Longleaf Stewardship Fund 2017 Request for Proposals

Proposal Due Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2017 (11:59PM Eastern Time)

OVERVIEW

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to expand and enhance longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range. The Longleaf Stewardship Fund is a landmark public-private partnership supported with Federal funding from USDA’s Forest Service (FS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Department of Defense (DoD), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and private funding from Southern Company, International Paper’s Forestland Stewards Initiative, Altria Group and the American Forest Foundation's Southern Woods for At-Risk Wildlife Partnership. Approximately $4.0 - $4.7 million in grant funds is available in 2017.

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

To be eligible for funding, projects must occur within the historical range for longleaf pine as depicted in Map 1. A more detailed interactive map can be viewed here: Interactive Map.

Map 1. Historical longleaf pine range and local implementation teams[1]

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PROGRAM PRIORITIES

The Longleaf Stewardship Fund supports restoration and enhancement of the longleaf pine ecosystem on public and private lands through collaborative and on-the-ground actions that contribute to the strategic restoration goals in the Range-Wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine, developed by the America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative (The Initiative). The three-year priorities and actions (2016-2018) to advance these goals are outlined in The Initiative’s Strategic Priorities and Actions document.

The Longleaf Stewardship Fund also supports the implementation of the Business Plan for the Forestland Stewards Initiative, which includes strategic priorities and goals to enhance forest ecosystems for the benefit of wildlife species and freshwater systems, while promoting and supporting working forests. Priority geographies identified in the Business Plan include the longleaf range within the Coastal Plain of North and South Carolina (map), as well as the piney woods region of east Texas and west Louisiana (map).  

Funding Priorities: Priority will be given to projects that effectively implement one or more of the strategies below:
  

1) Establishing Longleaf Pine: NFWF will invest in projects that create new longleaf habitat. This includes site preparation and planting of longleaf pine on public and private lands. Priority will be given to projects in areas adjacent or in close proximity to existing longleaf stands, known habitat for longleaf associated threatened, endangered or at-risk species, and/or on protected lands likely to receive long-term management. Projects should: 

  • Describe all necessary site preparation for planting and summarize plans (e.g., mechanical and/or chemical treatments, prescribed burning, etc.) to promote long-term sustainability.

2) Enhancing and Maintaining Existing Longleaf Pine EcosystemsNFWF will invest in projects that maintain, expand, and promote the appropriate management of existing longleaf pine on public and private lands through the use of prescribed fire and other supplemental management treatments, including, but not limited to the following strategies:

  • Increase prescribed fire capacity, coordination and collaboration through fire teams or other strategies.
  • Provide technical assistance, training and/or other incentives[2] to increase prescribed burning on private lands.

  • Increase prescribed burning and management on public lands. Work on federal lands may be eligible as part of larger partnership projects that also include longleaf restoration on other non-federal public lands and/or private lands. For further guidance see the "work on public lands" section under "funding availability and match."
  • Identify and address specific barriers or roadblocks to prescribed burning in a specific geography (i.e., insurance, liability, community issues, etc.). Innovative strategies that test models within a Significant Geographic Area (SGA), such as prescribed burn associations, with the potential of being transferred across the longleaf range are encouraged.

Where prescribed fire is not sufficient or practical for achieving longleaf ecosystem restoration, the following additional strategies may be considered:

  • Thinning, invasive species removal and other alternative treatments. Applicants must demonstrate how these strategies contribute towards long-term sustainable longleaf ecosystem management, including how they will enable future prescribed burning as a management practice.
  • Overstory treatments in mixed stands with a minor manageable component of longleaf (preferably 20-50% existing stocking of longleaf) with a goal of moving these stands to a longleaf-dominant condition.
  • Planting native understory species.

3) Expanding and Coordinating Private Landowner Technical Assistance and Outreach: Preference will be given to projects that implement targeted outreach and technical assistance to increase the number of private landowners engaged in longleaf pine stewardship practices. Proposals must estimate the amount of acres to be restored or enhanced as a result of proposed activities. Projects also should demonstrate increased coordination across agencies and organizations; improve delivery of landowner technical assistance for longleaf pine recovery efforts; and target outreach to private lands adjacent, or in close proximity to, established longleaf stands. Priority approaches include:

