REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Date: May 3, 2017 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Full Proposal Due
Date: June 23, 2017 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in close cooperation
with its federal partner, the Angeles National Forest (ANF), is pleased to
announce the Angeles National Forest Wildfires Restoration Grant Program for
the recovery of lands and watersheds degraded from the influences of past wildfire
events. This funding opportunity will address the impact of three wildfires:
the Copper (2002), Ranch (2007), and Sayre (2008) fires.
The goals of this competitive grant program are to (1) improve the
ANF’s capacity to identify and approach resource management issues through
support of projects that address the impacts to the watersheds and ecosystems
affected by these fires; (2) provide sustainable and lasting ecological
benefits; (3) promote ecological resilience to future wildfire events; and (4)
inform efficient post-fire restoration through innovation. In FY 2017,
approximately $3 million in restoration funds will be available to implement restoration
actions within the watersheds affected by these fires. Successful proposals will address one or more
of the goals and priorities described below.
This grant program
focuses on watersheds and ecosystems affected by the Copper, Ranch, and Sayre fires. Figure 1 below identifies the
extent of those fires in the context of the Angeles National Forest, with more
detailed maps identifying the specific watersheds that were impacted by each fire
provided at the end of this document. Project activities are eligible in the affected
watersheds, provided the activity has a direct nexus to a need resulting from,
or exacerbated by, the fires.
Figure 1. Regional map of Angeles
National Forest with Copper, Ranch, and Sayre fires
Grant funding will be awarded to planning and/or implementation projects
designed to advance restoration or ecological resilience on the ANF. To be eligible for
must conduct, or inform, the improvement, protection, or rehabilitation of
ecosystems and watersheds within National Forest System lands impacted by the
designated fire scars.
descriptions must clearly describe the need for the proposed project as
rendered necessary by the impacts of the fire(s) where activities are
and deliverables must provide a direct and practical contribution toward ANF
fire recovery program goals.
Competitive proposals will address at least one of the priority subjects
described below. Eligible projects include a wide scope of potential
activities, across a variety of strategies and focus. A description of the
goals and priorities of this fire recovery program can be found within the
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Angeles National Forest Copper, Ranch,
and Sayre Fires Restoration Strategy (January 2017), however general strategy
descriptions and some examples of projects of interest by the ANF for this
funding opportunity are highlighted below.
Forest/Upland Restoration and Management
These include projects to: (1) evaluate forest vegetation communities,
such as oak woodlands, native grasslands, upland conifer, and chaparral and
coastal sage scrub, and develop effective post-fire prioritization and restoration
strategies sensitive to climate change vulnerability, (2) identify and
implement innovative techniques for invasive species management; (3) harvest
native seed, propagate native plants, and/or revegetate landscapes to restore resilient
native vegetative communities; and (4) restore age class structure and reduce
fuels to minimize risks from future catastrophic wildfire.
