State Government

Title Due Date Maximum Award Amount Description
White-Nose Syndrome Grants to States and Tribes $75,000.00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of financial assistance to wildlife and natural resource management agencies of states, the District of Columbia, and federally-recognized Native American Tribes for efforts related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease of bats. State Agencies and Tribal natural resource or environmental management programs are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. The most competitive proposals will present actionable plans to manage WNS and bat species that are affected or potentially vulnerable to the disease. WNS is confirmed in at least 12 bat species, including three that are federally listed as threatened or endangered. The northern long-eared bat was listed as Threatened primarily due to impacts of WNS. Concern over population declines resulting from WNS led the Service to schedule status assessments for two additional bat species: little brown bat and tricolored bat. The work funded through the WNS Grants to States and Tribes is expected to assist partners in their efforts to combat the disease and conserve affected species. In addition, the projects funded will provide information that strengthens the scientific information needed to support decisions under the Endangered Species Act. Since 2008, funding through the WNS Grants to States has led to critical information and resources for maximizing the benefits of bat conservation efforts by States. In 2019, this funding opportunity was extended to Tribes engaged in, or seeking to engage in, bat management and conservation efforts. Although WNS has decimated several species of bats in North America, efforts taken with the support of funding from the Service’s WNS program have helped the management community to focus efforts where there is the greatest need and benefit. Through the advances made in understanding WNS over the past decade, we now have multiple tools that management agencies can consider when developing and implementing strategies to combat WNS. In this way, these grants support the actions of States and Tribes working to conserve bats in the United States.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332551
LWCF State Assistance Formula Grants - State Planning - FY21 Cycle I $250,000.00

The LWCF State and Local Assistance program is operated by the National Park Service (NPS) in partnership with designated lead agencies in each of the 50 States as well as American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each fiscal year Congress allocates money from the LWCF for this program, which is in turn allocated to the States based on a legislative formula. To be eligible to submit applications for funding, States must have a current Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, or SCORP, in place that assesses demand and need for outdoor recreation resources and sets priorities for the use of LWCF funds. LWCF grants are available to the States to comply with this legislative requirement. The NPS must review and approve each State’s SCORP. A new or updated SCORP must be prepared at least once every 5 years.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332456
2021 National Fish Passage Program $2,000,000.00

Contact local FAC field Program or Service Regional staff prior to applying. To be considered for funding under this funding opportunity, an application must be submitted to the Service region where the project is located. If you have a proposed project that meets the Application Review Information criteria (Section E), we strongly encourage you to contact your regional and local FAC office below before submitting an application. Please refer to section G for list of regional contacts or, visit our website to find the nearest Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office: https://www.fws.gov/fisheries/fwco/index.html and more information on the National Fish Passage Program https://www.fws.gov/fisheries/fish-passage.html.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332399
CAL FIRE Forest Health Grant Program $5,000,000.00

CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program funds active restoration and reforestation activities aimed at providing for more resilient and sustained forests to ensure future existence of forests in California while also mitigating climate change, protecting communities from fire risk, strengthening rural economies and improving California’s water & air.

Through grants to regionally-based partners and collaboratives, CAL FIRE seeks to significantly increase fuels management, fire reintroduction, treatment of degraded areas, and conservation of forests.

Project activities funded by CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program may include:

https://www.fire.ca.gov/grants/forest-health-grants/
California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grant Program Varies

Through the California Climate Investments (CCI​) Fire Prevention Grant Program, CAL FIRE aims to reduce the risk of wildland fires to habitable structures and communities, while maximizing carbon sequestration in healthy wildland habitat and minimizing the uncontrolled release of emissions emitted by wildfires.


Project Types and Activities – The three qualifying projects and activities include those related to hazardous fuel reduction and removal of dead, dying, or diseased trees, fire prevention planning, and fire prevention education. Examples of qualifying projects and activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hazardous Fuel Reduction
  • Fire Prevention Education
  • Fire Prevention Planning

 

All project and activity work related to grants must be completed by March 15, 2025 or March 15, 2026, depending on the source of the funds awarded.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/grants/fire-prevention-grants/
Multistate Conservation Grant (MSCG) Program $1,000,000.00