  • Increase Outreach Success: Support increased landowner outreach and technical assistance. Proposals should describe the current technical assistance capacity within the project’s geographic area and explain plans for prioritizing, targeting and leveraging additional capacity to achieve specific conservation outcomes for on-the-ground acreage and landowner engagement. This should include how available tools and resources (e.g. state and federal cost-share programs) will be utilized and how the increased technical assistance capacity will be coordinated among existing providers. Strategies may include:
    • Hiring additional staff or contractors, based on demonstrated need.
    • Developing landscape-based partnerships to implement innovative methods to expand on-the-ground restoration and protection activities on private lands, such as utilizing ​social marketing and preferences data to identify and better understand landowner motivations and barriers to sustainable forest management.
    • Targeting outreach to landowners and working with NRCS and other partners to prioritize, plan and deliver NRCS financial assistance and other stewardship programs to improve habitat and support at-risk species. 
  • Advance New Market-based and/or Incentive Programs:  Pilot innovative, market-based solutions and/or incentive programs that stimulate landowner participation in longleaf recovery efforts and enhance on-the-ground activities to achieve longleaf pine optimal habitat conditions. Examples of strategies include coupling new incentive payments funded through LSF with existing cost-share programs and providing smaller incentives in cases where cost-share programs are oversubscribed. Projects should effectively align with other existing private landowner initiatives or programs, such as US Fish & Wildlife Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program, USDA’s Working Lands for Wildlife, and/or DoD Sentinel Landscapes, as appropriate.
  • Increase participation in Third-Party Forest Certification:  Increase participation in third-party forest certification programs to encourage sustainable forest management practices for longleaf pine ecosystem, bottomland hardwood forests, and associated wildlife.

4) Building and Improving Local Implementation Team Capacity (SGA projects only 

A portion of available grant funding may be allocated to strengthen Local Implementation Team (LIT) capacity to establish and/or advance a comprehensive longleaf ecosystem restoration strategy and accomplish conservation goals within defined SGAs.

Proposed capacity-building activities must be integrated as part of a larger project addressing Strategies 1-3 above. Proposals must clearly detail how capacity investments will lead to specific measurable, on-the-ground conservation outcomes (acres established, acres enhanced, etc.) within the project period and include the following components:

  • Planning: Develop a conservation plan [3] for the SGA that defines measurable, large-scale longleaf restoration and enhancement goals and expected conservation outcomes; details strategic actions and target priority locations; lists near-term implementation actions and associated costs; and describes methods for monitoring and evaluating progress. The conservation plan template can be downloaded here. Proposals submitted on behalf of an LIT must provide a draft map of spatial priorities, work plan and timeline for completion of a draft conservation plan for their respective SGA during the project period. Proposals submitted by an LIT that do not include a draft map of spatial priorities, work plan and timeline will not be eligible for funding. Proposals may request funding to support conservation plan development, including, but not limited to:

    • GIS mapping to identify priority areas, establish baseline estimates of longleaf, etc. 

    • Hiring a facilitator to assist with partner coordination and priority setting. 

  • Coordination: Support an LIT Coordinator position to provide overall coordination across all SGA partners, priorities and activities, and accelerate achievement of longleaf restoration and maintenance goals for the defined region. Applicants may request no more than 75% of the LIT Coordinator’s salary and benefits. Requests for this type of support must include:

    • A clear work plan that outlines how the Coordinator will facilitate completing the SGA’s conservation plan; as well as monitor and track progress and achievements of key activities, milestones and goals.

    • Participation in the annual and/or regional LIT Coordinator meetings to network, expand knowledge and share lessons learned (reasonable travel costs for Coordinator may be included in the proposal).

    • Description of how the Coordinator position will be supported long-term and sustained through other financial resources. Proposals requesting continued support for a Coordinator position funded through previous LSF grants must provide a strategy outline and timeline for diversifying financial support.

 Additional Strategies

As part of implementing the priority strategies above, projects are encouraged to integrate the following additional strategies (note geographic restrictions):

5) Accelerating Species Recovery/Southern Company Power of Flight [4](Projects must be within Southern Company’s service area, LA/TX, or NC/SC Coastal Plain): As part of a larger longleaf ecosystem habitat restoration or enhancement project, implement other strategies, such as translocation, nest-cavity inserts, and other supporting activities to aid recovery of longleaf ecosystem-dependent bird species, such as red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW), as well as gopher tortoise and populations of other key indicator species.[5] Proposals should demonstrate how activities advance implementation of established conservation strategies within federal species recovery plans, regional bird conservation plans, and/or state wildlife action plans.  

6) Bottomland Hardwood Restoration and Enhancement (LA, TX and NC/SC Coastal Plain projects only): Funding is available for targeted restoration and enhancement of bottomland hardwood habitat as part of larger longleaf restoration proposals. To the extent possible, bottomland hardwood sites should be adjacent to, or near, proposed longleaf restoration sites. Examples of strategies that will be considered include:

  • Site preparation and planting of desired hardwood species in bottomlands, particularly along riparian corridors.