Evaluate landscape conditions (through new or existing information)
across fire affected areas and develop strategies and recommendations for
priority/feasible vegetation community restoration; projects may be
geographically focused, e.g. “Comprehensive Vegetation Restoration Options in
San Francisquito Creek Watershed”; or species/community focused, e.g. “Exploring
Native Grasslands Recovery Options Across the Fire Scars of Interest”
Prioritize and implement chaparral and coastal sage scrub restoration
within Copper Fire
Collect and propagate seed and cuttings for future restoration
activities, especially chaparral, oak, and riparian vegetation communities
Survey and inventory rare plants and invasive vegetation along critical
trail/road pathways, particularly within the Copper Fire (if interested in this
activity, contact NFWF program manager for recommendations regarding specific
trail/road corridors of focus); invasive species of greatest concern are
identified in NFWF’s Angeles National Forest Copper, Ranch, and Sayre Fires
Restoration Strategy 2017
Research invasive plant control/eradication and native plant restoration
techniques to develop more effective and efficient management
Develop strategies for addressing disease and insect infestations from
threats including, but not limited to, Phytophthora
and goldspotted oak borer (agrilus
Stream/Riparian Restoration Management
These include projects to: (1) improve hydrologic connectivity and
aquatic organism passage; (2) remove invasive species threatening aquatic
habitat or sensitive species; (3) evaluate and/or restore riparian corridor vegetation;
and (4) create, maintain and/or improve existing in-stream, aquatic, or
Conduct preliminary planning and feasibility studies to improve stream hydrology,
hydrologic connectivity, and aquatic organism passage for known barriers in San
- Evaluate presence of plant and aquatic fauna invasive species and
implement removal projects; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Categorical Exclusion for aquatic invasive fauna removal has been completed for
San Francisquito Creek and on file with the ANF
- Assess riparian corridor and wetland conditions in fire affected
watersheds, and design and implement appropriate restoration strategies
- Watersheds of interest include San Francisquito Creek (Copper Fire), Los
Angeles River headwaters: Bull Creek and Upper Pacoima Wash (Sayre Fire), and
Piru Creek tributaries (Ranch Fire). Maps depicting the watersheds within the
affected ANF lands are provided at the end of this document.
These include projects specifically designed for the benefit of
threatened and endangered species, or species of special concern, including,
but not limited to, unarmored three-spine stickleback, California red-legged
frog, arroyo toad, southwestern willow flycatcher, and California condor. Restoration
activities that benefit a suite of species or community are also applicable. Projects
may include: (1) evaluate and/or restore or improve habitat specific to species,
or suite of species, of interest; (2) increase understanding of
species/population needs within fire affected watersheds; and (3) inform and
educate the public about the issues concerning these species and actions that
can be taken to protect them.
Microtrash clean-ups in California condor range on lands impacted by
- Water quantity, water quality, and habitat improvements to support
unarmored three-spine stickleback, California red-legged frog, and other
threatened, endangered, and special concern species in San Francisquito Creek
Non-natural Features Management
This strategy includes projects to improve non-natural features on ANF
land such as roads, trails, infrastructure routes, or designated fuel breaks.
Any projects proposed must be able to illustrate a benefit to watershed
restoration and recovery or ecosystem improvement. Projects may include: (1)
maintenance to degraded system trails; (2) restoration of lands impacted from
past fire management activities; (3) implementation of best management
practices to reduce invasive species, and/or pollutant loads (particularly
those from sediment/erosion); and (4) decommissioning, restoration, and
prevention of non-USFS approved user-created trails.
and recovery planning of Forest Service roads and trails
of trail barriers that fit the natural Forest setting and prevent unauthorized
signage for the interpretation of fires and their impact, influence, and
relationship to ANF landscapes and ecosystems
Other Relevant and Beneficial Project Proposals
The above program
priorities provide highlighted examples to guide applicants in addressing the
immediate needs as identified by ANF staff. However, the program welcomes and encourages all proposals that meet the
goals and priorities of fire recovery of the Copper, Ranch, and Sayre fires,
particularly those that implement a multi-resource holistic approach to
post-fire restoration, and/or provide additional benefits toward long-term
effective management at a forest- or region-wide scale. Applicants are
encouraged to review NFWF’s Angeles National Forest Copper, Ranch, and Sayre
Fires Restoration Strategy or contact NFWF program manager, Jim Bond, to ensure
applicability of project proposals with program objectives and current needs on
Multi-year projects are eligible and
encouraged to apply to this program in phases; however, this Restoration
Program is not an applicable funding source for start-up or research projects
that will not provide direct benefits to the ANF upon project completion or
within 5 years. Grant recipients will be required to demonstrate the ability to
fulfill the Restoration Program’s contractual requirements (as described on
page 7 of this RFP) to acquire applicable landowner permissions and to ensure
environmental and heritage resource compliance, as well as any regulatory
permits or approvals, including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA*)
Regulatory compliance measures should be included in all budget and timelines
as part of submitted proposals.
may require significant time and resources to complete. Projects that propose
on-the-ground actions for which NEPA processes have not yet been completed may
consider including NEPA tasks within their overall project scope. Projects
where NEPA tasks are expected should be discussed with NFWF program manager,
Jim Bond, prior to submitting a proposal to evaluate implications to scope,
budget, and timelines.
