National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant Program
2012 NPCI Project Selection Criteria
Proposals must meet the minimum eligibility requirements, as described in the request for proposals.
There is a strong preference for "on-the-ground" projects that provide plant conservation benefit according to the priorities established by one or more of the funding federal agencies and to the Plant Conservation Alliance framework for plant conservation.
In addition, proposals are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Scope: Projects that benefit multiple species, achieve a variety of resource management objectives, and/or lead to revised management practices that reduce the causes of habitat degradation. A special emphasis is placed on larger projects that demonstrate a landscape-level approach and produce lasting, broad-based results on the ground.
- Conservation Need: Projects that demonstrate a critical conservation need, are identified as high priority, and/or work to conserve an area documented for unique biodiversity or containing a special-status species.
- Innovation: Projects that encourage public involvement, develop new technologies that can be applied successfully elsewhere, and/or teach proven habitat restoration methodologies by example.
- Leverage: Projects that highly leverage the funds requested under this RFP with non-federal funds (i.e., exceeding the minimum 1:1 federal/non-federal requirement), in the form of cash and/or contributed goods and services.
- Partnerships: Projects that involve multiple federal, tribal, state, and local governments; corporations; private landowners; communities; and/or non-profit groups.
- Additional Criteria:
- Projects that include a pollinator conservation component are also encouraged.
- Projects must be technically sound and carried out by qualified organizations. Documentation of technical assistance received or review by appropriate state and federal agencies is encouraged.
- Projects conducted on federal agency land should include letters of support from appropriate agency program managers familiar with the work.
- We encourage applicants to make connections with the Keystone species and habitats, if possible, as listed on the NFWF website, www.nfwf.org/keystones.
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