Pre-proposal Due Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2013 (midnight CST)
The Southern Company Power of Flight Program
is a partnership between Southern Company, its four operating company
affiliates (Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi
Power) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The purpose
of this partnership is to provide grants that result in measurable
benefits to important and threatened bird species and their habitats in
The Southern Company service area (View Map):
• Alabama (excluding Lauderdale, Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, Jackson and DeKalb Counties)
• Panhandle of Florida (west of the Apalachicola River)
• Georgia (excluding Union, Fannin and Towns Counties)
Mississippi (including the following counties, north to south: Leake,
Neshoba, Kemper, Scott, Newton, Lauderdale, Smith, Jasper, Clarke,
Jefferson Davis, Covington, Jones, Wayne, Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Perry,
Greene, George, Stone, Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson)
FUNDING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of the Southern Company Power of Flight Program is to address
the conservation needs of high priority bird species characteristic of
the southern United States, such as red-cockaded woodpecker*, Northern
bobwhite quail, coastal shorebirds and other imperiled bird species.
Grants are awarded to support this goal and the following objectives:
• Advance implementation of established conservation strategies within the following conservation plans:
- Federal species recovery plans
- NFWF’s Southeast Grasslands Keystone Initiative
- NFWF’s American Oystercatcher Initiative
- State Wildlife Action Plans (Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi)
Utilize the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture Open Pine Decision Support Tool to target projects occurring in open pine systems and the
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative Biologist Ranking Information (BRI) maps.
• Engage the public – particularly youth – in hands-on
outdoor conservation experiences that build awareness of the importance
of protecting and recovering priority bird species and promote
* NOTE: Applications that include restoration or
management of longleaf pine habitat should instead be directed through
the Longleaf Stewardship Fund (Please contact Suzanne Sessine, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-857-0166) with questions about the
appropriate program for applications.
The following activities are priorities of the Power of Flight Program:
Restore and manage critical coastal, wetland, and forest habitats to support targeted bird species.
Implement management activities for imperiled bird species in order
to enhance populations.
Conduct outdoor conservation outreach, particularly involving youth and focusing
on hands-on learning activities that advance priority bird species goals; projects
involving an underserved demographic will be most competitive.
Fill critical data gaps to directly improve management strategies for priority species.
Proposed projects must include collaboration with key
organizations and agencies responsible for management activities that
impact targeted species and demonstrate how research results will
improve management within the project period.
Relevant agencies or practitioners should provide letters of
support indicating their interest in the project and intent to utilize
any management recommendations/data that result.
CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE APPLICATIONS
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the following criteria:
Provide measurable and meaningful conservation outcomes linked to the
goals listed above. Those that make the strongest and most deliberate
link will be most competitive. All applications must include specific
quantitiative peerformance metrics that will be tracked and measured to
evaluate the success of the project.
Establish a clear need for the funds being requested, and demonstrate
that activities would not move forward absent funding from the Power of
Conservation Plan and Context: Describe how the project fits into and advances one or more of the conservation
plans listed above. Habitat projects should demonstrate how the project
will expand on new or existing restoration and conservation initiatives
to maximize large-scale ecosystem function (i.e., occur in or adjacent
to existing protected areas, establishing corridors, etc.), and explain
how conservation outcomes will be sustained over the long-term.
Partnerships: Demonstrate how the project will build new, or enhance
existing, partnerships (list all partners involved). Applicants are
encouraged to leverage diverse strengths and resources to enhance
project sustainability through partnerships and collaborations.
Cost-effectiveness: Present a clear, detailed, cost-effective budget.
Preference will be given to those projects that can leverage funds from a
broad range of sources that exceed the minimum 1:1 match requirement,
and promote innovative and cost-effective approaches.
Technical Merit: Demonstrate how the project is/will formally engage
appropriate technical expertise and assistance throughout project
planning, design and implementation to ensure projects are
technically-sound and feasible.
Monitoring: Provide a plan for monitoring progress during and
after the proposed project period to track project success and address
new challenges and opportunities as they arise.
Long-term Sustainability: Describe how the project will be maintained to ensure
conservation 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: Demonstrate a proven track record of applicant
and partnership success in implementing conservation practices with
specific, measurable results.
Ancillary Benefits: Describe any ancillary benefits
that may result from the project, (e.g., creates a replicable model for
landowners; establishes methods that can be shared with other
practitioners; creates new partnerships; expands youth conservation and
outdoor learning opportunities outside of project, etc.)
Limiting Factors: The 2008 Hardner & Gullison
Associates evaluation of the Southern Company grant programs addressed
both the limiting factors that pose serious challenges to the programs’
conservation targets, as well as those factors that characterize
successful projects. Please view the discussion of these factors here
(see section 3.4 beginning on page 25), and describe how any of these
factors may impact the project, as appropriate.
Approximately $500,000 in grant funds is available.
Government agencies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions are eligible for funding.
Grant awards for habitat and species management projects will range
from $50,000 – $100,000, and for hands-on, outdoor conservation (tied to
bird education), awards will range from $40,000 – $70,000. Multi-year
requests for projects up to two years in length are allowed.
Please refer to the Grantee Communications Guidance document to
understand the communications requirements for grants awarded
through Power of Flight (these include: issue at least one press
release; provide a project description, funder recognition, and links to
the NFWF and Southern Company websites on grantee website; and provide
notice of external communications – articles, etc. – and events as they
Grant funds cannot be used for political advocacy,
fundraising, lobbying or litigation activities or to support projects
resulting from legally mandated mitigation projects.
A minimum 1:1 match of cash or in-kind/contributed goods and services,
of which at least 50% is from non-federal sources, is required. The
ratio and type of matching funds offered by the applicant is one
criterion considered during the review process, and a diversity of
sources, including contributions from project partners, is encouraged.
All potential sources, including Federal funds, and amounts of match
should be listed on the application.
To be eligible, matching contributions must be:
· Raised and dedicated specifically towards the project;
· Voluntary in nature (mitigation, restitution, or other permit or court-ordered settlements are ineligible); and
The cost of recent land acquisitions may also qualify as match for a
project involving work at that site. Applicants may also include an
easement placed on the land, if this occurs during the award period.
contributed up to one year prior to the pre-proposal deadline may be
included. Additional guidance regarding eligible sources of match is
provided on the Foundation's FAQ page.
INDIRECT COSTS POLICY
Applicants should view the guidance provided here to understand
the Foundation’s policy on indirect costs in both the project budget and
as matching contributions. Please keep in mind that cost-efficiency and
diversity of partnerships as shown through matching contributions are
important criteria used to evaluate proposals, and proposals with high
indirect costs as a proportion of their project budget or matching
contributions will be less competitive.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants must first email Lindsay Vacek at
email@example.com with a brief description of the proposed project
in order to receive the Power of Flight pre-proposal application (2 page
max. narrative and a budget table).
All pre-proposals using the application form must be
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight (CST) on November 14th,
2013, for consideration.
The anticipated timeline for this grant round is as follows: