America the Beautiful Challenge

Type: 
Funding
Organization: 
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Description: 

Deadline passed. Most recent deadline: July 20, 2023. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the 2023 Request for Proposals for the America the Beautiful Challenge, a public-private grant program designed to support locally led, voluntary ecosystem restoration projects. Approximately $116 million in grant funding is available. This 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: 
Approximately $116 million will be available for 2023 through five categories of grants. NFWF expects to award at least 10% of ATBC grant funding to Tribal and Native Nations and 3% to U.S. Territories
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