Donor Name: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $5,000,000
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. They are the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of these important natural resources for the American public.
The National Non-Infrastructure Partnerships initiative encourages National Wildlife Refuge System field stations to partner with local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations, other land management groups, state and tribal partners, and others to accomplish projects that:
- promote the stewardship of resources of the refuge through habitat maintenance, restoration, and improvement, biological monitoring, or research;
- increase awareness and understanding of the refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System through the development, publication, or distribution of educational materials and products;
- advance education concerning the purposes of the refuge and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System through the use of the refuge as an outdoor classroom to combine educational curricula with the personal experiences of students relating to fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitat and to the cultural and historical resources of the refuges and development of other educational programs;
- promote the understanding of, education relating to, and the conservation of the fish, wildlife, plants, and cultural and historical resources;
- improve scientific literacy.
The goals of the initiative are to enable local communities to play a more active role in increasing outdoor recreation opportunities on refuge lands and waters, and to enhance wildlife habitat.
Additionally, this initiative can help address multiple FWS priorities as a catalyst for:
- Economic and Conservation Enhancement
- Career Training and Mentoring Opportunities for Youth and Adults
- Equity and Inclusion in Conservation and Recreation
- Climate and Wildlife Resilience
- Community Health
- Maximum Award $5,000,000
- Minimum Award $5,000
- State governments
- County governments
- City or township governments
- Special district governments
- Independent school districts
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility
- Be a state or local government entity, the governing body of any Indian tribe, a nonprofit organization, or an accredited institution of higher education.
- Have financial policies and procedures that reflect generally accepted accounting principles.
- Have risk management policies that reflect industry standards and are proactive and thorough in mitigating and managing risk.
- Have a current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FWS (national, regional office, or field station) that clearly identifies both organization’s roles and responsibilities for implementing the type of project the Partner Organization is proposing (i.e. an organization will not need a new MOU for every individual project if the current MOU includes the type of project being proposed). For example, a national nonprofit organization with a general national MOU with FWS to conduct trail maintenance will not need a new MOU for every refuge where it performs trail maintenance. A copy of the MOU must be included in the application. Please contact your local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge or Robert L. Williams for more information on developing an MOU.
- Other Organizations that have an established Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service such as 501(c) 4 or 501(c) 5 nonprofit organizations that are labor unions, neighborhood associations, or other types of eligible organizations, including those that reach or represent potentially underserved communities.
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