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 AFWF 2012 RFP

​Pre-proposal Due Date: March 30, 2012

Full Proposal Due Date: May 25, 2012

OVERVIEW

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, together with agency and private donor partners, is requesting proposals to further conservation of species and habitats in Alaska and in its near coastal waters. The program is funded with Federal funds provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, non-federal funds contributed by corporate partners, including BP, ConocoPhillips, and Shell, and non-federal funds received as community service payments from court settlements of various federal pollution laws. Grants may be awarded using one or more of these sources of funding.

PROGRAM FUNDING PRIORITIES

Funds may be awarded to projects that identify a measureable conservation outcome linked to project activities and achieve at least one of the following:

  • Conduct habitat, ecosystem function and/or species studies identified as priority research needs that will inform management decisions (e.g., ESA listing or recovery decisions; the identification of important areas for protection or restoration; answering key questions that hamper resource management). Conservation need, cooperation with groups and agencies performing complementary work, dissemination of results to on-the-ground practitioners, and the proposed application of the research results to further habitat and species protection must be addressed.
  • Benefit species of special concern, including federal- or state-listed threatened or endangered species and other declining or at risk species for which evidence of significant threat can be demonstrated, as well as Pacific salmon and seabirds.
  • Evaluate and/or mitigate the impacts of climate change through locally-based efforts and in partnership with Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
  • Protect or restore coastal watersheds, estuarine, and nearshore marine habitats.
  • Provide benefit for multiple species, both resident and migratory.
  • Offer opportunities for hands-on volunteer or local citizen-based participation and/or education.

Funds from corporate partners may be awarded to projects that achieve one or more of the above-described activities and that promote the conservation of species and/or habitats located in areas subject to oil and gas development, including but not limited to:

  • Polar bears, grizzly bears, ice seals, sea ducks, foxes, tundra nesting birds
  • Long-term monitoring and mapping efforts on the North Slope
  • Developing and testing new species impact avoidance technologies and effectiveness
  • Projects incorporating traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and/or local community participation
  • Marine and Coastal Habitats and Species in the North Aleutian Basin, North Slope Borough, and Northwest Arctic Borough (Note: For additional information about the funding available from Shell through this program, please visit: www.nfwf.org/shell/alaska)

Settlement funds may be awarded to projects that achieve one or more of the above-described conservation goals and that are located in the North Slope Arctic Ecosystem or Prince William Sound.

***NOTE: Funding sources are identified above for informational purposes only. Applicants do not need to apply to a specific funding source(s) or identify intended funding source(s) in the application. Funding decisions will be made by the program committee.***

FUNDING AVAILABLE

Approximately $1,000,000 in grant funds are available. Grant awards will range in size from $25,000 - $100,000. (Grants greater than $100,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE APPLICATIONS

Competitive proposals will meet the following criteria:

  • Conservation Focus: Projects must address at least one of the program funding priorities described above. Proposal narratives should identify how the proposed activities meet the goals of relevant regional strategic conservation plans, including, but not limited to, Alaska?s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan, the National Fish Habitat Action Plan and strategic plans prepared by Alaska-based Fish Habitat Partnerships, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, Alaska Coastal Impact Assistance Program, Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund, Alaska Seabird Information Series, and/or local watershed plans.

Additional Submission Content Required for Habitat Restoration, Protection and Management Projects

  • When preparing the proposal narrative for habitat projects, please include the following information in detail in the pre-proposal:
    • Background information that establishes that the habitat to be restored, protected, or managed exists or existed at the site, the extent to which the site is currently degraded, and the degrading factors and how those factors will be addressed through the project.
    • Describe the benefit to the resource and the estimated extent of area to be protected/restored (e.g., acreage, square footage, or river miles or other appropriate measure of project success).
    • Details on long-term maintenance and monitoring of the project.
    • List of required permits, estimated timeframe for permit processing (e.g., 1 year from submission date), and status (e.g., in preparation, submitted or approved).

If a full proposal is invited, the following information will be required for habitat projects in the full proposal:

  • Maps and, if available, photographs of the site. Maps should identify the project area.
  • If available, please provide for construction projects a scaled plan view and elevations.

Additional Submission Content Required for Species Conservation/Recovery Projects

When preparing the proposal narrative for species projects, please include the following information in detail in the pre-proposal:

  • Species recovery criteria as listed in appropriate recovery and management plans.
  • Specific priority actions listed in the plans that will be implemented through the project.
  • Measurable outcomes predicted for the project (e.g., increase in # of individuals, % increase in population, etc.) and the extent to which this reaches recovery goals for the species.
  • Match: A minimum 1:1 match of non-federal funds or in-kind/contributed goods and services is encouraged for all proposals. All potential sources, including Federal sources, and amounts of match should be listed on the application for consideration during the review process. Matching funds may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes. The cost of recent land acquisition or easement may also qualify as match for a project involving work at the site. To be eligible, matching contributions must be:
    • Raised and dedicated specifically for the project;
    • Spent between the project start and end dates designated in the grant application;
    • Voluntary in nature (mitigation, restitution, or other permit or court-ordered settlements are ineligible); and
    • Applied only to the Foundation grant and not to any other federal matching programs.
  • Partnerships: Projects that build new or enhance existing partnerships with local communities, non-profits, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, and local, state and federal government agencies and tribes.
  • Performance Metrics and Evaluation: Projects that clearly identify quantitative performance metrics for assessing changes in project activities and outcomes. Competitive projects will also outline the monitoring approach or plan that will be used to evaluate progress in achieving the project's conservation goals and determining the environmental benefit of the investment.
  • Relationship to Former or Existing NFWF Grants (if applicable): Proposals that describe the relationship to former or existing NFWF grants, including whether or not:
    • Any of the projects' activities and outcomes overlap;
    • The projects are working in the same geographic area;
    • The proposal is an extension of a previous grant or fits within a larger strategy.

If NFWF has funded grants closely related to this proposal, the proposal must describe:

  • Key results from the former or existing grant;
  • How this proposal differs from or builds upon that previous grant.
  • Long-term Sustainability: Proposals that describe how the project will maintain results and/or funding over the long-term.

ELIGIBILITY

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

Funds granted under this program may not be used for political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation or to support projects resulting from legally-mandated mitigation projects.

TIMELINE

The anticipated timeline for this grant round is as follows:

March 30, 2012 Pre-proposals due via Easygrants

May 1, 2012 Full proposals invited

May 25, 2012 Full proposals due

July 2012 Grant awards announced

September 2012 Grants contracted and funds available

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should log onto the Foundation's website: www.nfwf.org, go to Grant Programs, select the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund funding opportunity, and use the online process to submit a pre-proposal. (The Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund program webpage can also be found at http://www.nfwf.org/afwf.) Proposals will be evaluated and ranked by the Program Committee according to the priorities and criteria outlined above. The strongest pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal, and the strongest full proposals will be awarded grants. For more information or questions about the application process, please contact:

Cara Rose, Assistant Director, Western Partnership Office
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 950
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 417-8700 x 6008
cara.rose@nfwf.org