Deadline: June 30, 2011
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2011 Native Plant Conservation Initiative grants cycle. The NPCI grant program is conducted in cooperation with the Plant Conservation Alliance, a partnership between the foundation, ten federal agencies, and more than two hundred and seventy nongovernmental organizations.
Since 1995, the NPCI grant program has funded multi-stakeholder projects that focus on the conservation of native plants and pollinators or any related education, restoration, research, sustainability, or data linkages.
For the 2011 grants cycle, applicants are strongly encouraged to coordinate with federal agencies working on projects related to eastern North American early successional habitat, Prairie Coteau grasslands, Sky Islands grasslands, deserts, Gunnison sage-grouse, Southeastern grasslands (especially longleaf pine forest), seabirds, shortgrass prairie, and Colorado River fish.
Eligible applicants include 501(c) nonprofit organizations and local, state, or federal government agencies. For-profit businesses and individuals are not eligible to apply directly to the program, but are encouraged to work with eligible applicants to develop and submit proposals.
Eligible projects will directly address the plant conservation priorities established by one or more of the funding federal agencies. Projects that include a pollinator conservation component are encouraged. Basic research projects are unlikely to be funded unless of direct relevance to the management of native plants by a participating federal agency. Projects that primarily involve the control of invasive or noxious weeds should consider the NFWF’s Pulling Together Initiative rather than NPCI.
It is anticipated that the Native Plant Conservation Initiative will award a total of $450,000 this year. The average range of award amounts is $15,000 to $75,000. Projects require a minimum 1:1 non-federal match by project partners, including cash or in-kind contributions of goods or services (such as volunteer time).
Native Plant Conservation Initiative Grants