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Grants to USA Agencies, Tribes, Nonprofits, Businesses, and
Educational Institutions for Environmental Projects in Eligible Regions

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

03/31/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories government agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and educational institutions for environmental projects. Funding is intended to restore the quality of coastal and marine habitats. Eligible projects will reduce the impacts of derelict fishing gear on the environment and help to prevent and remove derelict gear. All projects must take place within the United States or territories or their respective waterways.

Fishing for Energy priorities include:

  • ​Disposal Opportunities: provide collection bins at strategic ports for commercial fishermen to unload gear;
  • Regulation: collaborate with state managers to address legal impediments of derelict fishing gear removal;
  • Technological Innovation: identify, test and deploy innovations to address accidental introduction of derelict fishing gear into the marine environment and innovations to reduce the effectiveness of gear once lost; and,
  • Outreach and Education: educate the public about the impacts of derelict fishing gear and Fishing for Energy initiatives to make measurable change.

Grants will target U.S. coastal waters. Additional priority geographies are listed for each focal area below. Priority will be given to projects that identify connections to existing state or regional marine debris action plans, or species or habitat conservation plans.

This competition has two priorities: 

  1. Innovation in gear technology
    • Site and Gear selection: Fisheries and locations identified as priority for this funding opportunity include pot fisheries in the Gulf of Maine's North Atlantic right whale habitat, the Chesapeake Bay with targeted benefits to blue crab, the Puget Sound to benefit killer whales and Chinook salmon, and the state of Hawaii to benefit green sea turtles. Projects in these areas are of particular interest, but all U.S. geographies are eligible for funding.
  2. Comprehensive derelict fishing gear management 
    • Eligible Geography: In the initial year of this focal area, proposals should work to improve the capacity of the local and state governments in Florida to establish a sustainable marine debris prevention and removal program.
    • Site selection: Proposals can address a particular sub-geography of Florida (e.g. specific county, or specific island in the Florida Keys) or a capacity need for the broader state program (e.g. initial storm response assessment). 

For more information, see the Program Priorities section of the RFP in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154546

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Gear innovation awards are anticipated to be about $100,000 to $150,000 for prototype development and $200,000 to $300,000 for on-boarding of a gear innovation prototype. The comprehensive marine debris reduction effort is anticipated to be about $200,000. The total amount of all awards made under this RFP is not expected to exceed $500,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state or territorial government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, or commercial (for profit) organizations. For-profit applicants: please note that this is a request for grant proposals, not a procurement of goods and services.

All projects must take place within the United States or territories or their respective waterways.

Ineligible applicants include federal agencies or employees of federal agencies, unincorporated individuals, foreign organizations and foreign public entities. Interested federal agencies may collaborate with eligible applicants but may not receive funds through this competition.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds
- 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-Application Information:

Full Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by 11:59 PM ET

All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.

Awards will be announced late August 2020.

Request for Proposals: https://www.nfwf.org/programs/fishing-energy/fishing-energy-2020-request-proposals

Application Information: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information

Applicant Webinar recording: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4284195785589030147

Press Release: https://www.nfwf.org/media-center/press-releases/nfwf-announces-release-fishing-energy-2020-request-proposals

Contact Information:

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

Easygrants online system: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/

Staff Representatives:
- Erika Feller, Director, Marine and Coastal Conservation: erika.feller@nfwf.org
- Michelle Pico, Program Director, Marine Conservation: Pico@nfwf.org
- Kaity Goldsmith, Manager, Marine Conservation: Kaitlin.Goldsmith@NFWF.ORG

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
Email: Easygrants@nfwf.org
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Include: your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
T 202-857-0166 | F 202-857-0162
info@nfwf.org.

Grant Coverage Areas:

For a map, see the Fishing for Energy Bin Map and the Fishing for Energy Bin Program infographic in Supporting Documents below.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   California;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   Texas;   Virginia;   Washington;   Wisconsin

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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