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National Fish and Wildlife Program: Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program

Deadline: December 10, 2015

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Wells Fargo have partnered to promote sustainable communities through the Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Investments under this initiative will promote a sustainable future for communities by:

  • Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship
  • Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality
  • Restoring and managing natural habitat, species, and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods
  • Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Encouraging broad-based citizen and targeted youth participation in project implementation

Priority for grants will be given to projects that successfully address one or more of the following:

  • Support innovative, cost-effective programs that enhance stewardship on private agricultural lands to enhance water quality and quantity and/or improve wildlife habitat for species of concern, while maintaining or increasing agricultural productivity.
  • Support community-based conservation projects that protect and restore local habitats and natural areas, enhance water quality, promote urban forestry, educate and train community leaders on sustainable practices, promote related job creation and training, and engage diverse partners and volunteers.
  • Support visible and accessible demonstration projects that showcase innovative, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly approaches to improve environmental conditions within urban communities by ‘greening’ traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, public park enhancements, and renovations to public facilities.
  • Support projects that increase the resiliency of the Nation’s coastal communities and ecosystems by restoring coastal habitats, living resources, and water quality to enhance livelihoods and quality of life in these communities.

Amount: $2,500,000 is available. In New Mexico, grants will range from $25,000-$50,000 each.

Eligibility: Strong preference is given to a list of priority areas and states in the RFP, which includes Albuquerque, NM and Santa Fe, NM.

Link: http://www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions/Pages/2016RFP.aspx

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