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Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Indian Tribes, and Institutions
for Environmental Conservation Projects in Eligible Regions

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

01/23/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, state government agencies, local and municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions for projects that restore hardwood forests and wetlands in eligible regions. Funding is intended to improve the wildlife, water quality, and water connectivity of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley region.

The general priorities for this program are:

  • Enhancing existing bottomland hardwood forests to improve habitat for Louisiana black bear, Kentucky warbler, Swainson’s warbler, American green-winged teal, wood duck, mallard and other waterfowl, songbirds and forest-dependent species
  • Restoring and enhancing wetland forest and floodplain hydrology to improve wildlife habitat and water quality
  • Establish new bottomland hardwood forests that contribute to landscape-scale habitat connectivity to benefit wildlife

The strategic priorities for this grant program are as follows:

  • Bottomland Hardwood Forest Enhancement and Maintenance: Promote and implement the management and enhancement of existing bottomland hardwood forests to improve forest habitat structure and understory condition, and wildlife habitat​1  and water quality. 
  • Restore, Wetland and Floodplain Hydrology and improve Water Quality: Improve hydrological connectivity of wetland and floodplain habitats to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. 
  • Bottomland Hardwood Forest Restoration: Restore bottomland hardwood forests in targeted areas that expand upon core blocks of existing bottomland hardwood forest and create corridors between existing blocks of bottomland hardwood forest to promote wildlife dispersal and expansion.
  • Target Outreach, Education and Assistance to Private Landowners, Forest Practitioners and Other Key Constituencies: Throughout the focal geographies and the larger LMAV landscape, NFWF will invest in strategies to expand engagement with willing landowners and knowledgeable practitioners, increase landowner adoption of conservation practices, including, but not limited to enrollment in Farm Bill programs, and address barriers to re
  • Bottomland Hardwood Forest Habitat Conservation: Funding is available for capacity and transaction costs to facilitate conservation easement projects that protect existing, high quality bottomland hardwood habitat, or key sites targeted for bottomland hardwood restoration and/or enhancement that are part of a broader restoration proposal.
  • Improve Aquatic Connectivity: Restore or retrofit barriers, such as dikes and levees, to improve flows between rivers and side channels to increase habitat connectivity for fish and other aquatic species.
  • Restoration Response Monitoring: Develop monitoring protocols to measure Louisiana black bear, swamp rabbit, forest bird, waterfowl and freshwater fish response to habitat restoration and enhancement. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187449

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards are expected to range from $100,000 to $500,000, depending on the overall scale of the project.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated completion time for funded projects typically will be 24-36 months following finalization of a grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities:
- 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 and international organizations. U.S. Federal agencies, businesses and unincorporated individuals are encouraged to partner with applicants, but are not eligible to submit an application.
- The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund will award grants within the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) region of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee, with preference given to projects located within focal geographies as depicted in the map below.

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:

An applicant webinar will take place on Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST. The webinar will provide an overview of the available funding and priorities for the 2020 Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund Request for Proposals, including an overview of NFWF's recently completed Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Business Plan. Participants will also receive guidance on NFWF's Easygrants system and how to structure a competitive proposal.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applicant Webinar:​ ​Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET
​Proposal Due Date:​​ ​Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, 11:59 pm ET
​Review Period: ​Feb. – May 2020
​Awards Announced: ​June 2020

Projects should have a minimum match of 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind, but larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive​. Projects unable to provide a 1:1 non-federal match are eligible, but applicants must contact NFWF to discuss match waiver options prior to submitting a proposal.

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

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

Jay Jensen
Southern Region Director

Jon Scott
Southern Forests Program Director

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Grant Coverage Areas:

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund will award grants within the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) region of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee, with preference given to projects located within focal geographies as depicted in the map available here:

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