To better gauge
progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data
provided by multiple grants, the ANF Wildfire Restoration Grant Program has a
list of predefined selectable metrics in NFWF’s online application platform (Easygrants)
for reporting. Proposals to this grant
program will be evaluated in two stages: the Pre-Proposal review and the Full
Proposal review. Applicants invited to submit Full Proposals will select only
the most relevant metrics from the drop down list provided in the Full Proposal
Application (all possible program metrics are shown in the table below). If you
do not believe an applicable metric has been provided, please contact Jim Bond
to discuss acceptable alternatives.
Capacity, Outreach, Incentives – Building institutional
capacity – # volunteers participating
Enter the number of volunteers participating in projects
Capacity, Outreach, Incentives –
Outreach/Education/Technical Assistance - # people reached
Enter the number of people reached by outreach,
training, or technical assistance activities
Planning, Research, Monitoring – Research - # studies
completed to inform mgmt.
Enter the number of studies completed whose findings are
used to adapt mgmt/inform mgmt. decisions
Planning, Research, Monitoring – Research – Acres
assessed for improved management
Enter the number of acres assessed
Planning, Research, Monitoring – Research - # E&D
Enter the number of Engineering and Design plans, and/or
compliance documents developed. Generally there will be 1 per project.
Habitat Restoration – removal of invasives – acres
Enter acres restored
In-stream Habitat Improvement
Habitat Restoration – Instream Restoration – miles
Enter miles restored
Restoration of aquatic connectivity via dam removal,
bridge and culvert removal, and/or installation of fish passage structures
Habitat Restoration -
Fish passage improvements - # passage barriers rectified
In the notes section of this metric please indicate what
type of barrier is being removed (i.e. dam, culvert, etc.)
Restoration of aquatic connectivity via dam removal,
bridge and culvert removal, and/or installation of fish passage structures
Habitat Restoration – Fish passage improvements - Miles
of stream opened
Enter the number of miles of stream opened to fish
Habitat Restoration – Riparian Restoration – Acres
Enter the number of acres restored
Habitat Restoration - Wetland restoration - Acres
Enter the number of acres restored
Reforestation and Restoration of Forest Vegetation
Habitat Restoration – Land restoration – acres restored
Enter acres restored through practices such as revegetation,
thinning, mortality removal, or prescribed burns
Habitat Management – Green Infrastructure – miles of
Enter the number of miles of trails improved
Habitat Conservation – BMP Implementation for Road
Miles of Road Improved
Habitat Management – BMP implementation for nutrient or
sediment reduction – lbs. of sediment prevented from entering the system
Enter the amount of sediment prevented from entering the
Habitat Management – Green Infrastructure - # trees
Enter the number of trees planted
Habitat Restoration – Plant Cultivation – Seedlings
Enter the number of seedlings propagated
Habitat Restoration – Seed Harvesting – lbs harvested
Enter the number of pounds of seeds collected, may be
estimated from bushels of cones collected
Fuel Break Management
Habitat Management – Improved management practices – Acres
of public land under improved management
Enter the number of fuel break acres under improved
management. This may include new fuel break development or maintenance of
existing fuel breaks.
applicants include: non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, U.S. Federal government
agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian
tribes, educational institutions, and businesses.
applicants include: unincorporated individuals and international organizations.
Uses of Grant Funds
funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy,
fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt
Practices Act violations.
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.
FUNDING AVAILABILITY AND MATCH
The Angeles National
Forest Wildfires Restoration Grant Program will operate from 2017 through the
end of fiscal year 2020. The program will award approximately $3 million
through this funding opportunity, and expects to provide at least one funding
cycle per year. The following are key elements of this funding opportunity:
Grant awards will range in size from $25,000
to $500,000 per project, although more funding could be allocated for projects
with large benefits or are multi-year projects that implement annual restoration
and/or conservation actions.
