Delaware River Restoration Fund 2018 Request for Proposals

Full Proposal Due Date:   Thursday, April 12, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

OVERVIEW

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to restore the water quality and habitats of the Delaware River watershed. In 2018, the Delaware River Restoration Fund (DRRF) will award matching grants of $50,000 to $500,000 each to improve waters and habitats that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River watershed. Approximately $2 million - $2.5 million in grant funding is available. Major funding for the DRRF is provided by the William Penn Foundation with additional support from the American Forest Foundation and the US Forest Service. Grants will be awarded in three categories:

Targeted Watershed Implementation Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, local governments and educational institutions to implement on-the-ground restoration to improve water quality and habitat within the focus areas of one or more of six Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) sub-watershed restoration or hybrid “Clusters,” including: the Kirkwood-Cohansey Cluster, New Jersey Highlands Cluster, Middle Schuylkill Cluster, Schuylkill Highlands Cluster, Brandywine-Christina Cluster, and Suburban Philadelphia Cluster.  Projects should be located within or benefit Cluster focal areas as identified in the Cluster Plans.  One or more of three priority strategies must be addressed:  Conservation on Working Lands – Farms and Forests; Restoring Streams, Floodplains and Wetlands; and Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Urban/Suburban Landscapes.

Cluster Cornerstone Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, local governments and educational institutions to implement large-scale, strategic project(s) in Cluster focus areas that will serve as “cornerstones” for restoration aggregation.  These projects will integrate several partners with clear roles, address multiple restoration priorities through a detailed work plan, and leverage Cluster resources (including monitoring) to serve as a model in collaboratively advancing goals set forth in Cluster plans.

Habitat Restoration Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, local governments and educational institutions to address habitat restoration priorities as outlined in NFWF’s Delaware River Watershed Business Plan and in NFWF’s partnership with the American Forest Foundation.

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

DRRF projects must be implemented entirely within the Delaware River watershed, which includes portions of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Organizations located outside the watershed may apply if their project will be conducted entirely within the watershed. To be eligible for Targeted Implementation Grant and Cornerstone Grant funding, projects should be located within or substantially affect the focus areas of one of the six Clusters listed above and shown on the map.  View detailed map.  To be eligible for a Habitat Restoration Grant, please review the relevant geographic priority areas in NFWF’s Delaware River Watershed Business Plan and the American Forest Foundation’s Hidden in Plain Sight report.

 

DRRF Map 2018 Image 

 PROGRAM PRIORITIES

All proposals must specifically address how projects for which funds are requested will directly and measurably contribute to the accomplishment of program goals. The Delaware River Restoration Fund seeks projects in the following program priorities:

