Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Fishing for Energy

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

03/31/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Request a Grant Writer

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:


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:

Application Information:

Applicant Webinar recording:

Press Release:

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:

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

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
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

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)

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Schools, Colleges, Museums, and Tribes for Native Alaskan Educa...

Deadline 09/01/20

Grants to Alaska nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges, cultural centers, museums, and tribal organizations for educational opportunities in eligible regions. Funding is intended to provide access to high-quality education for native adults and children who are ori

GrantWatch ID#: 128374

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Schools, Colleges, Tribal Organizations, and Individuals for Al...

Deadline 09/01/20

Grants of up to $6,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges, tribal organizations, and individuals to promote the culture of Native Alaskans in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support projects that further the traditions of these peoples, preser

GrantWatch ID#: 128375

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 10/01/20

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Community Improvement Initiatives

Deadline Ongoing

Grants of $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government entities, educational institutions, and volunteer fire companies for community benefit projects. Funding is intended to support a wide range of impactful and sustainable initiatives that meet community needs.

GrantWatch ID#: 132986

Grants to USA, Mexico, and Haiti Nonprofits, Agencies, and For-Profits to Assist Underserved ...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA, Mexico, and Haiti nonprofits, for-profit organizations, and government entities for programs and services that improve the quality of life for underserved children. Focus areas include working families, equitable communities, and thriving children. The Fu

GrantWatch ID#: 133552

Donations & Sponsorships to USA Nonprofits & For-Profits for Education, Literacy, and the Ar...

Deadline Ongoing

Donations to USA nonprofit organizations for programming support for arts, pre-K-12 education, and literacy programs across the country. In addition, sponsorship opportunities are provided to USA for-profit and nonprofit organizations focusing on literacy, the arts, a

GrantWatch ID#: 134869

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Architecture, Education, Arts, Scientific Research, and Communi...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofits for activities that positively impact people around the world and their communities. Support is primarily given to programs in the areas of architecture and the arts, education, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and scientific res

GrantWatch ID#: 138286