The ratio of matching contributions
offered is considered during the review process, and projects are expected to meet or exceed a 50% match ratio to be
competitive. The strongest projects will meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio.
Projects not meeting the match expectations will be considered on a limited
case-by-case basis. Eligible match can include non-federal cash or in-kind contributions,
such as staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services
donated, cash or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and
outcomes. The cost of recent land or water acquisition or
easement may also qualify as match for a project involving work at the acquired
Grants for single projects are typically
awarded to projects that can be completed within 18 months. Some larger-scale
projects may warrant consecutive multi-year funding requests. These requests
will be considered on a year-by-year basis and must describe what will be
accomplished during each project phase to qualify for consideration.
NFWF will not provide reimbursement for
any project expenditures prior to the grant award project period and will not
be liable for such expenditures. However, to help the applicant comply with
match requirements, successful grant applicants may be authorized to capture
matching contributions directly related to the project proposal for a period up
to one year prior to the date of submission of the proposal to NFWF.
Donated contractor services can be valued
at current market rates, but general volunteer labor must be valued at no more
than $23.56/hour. Matching contributions do not need to be fully secured prior
to submitting a grant proposal, but should have a demonstrable likelihood of
being secured during the project period to assure the project can be completed
NFWF does not fund political advocacy or litigation of any kind.
All proposals will
be screened for relevance, accuracy, completeness and compliance with NFWF and
funding source policies. Proposals will then be evaluated based on the extent
to which they meet the criteria below.
Full Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by a Proposal Review Committee
made up of representatives from ANF, NFWF, and other experts as needed. Grant
awards will be made by NFWF to successful applicants. Organizations are allowed to submit multiple
proposals for funding consideration.
Projects will be
Program Goals and Priorities - The proposal is consistent with the program goals of the Angeles
National Forest as described in this RFP and associated Restoration Strategy,
and Southern California National Forests Land Management Plan, including - Part
2 Angeles National Forest Strategy, and the project deliverable(s) clearly
contribute to a practical advancement toward those goals.
Consistency with over-arching
Federal or State Conservation Initiatives -
If applicable, proposals may also address goals, priorities, and
recommendations in context with broader regional conservation plans or
strategies such as the South-Central/Southern California Coast Steelhead
Recovery Management Plan or California Condor Recovery Plan, Third Revision.
Proposals should describe specifically how the project aligns with
complementary conservation initiatives, and reference appropriate
Technical Merit - Project is technically sound and feasible, and the proposal
sets forth a clear, logical and achievable work plan and timeline. Project
engages appropriate technical experts throughout project planning, design and
implementation to ensure activities are thoroughly and appropriately designed
and executed. The proposal demonstrates relevant field experience, completed
projects, published reports, or other materials.
Transferability - Project has potential and plan to transfer lessons learned
to other communities or natural resource management applications, particularly
in Southern California Forests, and/or to be integrated into government
programs and policies.
Communication - Project includes a detailed plan to communicate information
about the project to appropriate audiences.
Funding Need - Project establishes a clear need for the funds being
requested, and demonstrates that activities would not move forward absent funding.
Monitoring and Project Documentation - Project includes a plan for monitoring progress during
and after the proposed project period to track project success and adaptively
address new challenges and opportunities as they arise. In addition, all projects
will be expected to document relevant geospatial data associated with each
activity or task performed, which will be delivered as part of monitoring and
reporting information provided to NFWF and the ANF. Geospatial information will
be consistent with established Forest Service geospatial data standards (e.g.
data dictionaries, metadata formats) to ensure proper integration with Forest
Service corporate databases.
Long-term Sustainability - Project will be maintained to ensure benefits are
archived and sustained over time. This should include how future funding will
be secured to implement necessary long-term monitoring and maintenance
Past Success - Applicant has a proven track record of success in
implementing conservation practices with specific, measurable results.
Partnership - An appropriate partnership exists to implement the
project and the project is supported by a strong local partnership that
leverages additional funds and will sustain it after the life of the grant.
Identify proposed partners, if known (including potential or contemplated
subawards to third party subrecipients of the applicant), the roles they will
play in implementing the project, and how this project will build new or
enhance existing partnerships. (Note: a project partner is any local community,
non-profit organization, tribe, and/or local, state, and federal government
agency that contributes to the project in a substantial way and is closely
involved in the completion of the project.)
Budget – Costs
are allowable, reasonable and budgeted in accordance with NFWF’s Budget
Instructions cost categories. Federally funded projects must be in
compliance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance as
The project budget
must accurately reflect the scope of work including the implementation of the
proposed monitoring plan and environmental compliance costs.
Procurement – If the
applicant chooses to specifically identify proposed Contractor(s) for Services,
an award by NFWF to the applicant does not necessarily constitute NFWF’s
express written authorization for the applicant to procure such specific
services noncompetitively. When procuring goods and services, NFWF recipients
must follow documented procurement procedures which reflect applicable laws and
regulations [including but not limited to 2 CFR 200 (Uniform Guidance)].
Please note that Federal wage provisions (Davis-Bacon or Service Contract Act)
are applicable. Davis-Bacon wage rates apply on all public works
contracts in excess of $2,000 and Service Contract Act wage provisions apply to
service contracts in excess of $2,500.
and Acknowledgment of Support – Award recipients will be required to
grant NFWF and the ANF the right and authority to publicize the project and
NFWF and ANF’s financial support for the grant in press releases, publications
and other public communications. Recipients may also be asked to provide
high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) photographs, geospatial data, and project
narratives depicting the project.
– Award payments are primarily reimbursable. Projects may request funds for
reimbursement at any time after completing a signed agreement with NFWF. A
request of an advance of funds must be due to an imminent need of expenditure
and must detail how the funds will be used and provide justification and a
timeline for expected disbursement of these funds.
Projects selected to receive federal funding may be subject to requirements
under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act (state and
federal), National Historic Preservation Act, and other applicable federal laws.
As may be applicable, successful applicants may be required to comply with such
Federal, state or local requirements and obtain all necessary permits and
Quality Assurance – If a project involves significant
monitoring, data collection or data use, grantees may be asked to prepare and
submit quality assurance documentation (www.epa.gov/quality/qapps.html). Applicants should budget time and resources
to complete this task.
Permits – Successful applicants will be required
to provide sufficient documentation that the project expects to receive or has
received all necessary permits and clearances to comply with any Federal, state
or local requirements. NFWF strongly encourages applicants to conduct
pre-application meetings with the appropriate administering agencies prior to
submitting their proposal. In some cases, if a permit pre-application meeting
has not been completed, NFWF may require successful applicants to complete such
a meeting prior to grant award.
Federal Funding – Federally funded projects must operate
in compliance with the OMB Uniform Guidance as applicable to the applicant. The
availability of federal funds estimated in this solicitation is contingent upon
the federal appropriations process. Funding decisions will be made based on
level of funding and timing of when it is received by NFWF.
of activities are subject to change.
Please check the Program page of the NFWF website for the most current
dates and information http://www.nfwf.org/angelesfire
Angeles NF Training and Conference Center, 701 N. Santa Anita Ave, Arcadia, CA
Applicant Open House II
April 13, 2017 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office, 33708 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA
April 19, 2017
Registration details to be posted on program webpage
Pre-Proposal Due Date
May 3, 2017
Invitations for Full Proposals Sent
May 22, 2017
Full Proposal Due Date
June 23, 2017
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(if you already are a
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2. Once on your homepage,
click the “Apply for Funding” button and select this RFP’s “Funding Opportunity” from the list of options.
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support the application process can be accessed on the NFWF website’s
“Applicant Information” page (http://www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/applicants/Pages/home.aspx).
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