  1. Targeted Watershed Implementation Grants. Priority for Targeted Implementation Grants will be given to projects that address at least one of the following strategies in one or more of the focal areas identified in the Cluster plans.  To obtain one or more of the Cluster plans, please contact the program director listed in this RFP.
    • Conservation on Working Lands – Farms and Forests. Deliver outreach and technical assistance to engage private landowners and agricultural producers in restoration and conservation on their lands using a deliberate and well-articulated implementation strategy and work plan. Programs may provide technical assistance to producers, forest managers, and other private landowners to improve the health of local waters.  The most competitive projects will prioritize a comprehensive and aggregated approach to agriculture conservation and demonstrate strong collaboration with relevant federal, state, regional agencies, and conservation organizations.  Projects should extensively leverage federal Farm Bill resources and other government programs for implementation, explicitly address technical assistance needs, and ensure landowners are invested in the success of the project.  Specific approaches include the following:
      • Reducing pollutants entering headwater streams (including bacteria, nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment, thermal, and other pollutants) by increasing landowner adoption of conservation and nutrient management plans and implementation of conservation practices. Geographic Focus by Cluster: Brandywine-Christina, Middle Schuylkill, Kirkwood-Cohansey, Poconos and Kittatinny, Schuylkill Highlands, New Jersey Highlands
      • Establishing comprehensive, or “whole farm” best management practice (BMP) programs working with landowners to address all aspects of polluted runoff from the barnyard, field, pasture, and areas of conveyances including hydric soils, groundwater, wetlands, floodplains, and streams. Geographic Focus by Cluster: Middle Schuylkill, Brandywine-Christina
      • Increasing farmer participation in programs to conserve water and improve efficiency, increase on-farm infiltration of surface water to the aquifer and increase riparian buffers. Geographic Focus by Cluster: Kirkwood-Cohansey, Middle Schuylkill
    • Restoration of Streams, Floodplains and Wetlands. Improve or restore natural stream hydrology to reduce stream bank erosion and scouring, improve floodplain storage/infiltration and filtering capacity, and restore stream function to provide clean water and healthy habitat. Priority will be given to restoration on public lands or lands that are otherwise permanently or semi-permanently protected.  Priority will be given to projects that contribute to the aggregation of restoration. Specific approaches include the following:
      • Restoring and enhancing existing stream buffers that will significantly improve their function in protecting in-stream water quality, reduce non-point source pollution introduction to the system, and increase public engagement in the practice. Geographic Focus by Cluster: Kirkwood-Cohansey
      • Restoring the capacity of rural/urban/suburban streams to mitigate the impact of land disturbances (including impervious areas) and improve floodwater retention by maximizing infiltration, addressing underlying hydrological challenges, increasing connectivity of streams with floodplains, enhancing and restoring associated wetlands, managing forests for water quality, improving riparian buffers, and restoring eroding stream banks. Geographic Focus by Cluster: Brandywine-Christina, Kirkwood-Cohansey, New Jersey Highlands, Poconos and Kittatinny, Upstream Suburban Philadelphia
    • Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Urban/Suburban Landscapes. Build local government capacity for green infrastructure and accelerate adoption of green infrastructure practices on private lands.
      • Increasing water conservation and on-site infiltration in order to reduce stormwater runoff, decrease aquifer withdrawals and improve critical recharge. Projects may target improved residential, municipal, and commercial water management, implementation of upland (non-riparian area) measures for decreasing nonpoint source runoff, technically-appropriate retrofits to stormwater basins (including engineered/scaled graduated outlet structures and increased native re-vegetation in infiltration areas) and other stormwater control measures. Geographic Focus by Cluster: Kirkwood-Cohansey, New Jersey Highlands, Schuylkill Highlands, Upstream Suburban Philadelphia
      • Restoring and enhancing existing stream buffers and other natural stream function to protect in-stream quality, reduce non-point source pollution, and improve infiltration. Geographic Focus by Cluster: Kirkwood-Cohansey, Schuylkill Highlands, Upstream Suburban Philadelphia
  2. Cluster Cornerstone Grants.  Cluster Cornerstone Grants will be awarded to projects that exhibit exceptional strategic planning and partner engagement to deliver one large project or a suite of projects within the focal areas of the five restoration Clusters.  These projects should be designed to allow for measurable progress—and will serve as models that collaboratively advance Cluster efforts to achieve goals set forth in Cluster plans.  Specifically, these projects will:
    • ​​Establish a project leadership team and coordinate well-defined roles and activities of numerous Cluster participants and other partners necessary for effective project delivery; consider including new and non-traditional partners to broaden impact.
    • Present a clear work plan (to prioritize restoration needs and the most important practices to improve water quality) with an achievable timeline that includes metrics and outcomes by which progress will be measured (look to DRRF and DRWI metrics for guidance).
    • Address multiple DRRF Program Priorities as described above for Targeted Implementation Grants.
    • Give careful consideration to watershed context by complementing other existing or planned Cluster projects, and implementing pollution source reduction strategies (upstream and upland) prior to restoration and other “end of pipe” solutions.
    • Integrate data collection, employ adaptive management and incorporate information-sharing mechanisms both within the Cluster and with external Cluster partners; have a plan for using information for education, outreach and technical assistance purposes.
    • Prioritize and fully incorporate monitoring (existing or planned) through coordination with DRWI monitoring, modeling (SRAT and other tools), and citizen science efforts.
    • Consult with NFWF and the Circuit Riders in the development of the project proposals (contact the program director for additional details); ensure appropriate technical assistance is available to partners.
    • Frame outcomes with the expectation that methods and lessons will serve as examples of strategic restoration and can be exported to other focal areas and DRWI Clusters.  Successful Cluster Cornerstone Grants will serve as models and provide case studies as the DRWI moves into Phase 2.
  3. Habitat Restoration Grants. Habitat Restoration Grants will be awarded to projects that address restoration priorities described in the Delaware River Watershed Business Plan for nearshore habitat, aquatic habitat, and forest habitat. Priority for grants in 2018 will be given to projects that address the following specific strategies:
    • Nearshore habita​t.
      • ​​​​Collaboratively address threats to shorebirds in the Delaware Bay, especially red knot, by increasing high quality beach habitat at priority roosting and foraging sites and reducing impacts of human and wildlife disturbances to critical habitat areas.
      • Identifying priority sites for the construction of living shorelines.
    • ​​​​Aquatic habitat.
      • Work to restore eastern brook trout habitat within either of two overlapping DRWI water quality clusters: Poconos and Kittatinny and Middle Schuylkill (see Cluster map above). These clusters contain brook trout habitat patches that can be improved through targeted actions1.   In some cases, filling key knowledge gaps will be appropriate, such as: completing comprehensive barrier assessments or population assessments of brook trout and non-native trout species. Efforts to restore allopatric brook trout populations will likely include barrier removals and/or actions to improve water quality that are accompanied with estimates of the resulting increases to brook trout abundance.
      • Identify priority sites for restoration for alosine species (including American shad and river herring) by developing criteria to evaluate habitat suitability and existing barriers or impediments to connectivity.  Criteria should consider habitat quality, feasibility and cost effectiveness—and result in list of most actionable waters with greatest chance for success
    • ​Forest habitat.
      • ​Improve the management of large forest blocks to enhance age and structural diversity (early successional, transitional mature, and late successional) in the region to demonstrate beneficial forest habitat conditions for birds and other wildlife (esp. wood thrush, golden-winged warbler and cerulean warbler). 
      • Applicants seeking to work with private, family-owned woodlands are encouraged to target opportunities in the Upper Delaware.  This specific watershed has been identified by the American Forest Foundation as the greatest opportunity to work with family woodland owners to protect and improve wildlife habitats in their woods. For more information, including details on the selected HUC-12 watershed, refer to AFF’s report Hidden in Plain Sight.

