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Longleaf Stewardship Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
to Protect Pine Ecosystems in Eligible States

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

02/06/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions for the restoration and management of longleaf pine ecosystems in eligible states. The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand management and restoration efforts across the longleaf pine’s historical range. Funding will also support the restoration and enhancement of bottomland hardwood forests within priority focal areas.

To be eligible for funding, projects must occur within historic range or priority  focal areas as follows (see Maps on the Additional Geographic Information field below):

  • ​​​​Longleaf Pine: Historical range within AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX or VA. 
  • Bottomland Hardwoods: Focal areas identified in LA, NC, SC or TX. 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to expand and enhance longleaf pine ecosystem restoration and management across longleaf pine’s historical range, as ​well as the restoration and enhancement of bottomland hardwood forests within priority focal areas. 

Hurricanes Florence and Michael heavily impacted significant areas of the longleaf pine range in 2018. Proposals that address hurricane impacts to longleaf pine habitat and longleaf-associated species will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Priority will be given to projects that address habitat and species recovery efforts on longleaf sites previously supported through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund. 

Priority will be given to projects that effectively implement one or more of the strategies below to improve longleaf pine and bottomland hardwood habitats and populations of associated wildlife species, including red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, Bachman’s sparrow, and Northern bobwhite quail, as well as songbirds, waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians.

  1. Establishing Longleaf Pine and/or Bottomland Hardwood Forests
  2. Enhancing and Maintaining Existing Longleaf Pine and/or Bottomland Hardwood Ecosystems
  3. Expanding and Coordinating Private Landowner Technical Assistance and Outreach
  4. Building and Improving Local Implementation Team Capacity (Significant Geographic Area(SGA) projects only)
  5. Accelerating Species Recovery
  6. Conservation Easements (for LA, TX and NC/SC Coastal Plain SGA projects only)

For additional information about the fund's three strategic drivers and other funding priorities, see:

Project Metrics and Outcomes:

Grants will be awarded in one of two categories:

  1. Partnership-based, Large-Scale Restoration (Longleaf-Significant Geographic Areas)
  2. Strategic Restoration and Outreach

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GrantWatch ID#: 178352

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Number of Grants:

This program awards approximately 25-30 grants per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Partnership-based, Large-Scale Restoration (Significant Geographic Areas): Grants range from $150,000 to $300,000.

Strategic Restoration and Outreach: Grants range from $50,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should begin within six months of the award date and be completed within two to three years from the agreed start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals, international organizations. U.S. Federal agencies, businesses, and unincorporated individuals are encouraged to partner with applicants but are not eligible to submit an application.

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-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM EST

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Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, February 6th, 2020 by 11:59 PM EST.
- Review Period: February – August 2020
- Awards Announced: August 2020

These grants require non-federal matching contributions valued at 50% of the total project costs (1:1 ratio).

Applicants are requested to contact staff to discuss projects.

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Contact Information:

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

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Jon Scott, Manager, Southern Regional Office
(202) 595-2609

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