Contact Information

 

If you have questions concerning your application, please contact the staff member listed in your RFP. If you have questions regarding a current grant, please contact your grants administrator. You can also email info@nfwf.org.

 

 Due Dates

 
  • 12/19/2014
    Fisheries Innovation Fund
    Pre-Proposal Deadline

  • 2/3/2015
    Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 2/5/2015
    Longleaf Stewardship Fund
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 2/27/2015
    Fisheries Innovation Fund
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 4/30/2015
    Fisheries Innovation Fund
    Award Notification Deadline

​Shortgrass prairie | Credit: Greg Knadle

​Guidance to Applicants Requesting Funds for the Acquisition of Interests in Real Property

I. Pre-transaction Documents Required by the Foundation:

Should an award be made where NFWF funds will be applied to the cost of an interest in real property, copies of the following documents are required prior to the real estate transaction. While it is understood that these documents may not be available at the time of an applicant’s full proposal submission, applicants are encouraged to include any that are currently available. Documents can be attached on the Uploads page of the on-line application as “Other Documents.” If any must be submitted in hard copy, please coordinate directly with NFWF's staff contact listed in the funding opportunity request for proposals.

  • Recent appraisal by a licensed appraiser

  • Recent survey (as applicable), map, and clear legal description of the property

  • Title insurance report

  • Level one environmental assessment

  • Baseline inventory of habitat and wildlife

  • Management plan for property (fee title required; easements preferred)

  • Draft of the proposed conservation easement to be recorded

  • Opinion letter of local counsel

  • Drafts of ancillary closing documents prepared to address problematic issues (if any)

  • Escrow instructions for title/settlement company, including wire transfer information

II. Post-transaction Documents Required by the Foundation:

  • Final executed settlement statements

  • Recorded deed or conservation easement incorporating NFWF's requisite language

III. Required Language for Incorporation in Grant Agreements and Land Use Records

Fee title acquisition projects: the following language must be included in the grant agreement and recorded deed.

“One of the main purposes of this acquisition is to perpetually protect an important wildlife area. Therefore, as its purchase is partially funded by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, the funds awarded under this grant shall be returned to the Foundation should a sale of the property occur without the Foundation’s approval. Likewise, should the property be condemned in whole or in part, the Foundation shall share in the proceeds of such condemnation, in direct proportion, percentage-wise, to its share in this purchase. The Foundation will use such recovered funds to purchase, restore, or enhance similar wildlife habitats.”

Conservation easement projects: the following language must be included in the grant agreement and the recorded conservation easement.

“One of the main purposes of this easement is to perpetually protect an important wildlife area. Therefore, as its purchase is partially funded by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, notification must be provided to the Foundation of any future circumstance that arises resulting in the termination or extinguishment of the conservation easement. Under such circumstances, the funds awarded under this grant shall be returned to the Foundation by the holder of the easement. Similarly, notification must be provided to the Foundation if the property should be condemned in whole or in part through an exercise of eminent domain. Under this circumstance, the Foundation shall receive its proportionate share of any proceeds received by the holder of the easement through sale, exchange, or condemnation of the property in direct proportion, percentage-wise, to its respective interest on the date the easement is recorded. The Foundation will use such recovered funds to purchase, restore, or enhance similar wildlife habitats.”

IV. Additional requirement for Subsequent 3rd Party Transfers of Title:

A letter from federal, state, or local agency or other entity stating that they will accept the property.

V. Programmatic Focus:

Competitive proposals will meet the following criteria:

  • Endorsement by appropriate federal, state, and local government agencies that the acquisition is of high conservation value is a primary consideration. Preference will be given to acquisitions that are part of published conservation plans (North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners in Flight, etc.), State Wildlife Action Plans, or Endangered Species Act Recovery Plans. Natural Heritage rankings for key species present on the site are an important consideration when available. Letters of support from the agencies and organizations listed above should be available for review.

  • Endorsement by non-profit conservation organizations that the acquisition is of high conservation value using same criteria as above is also a primary consideration.

  • Acquisitions that contribute to "landscape level" conservation efforts that help reduce fragmentation are preferred over isolated acquisitions. Maps should be available to illustrate habitat linkages.

  • Important fish, wildlife, and/or plant resources, such as endangered species or areas of significant biological diversity, as identified by credible conservation agencies or organizations, should be conserved through the acquisition. Quantification of resources is important (e.g. 10% of the state's bald eagles nest at the site vs. bald eagles nest at the site.)

  • All acquisition documents, including appraisals, title reports, environmental hazard assessments, surveys, and where appropriate, a local attorney's opinion of easement viability, as well as other appropriate documents, must be available for NFWF staff review as part of the application process.

  • The fee transfer or perpetual easement must qualify for "conservation purposes" as defined by Internal Revenue Code Section 170(h), which generally includes the following: the preservation of land areas for outdoor recreation by, or the education of, the general public; the protection of relatively natural habitats of fish, wildlife, or plants, or similar ecosystems; the preservation of open space – including farmland and forest land – for scenic enjoyment or pursuant to an adopted governmental conservation policy; in either case, such open space preservation must yield a significant public benefit; the preservation of historically important land areas or buildings.

  • Access to the land by the public is preferred but not required. It must be clearly stated in the grant application what uses are allowed or not allowed (hunting, nature observation, ATV use, camping, etc.).

  • Debt retirement on acquisition projects is not preferred.

  • Final disposition of land, including ownership, must be clearly stated. If the federal government is to receive land, additional review by NFWF may be necessary.

  • Applicants should be able to secure letters of support from appropriate Congressional representatives for acquisition of interest in a real property.