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Institutions in Multiple States to Restore Bird Habitats

ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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ConocoPhillips, ​National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Conf. Date:

04/21/22

LOI Date:

05/25/22

Deadline Date:

07/20/22 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, federal, state, and local government agencies, educational institutions, and Tribal entities in multiple states to address issues related to bird habitats. Applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal prior to a full application. Funding is intended to conserve, restore, or enhance grassland, wetland, sage-steppe, and coastal habitats for birds; or gather lacking bird population data with innovative methods, with an emphasis on focal geographies.

Projects must occur in a major migratory route ranging from the northern slope of Alaska to the north-south axis of the central United States, including the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. Priority states include Alaska, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

The program will primarily support projects that address the following strategies.

  • Restore or improve grassland, sagebrush, wetland, and coastal habitats for birds: Restore or enhance existing bird habitat in priority geographies. The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation program will support projects that conduct restoration activities to expand or improve habitat patch size, connectivity, and quality; remove encroaching woody vegetation that negatively impacts grassland-nesting or sage-steppe habitat nesting birds; reduce invasive species’ impact on bird habitats; restore wetland function more beneficial to birds; and restore important breeding, wintering or stopover sites.
  • Conserve key habitats for birds: Support fee title or conservation easement acquisitions for parcels with important habitat linkage/connectivity functions, or important breeding, wintering or stopover sites.  
  • Conduct identified priority bird population research or monitoring: Increase the quality or quantity of bird population data that can be used to fill gaps and inform current and future habitat management decisions. Data should be useful at specific sites or in assessing bird use of habitats across breeding, wintering, or stopover ranges. Key data gaps can be found in the following report: Full Annual Cycle Conservation Strategy. 

Conservation Co-Benefits: Habitat restoration, enhancement, or conservation projects that benefit birds while also storing or sequestering carbon are encouraged.

Community Impact and Engagement: Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that incorporate outreach to communities, foster community engagement, and pursue collaboration with farmers, ranchers, tribal nations, or other land managers, as appropriate and applicable, to produce measurable conservation benefits. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186416

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,100,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will typically range from $50,000 to $250,000, with an estimated average grant size of approximately $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects should be completed within three years following finalization of a grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include for-profit entities and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- Equipment: Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff listed in this RFP to discuss options.
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.
- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 12 PM–1 PM Eastern Time

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3404485345304706827

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applicant Webinar: April 21, 2022 at 11 AM – 12 PM ET.
- Pre-Proposal Due Date: May 25, 2022 by 11:59 PM ET
- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: Week of June 20, 2022
- Full Proposal Due Date: July 20, 2022 by 11:59 PM ET
- Review Period: July – November 2022
- Awards Announced: Mid-November 2022

All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services, of which at least 50% should be from non-federal sources.

Budget Instructions: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information/budget-instructions
Easygrants Instructional Webinar: https://nfwf.sharefile.com/d-sf12ccfa3d0004fcba611f2b1cd9efb2e

Applicant webinar recording: https://register.gotowebinar.com/#recording/5301719047841244929

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://easygrants.nfwf.org/

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:

Bridget Collins, Program Director, Central Region Working Lands
bridget.collins@nfwf.org
202-595-2655

Minna Wong, Coordinator, Regional Programs
minna.wong@nfwf.org
202-595-2657

Easygrants Helpdesk
Email: Easygrants@nfwf.org
Voicemail: 202-595-2497

NFWF
1133 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

Grant Coverage Areas:

Projects must occur in a major migratory route ranging from the northern slope of Alaska to the north-south axis of the central United States, including the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. Priority states include Alaska, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Colorado;   Louisiana;   Montana;   New Mexico;   North Dakota;   Oklahoma;   South Dakota;   Texas;   Utah;   Wyoming

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