Acres for AmericaDeadline: April 26, 2018
Acres for America is the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF’s) premiere land conservation program, and 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. Walmart Stores are a founding partner, with Walmart’s goal being 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.
Preferential consideration will be given to proposals that can demonstrate their ability to achieve more than one of the program priorities below:
- Conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants and wildlife
- Connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes
- Provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors
- Ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and wildlife
To be competitive for funding, land acquisitions and conservation easements should address the following criteria:
- Project scale and program priorities: Projects should protect or contribute to the protection of significant acres of land, a common characteristic is that they are of a size that is significant for the landscape in which they are located, and/or they have exceptional strategic importance for conservation in the region
- National or state conservation priority: Endorsement by appropriate federal, state, and local government agencies that the acquisition is of high conservation value is a primary consideration
- Protect critical fish and wildlife species: Important fish, wildlife, and/or plant resources, such as endangered species or areas of significant biological diversity, as identified by conservation agencies or organizations, should be conserved through the acquisition
- Expand wildlife connectivity: Acquisitions that reduce fragmentation of key habitats, expand and enhance wildlife corridors, and contribute to larger landscape-scale conservation efforts
- Expand public access to nature: Projects that provide public access for people to enjoy and experience the outdoors, recreate, and connect with nature
- Benefit local economies: Projects that can demonstrate the connection between the land acquisition and related benefits to local economies
- Provide a range of ecological services: Projects can demonstrate or quantify the ecological services provided or protected through land protection (i.e., securing drinking water sources, or protecting stream flow for aquatic resources, carbon sequestration)
Amount: Approximately $3,100,000 is available to support 4-8 projects. Grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Federal funds may be considered as match. Due to the competitive nature of this program, successful projects typically have matching funds at a 5:1 ratio or greater.
Eligibility: Non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.