Northern Great Plains Initiative Fall 2014 Request for Proposals

Pre-proposal Due Date: June 2, 2014 11:59PM Eastern time

Full proposal Due Date: August 4, 2014 11:59PM Eastern time

Initiative Overview

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is requesting proposals that will help conserve, enhance, and restore native prairie and wildlife in the Northern Great Plains (NGP).  NFWF’s grant-making program in the Northern Great Plains seeks to enable partners to design and implement outcome-based, sustainable grassland conservation projects in high biodiversity areas.  Activities will contribute towards a program goal of developing a network of large-scale grasslands that are managed to sustain functional native plant and wildlife communities and healthy working landscapes.

Geographic Focus

The geographic focus of this funding opportunity is the NGP geography of Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota and the Canadian Provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. Priority landscapes include (1) east-central Montana / southern Saskatchewan-Alberta, (2) western South Dakota and northeast Wyoming, (3) the Nebraska Sandhills, and (4) the Missouri Couteau.

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Program Funding Priorities

This program is designed to improve the outlook for habitat conservation and species restoration in each of the priority landscapes.  Improvements in conservation outlook will be measured by decreased rate of fragmentation or conversion of habitat, increased habitat quality, and increases in species populations by 2023 (against a 2013 baseline).

The most competitive projects will address one or more of the following priorities:

  • ​Demonstrate enhanced benefits for wildlife and communities through projects that conserve, enhance, or restore native prairie assemblages and/or wetlands on private lands.  Priority will be given to projects that engage new partners in delivery of conservation projects and/or enable ranching-based coalitions to implement priority projects to enhance habitat and restore species of conservation concern.
  •  Demonstrate status improvement of one or more plant and wildlife resources of high conservation and cultural value on Tribal/First Nation lands.  High priority projects may include: creating or updating land use plans, implementing wildlife management plans, species-specific restoration or enhancement projects, or providing outreach and training that will result in increased enrollment in existing federal conservation programs. Funding for comprehensive prairie conservation, including protection of black-tailed prairie dogs and reintroduction/management of black-footed ferrets, is also a priority.
  • Restore or protect populations of prairie or sage-steppe obligate species and their habitat.  The Foundation will consider projects that leverage ongoing efforts to restore or protect species of high conservation value on public lands.  Focal species and species guilds include black-footed ferret, swift fox, pronghorn, grassland-nesting birds, and waterfowl.
  • Projects in partnership with federal land management agencies addressing the priorities mentioned above that take place on grazing permits or span federal and adjacent private lands.  An emphasis is on partnerships with U.S. Forest Service (USFS) National Forests and Grasslands to update Range Allotment Management Plans (RAMP) to benefit the goals of this program, promote the removal of invasive species and restoration of native plants, and that support the priorities mentioned above.

Criteria for Competitive Proposals 

Competitive pre-proposals will include the following information:

  • Project Type, Location: Describe the type of project you are proposing: eg. enhancing private lands management through a coalition-based incentive program; species restoration on Tribal lands; integrated prairie management program to control plague and ensure prairie health across multiple land uses; easements to prevent conversion. 
  • Long-Term Conservation Outcome(s): Discuss the quantifiable/measurable long-term outcome(s) for the project that will be achieved.
  • Activities: Elaborate on the primary activities that will be conducted through the proposed grant. Explain how these activities address the threats, opportunities and conservation outcome(s) for the species. Describe how these activities relate to established plans (management, conservation, recovery, etc.) and conservation needs.
  • Methodology: Briefly describe how each activity will be implemented and the anticipated timeline.
  • Potential Partners: Describe any potential partner organizations (if applicable), especially those entities that already have ongoing efforts in the NGP or prairie pothole joint venture areas.
  • Matching funds are strongly encouraged. These sources can include cash, in-kind donations, and/or volunteer labor.

Funding Available

The Foundation anticipates awarding $2.5-3M in grants to support this program in late 2014.


Government agencies, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions are eligible for funding.

Ineligible Uses of Funds: No part the grant funds or the non-federal match may be used to:

  • Support litigation expenses or lobbying activities
  • Cover permanent federal employee salary expenses
  • Supplement shortfalls in government agency budgets
  • Support basic planning, outreach, or education projects without an "on-the-ground" component

All proposals involving funding requests for the acquisition of interests in real property must comply with NFWF’s guidance on real property acquisitions.

For applicability of indirect costs, see NFWF’s Indirect Cost Policy for Applicants.

Additional information on funding policies, including financial documents required from application can be found on the Foundation’s website at this link.

Deadlines and Application Procedure

  • Pre-proposals are due on June 2, 2014
  • Full Proposals, by invitation, are due on August 4, 2014
  • ​Awards will be announced by November 30, 2014

Proposals must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system. Hard-copy applications will not be considered for funding.  To submit a proposal, please follow these steps:

1. Go to to register in our Easygrants online system. (If you already are a registered user, use your existing login.) Enter your applicant information.  (For assistance with Easygrants, contact us using the information below.)

2. On your Easygrants homepage, click the “Apply for Funding” button and select the Northern Great Plains funding opportunity. Then click “Continue”.

3. Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your proposal. Applications may be saved and completed at a later time, up until the application deadline.  It is imperative for Easygrants users to disable their browser’s pop-up blocker prior to beginning the application process.  The following link contains access to other useful information for applicants.

Contact Information

For more information or questions about the RFP itself, please contact:

Carly Vynne, PhD
Director, Wildlife & Habitat Conservation
(202) 595-2464

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

Eliza Braendel
Coordinator, Conservation Programs
(202) 857-0166


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