Monday, May 09, 2011

Grants for Public/Private Partnerships Eradicating Invasive and Noxious Plants

From The Foundation Center...

Deadline: July 15, 2011 (Pre-proposals)

Pulling Together Initiative Invites Grant Proposals to Control Invasive Plant Species

A program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Pulling Together Initiative (PTI) seeks proposals that will help control invasive plant species, mostly through the work of public/private partnerships such as cooperative weed management areas.

To be competitive, a project must work to prevent, manage, or eradicate invasive and noxious plants through a coordinated program of public/private partnerships and also help increase public awareness of the adverse impacts of invasive and noxious plants. Successful grant proposals will focus on a particular well-defined area such as a watershed, ecosystem, landscape, county, or weed management area; have the support of private landowners, state and local governments, and regional/state offices of federal agencies; include a specific, ongoing, and adaptive public outreach and education component; and employ an early detection/rapid response approach to invasive species.

In order to maximize conservation outcomes, projects that take place in NFWF priority landscapes in coordination with federal agencies will be strongly preferred. Priority landscapes include eastern North America early succession habitat; Prairie Coteau grasslands; Sky Islands grasslands; Gunnison sage-grouse habitat; Southeastern grasslands, especially longleaf pine forest; shortgrass prairie; upper Colorado River; and Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Applications will be accepted from private nonprofit (501)(c) organizations; federally recognized tribal governments; local, county, and state government agencies; and from field staff of federal government agencies. Individuals and for-profit businesses are not eligible to receive PTI grants, but are encouraged to work with eligible applicants to develop and submit applications.

The initiative expects to award a total of $1.3 million this year. The average award amounts typically ranges between $15,000 and $75,000, with some exceptions. Applicants must provide a 1:1 non-federal match for their grant request.

The complete Request for Proposals and application procedures are available at the NFWF Web site.

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