settlements are ineligible); and
The cost of recent land acquisitions may also qualify as match for
a project involving work at that site. Applicants may also include an easement
put on the land, if this occurs during the award period.
Match contributed up to one year prior to the pre-proposal
deadline may be included. Additional guidance regarding eligible sources of
match is provided on the Foundation's website.
INDIRECT COSTS POLICY
Applicants should view the guidance provided here to
understand the Foundation’s policy on indirect costs in both the project budget
and as matching contributions. Please keep in mind that cost-efficiency and
diversity of partnerships as shown through matching contributions are important
criteria used to evaluate proposals, and proposals with high indirect costs as
a proportion of their project budget or matching contributions may be less
Only electronic pre-proposals submitted through the on-line application system will be considered. Once a pre-proposal is submitted and approved, successful applicants will
be invited to submit a full proposal.
If you are requesting continued funding for a project
previously funded through the SMHP, describe how the current pre-proposal
builds upon or differs from the original project (e.g., justify the need
for additional funding).
If the funding request is for one phase of a larger
project, please put in context the phase relative to the larger project by
stating the goals, outcomes, and timelines for both the phase and the
larger project (and the extent to which the funding request will help
achieve the overall project goals).
The anticipated timeline for this grant round is as follows:
2012: Pre-proposal deadline
Early July, 2012:
Full proposals invited
2012: Full proposal deadline
Sept. 2012: Follow-up with applicants for additional information, as necessary
2012: Grants announced
Please direct any questions to Suzanne Sessine, Assistant
Director, Eastern Partnership Office, 202-857-0166 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lindsay Vacek, Program Coordinator, Eastern Partnership Office, 202-857-0166 or email@example.com.