NFWF Announces Release of Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund 2021 Request for Proposals

The program will award approximately $680,000 in conservation grants in Alaska

Sockeye salmon | Credit: Jason Ching, University of Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2021) – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the release of the 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund.  

This year, the program will award approximately $680,000 in grants to projects throughout Alaska that:

  • Benefit Pacific salmon statewide by filling information gaps to inform conservation actions, improve subsistence management and support fish habitat restoration to ensure long-term viability of the stock complex
  • Manage watersheds to support fish and wildlife conservation in the Cook Inlet, Matanuska-Susitna Basin and Kodiak Archipelago regions
  • Restore instream habitat, improve aquatic organism passage, and assess watersheds on the Chugach National Forest and Tongass National Forest and adjacent public and private lands
  • Fill key knowledge gaps and mitigate direct threats to species populations in the Alaska North Slope
  • Provide opportunities for students, particularly Alaska Natives, to engage in on-the-ground conservation activities and gain exposure to careers in conservation that provide qualifying service hours under the Public Lands Corps hiring authority.

“NFWF’s Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, seeks to work with Alaska Natives to collaboratively manage resources throughout Alaska,” said Jonathan Birdsong, western regional director for NFWF. “Projects that incorporate outreach to Alaskan communities, foster community engagement and pursue collaborative management while elevating traditional knowledge that will lead to measurable conservation benefits are encouraged to apply.”

Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund grant proposals are due October 20, 2021, and the full RFP can be found here. An applicant webinar will be held September 28, 2021, at 12 p.m. Alaska Time.

The Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund aims to achieve measurable on-the-ground conservation outcomes and fill key information gaps through assessments and strategic monitoring that result in improved habitat or population management actions. The program also works to conduct outreach to Alaskan communities to broaden engagement and conservation stewardship of natural resources, and to foster traditional ecological knowledge sharing that develops proactive management strategies.

All proposals will be screened for relevance, accuracy, completeness and compliance with NFWF and funding source policies. Proposals will then be evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the evaluation criteria found in the RFP.

Funding for the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund 2021 RFP is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Additional information about the program can be found here.

About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 5,000 organizations and generated a total conservation impact of $6.8 billion. Learn more at

About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit

About the USDA Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service has brought people and communities together to answer the call of conservation for more than 100 years. Grounded in world-class science and rooted in communities, the Forest Service connects people with nature and to each other. The Forest Service cares for shared natural resources in ways that promote lasting economic, ecological, and social vitality. 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. The Forest Service also maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world and assists state and private landowners, helping to steward about 900 million forested acres in the U.S., including 130 million acres in urban areas, which most Americans now call home.


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