The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals for the inaugural year of the Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and Environment (RESTORE) Colorado Program. Grants made through the program will support the restoration, enhancement, and expansion of wildlife habitat in the state.
RESTORE Colorado is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and represents a unique partnership between Great Outdoors Colorado, the Gates Family Foundation, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and NFWF.
In 2020, up to $2.5 million may be available for projects focused on the following habitats and statewide priorities: river corridors, riparian areas and wetlands; grasslands in eastern Colorado; sagebrush; big game winter range and migration routes; and forestland projects in specific geographies
All proposals must specifically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the landscape-scale accomplishment of one or more of the program priorities. The program seeks projects that implement conservation practices directly on-the-ground and/or that increase organizational capacity to implement conservation activities.
All projects must occur entirely within the state of Colorado. Individual program priorities may have geographic focus areas based on the physical location of the resource.
To better gauge progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data provided by multiple grants, the RESTORE Colorado program has a list of metrics for full proposal applicants to choose from for future reporting. NFWF will provide a separate guidance document to assist grantees in reporting consistent project metrics and asks that applicants select only the most relevant metrics for their project.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, agencies of the federal government, state government agencies and other political subdivisions of the state, local and municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions. Ineligible applicants include businesses and unincorporated individuals.
Program funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, (including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements); conservation easements or fee title acquisitions land; or political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, or terrorist activities.
The RESTORE Colorado program expects to award approximately $2.5 million in 2020 to six to twelve projects, with a minimum grant amount of $100,000. Due to the diversity of federal, state, and private funding sources involved in the program, matching funds are encouraged but not required.
For the complete RFP and additional information about project metrics, evaluation criteria, and grant timelines, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.