National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grant Program

Deadline: April 30, 2012

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, along with its partners, are requesting proposals for projects that assist organizations to be effective co-stewards of our Nation’s important natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. This program provides competitive seed grants ($1,500 – $5,000) to organizations interested in assisting the Refuge System nationwide through their work and projects.

The primary purpose of the National Wildlife Refuge Grant Program is to provide assistance to new and existing Friends organizations. Friends organizations have powerful voices and do an additional 20 percent of all work on National Wildlife Refuges. Nurturing and supporting these organizations leads to a stronger National Wildlife Refuge System. Therefore, for this Spring 2012 grant cycle, Friends organizations are invited to submit proposals that focus on Start-Up and Capacity Building projects.

Funds will be provided to assist starting refuge Friends organizations with formative and/or initial operational support. For example, funds may be requested for such things as membership drives, tuition for nonprofit training programs, brochure and newsletter development, logo design, office equipment, or consultant fees for planning a mission and strategic plan.

Funds will be provided to strengthen the capacity of existing refuge Friends organizations. Capacity building refers to projects that enhance their abilities while allowing them to achieve measurable and sustainable results. For example, projects may include outreach programs aimed at increasing organizational capacity to serve the public, business plan development or other strategic planning costs, membership program development, board/ leadership development, such as trainings, development of exhibits to expand community outreach efforts, tuition for skill-building training programs, and nature or book store start-up.

The emphasis and overarching goals of the program in Spring 2012 are to assist in the establishment of refuge Friends organizations and expand and increase their capacity and skills. Within each area of emphasis, priority will be given to applications that demonstrate their ability to meet these programmatic goals.

Eligible applicants are refuge Friends organizations. Applicants must either be tax exempt under section 501(c), OR be in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status and submit with their grant application a copy of the letter from the IRS confirming your application has been filed.

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National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grant Program