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and the Service work cooperatively to manage T-MSGCP and R3-MSGCP. Administratively, both programs function similarly, with AFWA providing the Service with a priority list of projects to be considered for award and the Service administering the program and managing the awards. This Funding Opportunity Announcement provides application guidance for both of these competitive programs. Eligible grant proposals are shared with the AFWA National Grants Committee (NGC) for review and ranking to aid in the selection process. Proposals must address eligible activities in one or more of the selected AFWA Strategic Priorities to be considered. Strategic Priorities are annually selected by AFWA to establish the State, Commonwealth, and Territory fish and wildlife agencies' (States') conservation priorities (under T-MSCGP) or national recruitment priorities (under R3-MSCGP), and they are used to guide proposal development and grant selection for the programs. The primary goal of both programs is to provide grant funds to address regional or national priority needs of the States and their partners that are beyond the scope and capabilities of a single State. Projects selected and awarded are annually published in the Federal Register. Lists of past awards are also available from the Service and AFWA (see Section G, Federal Awarding Agency Contacts). Recipients awarded grants under T-MSCGP may use the funds for sport fisheries and wildlife management including research projects, boating access development, hunter safety and education, aquatic education, fish and wildlife habitat improvements, and other purposes consistent with the enabling legislation. Recipients awarded grants under the R3-MSCGP can only use the funds for designing or implementing hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment projects that promote a national hunting and shooting sports recruitment program, including related communication and outreach activities. FY 2022 Strategic Priorities for MSGCP funding: Strategic Priorities FY 2022 Strategic Priorities for the MSCGP 1. Conservation & Science A. Large Landscape Systems & Species B. Climate C. Wildlife Disease Including Connections with Human Health (“One Health”) D. Data E. Human Dimensions & Social Science F. Invasive Species 2. Relevancy & Inclusion & Participation A. Enhancing Conservation Through Broader Engagement B. Communication Programs that Further Regional & National Conservation Efforts C. Implementing and/or Expanding Internal and External Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts 3. Coordination, Capacity Building & Fish and Wildlife Agencies Support A. Leadership Development B. Conservation Education C. Coordination of International, National & Regional Conservation Efforts & Policies D. Integration of Law Enforcement 4. Trust Fund Stewardship A. Research that Informs & Supports Conservation Efforts B. Trust Fund Education & Promotion of North American Model of Conservation (“Legal Strategy”) C. Conservation Law Education 5. AFWA Priorities Identified in AFWA Funding Principles (submitted by ExCom) A. Management Assistance Team B. Management of MSCGP Program C. CITES and International Conservation Programs and Their Impact of State Agencies D. Coordination of Conservation on National Scale 6. Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation (R3)* *The category was recently developed in response to the Pittman Roberson Modernization Act and includes up to an additional $5 million for R3 projects focused specifically on hunting and shooting sports. The Association is also requesting R3 projects focused on fishing through this category although they will be funded through the Traditional MSCGP program using available Sport Fish Restoration funding. a. Monitoring and Evaluation (Wildlife Restoration Only) Description: Development of tools, trainings and technologies that allow R3 practitioners to document the influence of R3 effort implementation on the target participants’ or populations’ initiation into and/or increased avidity in hunting and/or recreational target shooting. Potential projects might include: Development of tools to support data collection methodologies, data dashboards, and resources that increase R3 staff competency and capacity to evaluate, manage, and interpret data in order to benefit decision making. Creation of R3 effort outcome indicators measurement and collection systems that allow participant and license sales data to be summarized and compared at regional or national scales. b. Marketing Description: Identification, development and implementation of strategic marketing tools and resources (with defined and measurable R3 outcomes) intended to 1) maximize social support for (from increasing broad societal awareness and acceptance, to connecting prospects with opportunities) and to 2) increase participation in hunting and/or recreational target shooting. Projects will also be considered for fishing participation under this category using funds from the Traditional MSCGP. Potential Projects might include: Market research; best marketing practices; development of marketing toolkits; strategies to form regional or national marketing campaigns; or increase community-wide engagement and implementation of marketing tactics. c. Mentoring Description: Identification and evaluation of elements of successful mentoring programs as well as current mentor/mentee motivations and application of that knowledge to expand and promote effective mentoring or instructional efforts from the current base of hunting and/or recreational target shooting participants. Projects will also be considered for fishing participation under this category using funds from the Traditional MSCGP. Potential projects might include: Development of program guidance to increase effectiveness, capacity, scalability, and collaboration of partners; efforts to increase involvement and marketing to current participants to become mentors; efforts to increase understanding and engagement of potential mentees; and efforts to facilitate effective brokering of mentoring or instructional experiences within populations of mentors/instructors and prospective mentees/students. d. Engaging New Audiences Description: Assist organizations and R3 efforts with targeting new or underserved audiences by further defining likely new and efficient audiences, and then identifying effective pathways and tools to create targeted R3 efforts to engage those new and diverse audiences. Proposals focused specifically on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives are encouraged. Potential projects might include: Development of tools to increase the effectiveness of targeted R3 efforts; evaluation of adoption and effectiveness of existing toolkits; research projects to understand potential target audiences; development of additional toolkits or trainings to increase organizations’ effectiveness and capacity in retaining new hunting and target shooting participants. Projects will also be considered for fishing participation under this category using funds from the Traditional MSCGP. e. R3 Capacity and Infrastructure Description: Assist the R3 community in increasing capacity and infrastructure to address regional and national R3 threats and barriers; and provide for the unification of strategic and effective R3 efforts by state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, NGO and industry partners to yield measurable outcomes. Potential projects might include: Development of resources to help organizations improve effectiveness in R3 efforts; projects that increase partners’ (industry, NGO, regional associations, etc.) capacity to work on collaborative R3 efforts; development of tools that foster effective communication, planning, coordination, and networking at all levels on R3 efforts; facilitation of strategic efforts to unify the R3 community in its pursuits.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332262
National Climate Adaptation Science Center Program (NCASC) $4,500,000.00

