Native Plant Conservation Initiative
Grant: Native Plant Conservation Initiative (NPCI)
Agency: U.S. Department of Interior; U.S. Department of Agriculture
Division: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Bureau of Land Management; USDA Forest Service.
Deadline: This competition is closed. The deadline was August 24, 2012.
Description: The NPCI grant program funds multi-stakeholder projects that focus on the conservation of native plants and pollinators under any of the following six focal areas: conservation, education, restoration, research, sustainability and data linkages. These six focal areas are the core strategies for native plant conservation.
NPCI grants are currently funded through three federal agencies:
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS): Funds are available for native plant conservation projects on National Wildlife Refuges and for projects on private or public lands that directly benefit the conservation of FWS trust species.
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM): Funds are available for native plant conservation projects on BLM lands, or for work on non-BLM lands that is of direct relevance to the management of BLM lands.
- USDA Forest Service: Funds are available for projects that directly benefit the conservation of native plants on Forest Service lands, or for projects on non-Forest Service lands that directly benefit the Forest Service mission.
Eligible projects include those that directly address the plant conservation priorities and fall within at least one of the six focal areas outlined in the Plant Conservation Alliance Native Plant Conservation strategies. These strategies include:
- Conservation: bringing people and organizations together to share resources and talents to effectively conserve the nation’s native plants.
- Education: providing opportunities for people to enjoy, understand and value native plants and plant communities.
- Restoration: ensuring conservation and restoration of native plants and natural plant communities through ecosystem-based management.
- Research: encouraging the scientific community to conduct research and technology development in support of native plant conservation.
- Sustainability: encouraging practices that support appropriate and sustainable uses of beneficial plants.
- Data Linkages: promoting the development and use of coordinated databases and information-sharing to support native plant conservation.
More information on these strategies, as well as potential actions for implementing them, is found in the Plan Conservation Alliance National Framework for Progress.
Fit for Public Broadcasting: This is an excellent fit for stations involved in community and education outreach, with a focus on conservation and the environment. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is looking to fund projects that are innovative and encourage greater public involvement while also teaching about the issue at hand. In the past, projects have been funded to create and distribute educational materials and support educational outreach relating to insects and native plant species. NFWF provides a list of grantees from previous years including 2011, 2010 and 2009. For a full list of past recipients, scroll to the bottom of the program notice.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include 501(c) nonprofit organizations and local, state or federal government agencies. For-profit businesses and individuals are not eligible to apply directly to this program, but are encouraged to work with eligible applicants to develop and submit proposals.
Anticipated Funding: It is anticipated that the NPCI will award a total of $380,000 this year. The range of award amounts is typically $15,000 - $65,000.
Projects require a minimum one to one non-federal match by project partners, including cash or in-kind contributions of goods or services (such as volunteer time).
How to Apply: NPCI applications must complete the online pre-proposal application form through the NFWF e-grants system. For information regarding the NPCI program or on-line Easygrants application procedure, please contact Teal Edelen at 202-857-0166.