National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Pulling Together Initiative
The Pulling Together Initiative will award grants that will develop cooperative weed management areas (CWMA), support significant advances of existing CWMAs, develop or strengthen prevention and early detection/rapid response efforts, enhance education, and assist awareness projects to reduce or eliminate invasive plant species. The program is a partnership among the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
All proposals must specifically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the accomplishment of program goals. The Pulling Together Initiative program seeks projects that address one or more of the priorities listed below.
- Establishing Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA): The program seeks to fund partnerships that are well prepared and ready to formally establish themselves as a CWMA. Partnerships that involve representation of a wide cross-section of invasive species interests including private landowners, local non-profit organizations, state and local governments, and federal agencies are highly competitive.
- Establishing Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA) within the Greater Sage Grouse Range: The program seeks to fund partnerships that are well prepared and ready to formally establish themselves as a CWMA that will provide stability and/or improve the greater sage grouse population. Partnerships that are specifically addressing the impacts of invasive species on the greater sage grouse are eligible.
- Acceleration of High Performing Cooperative Weed Management Areas: The program is seeking to fund CWMAs that are in a position to significantly accelerate their work to the next level or who are preparing to, or are undertaking, a significant project opportunity.
- Comprehensive Prevention and Early Detection and Rapid Response Approaches: The program seeks to fund projects that represent comprehensive approaches to preventing, detecting, and eradicating invasive species.
- Significant On-The-Ground Management/Restoration Projects: The program seeks to fund projects that represent significant on-the-ground approaches to managing or eradicating invasive species.
Amount: $850,000 is available. Grant awards will range from $25,000 to $200,000.
Eligibility: Non-profit 501(c) organizations (or their international equivalents); state and federal government agencies; local governments; Indian tribes; and educational institutions.
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