Pulling Together Initiative 2013 Request for Proposals

Deadline: Pre-Proposals due May 17, 2013

The Pulling Together Initiative seeks proposals that will assist in the control of invasive plant species (terrestrial and aquatic), primarily through the work of public/private partnerships such as Cooperative Weed Management Areas.

Applicant Eligibility

PTI applications are accepted from the following:

Private non-profit (501)(c) organizations.

Local, county, and state government agencies.

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 to PTI.

Proposal Eligibility

PTI grants provide an opportunity to initiate working partnerships and demonstrate successful collaborative efforts such as the development of permanent funding sources for Weed Management Areas.

To be eligible, a project must:

Prevent, manage, or eradicate invasive and noxious plants through a coordinated program of public/private partnerships; and
Increase public awareness of the adverse impacts of invasive and noxious plants.

Successful PTI projects:

  • Focus on a particular well-defined area, such as a watershed, ecosystem, landscape, county or Weed Management Area.
  • Target a high priority noxious and invasive weed: state or federally listed.
  • Incorporate on-the-ground weed management, eradication, or prevention.
  • Target a specific and measurable conservation outcome (i.e. number or acres treated.)
  • Are supported by private landowners, state and local governments, and the regional/state offices of federal agencies.
  • Have a project Steering Committee composed of local cooperators who are committed to working together to manage invasive and noxious plants across their jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Have a clear long-term weed management plan, extending beyond the grant period of performance, which is based on an integrated pest management approach using the principles of ecosystem management.
  • Include a specific, ongoing, and adaptive public outreach and education component.
  • Integrate an Early Detection/Rapid Response approach to response to invasives.

Although not required, we encourage applicants to make connections with the conservation species and habitats as listed on the NFWF website:

Freshwater: http://www.nfwf.org/Pages/freshwater/home.aspx hyperlink

Forests and Grasslands: http://www.nfwf.org/Pages/forestsgrasslands/home.aspx

Oceans and Coasts: http://www.nfwf.org/Pages/oceanscoasts/home.aspx

Application Procedures

PTI Applicants must complete the online pre-proposal application form at www.nfwf.org/easygrants.

The pre-proposal form deadline is May 17th, 2013, by 11:59 PM EST.

Applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal will receive instructions by June 14th, 2013, via e-mail for accessing the full proposal form. Full proposals, invite only, are due on July 26th, 2013 by 11:59 PM EST.

Project Timetable

May 17 – Pre-proposal deadline
June 14- Invitation to submit full proposal
July 26 – Full proposal deadline
November 30th – Formal announcement of award recipients

Program Contact

For information regarding the PTI program or online Easygrants application procedure, please contact Teal Edelen at 202-857-0166. For technical questions regarding Easygrants, please contact info@nfwf.org .

Learn more and get all the RFP documents.