The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, launched the Resilient Communities Program in 2017 to prepare for future environmental challenges by enhancing community capacity to plan and implement resiliency projects and improve the protections afforded by natural ecosystems. The program focuses on declines in water quality and quantity, forest health concerns, and sea-level rise, and emphasizes community inclusion and assistance for traditionally underserved populations in vulnerable areas.
The four-year initiative is supported through a $10 million contribution from Wells Fargo that will be used to leverage other private and public funds for an expected total investment of more than $20 million.
In 2019, Resilient Communities grants will emphasize the interconnectedness of natural systems and community well-being through the use of wetlands, coastal habitats, and other ecosystems to alleviate future floods, storm events, and sea level-rise in Eastern states; sustaining water quantity and quality through enhanced natural infrastructure in the Central United States; and conserving healthy forests, managing wildfire fuels, and restoring habitats for healthy forest ecosystems in Western states.
Priority will be given to high-impact resiliency adaptations that help communities prepare for fire in the U.S. West, floods and droughts in the Midwest, and sea-level rise along the Eastern seaboard; and to community demonstration and capacity-building projects that help communities understand environmental risks and opportunities and organize and take actions to improve local resiliency by enhancing natural buffers and system functions.
Approximately $1.5 million is available in 2019. Grants will range between $200,000 and $500,000. Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, local governments, and Indian tribes.
Pre-proposals must be received no later than February 19, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by April 25, 2019.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.