Sunday, June 10, 2012

Support to Promote Habitat Conservation on Private Land for Landowners Seeking to Optimize Wildlife Habitat Conservation

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this support opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post for more information]

Deadline: June 18, 2012 (Pre-proposals)

Conservation Partners Offers Support to Promote Conservation Programs to Private Landowners

Conservation Partners is a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and other regional/initiative-specific partners such as the Walton Family Foundation. The purpose of the program is to provide grants on a competitive basis to field biologists and other habitat conservation professionals (ecologists, foresters, range cons, etc.) working with NRCS field offices to provide technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, foresters, and other private landowners seeking to optimize wildlife habitat conservation on private lands.

Conservation Partners aims to better focus and increase the effectiveness of Farm Bill assistance funded through programs such as the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Reserve Program, and others. In addition, Conservation Partners will consider funding capacity and outreach for organizations whose mission matches the goals of the program.

During the summer 2012 funding cycle, priority funding will be directed to proposals that target species and ecosystems of shared interest between NFWF and NRCS, including but not limited to Northwest Salmon Rivers, Northern Great Plains, California Sierras and Bay Delta, and Lesser Prairie-Chicken. In addition, grants can be awarded to any region of the country for conservation relating to the Conservation Reserve Program.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, educational institutions, tribal governments, and state or local units of governments (e.g., state conservation agencies, counties, townships, cities, conservation districts, utility districts, drainage districts, etc.). Individuals, federal government agencies, and for-profit firms are not eligible.

Typical grant awards will range from $50,000 to $250,000. Each program priority area is expected to receive between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in funding. Projects will be funded for up to two years. A match of at least 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind is required, but larger match ratios are encouraged.

For the complete Request for Proposals, application instructions, and archived webinars on the proposal process, visit the NFWF Web site.

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