NFWF Frequently Asked Questions during Coronavirus

Question: Is my organization able to be paid?

Answer: Yes. NFWF has made payments a top priority and is able to complete payments using the regular payment request process. Please contact your grants administrator if you require assistance in submitting a payment request. Please note that NFWF is unable to write and mail physical checks at this time. If this is your organization’s preferred payment method, please contact your grants administrator to submit ACH (Automated Clearing House) or wire information.


Question: When will my organization’s payment be made?

Answer: NFWF is planning on completing payments on our regular payment schedule but disruptions may be experienced. Please contact your grants administrator for payment schedule information. If your payment is not completed by two business days after the stated payment date, please contact your grants administrator for more information. 


Question: My organization has a report due that I will not be able to submit on time. Can NFWF offer an extension?

Answer: In most cases, yes. Please contact your grants administrator to request an extension of the report due date. Please note your NFWF project number, the type of report and if possible a date by which you believe you will be able to submit the report. Please note that due to the prioritization of payments, your grants administrator may be slightly delayed in responding. Please allow three business days for a response prior to following up. 


Question: My organization is unable to complete project work at the current time. Can NFWF offer an extension of the project end date? 

Answer: In most cases, yes. Please contact your grants administrator to request an extension of the project period of performance. If possible, please note a date by which you believe you’ll be able to complete the project. Please note that due to the prioritization of payments, your grants administrator may be slightly delayed in responding. Please allow three business days for a response prior to following up.


Question: Will NFWF sponsored/project-related conferences still be taking place?

Answer: In most cases, no. Please contact your NFWF program representative for additional information. Please include your NFWF project number and event details in your message, if applicable. 


Question: My organization has been notified that it is receiving a NFWF Award but we do not yet have an executed agreement. Will NFWF still be making our award?

Answer: Yes. Your NFWF award will go forward. Please note that the time to receive an agreement may be impacted, however. Please contact your grants administrator with any questions.


Question: Is NFWF at full working capacity?

Answer: NFWF, like most other organizations across the nation, has had to adjust its operations and workflow. NFWF fully acknowledges that work will slow down for almost all of the organizations the Foundation works with to fulfill its mission. NFWF realizes that this is likely the case for most NFWF grantees and is understanding of the limited capacity of their operations, as well. 


Question: When will NFWF return to normal business operations?

Answer: At this point, it is unclear when NFWF will return to normal business operations. NFWF is committed to providing as much information as possible during this disruption. Please contact your grants administrator or program representative for additional information.
 

Question: Is the deadline for full proposals firm?

Answer: Given widespread disruptions to typical work dynamics, we certainly understand concerns about meeting the submission deadline.  We generally maintain a very tight annual RFP timeline, but we are currently assessing the situation and exploring options for providing flexibility to applicants.  We will post further guidance on our website in the coming days.  In the meantime, please feel free to reach out any time with questions.


Question: I’m a contractor for NFWF and my work requires travel and in-person meetings.  How should I proceed with my work during the Coronavirus epidemic?

Answer: Our first priority is the safety of all of our contractors and grantees, so we urge you to take a conservative approach to any travel that would put anyone at your organization at risk from the Coronavirus. Each contractor needs to follow their own company policies, but we want to make it clear that NFWF has no expectations that our contractors should or will travel or attend large gatherings on our behalf during this time.


Question: It is unclear if my project can go forward with the current local/state guidelines on COVID.  Can I still work on the project? 

Answer: Again, our first priority is the safety of all of our grantees, so we urge you to take a conservative approach to any activities that would put anyone at risk from the Coronavirus. Please review your State’s guidance on COVID-19 to determine any limitations related to the pandemic and your activity. If your project occurs on state or federal lands, you must consult the offices of jurisdiction directly.  Finally, if you continue to have questions, contact your local county public health department for guidance.