commitment will help communities minimize the impacts of fire and extreme
weather events through conservation and capacity building
D.C. (February 13, 2017) – The National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Wells Fargo (WFC) today announced
the launch of the Resilient Communities grant program. Through a commitment from Wells Fargo of $10 million over the next four years, this new program will improve natural resources and
enhance local capacity to help communities prepare for expected impacts
associated with water quantity and quality issues, forest conservation
challenges, and sea-level rise.
“We are pleased to be working with the experts at NFWF
on this important, multi-year community resiliency program,” said Mary Wenzel,
Director of Environmental Affairs at Wells Fargo. “Focusing on resiliency
through conservation and capacity building helps communities minimize climate-
and extreme-weather-related impacts while simultaneously improving community
well-being and prospects for economic development.”
By enhancing and restoring wetlands, resilient
shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream
watersheds, communities across the country can improve their residents’ quality
of life, increase resilience, and support wildlife populations. The program
places special emphasis on helping low- and moderate-income communities build
capacity for resilience planning.
“Wells Fargo’s dedication to conservation and the
long-term environmental health of local communities serves as the cornerstone
of this public-private partnership designed to improve natural habitats and
community resilience throughout the United States,” said Jeff Trandahl,
executive director and CEO of NFWF.
Resilient Communities will accept applications and award five to 10
grants per year supporting the goals of the program. Proposals will be
evaluated by their effectiveness in accomplishing regional goals and engaging
low- and moderate-income communities. Applicants may submit a proposal through
NFWF’s online system by March 30; awards for this program will be announced in
fall 2017. For the 2017 round of applications, Resilient Communities grants will emphasize the interconnectedness
of natural systems and community well-being by:
Using wetlands, coastal habitats and other
ecosystems to alleviate future floods, storm events and sea level-rise in Eastern
Sustaining water quantity and quality through
enhanced natural infrastructure in the Central United States
Conserving healthy forests, managing wildfire fuels
and restoring habitats for healthy forest ecosystems in Western states.
More information on the
Resilient Communities program and partnership is available at www.nfwf.org/resilientcommunities.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified,
community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets.
Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides
banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance
through 8,800 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile
banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct
business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells
Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo &
Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest
corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs
and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available
at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
protects and restores our nation’s wildlife and habitats. Chartered by Congress
in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing
environmental needs and matches those investments with private contributions.
NFWF works with government, nonprofit and corporate partners to find solutions
for the most intractable conservation challenges. Over the last three decades,
NFWF has funded more than 4,500 organizations and committed more than $3.5
billion to conservation projects. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.