The is accepting pre-proposals for its Acres for America program.
Acres for America, NFWF's premier land conservation program, was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. It was founded in 2005 in partnership with , which wished to offset the footprint of its domestic facilities on at least an acre-by-acre basis — a number then estimated at 100,000 acres — through permanent conservation of important wildlife habitats. The program has now helped to permanently protect more than 1.3 million acres valued at $500 million and connect over 10 million acres of public and private conservation lands across the country.
In 2018, approximately $3.1 million will be available to support projects. Based on prior year decisions, the foundation anticipates that between four and eight projects will be awarded funds. All grant awards require a minimum one-to-one match of cash or contributed goods and services. Due to the competitive nature of the program, successful Acres for America projects typically have matching funds at a five-to-one ratio or greater.
Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate their ability to achieve more than one of the program priorities, which include the conservation of critical habitats for birds, fish, plants and wildlife; connecting existing protected lands to unify habitat and protect critical migration routes; provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and wildlife.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c))3) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.
Pre-proposals must be received no later than April 26. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 28, 2018.
See the NFWF website for complete program guidelines, an informational video, and application instructions.