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Request for Proposals for 2023 Acres for America Grant


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is accepting applications for its Acres for America Grant to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through voluntary land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements.

Donor Name: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

State: All States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 05/03/20022

Size of the Grant: Up to $4 million


This Request for Proposals (RFP) will collect pre-proposals from around the nation; from which NFWF will select a small number of applicants to submit a more detailed full proposal. Prior to submitting a pre-proposal, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NFWF regional office. The purpose is to give the applicant an opportunity to share project concepts and ideas prior to fully preparing and submitting a pre-proposal.


Preferential consideration will be given to proposals that can demonstrate their ability to achieve more than one of the program priorities below.

  • Conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants, and wildlife
  • Connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes
  • Provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors
  • Ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, wildlife and recreation

To be competitive for funding through the Acres for America program, land acquisitions and conservation easements should address the following criteria:

  • Conservation Criteria
    • Project Scale and Program Priorities
    • National or State Conservation Priority
    • Protect Critical Fish and Wildlife Species
    • Expand Wildlife Connectivity
    • Expand Public Access to Nature
    • Benefit Local Economies
    • Provide a Range of Ecological Services
    • Under Threat of Conversion
  •  Additional Criteria
    • Shapefile
    • Transaction Structure
    • Acquisition Disposition
    • Easement Restrictions
  • Community Impact and Engagement

 Project Activity

  • Conservation Easements
  • Land Acquisitions
  • Economic Benefit
  • Public Access

Funding Information

Up to $4 million will be available to support projects in 2023. Based on prior year decisions, they anticipate that between four and eight projects will be awarded funds. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services.

Geographic Focus

Acres for America is a nation-wide program. Since its inception, 112 projects have been funded in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Eligible and Ineligible Entities

  • Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions.
  • Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

Fr more information, visit Acres for America Grant.

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