  1Habitat patches have been defined by the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture and an assessment of their conservation needs was conducted by Trout Unlimited, see: https://www.tu.org/ebt-portfolio-rwa 

PROJECT METRICS

To better gauge progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data provided by multiple grants, the Delaware River Restoration Fund has a list of metrics in Easygrants for grantees to choose from for reporting. We ask that applicants select only the most relevant metrics from this list for their project (all possible program metrics are shown in the table below).  If you do not believe an applicable metric has been provided, please contact Rachel Dawson (rachel.dawson@nfwf.org) or Jessica Lillquist (jessica.lillquist@nfwf.org) to discuss acceptable alternatives.

Project Activity Recommended Metric Additional Guidance

​Outreach for restoration practices and BMPs resulting in increased awareness

Capacity, Outreach, Incentives- Outreach/Education/ Technical Assistance - #  people reached 

​Enter the number of people who responded to an offer and inquiry delivered by outreach, training, or technical assistance activities. Use the NOTES section to specify the percentage of individuals reached by outreach (website, printed materials), training, or technical assistance activities; indicate type of audience (farmers, landowners, municipalities, etc.) within the target geography in the NOTES section
​Outreach for restoration practices and BMPs resulting in community behavior change 

Capacity, Outreach, Incentives- Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # people with changed behavior ​​

​Enter number of community members or landowners who demonstrated changed behavior by applying land management/BMP recommendations from a professional; characterize the audience (farmers, family forest landowners, municipalities) within the target geography in the NOTES section
​Engaging volunteers to help with restoration project implementation and community outreach 

Capacity, Outreach, Incentives - Volunteer participation - # volunteers participating​

​Enter the number of  volunteers
​Installing fence to exclude livestock from stream and buffer access 

Habitat Management - BMP implementation for livestock fencing - Miles of fencing installed​

​Enter number of miles of livestock fencing
​Delivery of restoration activities and BMPs on a number of acres to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff on agriculture or private lands  

Habitat Management - BMP implementation for nutrient or sediment reduction - Acres with BMPs​

​Enter number of acres; indicate the type of BMP(s) (e.g. manure storage, cover crops) and indicate percent of practices implemented as recommended in a plan in NOTES section
​Delivery of restoration activities and BMPs to reduce nitrogen entering watersheds

Habitat Management - BMP implementation for nutrient or sediment reduction - Lbs nitrogen avoided (annually)​

​Enter the amount of nitrogen prevented from entering system annually
​Implementation of restoration activities and BMPs to reduce phosphorus entering watersheds

Habitat Management - BMP implementation for nutrient or sediment reduction - Lbs phosphorous avoided (annually)​

​Enter the amount of phosphorous prevented from entering system annually
​Implementation of restoration activities and BMPs to reduce sediment transport

​Habitat Management - BMP implementation for nutrient or sediment reduction - Lbs sediment avoided (annually)

​Enter the amount of sediment prevented from entering system annually
​Implementation of urban/suburban restoration projects and green infrastructure stormwater practices to reduce runoff on a number of acres  