  • Maintaining and enhancing planted acreage and/or natural stands, and support natural regeneration through invasive species control, intermediate thinning and additional under-planting as necessary. 

7) Conservation Easements (for LA, TX and NC/SC Coastal Plain SGA projects only)Funding is available to facilitate targeted conservation easement projects that protect existing, high quality longleaf pine and bottomland hardwood habitat, or key sites targeted for longleaf and bottomland hardwood restoration that are part of larger longleaf restoration proposals. Stand-alone bottomland hardwood conservation projects will not be accepted.

Preference will be given to projects that protect priority sites identified by LITs; are adjacent to, or near, proposed longleaf restoration sites; and/or are embedded within, or adjacent to, public or other permanently protected lands and/or will protect working forests. Requests for conservation easement funding should not exceed 15% of the total proposal request and should be for transaction costs, such as surveys, appraisal, environmental report, etc. In limited instances, high leverage projects will be considered for acquisition costs. Please contact Jon Scott (jonathan.scott@nfwf.org) to discuss specific land conservation projects.

PROJECT METRICS AND OUTCOMES

The Longleaf Stewardship Fund seeks to achieve the following conservation outcomes this grant round. Acreage targets represent approximately 10% of The Initiative’s annual restoration goal:

  • Restore an additional 11,000 to 16,000 acres of longleaf pine on public and private lands.
  • Maintain or enhance through burning 125,000 to 165,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat on public and private lands.
  • Improve populations of longleaf ecosystem indicator species (Bachman’s sparrow, bobwhite quail, red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, etc.), by providing and sustaining optimal habitat conditions[6] that in turn benefit a broad suite of at-risk, threatened and endangered species.
  • Involve more than 300 private landowners in longleaf stewardship practices that directly contribute to the restoration, enhancement and wildlife objectives described above, and support working forests by demonstrating their environmental and socioeconomic benefits. 

To better gauge progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data provided by multiple grants, the Longleaf Stewardship Fund has a list of metrics in Easygrants for grantees to choose from for reporting. We ask that you select only the most relevant metrics from this list for your project (all possible program metrics are shown in the table below). If you do not believe an applicable metric has been provided, please contact Jon Scott (jonathan.scott@nfwf.org) to discuss acceptable alternatives.

Project Activity
Recommended Metric (as listed in Easygrants)
Additional Guidance
Establishment of new acres of longleaf pine.
Habitat Restoration - LLSF – Longleaf Pine - Land, wetland restoration - Acres restored
The total acres of longleaf pine planted (established). 
Management/enhancement of existing longleaf
Habitat Management - LLSF - Longleaf Pine - Improved management practices - Acres under improved management
The total number of acres treated to improve or maintain longleaf pine ecosystem. This includes prescribed burning, over-story treatments, mid-story treatments, understory establishment, and invasive species treatments. 
Prescribed burning of existing longleaf
Habitat Management – LLSF - BMP implementation for prescribed burns - Acres
Enter the number of acres of prescribed burning within longleaf pine ecosystems. 
Establishment of bottomland hardwood forest
Habitat Restoration – LLSF – Bottomland Hardwoods - Land, wetland restoration – Acres restored
The total number of acres of bottomland hardwoods planted (established) and/or managed (enhanced) (if applicable). This metric only applies to projects located within the Forestland Stewards Initiative geographies: Coastal Carolinas or Piney Woods of LA and TX.
Management/enhancement of existing bottomland hardwood forest Habitat Management - LLSF - Bottomland Hardwoods - Improved management practices - Acres under improved management The total number of acres treated to improve or maintain bottomland hardwoods. This includes thinning, underplanting, and invasive species treatments.  This metric only applies to projects located within the Forestland Stewards Initiative geographies: Coastal Carolinas or Piney Woods of LA and TX.
Acres of longleaf and bottomland hardwood habitat placed under conservation easement
Habitat Conservation – LLSF - Acres protected under long-term easement (permanent or >30-yr)
The number of acres of existing longleaf (or lands that will be converted to longleaf during the project period) and bottomland hardwood habitat (if applicable). This metric only applies to projects located within the Forestland Stewards Initiative geographies: Coastal Carolinas or Piney Woods of LA and TX.
Number of private landowners enrolled in cost-share or stewardship programs
Capacity, Outreach, Incentives - LLSF - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # people with changed behavior
The number of private landowners who have entered into new program contracts (including, but not limited to Farm Bill, state or other funding programs) focusing on longleaf pine restoration and management. 
Number of individual species translocated
Species Specific Strategies – LLSF –
# individuals translocated/stocked
 
 
 
 
The number of individual birds or other wildlife species translocated.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible and Ineligible Entities

  • Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions.

  • Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals, international organizations. U.S. Federal agencies, businesses, and unincorporated individuals are encouraged to partner with applicants, but are not eligible to submit an application.

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 Longleaf Stewardship Fund will award approximately $4.0 – $4.7 million in grants in FY 2017. This program has one annual application cycle and awards approximately 15-20 grants per year. Grants will be awarded in one of two categories:
 

1) Partnership-based, Large-Scale Restoration (Significant Geographic Areas): Grants ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 will be awarded to projects submitted on behalf of a Local Implementation Team that is working to significantly advance longleaf pine restoration and enhancement objectives within areas designated as SGAs in the Range-Wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine. Projects in this category must directly support conservation goals and strategies embraced by relevant partners and stakeholders in these landscapes, outlined in a developing LIT/SGA conservation plan. 

To promote coordination and prioritize limited funding, applicants are encouraged to collaborate on proposals and submit one comprehensive application per SGA, on behalf of an established or developing LIT. The proposal should clearly outline how the partnership’s developing conservation plan is being addressed; the role of each participating partner; and, include a map of partnership priority areas identifying where proposed activities will take place. Funding will be prioritized to those LITs with completed, or the most fully developed conservation plans. 

2) Strategic Restoration and Outreach: Grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 will be awarded for strategic, on-the-ground restoration and private landowner outreach that occurs within the historical longleaf range in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Any project overlapping with an SGA must demonstrate coordination with the relevant LIT (i.e., to ensure that proposed activities do not duplicate, but rather enhance or leverage existing/planned SGA activities) - Contact Information for LITs. 

Project Period: Anticipated completion time for funded projects typically will be 24 months following finalization of a grant agreement. Significant project deliverables and outcomes are expected to be achieved in year one. Project start and end dates should define the period during which all proposed work is accomplished, all requested funds are spent and all matching funds are spent or applied.  

Match Requirement: Projects must have a minimum match of 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind, but larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive. [7] Applicants are encouraged to describe federal partner contributions as well in the proposal narrative, although those contributions will not count toward the minimum match requirement.

Work on Public Lands: Dedicated funding is available to support longleaf restoration and management on National Forests. Applicants must coordinate with the National Forest Supervisor or other appropriate U.S. Forest Service staff to identify and address priorities in the proposal consistent with the applicable National Forest - Forest Plan [8].  

Limited work on other federal lands (such as National Wildlife Refuges) is eligible with the exception of the westernmost portion of the longleaf range in South Carolina (Calhoun, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Greenwood, Lancaster, Lexington, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Kershaw, Richland, and Saluda counties). Work performed on state and municipal-owned public land is eligible across all states within the historical longleaf range. Projects that include federal lands also must include work on state, local, and/or private lands as part of the broader project scope. Please contact Jon Scott at jonathan.scott@nfwf.org to discuss potential work on public lands prior to submitting an application.

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 Longleaf Stewardship Fund’s overall acreage, habitat, and species goals, and has specific, quantifiable performance metrics that will be tracked and measured to evaluate project success. Project addresses one or more of the program priorities outlined in the Request for Proposal.  

Conservation Plan and Context: Describe how the project fits into and advances an existing conservation plan or strategy that benefits the longleaf pine ecosystem. Projects located within the Coastal Carolinas or Piney Woods region of Texas and Louisiana should address how the project advances the priorities and acreage and species goals outlined in the Business Plan for the Forestland Stewards Initiative. Proposals also should highlight how these efforts will expand new or existing restoration and conservation initiatives to maximize large-scale ecosystem function. Proposals submitted on behalf of an LIT/SGA under the Partnership-based, Large-Scale Restoration funding category should describe how the project will support and advance the priorities identified in a completed or developing LIT/SGA conservation plan. 

Critical Species Benefits:  In addition to meeting key habitat needs for longleaf ecosystem indicator species (Bachman’s sparrow, bobwhite quail, red-cockaded woodpecker, and gopher tortoise), describe any significant benefits to other at-risk, threatened or endangered species, referencing any species recovery plans or other conservation plans outlining species goals as appropriate. Preference will be given to projects that include plans for wildlife population surveys. 

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 technically- sound and feasible. 

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

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.  

For SGA projects, this should include appropriate federal, state, local and private partners. Coordination with the military is strongly encouraged where possible (e.g., work with a local installation to support the military mission and demonstrate an understanding of the installation’s longleaf objectives). (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 completing the project.)

Transferability: Project has potential and plan to transfer lessons learned to other communities and/or 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 requested funds, and demonstrates that activities would not move forward absent funding.

