The Pulling Together Initiative (PTI) seeks proposals that will assist in the control of invasive plant species (terrestrial and aquatic), primarily through the work of public/private partnerships such as Cooperative Weed Management Areas.
PTI applications are accepted from the following:
Private non-profit (501)(c) organizations.
Local, county, and state government agencies.
Field staff of federal government agencies.
Individuals and for-profit businesses are not eligible to receive PTI grants, but are encouraged to work with eligible applicants to develop and submit applications to PTI.
PTI grants provide an opportunity to initiate working partnerships and demonstrate successful collaborative efforts such as the development of permanent funding sources for Weed Management Areas.
To be eligible, a project must:
Prevent, manage, or eradicate invasive and noxious plants through a coordinated program of public/private partnerships; and
Increase public awareness of the adverse impacts of invasive and noxious plants.
Successful PTI projects
Focus on a particular well-defined area, such as a watershed, ecosystem, landscape, county or Weed Management Area.
Target a high priority noxious and invasive weed: state or federally listed.
Incorporate on-the-ground weed management, eradication, or prevention.
Target a specific and measurable conservation outcome (i.e. number of acres treated) and describes the methodology used to measure the outcome.
Are supported by private landowners, state and local governments, and the regional/state offices of federal agencies.
Have a project Steering Committee composed of local cooperators who are committed to working together to manage invasive and noxious plants across their jurisdictional boundaries.
Have a clear long-term weed management plan, extending beyond the grant period of performance, which is based on an integrated pest management approach using the principles of ecosystem management.
Include a specific, ongoing, and adaptive public outreach and education component.
Integrate an Early Detection/Rapid Response approach to respond to invasives.
Although not required, we encourage applicants to make connections with the conservation species and habitats as listed on the NFWF website. These species and habitats are identified in business plans located on the right hand side of the following webpage: http://www.nfwf.org/results/Pages/home.aspx
PTI Applicants must complete the online pre-proposal application form at www.nfwf.org/easygrants.
The pre-proposal application deadline is July 1st, 2014, by 5:00 PM EST. Applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal will receive instructions by August 1st, 2014, via e-mail for accessing the full proposal form. Full proposals, invite only, are due on September 12th, 2014 by 5:00 PM EST.
July 1st – Pre-proposal deadline
August 1st - Invitation to submit full proposal
September 12th – Full proposal deadline
December 15th – Formal announcement of award recipients
It is anticipated that the Pulling Together Initiative will award a total of $850,000 this year. This is subject to change. The range of award amounts is typically $25,000-$75,000 with some exceptions.
PTI funds must be matched by cash or in-kind contributions from state, local, and private partners on at least a 1:1 basis. Matching contributions may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes. In addition, indirect costs that would not be paid with requested grant funding may be applied as match by an applicant with a federally approved indirect rate. More information about using indirect costs as match can be found here.
To be eligible, matching contributions must be:
non-Federal (U.S.) in origin (federally appropriated or managed funds are ineligible);
raised and dedicated specifically for the project;
applied only to the PTI grant and not to any other matching program(s); and,
spent/applied between the project start and end dates (the start date may be back-dated up to 1 year prior to the pre-proposal deadline to allow recent work directed to the project to be applied as match).
PTI grants are made available by funds from several federal agencies. Proposal submission is invited and encouraged nationwide. All proposals are reviewed by a national steering committee composed of weed management experts from government and non-profit organizations.
For additional information on the partners involved in the Pulling Together Initiative and their work managing invasive and noxious weeds, please click on the following links:
Agency Funding Priorities
Each of the three federal agency partners participating in PTI has established its own funding priorities for the program. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review these priorities in advance of submitting an application to PTI.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) funds are used to support conservation projects on BLM land. If work proposed on private land can be shown to directly benefit fish, wildlife, and other biotic resources on BLM land, BLM funds may also be used. Please note that the willing landowner must voluntarily sign a legally binding agreement with the BLM that will protect and secure the taxpayers' investment. A statement signed by the landowner indicating that he or she is aware of the requirement to sign such an agreement with the BLM must be included with the proposal.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) funds are used to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Such projects may take place on federal, state and/or private lands.
USDA-Forest Service (FS) funds are used to support conservation projects that improve ecosystems, associated fish and wildlife, native plant habitat, and forest health conditions on land administered by the FS. FS funds may also be used for projects on non-FS lands which directly benefit the FS mission and improve forest or rangeland health. Please note that FS offices/staff may apply for or administer PTI funds under this RFP, and are encouraged to partner with other groups to submit proposals. The non-federal matching contribution rules of the PTI program apply.
For information regarding the PTI program or the online Easygrants application procedure, please contact Eric Forward at 612-564-7285 or Eric.Forward@nfwf.org. For technical questions regarding Easygrants, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.