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Applying for the Technical Capacity Grants Program

 
Schedule Update: NFWF 2017 Technical Capacity Grants Program
 
Due to several factors, NFWF will be delaying a Request for Proposals for this year’s 2017 Technical Capacity Grants Program until summer 2017. Updates will be posted on NFWF’s Chesapeake Bay programs website, http://www.nfwf.org/chesapeake.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is soliciting applications from approved NFWF Technical Assistance Providers (“eligible applicants”) to provide technical services on behalf of local governments, nonprofit organizations, and conservation districts (“eligible beneficiaries”) for projects that enhance local capacity to more efficiently and effectively restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Eligible beneficiaries interested in receiving technical capacity assistance through this program are encouraged to consult NFWF’s current list of eligible applicants here which lists the expertise, geographic service area, and contact information for approved NFWF Technical Assistance Providers. Applications may only be submitted by eligible applicants and must list and document the support of at least one eligible beneficiary. NFWF will award a total of approximately $1 million in grants to eligible applicants on behalf of eligible beneficiaries through the CBSF Technical Capacity Grants Program in 2016 across three distinct priority investment areas: agricultural conservation, restoration and community stewardship, and stormwater management. Funding for the CBSF Technical Capacity Grants Program is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Chesapeake Bay Program Office.

How To Apply For Technical Capacity:

  1. Develop a scope of work describing the type of assistance you are looking for.
  2. Review NFWF’s list of Technical Service providers, at top of this page.
  3. If you don’t know who to contact, reach out to the coordinator (contact info at right).  Otherwise, reach out to 2 – 3 providers and discuss your project with them.
  4. Select the approved provider you wish to work with and ask them to submit a proposal.
  5. Give the provider a detailed letter of support describing your need for technical assistance.
  6. Your Technical Capacity provider will then submit a proposal through NFWF’s EasyGrants online application system.  Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis. 

Examples of Technical Capacity Projects:

  •  Design green infrastructure projects, including conceptual and/or engineering designs, including assistance through the permitting process. Projects may include bioretention facilities, green roofs, Green Street designs, floodplain and stream bank restoration projects, etc.
  • Develop long-term financing strategies and other policies to support the implementation of capital improvements and restoration projects that also benefit local streams and the Bay.
  • Conduct reviews of capital improvement budgets and other planned infrastructure projects to identify opportunities for “greening”.
  • Conduct reviews of municipal codes and ordinances and recommend changes to be more protective of water quality.
  • Inventory conservation practices implemented on farm land (including voluntary, non-cost shared practices), to establish a baseline for implementing practices in WIPs (i.e., Chesapeake TMDL Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans), and to identify opportunities for marketing nutrient offsets and credits.
  • Develop comprehensive community forestry programs to convert “turf to trees” and achieve urban tree canopy benchmarks.
  • Develop illicit discharge identification and elimination (IDDE) programs.
  • Conduct stream corridor assessments to prioritize restoration sites, as well as other opportunities for water quality improvements (e.g., illicit discharges).
  • Design and pilot test community-based social marketing campaigns to achieve specific behavior changes required to achieve WIP targets.
  • Facilitate public engagement in the planning and design phases of green infrastructure projects.
  • Use geospatial information tools to assess local land use, identify pollution sources, and select potential sites for restoration and stormwater management projects.

Becoming a Technical Capacity Provider:

If you are interested in becoming a TA provider for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we are accepting applications. If accepted, you would be eligible to submit for funding in the next cycle. Please send an email to the coordinator, whose contact info is at the right.