National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Acres for America
Acres for America is a land conservation program that 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
Amount: Approximately $3,600,000 is available to support 4 to 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: Nonprofit organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.
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