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National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF)

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Educational
Institutions to Prepare Coastal Regions for Natural Disasters

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Conf. Date:

03/10/21

LOI Date:

04/07/21

Deadline Date:

06/23/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA government agencies, tribal and local governments, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and educational institutions to assist coastal regions in preparing for natural disasters. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. This program will make investments in planning, design, and restoration of natural and nature-based solutions to help protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms, floods, and other natural hazards and enable them to recover more quickly and enhance habitats for fish and wildlife.

Projects must be located within the coastal areas of U.S. coastal states, including the Great Lakes states, and U.S. territories and coastal tribal lands. For the purpose of this funding opportunity, the eligible project area is defined as all coastal Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) 8 watersheds that drain to the sea and any adjacent HUC 8 watersheds that are particularly low-lying or tidally influenced.

NFWF will award approximately grants to create and restore natural systems in order to increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion, while improving habitats for fish and wildlife species. NFWF will invest in projects in four priority areas:

  • Community Capacity Building and Planning
  • Site Assessment and Preliminary Design 
  • Final Design and Permitting
  • Restoration and Monitoring

In every priority area, NFWF is also interested in funding projects that seek to re-shape thinking on how to protect communities in light of projected environmental stressors and use innovative approaches to address these challenges. NFWF seeks to advance projects that include adaptation to projected future environmental conditions, so that these individual projects are resilient into the future.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188466

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$34,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most project awards will average between $250,000 and $5,000,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state and territorial government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal governments and organizations, educational institutions, or commercial (for-profit) organizations.
- Tribal governments include all Native American tribal governments (both federally recognized tribes and those tribes that are not federally recognized).
- For-profit applicants: please note that this is a request for grant proposals, not a procurement of goods and services; see the Budget section below for specific cost considerations.

As this program will award grants of Federal financial assistance funds, applicants must be able to comply with the OMB guidance in subparts A through F of 2 CFR 200.

Ineligible applicants include federal agencies or employees of federal agencies, foreign organizations, foreign public entities and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- 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.
- 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:

Pre-Proposal Webinar: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/624510922741064464

Pre-Application Information:

- Pre-Proposal Webinar: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET
- Pre-Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET
- Full Proposal Invitations: Mid-May 2021
- Full Proposal by Invite Only Due Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET

A minimum 1:1 non-federal match5 in cash or in-kind services is expected and strongly encouraged. Match can be any combination of in cash and/or in-kind goods and services (for example external/partner services, volunteers or grantee in-kind, etc.) and there is no priority given to higher cash percentages. Full information about NFWF matching fund requirements, including a description of acceptable sources of matching funds, is available at http://www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/applicants/Pages/faqs.aspx. Applicants who would have difficulty meeting 1:1 non-federal match, or who have questions regarding match beyond this guidance, may reach out to Kaity Goldsmith.

Budget Instructions: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information/budget-instructions

Application Information: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information

Pre-Proposal Webinar (recording here): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8944004137966951686

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact one of the following individuals based on your question:
- Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states (Maine to Virginia): Amanda Bassow – Amanda.Bassow@nfwf.org
- Southeastern and Gulf States (North Carolina to Texas): Suzanne Sessine – Suzanne.Sessine@nfwf.org
- West Coast and Alaska: Femke Freiberg – Femke.Freiberg@nfwf.org
- Great Lakes: Aislinn Gauchay – Aislinn.Gauchay@nfwf.org
- Hawaii, Caribbean and Pacific territories: Michelle Pico – Michelle.Pico@nfwf.org
- General questions about this RFP or requirements of the program: Kaity Goldsmith – Kaitlin.Goldsmith@nfwf.org

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
Email: Easygrants@nfwf.org
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Include your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   California;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   Texas;   Virginia;   Washington;   Wisconsin

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