National Resilient Communities Program

Posted by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on January 29, 2018

NFWF Issues RFP for National Resilient Communities Program

In 2017, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, launched the Resilient Communities Program, which is designed to address future environmental challenges by enhancing communities’ capacity to plan and implement resiliency projects and improve the protections afforded by natural ecosystems. The program focuses on declines in water quality and quantity, forest health concerns, and sea level rise and emphasizes community inclusion and assistance to traditionally underserved populations in vulnerable areas.

This four-year initiative is supported through a $10 million contribution from Wells Fargo that will be used to leverage other private and public funds, with an expected total investment of more than $20 million.

In 2018, Resilient Communities grants will emphasize the interconnectedness of natural systems and community well-being, with a focus on the use of wetlands, coastal habitats, and other ecosystems to mitigate future flooding, storm events, and sea-level rise in Eastern states; sustaining water quantity and quality through enhanced natural infrastructure in the Midwest; and conserving healthy forests, managing wildfires, and restoring habitats for healthy forest ecosystems in Western states.

Priority will be given to high-impact resiliency adaptations designed to help communities prepare for fire in the American West, floods and droughts in the Midwest, and sea-level rise on the Eastern Seaboard; and to community demonstration and capacity-building projects that help communities better understand environmental risks and opportunities and organize and take action to improve their resiliency to climate change.

Approximately $1.5 million will be made available through the program in 2018, with grant amounts ranging between $200,000 and $500,000.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, local governments, and Indian tribes.

Pre-proposals must be received no later than February 15, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by May 10, 2018.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the NFWF website.

Deadline: February 15, 2018 (Pre-proposals)

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