Acres for America Applications

Posted by on February 14, 2011

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Walmart Invite Acres for America Applications
Deadline: April 1, 2011 (Pre-proposals)

Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, was established to provide funding for projects that conserve important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through the acquisition of interest in real property. The goal of the Acres for America program is to offset the footprint of Walmart’s domestic facilities on at least an acre-by-acre basis through these acquisitions.

The program will make approximately $2.5 million in total funding available annually through 2014 for conservation investments.

Endorsement by appropriate federal, state, and local government agencies that the land acquisition is of high conservation value is a primary consideration. Preference will be given to acquisitions that are part of published conservation plans, State Wildlife Action Plans, or Endangered Species Act Recovery Plans. Natural Heritage rankings for key species present on the site are an important consideration when available. Endorsement by nonprofit conservation organizations that the acquisition is of high conservation value is also a primary consideration.

Acquisitions that contribute to “landscape level” conservation efforts which help reduce fragmentation are preferred over isolated acquisitions. Important fish, wildlife, and/or plant resources, such as endangered species or areas of significant biological diversity (as identified by credible conservation agencies or organizations), should be conserved through the acquisition. Access to the land by the public is preferred but not required.

All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Federal funds may be considered as match.

Visit the NFWF Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and an FAQ.

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