The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for its 2018 Conservation Partners Program.
Private landowners are responsible for the use and management of more than two-thirds of the land in the U.S., including some of its most important fish and wildlife habitat. Grants funded through the Conservation Partners program are intended to provide staff and technical assistance to private landowners in regions where some of the nation's most crucial conservation issues can be addressed through Farm Bill programs. Specifically, the program will support technical assistance to producers to help accelerate implementation of NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill conservation programs; the incorporation of the best available science in applying conservation systems and strategically focusing resources where the greatest conservation opportunities exist; increased landowner/manager awareness and participation in NRCS/NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill programs; and/or identifying and promoting positive economic outcomes as a result of conservation system implementation.
Priority will be given to projects focused on Pacific salmon, grassland bird habitat, the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River Basin, and working lands for wildlife.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, farmer and commodity-led organizations, educational institutions, tribal governments, and state or local units of governments (e.g., state agricultural and/or conservation agencies, counties, townships, cities, conservation districts, utility districts, drainage districts, etc.).
The 2018 Conservation Partners Program will award approximately $5.1 million in NRCS funds. Typical grant awards will range between $50,000 and $300,000. Projects may be funded for up to three years from the completion of the grant agreement. For all requests, a match of at least one-to-one non-federal cash or in-kind is required.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.