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Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, Agencies, Indian
Tribes, and Educational Institutions to Protect Atlantic Shorebirds

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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11/21/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions to protect the migration of shorebirds. Funding is intended to enhance habitat conditions at critical sites on which Atlantic shorebirds depend at different stages of their annual lifecycle. The purpose of the program is to to protect populations of American oystercatcher, whimbrel, and threatened red knot. Conservation actions to address threats to each of these species is expected to provide ancillary impacts to dozens of other shorebird species. NFWF seeks to partner with organizations with capacity to establish full lifecycle monitoring for focal species.

This program focuses on priority shorebird sites along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, the Florida gulf coast and panhandle, and priority wintering sites for each of the focal species including portions of the Caribbean and South America. All proposals must specifically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Business Plan goals.  

In 2020, the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative seeks projects that will address at least one of the following priorities: 

  1. Conserve habitat: NFWF seeks projects that develop management plans for WHSRN sites supporting important populations of red knot, whimbrel and American oystercatchers within priority geographies along the eastern seaboard of the United States. NFWF will also consider support for Tier 1 sites in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Refer to page 12, Strategy 1, (a) of the Business Plan.) 
  2. Restore habitat: NFWF seeks projects that restore shorebird habitat within the 10 business plan focal areas. Specifically, support will be given to projects that build upon previous efforts to restore breeding and staging habitat for one or more of the three focal species, while engaging key stakeholders at the local and regional levels. While it is unlikely that the resources are adequate for large-scale restoration projects at this time, NFWF is interested in project planning and preliminary design for large-scale restoration efforts. (Refer to page 12, Strategy 2, (a) and (b) of the Business Plan.) 
  3. Improve habitat management:  NFWF seeks projects that improve habitat management at Tier 1 breeding, staging and wintering sites for American oystercatcher along the eastern seaboard. Activities should focus on implementing best management practices developed by the AFSI working group to reduce human disturbance and predation by working with local community groups or networks of local organizations. (Refer to Strategy 3, 3.1 (a) of the Business Plan.)
  4. Monitoring and assessing progress:  NFWF seeks to develop a Flyway health index tool to evaluate progress in addressing threats across the flyway. The goal of the index is to measure the annual status of focal species, priority sites and progress towards addressing key threats. In support of developing the index, NFWF will consider projects that (a) complete assessments of Tier 1 sites supporting red knot and whimbrel, and (b) projects that assess the importance of vital stopover sites for red knot. NFWF also seeks projects that complete population estimates and evaluate threats for non-breeding red knots in Argentina, Chile and Georgia. (Refer to Strategy 5, a, c, d, f, g of the Business Plan.)

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GrantWatch ID#: 187240

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The majority of awards under this program will fall in the $50,000 to $250,000 range. However upper or lower limits to award size are not specified.

Term of Contract:

Projects may extend from one to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals.

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: November 21, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

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

A minimum of a 1:1 non-Federal match of cash and/or in-kind services is required and will be considered in application review.

- Full Proposal Due Date: November 21, 2019, by 11:59 PM EST
- Review Period: December 2019 - February 2020
- Awards Announced: March 2020

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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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Grant Coverage Areas:

This program focuses on priority shorebird sites along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, the Florida gulf coast and panhandle, and priority wintering sites for each of the focal species including portions of the Caribbean and South America.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.