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Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational
Institutions to Protect Pollinating Insects in Multiple States

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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06/30/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and educational institutions in multiple states to conserve and protect monarch butterflies and other insect pollinators and their habitats. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal.

Grant funding will be awarded in the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. West of the Rocky Mountains, priority will be given to projects on or adjacent to the following: working lands, monarch butterfly overwintering sites, and USFS lands.

The most competitive projects will demonstrate clear benefits to both the monarch butterfly and additional at-risk native insect pollinators species. Grants will be awarded in two categories: 

  1. Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Funding in this category will support implementation of technical assistance to increase the number of private landowners engaged in monarch butterfly and pollinator conservation practices on working lands. Funding will support the following two strategies:
    • Hiring additional staff or contractors, based on demonstrated need, including staff to assist landowners and NRCS with developing pollinator habitat management plans and implementation of new and existing NRCS financial assistance contracts.
    • Targeting outreach to landowners and other partners to prioritize, plan, and deliver financial assistance available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other Farm Bill programs to improve pollinator habitat and support at-risk species.
  2. Habitat Improvement: Funding in this category will support on-the-ground work to increase the quality, quantity and connectivity of habitat for the monarch butterfly and other native insect pollinators. Restoration work will focus on the following lands:
    • Federal, state and tribal lands
    • Rights-of-way
    • Agricultural lands, including land enrolled in Farm Bill programs
    • West of the Rocky Mountains, on or adjacent to the following: private working lands, monarch butterfly overwintering sites, and USFS lands.

Monarch habitat plantings across the breeding range must include at least one species of regionally appropriate milkweed. Monarch habitat must also include nectar plants with bloom times that coincide with the presence of monarchs in the project site area. To meet the nutritional needs of breeding and migrating adult monarchs, monarch plantings must provide at least three blooming nectar species (in addition to milkweed) during each of the following periods: spring, summer, and fall. Projects proposed to benefit other at-risk native insect pollinators should specify habitat needs for those species and how the proposed work will support their breeding, nectaring, nesting, or other habitat needs. Funding will primarily support the following two strategies for either the eastern or western monarch butterfly population plus additional at-risk native insect pollinators: 

    • Restore and enhance habitat, with an emphasis on regionally appropriate milkweed and a diversity of nectar plants
    • Increase native seed and seedling supply, with an emphasis on improving the sustainability and affordability of regionally appropriate, local ecotypes (see Definitions section).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169906

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Up to $600,000 is expected to be available for grants ranging from $100,000 to $300,000.
- Habitat Improvement: Up to $1.2 million is expected to be available for grants ranging from $100,000 to $175,000.

Term of Contract:

- Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Funding will be awarded for projects up to three years in length following finalization of the grant agreement.
- Habitat Improvement: Funding will be awarded for projects up to two years in length following finalization of the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, U.S. federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

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.
- Equipment: Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff listed in this RFP to discuss options.
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: March 17, 3:00 PM, Eastern Time

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Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar: March 17, 3:00 PM, Eastern Time
- Pre-Proposal Due Date: April 15, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: May 28
- Full Proposal Due Date: June 30, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- Review Period: July to November
- Awards Announced: Late November
Please check the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund webpage for the most current dates and information at

Matching funds of at least 1:1 in non-federal (U.S.) funds are required. Matching contributions must be spent or applied between the start and end dates indicated in the application. Matching contributions may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes. The cost of land acquisition or easement may also qualify as leverage for a project involving work at the protected site. In addition, eligible indirect costs (that would not be paid with requested grant funding) may be applied as match. More information about using indirect costs as match can be found at Applicants are encouraged to include federal partner contributions in the proposal, although those contributions will not count toward the minimum match requirement.

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


For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Crystal Boyd
Pollinator Programs Manager

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