With support from Toyota Motor North America, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has announce $225,000 in grant funding to support biodiversity conservation projects on public lands in the California Floristic Province (CFP) ecological region.
The CFP is a biodiversity hotspot with a Mediterranean-type climate located on the Pacific Coast of North America. It experiences hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters and is known for being the home of the endangered giant sequoia tree and coast redwood. The region was designated as a biodiversity hotspot in 1996, joining thirty-three other areas in the world with many endemic species. To be named a biodiversity hotspot, an area must contain species and plant life that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The CFP is home to over three thousand species of vascular plants, 60 percent of which are endemic to the province.
The purpose of the funding is to support a cohort of conservation projects all focused on the same ecological region. Individual projects should focus on the protection of biodiversity in the CFP. Projects must contribute to NEEF’s 2021 conservation priorities and report on the key performance indicators (KPIs) on a quarterly basis during the grant period (August 2021, February 2022, August 2022, and March 2023).
In addition, projects should provide opportunities to engage the public through volunteer and community engagement events designed to educate and empower the public to address local biodiversity issues in their communities.
The grant competition is open to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, state or federal government agencies, federally recognized tribes and local governments, and educational institutions, and applicants can request a maximum of $55,000 over two years.
Those interested in applying must first submit a Letter of Intent by November 25. NEEF will then select and invite LOI finalists to submit a full application by January 29, 2021. Grant recipients will be selected from that pool and announced in February 2021.
See the National Environmental Education Foundation for more information.