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Conservation Partners Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, Agencies, and Organizations
for Conservation Programs that Address National Priorities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Altria

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Deadline Date:

08/07/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, state, local, and tribal government agencies, and commodity and farmer-led organizations for conservation programs. Funding is intended to support six priority areas: Great Lakes, Pacific salmon, Mississippi River Basin, grassland bird habitat, soil health in North Carolina and the Columbia River Valley, and Working Lands for Wildlife.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129126

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant awards will range from $50,000 to $300,000.

Approximate total available funding per priority area:

- Grassland Bird Habitat: $650,000
- Great Lakes: $750,000
- Mississippi River Basin: $1,000,000
- Pacific Salmon: $400,000
- Soil Health – North Carolina and Columbia River Valley: $1,200,000
- Working Lands for Wildlife: $600,000

Term of Contract:

Projects may be funded for up to three years from the completion of a grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities:

- Eligible applicants include: non-profit 501(c) organizations, farmer and commodity-led organizations, educational institutions, tribal governments, and state or local units of governments (e.g. state agricultural and/or conservation agencies, counties, townships, cities, conservation districts, utility districts, drainage districts, etc.).
- Ineligible applicants include: individuals, federal government agencies, and for-profit entities.

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.
- Due to the federal nature of these funds, they may not be used to implement NRCS’ Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Timeline: Dates of activities are subject to change. Please check the Program page of the NFWF website for the most current dates and information Conservation Partners.

- ​Applicant We​binar: ​July 10th, 2:00 PM, Eastern Time
- ​Full Proposal Due Date: ​August 7th, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- ​Review Period: ​August 8th - October
- ​Awards Announced: ​Mid-November​

For all requests a match of at least 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind is required, and will be considered in application review.

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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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