National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: National Wildlife Refuge Friends
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), along with its partners, recognizes the important role Refuge Friends organizations play in building critical community support for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The National Wildlife Refuge Friends program provides competitive grants to creative and innovative proposals that seek to increase the effectiveness of Friends organizations assisting the Refuge System nationwide.
The grant program funds projects that assist organizations in being effective co-stewards of important natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. The program’s goals are to assist Refuge Friends organizations in developing projects, expanding and increasing their capacity and skills, meeting local refuge conservation challenges, and gaining and building community recognition.
Funding priorities for this program include:
- Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants – Providing funds to assist starting Refuge Friends organizations with formative and/or initial operational support. Funds are also provided to existing Refuge Friends organizations for activities that improve and enhance an organization’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time.
- Project Specific Grants – Providing funds to Refuge Friends organizations seeking support for projects initiated and managed by the Friends in support of the refuge.
- Peer-to-Peer Coaching (P2P) – Providing funds to Refuge Friends organizations who propose to coordinate and execute a Friends peer-to-peer coaching for a minimum of four other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friends organizations.
Amount: Grants range from $1,500-$15,000.
Eligibility: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Friends organizations whose primary mission is to support a refuge or a complex of refuges. Applicants must either be tax exempt under section 501(c), or be in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status and submit with their grant application a copy of the letter from the IRS confirming the application has been filed.
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