Habitat Management - BMP implementation for stormwater runoff - Acres with BMPs​

​ Enter number of acres treated with stormwater BMP(s); indicate the type of BMP(s) (e.g., rain gardens, constructed wetlands, green roofs, rain barrels, etc.) and inches of rainfall that will be stored, infiltrated and/or filtered within a 48-hour rain event in NOTES section
​Implementing restoration activities and green infrastructure BMPs to reduce the volume of urban and suburban stormwater  

Habitat Management - BMP implementation for stormwater runoff - Volume stormwater prevented ​

​Enter the volume (in gallons) of stormwater prevented from entering the system; indicate type of BMP(s) in the NOTES section
​Improved 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 improve aquatic habitat connectivity; if improving or increasing eastern brook trout patch sizes, specify in NOTES section
​Implementation of restoration activities to improve instream habitat and stream function

Habitat Restoration - Instream restoration - Miles restored​

​Enter the number of miles restored; briefly indicate the type of restoration in the NOTES section
​Restoration of riparian areas to improve water quality and habitat function

Habitat Restoration - Riparian restoration - Miles restored​

​Enter miles of riparian areas restored; indicate the type of buffer (e.g. forested, vegetated), buffer width, and acres in the NOTES section
​Restoration and enhancement of wetlands to improve water quality and habitat 

Habitat Restoration - Wetland restoration - Acres restored ​

​Enter the number of acres restored or enhanced
​Restoration of floodplains where stream hydrology is restored to reduce erosion

Habitat Restoration – Floodplain restoration- Acres restored ​

​ Enter the number of acres restored
​Local governments that improve codes, ordinances, and policies to improve water quality 

Capacity, Outreach, Incentives - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # gov't entities participating ​

​Capacity, Outreach, Incentives - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # gov't entities participating 
​Restoration and enhancement of shoreline to protect beach habitat 

Habitat Restoration – Beach habitat quality improvements -Miles restored ​

​Enter number of miles of restored or protected beach/shoreline habitat
​Implementing Forest Management and Stewardship  – Early successional forest 

Habitat Management – Improved management practices– Acres under improved management ​

​Enter the number of acres under improved management; use the NOTES section to indicate full parcel size benefitting from acres under management
​Implementing Forest Management and Stewardship – Late successional forest 

Habitat Management – Improved management practices– Acres under improved management ​

​Enter the number of acres under improved management; use the NOTES section to indicate full parcel size benefitting from acres under management
​Implementing Forest Management and Stewardship – Mature forest  

 Habitat Management – Improved management practices– Acres under improved management ​

​Enter the number of acres under improved management; use the NOTES section to indicate full parcel size benefitting from acres under management
​Local governments dedicating funding to stormwater management    

Capacity, Outreach, Incentives - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # gov't entities participating​

​ Enter the number of municipalities or local governments participating
​Leveraging federal Farm Bill resources and other state and federal programs for implementation of restoration activities and BMPs to improve the health of local waters ​Capacity, Outreach, Incentives - Incentives – Dollar value of government agency cost share or financial assistance  ​Enter the dollar value of Federal and state technical assistance and financial assistance used to support implementation; specify Farm Bill $ and state funding in NOTES section.

 ELIGIBILITY

Eligible and Ineligible Entities

  • Eligible applicants include:  non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.  Priority for Targeted Watershed Implementation Grants will be given to DRWI Cluster participants and their partners.
  • Ineligible applicants include:  unincorporated individuals, businesses, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, and international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds

  • 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.

FUNDING AVAILABILITY AND MATCH

The DRRF will award $2 million to $2.5 million in grants in 2018. Generally grants of less than $100,000 will be awarded for restoration at a single site and/or involving a limited number of partners. Any proposals requesting $100,000 to $500,000 should represent broad-based partnerships engaged in implementing comprehensive watershed restoration approaches that may include multiple sites and multiple strategies.  Grants will be awarded in three categories:

  1. Targeted Watershed Implementation Grants will range from $50,000 to $250,000 each. These grants require a minimum matching contribution valued at 25% of total project costs (i.e., 1/3 of the grant request) is required; however grants in the higher end of the range are strongly encouraged to approach or exceed 50% match to ensure competitiveness. Projects must be ready to begin implementation within six months of the grant award, and completed within two years of grant award.
  2. Cluster Cornerstone Grants may qualify for up to $500,000 each. These grants require a minimum matching contribution valued at 25% of total project costs (i.e., 1/3 of the grant request) is required; however grants in the higher end of the range are strongly encouraged to approach or exceed 50% match to ensure competitiveness. Projects must be ready to begin implementation within six months of the grant award. Typically, projects are completed within two years of grant award, but a longer timeline can be requested to implement all projects and achieve desired outcomes.
  3. Habitat Grants will be awarded in the range of $50,000 to $250,000 each. Applicants are encouraged to have matching contributions valued at 50% of total project costs (1:1 ratio). Projects must be ready to begin implementation within six months of the grant award, and completed within two years of grant award.

