America the Beautiful Challenge

Type: 
Funding
Grant Deadline: 
07/21/2022
Organization: 
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Description: 

Applications Due: July 21, 2022. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the 2022 Request for Proposals for the America the Beautiful Challenge, a public-private grant program designed to support locally led, voluntary ecosystem restoration projects. Approximately $85 million in grant funding is available. This new program will invest in the restoration of watersheds, forests and grasslands while also working toward other goals consistent with the America the Beautiful Challenge including strengthened resilience, equitable access to the outdoors, workforce development, migration corridors, habitat connectivity and collaborative conservation. The America the Beautiful Challenge coordinates funding from multiple federal agencies and private philanthropy into one competitive grant program, enabling larger, more impactful cross-boundary projects while making it easier for states, Tribes, territories, local groups, non-governmental organizations and others to apply for multiple funding sources with one application. Applicants are encouraged to develop large landscape-scale and/or cross-jurisdictional projects that advance existing conservation plans or are informed by Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. Learn more and apply here.

Category: 
Ecosystem restoration, equity, community leadership, workforce development, conservation
Funding Amount: 
Grants ranging from $1 million to $5 million will be awarded to states, U.S. territories and Tribal-affiliated organizations and governments to implement projects that address the program priorities on public, Tribal, and/or private lands. Grants of $200,000 to $1,000,000 will be awarded to states, U.S. territories, Tribal governments, and Tribal-affiliated organizations for projects that enhance local capacity to implement future on-the-ground actions through community-based assessments, partnership building, planning, project design, and other technical assistance-oriented activities.
Matching Funds: 
Non-federal match may be required by the federal funding requirements. See link for details.

Geography:

Eligibility: 
State government agencies, territories of the United States, and Indian Tribes are eligible to apply for all four grant categories. Non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, and educational institutions are eligible to apply for grants in categories (3) Grants to Buffer and Benefit Public Lands, and (4) Private Forests and Farmland.
Contact Information: 
Rachel M. Dawson, Program Director, 202-595-2643, Rachel.Dawson@nfwf.org