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.

Letters of Support:

  • Letters of support from the applicable State Forestry office, highlighting how the proposed project is being coordinated with their office must be submitted for projects including state and private lands (View state forest agency contacts).
  • Letter of support from the appropriate military installation/base Commander, or official designee, that address the specific project benefits to the military mission are required for projects involving or benefitting a local military installation or base.
  • Letter of support from the Forest Supervisor of the applicable National Forest is required for projects including work on a National Forest.
  • Letters documenting the support/contributions of all other project partners are strongly encouraged.
  • Projects submitted under the Strategic Restoration and Outreach funding category that overlap with an LIT/SGA(s), must provide an acknowledgement letter from the LIT(s) outlining how the project will coordinate with the LIT partners and complement or enhance existing/planned LIT/SGA activities. Contact Information for LITs

Draft Map of Local Implementation Team Priority Areas – All proposals submitted under the Partnership-based, Large-Scale Restoration funding category must include a draft map depicting priority areas for longleaf restoration within the SGA for their respective Local Implementation Team. Maps must be submitted as an Upload with the proposal in Easygrants. Map guidelines may be reviewed here. 

Long-term Sustainability – Project will be maintained to ensure benefits are achieved and sustained over time. This should include how future funding will be secured to implement necessary long-term monitoring and maintenance activities.

Past Success – Applicant has a proven track record of success in implementing conservation practices with specific, measurable results.

OTHER

General – Applicants will be required to indicate the status of all permits required to comply with federal, state or local requirements. 

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. 

Federal Funding Requirements – Projects selected to receive Federal funding may be subject to requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, 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.  Federally-funded projects must comply with the OMB Uniform Guidance as applicable to the applicant. 

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. 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.

Special Instructions: Explanation of how Project Supports DoD Mission Objectives – For LITs whose SGA include military bases or installations, applications must demonstrate how proposed projects will support DoD’s mission objectives and complete the DoD Questionnaire provided in Easygrants.

TIMELINE

Dates of activities are subject to change.  Please check the Longleaf Stewardship Fund Program page for the most current dates and information.

  • Applicant Webinar – Tuesday, December 15, 2016, 2:00pm Eastern Registration is required: REGISTRATION LINK

  • Full Proposal Due Date – Thursday, February 9, 2017, 11:59 pm, Eastern

  • Review PeriodFebruaryMay 2017

  • Awards Announced – June/July 2016

HOW TO APPLY

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

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.  Once on your homepage, click the “Apply for Funding” button and select this RFP’s “Funding Opportunity” from the list of options. 

3.  Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your application.  Once an 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 be downloaded here.

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

Jon Scott
Manager, Southern Regional Office
202-595-2609
jonathan.scott@nfwf.org

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

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 [1] The America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative developed the Range-Wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine that identifies core areas, typically 
anchored by significant public lands, such as national forests, state forests, or 
military intallations, where longleaf pine currently exists and around which 
coordinated efforts are being developed to further restore, enhance, protect and 
connect longleaf pine on an ecosystem level.

[2] While projects where all private lands targeted are in (or will be converted to) longleaf are most competitive, in very limited circumstances a project including a small portion of lands not currently in longleaf may be considered. Please contact Jon Scott at jonathan.scott@nfwf.org to discuss the conditions that apply.

[3] For LITs which have not yet initiated the planning process, the plan template is available on the Longleaf Stewardship Fund RFP webpage. For all LITs applying this round: a draft map depicting longleaf restoration priority areas within the larger SGA must be submitted with the proposal. Map guidelines can be downloaded here.

[4] Up to a total of $100,000 in Power of Flight funding will be available. Proposals seeking Power of Flight funding must target work in Southern Company's core service area to support specific bird species (i.e., not generic) recovery strategies. Specific species metrics and monitoring plans should be included.

 [5] In limited cases, support for RCW translocation biologists may be considered if providing significant and strategic population benefits within the Southern Company operating area or Forestland Stewards targeted geographies within the Coastal Carolinas or Piney Woods of Texas and Louisiana. Please contact Jon Scott at jonathan.scott@nfwf.org for further guidance.

[6] Longleaf Pine Maintenance Condition Class Definitions: A Guide to Assess Optimal Forest Habitat Conditions for Associated Plant and Wildlife Species. America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative - Longleaf Partnership Council. April 4, 2014.

[7] Note that landowner contributions being used as match for a Longleaf Stewardship Fund grant must be outside of the amount already written into any agency cost-share contract as a cost-share contribution.

[8] Each National Forest has developed a Forest Plan to guide its management. Please consult the applicable National Forest’s website to view the most recent plan.​​​​​