The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has issued an RFP for its Fishing for Energy program.
Launched in 2008 as a partnership between Covanta, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., and NFWF, the program seeks to provide a cost-free solution that allows fishermen to dispose of old, derelict, or unusable fishing gear, with the goal of reducing the amount of gear that ends up in and around costal waterways.
Under this RFP, grants will be awarded to programs that target U.S. coastal waters, with priority given or areas that have been identified for derelict fishing gear prevention, reduction, and gear technology innovation in state or regional plans, or as part of species or habitat conservation plans. Priority locations include areas of the Gulf of Maine that have been identified as priority habitat for North Atlantic right whales; the Chesapeake Bay, with a focus on blue crab habitat; the Puget Sound, with a focus on killer whale and Chinook salmon habitat; and within the borders of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii.
The program will prioritize proposals that provide a complete justification for site selection and clearly defined removal methods and/or prevention strategies; tie the direct conservation activity of gear removal and/or technology innovation to state or regional management efforts; and include an outreach component.
Most awards given through the RFP will range between $30,000 and $300,000. Total available funds for the program is $1 million. Non-federal matching funds are not required but are strongly encouraged and likely to impact proposal competitiveness.
NFWF will host an informational webinar on April 10, 2019.
Eligible applicants include nonprofits that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, state or territorial government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, commercial (for profit) organizations, or unincorporated individuals.
See the NFWF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.