Applicants may only apply to one of the above funding categories for a project (e.g. an applicant cannot use the same project or components of the project to apply for a Cornerstone Grant and Targeted Watershed Implementation Grants).

EVALUATION CRITERIA

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 following criteria:

Program Goals and Priorities – Project contributes to the DRRF’s overall water quality, habitat and species conservation goals and has specific, quantifiable performance metrics (e.g. acres of wetlands enhanced, miles of riparian forest buffer restored, miles of livestock exclusion fencing installed, gallons of stormwater avoided, etc.) to evaluate project success. Project addresses one or more of the program priorities outlined in the Request for Proposal.

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 all activities are both technically sound and feasible.  Project proactively addresses local technical assistance capacity including challenges, needs, and limitations and provides tangible ways to enhance delivery.

Work Plan – The applicant provides a detailed work plan with clear activities, roles, and outcomes associated with the project. The work plan can be used as a way of assessing progress of the project.

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.). Proposals with large grant requests should include a more robust partnership.

Transferability – Project has potential and plan to transfer lessons learned to other communities and Clusters or to be integrated into government programs and policies.

Cluster Plan and Context – For Targeted Implementation Grant and Cluster Cornerstone Grant proposals, the project advances the relevant Cluster Plan, is presented as part of the broader Cluster and/or watershed context, and is an important element of a thoughtful shared Cluster strategy.

Monitoring – 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. Targeted Implementation Grant and Cluster Cornerstone Grant proposals must describe how the project will integrate with ongoing or planned Cluster monitoring efforts, either by the grantee or by partners.

Letters of Support – Proposal includes letters of support from project partners, stakeholders and/or technical assistance providers; letters should describe any match or contribution offered to the project.  Cluster Cornerstone Grant proposals should include letters of support that confirm partner roles and contributions.

OTHER

Budget – Costs are allowable, reasonable and budgeted in accordance with NFWF’s Budget Instructions cost categories.  Federally-funded projects must be in compliance with OMB Uniform Guidance as applicable (OMB Uniform Guidance).

Matching Contributions – Matching Contributions consist of cash, contributed goods and services, volunteer hours, and/or property raised and spent for the Project during the Period of Performance. Larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive during application review.

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. 

Publicity and Acknowledgement of Support – Award recipients will be required to grant NFWF the right and authority to publicize the project and NFWF’s financial support for the grant in press releases, publications and other public communications. Recipients may also be asked by NFWF to provide high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) photographs depicting the project.

Receiving Award Funds – 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.

Compliance Requirements – Projects selected may be subject to requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act (state and federal), and National Historic Preservation Act.  Documentation of compliance with these regulations must be approved prior to initiating activities that disturb or alter habitat or other features of the project site(s).  Applicants should budget time and resources to obtain the needed approvals.  As may be applicable, successful applicants may be required to comply with additional Federal, state or local requirements and obtain all necessary permits and clearances.

Federal Funding – 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.

TIMELINE

Dates of activities are subject to change.  Please check the DRRF Program page of the NFWF website for the most current dates and information.

​​​Applicant Webinar​
​February 22, 2018, 1:00pm ​​Eastern Time
Full Proposal Due Date
​April 12, 2018, 11:59pm Eastern Time
Review Period
​April – June 2018​
Awards Announced
​​Early August 2018

HOW TO APPLY

All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.

  1. 1. Go to www.nfwf.org/easygrants to register in our Easygrants online system.  New users to the system will be prompted to register before starting the application (if you already are a registered user, use your existing login).  Enter your applicant information.
  2. 2. Once on your homepage, click the “Apply for Funding” button and select this RFP’s “Funding Opportunity” from the list of options.
  3. 3. Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your application.  Once as application has been started, it may be saved and returned to at a later time for completion and submission.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

A PDF version of this RFP can be downloaded here.

A Tip Sheet is available for quick reference while you are working through your application. This document can also be downloaded here​.  

Additional information to support the application process can be accessed on the NFWF website’s Applicant Information page.

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

Rachel Dawson – Program Director, Delaware River
(202) 595-2643
rachel.dawson@nfwf.org

Jessica Lillquist – Coordinator, Delaware River
(202) 595-2612
jessica.lillquist@nfwf.org

For issues or assistance with our online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
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