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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant Program
2012 NPCI Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals for the 2012 Native Plant Conservation Initiative (NPCI) grants cycle. The NPCI grant program is conducted in cooperation with the Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA), a partnership between the Foundation, ten federal agencies, and more than 290 non-governmental organizations. PCA provides a framework and strategy for linking resources and expertise in developing a coordinated national approach to the conservation of native plants. Since 1995, the NPCI grant program has funded multi-stakeholder projects that focus on the conservation of native plants and pollinators under any of the following 6 focal areas: collaboration, education, restoration, research, sustainability, and data linkages. These 6 focal areas are the core strategies for native plant conservation, as outlined by the Plant Conservation Alliance National Framework for Progress.

Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include 501(c) non-profit 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. Organizations or projects that have received funding and have been successfully completed under this program are eligible and encouraged to re-apply.

Project Eligibility
Eligible projects will directly address the plant conservation priorities established by one or more of the funding federal agencies (see Funding Sources and Areas of Interest below) and fall within at least one of the 6 focal areas outlined in the Plant Conservation Alliance Native Plant Conservation Strategies (see below). In addition:

Basic research projects are unlikely to be funded unless of direct relevance to the management of native plants by a participating federal agency. Projects that primarily involve the control of invasive or noxious weeds should consider the Foundation's "Pulling Together Initiative" (PTI), rather than NPCI.

NPCI funds CANNOT be used to:

Funding Information
It is anticipated that the Native Plant Conservation Initiative will award a total of $380,000 this year. The average range of award amounts is typically $15,000-$75,000, with some exceptions.

Funding Sources and Areas of Interest
Funds for NPCI grants are currently provided by three federal agencies:

Plant Conservation Alliance Strategies
The Plant Conservation Alliance strategies for native plant conservation are summarized below.

More information on these Strategies, along with actions for implementing them, is found in the Plant Conservation Alliance National Framework for Progress.

Application Process and Schedule
NPCI Applications must complete the online pre-proposal application form through the NFWF e-grants system.  The deadline for pre-proposals is on May 25th, 2012, by 11:59 PM EST.

Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will receive instructions via e-mail for accessing the full proposal form.  Full proposals are due on August 24th, 2012, by 11:59 PM EST.

Formal announcements of 2012 NPCI recipients will be made on November 19th, 2012..  Please do not contact the Foundation regarding the status of your proposal prior to this date.

NPCI Program Contact
For information regarding the NPCI program or on-line Easygrants application procedure, please contact Teal Edelen at 202-857-0166.

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