NFWF is accepting pre-proposals for the Resilient Communities Program. The program will focus on water quality and quantity declines, forest health concerns, and sea level rise. The program will emphasize community inclusion and assistance to traditionally underserved populations in vulnerable areas. Projects should last up to 24 months from the start date. The ratio of matching funds offered is one criterion considered during the review process, and projects that meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio will be more competitive. The deadline for pre-proposals is March 30 via easygrants.nfwf.org.
Category 1: Regional Adaptation through Regional Conservation Projects: Grants in this category will range from $200,000 to $500,000 in each of the three regions (see map below) to support highly-impactful and visible conservation projects that help prepare for fire in the Western Region, floods and droughts in the Central Region and sea-level rise in the Eastern Region.
Projects in the central region (see map below) will aim to conserve critical land, create green infrastructure and protect water resources to address water quantity issues such as floods and droughts, and sustain water quality through enhanced natural filtering capacity. Projects may include the following:
- Cover Crops & Permaculture
- Nutrient Management
- Green Infrastructure and Urban Tree Canopy
- Invasive Species Management
- Stream Buffer Enhancements
Category 2: Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects: Approximately $500,000 is available in 2017 to support highly-impactful and visible projects that help communities understand, organize and take action to address risks and opportunities through improved resilience brought about by enhanced natural features. Projects can take place anywhere in the United States. Special consideration is given to projects that measurably benefit low- to-moderate income neighborhoods and advance social cohesion. These projects will range from $100,000 to $250,000 and should address multiple cities and communities.