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Required Financial Documents

The following financial documentation must be submitted with NFWF full proposals. Applicants are encouraged to provide this information at the time of application in order to prevent review, approval and/or contracting delays (if applicable). Below, you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions to assist you with compiling the required information.  If you have additional questions regarding documentation requirements or unanswered questions, please contact the NFWF staff representative listed in the RFP or your Grants Administrator.

Required Financial Documents

All documentation must represent the same fiscal year period, must be the most recent financial information available, and must be less than two years old.

The following table breaks out the required documents by type of entity:


1 If entity is not required to file an I-990, they must provide a memo on company letterhead, signed with functional title, date and reason.

2 If no Single Audit, entity must provide a memo on letterhead, signed with title and date stating that: “XYZ company is not required to obtain a Single Audit because we have not expended more than $750,000 of federal funds within our fiscal year.”

3 Financial statements include both a Balance Sheet/Statement of Position and an Income Statement/Statement of Activities.

4 Please see NFWF’s Indirect Cost Policy for detailed requirements.                 

5 Financial documents may be requested on a case by case basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is an IRS Form 990?

Form I-990 is an annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. For more information regarding I-990 filing requirements and exemptions, please go here​.

2. What is an IRS Tax Exempt Status Determination Letter?

The Tax Exempt Status Determination Letter is an IRS-issued letter indicating that federal tax exemption status has been granted to the organization. Organizations not based in the U.S. must provide official documentation of the organization’s not-for-profit status, issued by a relevant municipal, regional or government agency. 

3. Are international organizations without the required IRS documents eligible to apply?

Yes. Comparable documents available in the organization’s home country (e.g. official determination letters, returns required by the home country’s government, or audits) should be provided to NFWF with your application. If the documents provided are in a language other than English, please explain in English, either in a separate document or on the actual document, how each document fulfills our application requirements.  As a general rule, an official letter indicating the organization’s non-profit status, as well as audited financial statements, are required. If financial statements are not available, please submit a bank statement.

4. What are GAAP audited financial statements, and what if my organization does not have this?

GAAP audited financial statements are those that have been prepared, usually by a CPA (certified public accountant), in adherence to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The GAAP audit results in an expressed opinion (unqualified, qualified, adverse or disclaimer) on whether the organization’s financial statements are presented fairly and in conformity with GAAP standards.

If your organization does not have GAAP financial statements, unaudited financial statements (balance sheet and income statement) must be provided. Additional information may also be requested.

5. What if I do not have up-to-date financial documents?

NFWF requires that the most recent financial documents be submitted during the application process or at minimum the documents are no more than two fiscal years old. Financial documents older than two fiscal years will not be accepted.

6. What is a Single Audit?

The Single Audit is an annual audit of entities that expend $750,000 or more of federal financial assistance funds in a fiscal year. The objective is to provide assurance to the U.S. federal government of the proper management and use of such funds by recipients and encompasses both financial and compliance components.

7. I am a newly-formed organization with limited financial activity and as a result, I do not have the required financial documents. What do I need to do in order to apply?

Newly created organizations (less than one year old) or those structured to have very little financial activity may still be eligible to apply to NFWF. These organizations will need to submit a bank statement and a copy of the organization’s IRS Tax Status Determination letter (if applicable). Further information may also be requested.

8. Do I need to submit the required financial documents on the application’s website or can I submit them in hardcopy?

Documents should be electronically submitted during the application process in Easygrants. Uploaded financial documents will show a status of “successfully validated” when they have been accepted and will not be included in the PDF version of your proposal. Secured or password protected PDF files cannot be accepted by Easygrants. If you cannot submit the required documents through the Easygrants application system, contact the program officer for further instructions.

9. What is a DUNS number?

The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is a unique nine-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). The federal government requires that all applicants for federal assistance (with the exception of individuals), have a DUNS number. The federal government will use the DUNS number to better identify related organizations that are receiving funding under grants and cooperative agreements, and to provide consistent name and address data for electronic grant application systems. For more information regarding the DUNS number requirement, please go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/grants/duns_num_guide.pdf.​​​​


 Contact Information


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


 Due Dates

  • 11/19/2019
    Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund
    Applicant Workshop (Detroit)

  • 11/21/2019
    Northern Great Plains Program
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 11/21/2019
    Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 11/21/2019
    Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 11/21/2019
    Hawaiian Forest Birds; Hawaii Conservation Program
    Hawaiian Forest Birds Full Proposal Deadline

  • 11/21/2019
    Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
    Applicant Webinar

  • 11/22/2019
    Southern California Forests and Watersheds
    Full Proposal Deadline

  • 11/26/2019
    Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Coho Habitat Restoration Program
    Applicant Webinar

  • 12/2/2019
    Hawaii Conservation Program
    Kuahiwi a Kai Full Proposal Deadline

  • 12/2/2019
    Rocky Mountain Rangelands
    Western Big Game Migration Full Proposal Deadline