Monday, October 10, 2011

Grants for People, Organizations, & Agencies Working To Create Sustainable Fisheries In the United States

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in more information on this grant opportunity, click "Link To Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post].

Deadline: November 10, 2011 (Pre-Proposals)

Fisheries Innovation Fund Invites Pre-Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Fisheries Innovation Fund is a grant program designed to foster innovation and support effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities working to create sustainable fisheries in the United States.

The fund was created through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with additional support from the Walton Family Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
In its funding round in April, the fund awarded nearly $2.25 million to eighteen projects in the northeastern U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Coast, and Alaska. NFWF anticipates awarding approximately $1 to $2 million.

The fund, the goal of which is to help rebuild depleted stocks and promote the sustainable management of the nation's fisheries, fosters new approaches to making catch-shares work for fishermen. Successful proposals will offer innovative approaches to building the capacity and sustainability of fishing communities, promoting full utilization of annual catch limits and minimizing bycatch of overfished and endangered species, and improving the quality, quantity, and timeliness of fisheries-dependent data used for science, management, and fishermen's business purposes.

All persons, organizations, and agencies (excluding employees of the federal government) working on projects designed to ensure sustainable U.S. fisheries are eligible to apply.

The majority of awards under the program will fall in the range of $50,000 to $200,000. However, upper and lower limits to award size are not specified. Matching contributions (both cash and in-kind) are preferred but not required. Projects may run for up to two years.

Visit the NFWF Web site for the complete Request for Proposals, application procedures, and information on the fund's previous round of grants.

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