Launched in 2005 as a partnership between Walmart Stores and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Acres for America, NFWF's premier land conservation program, was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements.
The program gives preferential consideration to proposals that demonstrate potential to achieve more than one of the program's priorities, which include conserving critical habitats for birds, fish, plants, and wildlife; connecting existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes; providing access to the outdoors for people; and ensuring the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and wildlife.
In addition, land acquisitions and conservation easements should address the following criteria: have high conservation value as endorsed by appropriate federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as nonprofit conservation organizations; protect or contribute to the protection of significant acres of land; protect critical fish and wildlife species; reduce fragmentation of key habitats, expand and enhance wildlife corridors and contribute to landscape-scale conservation efforts; expand public access to nature; benefit local economies; and provide a range of ecological services
A total of $3.6 million will be awarded through the program in 2019. All grants require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Federal funds may be counted toward the match.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a state or local government agency, or a Native tribe, or an educational institution. U.S. federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations are not eligible for this funding opportunity.
NFWF will host an informational webinar for applicants on March 20. Pre-proposals are due April 17. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 27.
See the NFWF website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and to register for the webinar.