National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


Created by Congress in 1984, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds. The Foundation’s method is simple and effective to work with a full complement of individuals, foundations, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations to identify and fund the Nation’s most intractable conservation challenges.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Forest Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is an independent 501(c)(3) charity established by Congress in 1984 that protects, restores, and enhances the Nation's fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats. The Foundation’s greatest asset is its position at the nexus of the conservation community. Its myriad conservation partnerships connect it with potentially every federal and state agency, key industry leaders, concerned private citizens, and nonprofit leadership from the international to the local level. Since its establishment, NFWF has awarded more than 11,000 grants to 3,700 organizations in the United States and abroad and leveraged more than $650 million in federal and private funds into more than $1.7 billion for on-the-ground conservation.

NFWF began its relationship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service in 1988 with a $30,000 challenge grant to restore trout habitat ravaged by flooding in the Monongahela National Forest. In 1995, the partnership expanded when Forest Service provided funds to the Foundation to launch a grant program focused on improving the ecological health of our National Forests. To date, NFWF has entered into 27 funding agreements with the Forest Service with a total agreement value of over $49.2 million. The Foundation has undertaken more than 1,229 projects in partnership with the Forest Service and has leveraged more than $44 million in Forest Service funds with more than $251 million for targeted, on-the-ground conservation. Foundation grants have been made in more than 100 National Forests and Research Stations in all nine regions of the Forest Service.

Additionally, NFWF and the FS have entered into a number of new Cooperative Agreements that include the multi-agency Monarch Conservation Fund, Youth Engagement Initiative, the Urban Waters Initiative and Longleaf Pine Restoration Fund. These new collaborations have been extremely successful in leveraging limited federal funds with non-federal funds and performing high-priority conservation work on the ground.

For example, in Fiscal Year 2012, 20 projects were funded representing a FS investment of $1,762,508, matched by $20,683,527 of non-federal funds for a leverage of nearly 1:11. Additional projects will be funded with FY2012 funds over the next 4 years until the expiration of the Cooperative Agreement in 2017. Fiscal Year 2015: Projected data not available. Fiscal Year 2016: Projected data not available.
Section 2(b)(2) of Public Law 98-244.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Program authorized for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
Beneficiary Eligibility
No additional information.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. A Federal Assistance Application, SF-424 and SF-424A, must be submitted annually based on the amount established in the Forest Service fiscal year appropriations.
Award Procedure
Not Applicable.
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Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
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Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
To aid cost-share conservation projects, without regard to when expenses are incurred, on or benefitting National Forest System lands or related to Forest Service programs provided, that such funds shall be matched on at least a one-for-one basis by the Foundation or its sub-recipients.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual accomplishment reporting is required. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Actual expenditure detail is required in requests for reimbursement and/or liquidation of advances. The Forest Service program manager will conduct monitoring activities to track accomplishments against goals established in the award terms.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Retain all programmatic and accounting records for a period of not less than three (3) years from the completion date of awards for review by the Forest Service or its designated representative, as required.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Public Law 98-244.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Funds shall be matched on at least a one-for-one basis by the Foundation or its sub-recipients.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not Applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. USDA, Forest Service, National Forest System, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants, 201 14th Street, SW Washington, DC 20024 (street address and express mail).
Headquarters Office
Robert M. Harper 201 14th St. NW, 3SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Phone: 202-205-1671
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1106-0-1-302 - National Forest System; 12-1115-0-1-302 - Wildland Fire Management; 12-1104-0-1-302 - Forest and Rangeland Research; 12-1103-0-1-302 - Capitol Improvement & Maintenance; 12-1105-0-1-302 - State and Private Forestry.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $3,000,000; FY 15 est $3,000,000; and FY 16 est $3,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: Forest Service funding is apportioned between NFWF strategic keystone initiatives, and targeted charter grant programs. Among each program, a handful of high-priority projects are selected for funding each fiscal year. The following list summarizes the emphasis areas for fiscal years 2014 and 2015

Strategic Keystone Initiatives—Starting in 2008, the Foundation realigned its grant making to be more targeted and conservation outcome-based. “Keystone Initiatives” were designed to achieve a measurable conservation outcome in a five to ten year timeframe. Specific goals and strategies are identified for each initiative through the development of business plans that serve as guides for the types of projects that will be considered for funding by NFWF. Each year, approximately 60% of the Forest Service contributions support these keystone initiatives.

1. Wildlife and Landscape Scale Habitat Keystone: Addresses conservation needs for mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and native plants. The Foundation is currently working with the Forest Service on Sierra Nevada Wet Meadow restoration and Northern Rockies Wildlife Corridors (eastern Idaho and western Montana).

2. Freshwater Fish and Habitat Keystone: Focuses on high-priority species and habitat for freshwater fish and associated aquatic life such as mussels, crayfish, and invertebrates. The Foundation is currently working with the Forest Service on Eastern Brook Trout (Virginia and West Virginia) and Apache Trout (Arizona).

3. Bird and Habitat Keystone: Focuses on migratory and resident bird species and their habitat. The Foundation is currently working with the Forest Service on to promote the conservation of Gunnison Sage Grouse (Colorado and Utah) and a wide variety of Southeastern grassland birds such as bobwhite quail and Bachman’s sparrow.

Charter Grant Programs—FS Funds (approximately 40% of Forest Service funding) are also awarded through targeted Charter Grant Programs which include:

•Bring Back the Natives seeks to implement the National Fish Habitat Initiative Action Plan by supporting on the ground watershed restoration and native fish projects.

•Pulling Together Initiative is a unified effort by NFWF and DOI and DOA to fund and implement effective, long-term invasive plant management at the local level.

•Sustain Our Great Lakes Grant Program funds organizations working to protect, restore, or enhance the habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants of the Great Lakes watershed.

•Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant Program provides grants to organizations and local governments working on a community level to protect and improve watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay basin.

•Upper Mississippi River Watershed Fund supports projects benefiting forest stewardship and the restoration of watersheds in the Upper Mississippi River drainage. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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