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Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits and Agencies to Restore and
Preserve Wildlife Species and Grasslands in the Northern Great Plains

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

11/21/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofits, agencies, Indian Tribes, and educational institutions to restore and conserve wildlife species and grasslands in the Northern Great Plains. Funding is intended to maintain interconnected grasslands and to sustain healthy populations of grassland-obligate species, while fostering sustainable livelihoods and preserving cultural identities. Particular species of interest include grassland obligate songbirds, black-footed ferret, pronghorn and greater sage-grouse.

The following are the Northern Great Plains focal areas: Dakota Grasslands, Missouri/Milk River Grasslands, Nebraska Sandhills and the Powder River/ Thunder Basin Grasslands. See the map here:

All proposals must specifically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the accomplishment of one or more of the program priorities as identified in the Northern Great Plains Program Business Plan. Projects that increase organizational capacity, and utilize innovative and community based approaches are encouraged. The Northern Great Plains Program seeks projects that address the following desired outcomes:

Demonstrate successful models for grassland habitat conservation that:

  • Increase grasslands connectivity through permanent conservation efforts that maintain working ranches and restrict sub-division and sod-busting activities (conservation easements, grass banking, etc.).
  • Increase grassland connectivity through habitat restoration efforts (e.g. re-seeding, removal of woody invasives, prescribed fire, etc.).
  • Improve management at large scales that facilitates persistent long-term behavioral changes that benefit grasslands and focal species (e.g. conversion of expiring Conservation Reserve Program to managed grazing systems, installation of grazing management agreements etc.).

Improve population levels and related outcomes for grassland species in targeted focal areas including:

  • Improve landscape permeability for pronghorn by removing and modifying fence and installing structures to minimize mortality at road crossings and bottleneck sites.
  • Sustain populations of greater sage-grouse through restoration of meadows and removing or marking fence around key leks in Sage Grouse Focal Areas.
  • Projects that help identify and address limiting factors for grassland obligate songbirds specifically; Baird’s sparrow, Sprague’s pipit, chestnut-collared and McCown’s longspur, and lark buntings.
  • Promote black-footed ferret conservation through the distribution of sylvatic plague vaccine in targeted prairie dog colonies.

To better gauge progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data provided by multiple grants, the Northern Great Plains program has a list of metrics for full proposal applicants to choose from for future reporting. Applicants should select only the most relevant metrics for their project. For a table with program metrics, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186988

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Number of Grants:

10-15 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical awards range from $100,000 to $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Up to three years in length

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include businesses and unincorporated individuals.

NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Northern Great Plains 2020 RFP Webinar will take place on Monday, September 23, 2019, 10:00 AM Mountain Time

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Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, November 21 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time / 9:59 PM Mountain Time.

- Applicant Webinar: Monday, September 23rd 10:00 AM Mountain Time
- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, November 21st by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Review Period December: 2019 – March 2020
- Awards Announced: Late March 2020

A minimum match requirement of 1:1 is required and will be considered in application review. Matching Contributions consist of cash, contributed goods and services, volunteer hours, and/or property raised and spent for the Project during the Period of Performance. Larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive during application review.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:

Seth Gallagher, Rocky Mountain Regional Program Manager

Daley Burns, Regional Program Coordinator

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Grant Coverage Areas:

Northern Great Plains focal areas: Dakota Grasslands, Missouri/Milk River Grasslands, Nebraska Sandhills and the Powder River/ Thunder Basin Grasslands.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana;   Nebraska;   North Dakota;   South Dakota;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   Saskatchewan

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