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) seeks to identify applicant organizations that propose to host and, as applicable, serve as consortium partners for a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) in the Midwest that includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and to determine if their proposed science, partnership, and program support activities and strategies are appropriate. Once selected, the recipient will be established as Host Institution. As a Host, an institution will be the sole entity eligible to receive funding to conduct follow-on research/science projects anticipated as a part of this NOFO. Host Institutions may engage with other institutions, including by subaward, as part of these projects.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332145
Conservation Collaboration Cooperative Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Announcement for Program Funding – NEBRASKA $1,000,000.00

SUMMARY INFORMATION Federal Awarding Agency Name: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service Funding Opportunity Title: Conservation Collaboration Cooperative Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Announcement for Program Funding – NEBRASKA Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NE-CCA-21-NOFO0001076 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number (also known as Assistance Listing): 10.902 Soil and Water Conservation 10.912 Environmental Quality Incentives Program 10.924 Conservation Stewardship Program 10.069 Conservation Reserve Program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement Summary The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing potential availability of cooperative agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration and developing state- and community-level conservation leadership. Proposals will be accepted for projects located in Nebraska. Proposals are requested for competitive consideration for cooperative agreement awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. Applicants must be a tribal government or organization, State or local unit of government, special service district, non-profits with a 501 (c) (3) with status, or institution of higher learning. Entities may submit more than one application as long as the proposals are for different projects and entities may receive more than one award. This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D.1. for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov. Key Dates Applications must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 10, 2021. For technical issues with Grants.gov, please contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518- 4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts. Questions regarding this notice of funding opportunity (NFO) may be submitted until April 9, 2021. Responses to questions posed will be posted on Grants.gov approximately two weeks before the application due date. The agency anticipates making selections by June 30, 2021 and expects to execute awards by September 15, 2021. Federal Funding Floor and Ceiling Amounts NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2021 is identified below, although the availability and composition of available funds has not yet been determined. The funding floor means the minimum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. The ceiling is the maximum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. These numbers refer to the total agreement amount, not any specific budget period. The anticipated funding floor for this opportunity is $20,000 and the anticipated funding ceiling is $1,000,000. The funding floor means the minimum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. The ceiling is the maximum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. These numbers refer to the total agreement amount, not any specific budget period. Federal Financial Assistance Training The funding available through this NFO is Federal financial assistance. Grants 101 Training is highly recommended for those seeking knowledge about Federal financial assistance. The training is free and available to the public via https://www.cfo.gov/grants-training/. It consists of five modules covering each of the following topics: 1) laws, regulations, and guidance; 2) financial assistance mechanisms; 3) uniform guidance administrative requirements; 4) cost principles; and 5) risk management and single audit. FPAC agencies also apply Federal financial assistance regulations to certain non-assistance awards (e.g., non-assistance cooperative agreements).

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332002
Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management (HQ) Wildlife Resource Management $100,000.00

Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Wildlife Resource Management

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331985
Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management (HQ) Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management $100,000.00

Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management (State) Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331951