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Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund (AFWF)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Educational
Institutions for Conservation Projects in Alaska

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

10/20/21 7:59 PM Alaska Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions for activities to conserve habitats and species in Alaska. Funding is intended to support projects that result in significant conservation outcomes. Funded projects may also increase knowledge and information through assessments and strategic monitoring that lead to improved habitat or population management actions. Priority geographic areas include the Alaska North Slope, Cook Inlet, Matanuska-Susitna Basin, Kodiak Archipelago, and Chugach and Tongass National Forests. Pacific salmon projects will be supported throughout the state.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to further the conservation of species and habitats in Alaska. The Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund (AFWF) invests in projects that achieve or substantially lead to measurable on-the-ground conservation outcomes, and fill key information gaps.

All proposals must specifically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to at least one of the following priorities: 

  • Pacific Salmon: The AFWF supports Pacific salmon projects in collaboration with Alaska Fish Habitat Partnerships, and/or other watershed-based partnerships with USFWS and USFS throughout the entire State of Alaska. Projects that fill information gaps to inform conservation actions and improve Pacific salmon subsistence management, as well as projects that protect, enhance and restore fish habitat to ensure long-term viability of the stock complex are of high priority. 
  • Chugach and Tongass National Forests: NFWF and its partners will continue watershed assessments, in-stream habitat restoration, and aquatic organism passage projects on National Forest and adjacent public and private lands.
  • Cook Inlet, Matanuska-Susitna Basin, and Kodiak Archipelago: The AFWF strives to support comprehensive watershed management approaches to conserving fish and wildlife in the Cook Inlet, Matanuska-Susitna Basin, and Kodiak Archipelago regions.  
  • Alaska North Slope: The primary efforts of the AFWF in the Alaska North Slope are filling key knowledge gaps and mitigating direct threats to species populations. 

For 2022 priority project areas for each of the above, see pp 2-4 in the RFP listed in Supporting Documents below.

Where applicable, emphasis will be placed on projects that
support watershed or headwaters-based approaches that complement existing programs. Projects that
incorporate outreach to Alaska Native communities, foster community engagement, and pursue
collaborative management while elevating traditional knowledge that will lead to measurable
conservation benefits are encouraged.

Public Lands Corps Initiative:

NFWF and its partners seek to improve the capacity of students, particularly Alaska Natives, to advance species monitoring and recovery within the State of Alaska. . In 2022, the AFWF is pursuing projects that provide opportunities for Alaska Native youth to engage in on-the-ground conservation activities and gain exposure to careers in conservation that provide qualifying service hours under the PLC authority. For further details about PLC requirements, see the document listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187126

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards generally range in size from $50,000 to $200,000, although grants greater than $200,000 will be considered on a case by case basis.

Term of Contract:

Projects may extend from one to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, tribal governments, Alaska Native tribal organizations, and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds
- Equipment: Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff to discuss options.
- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.
- NFWF funds may not be used to cover permanent federal employee salary expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar Wednesday, September 28, 2021 at 12:00PM Alaska Time
- Full Proposal Due Date Wednesday, October 20, 2021 by 7:59PM Alaska Time
- Review Period October 2021 – March 2022
- Awards Announced March 2022

All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.

Projects relating to Public Lands Corps initiative must have a minimum match of 25% non-federal cash and/or in-kind contributions. All other projects must have a minimum match of 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind contributions.

About the Fund:

Applicant Webinar Recording:

Budget Instructions:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

For more information or questions about the RFP, please contact:
Jana Doi
Manager, Alaska and Hawaii Programs
(415) 243-3102

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Include: Applicant name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.

1133 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

Grant Coverage Areas:

Grants will be awarded to projects that occur within the geographies highlighted in Map 1 at, and as listed below:
- Alaska North Slope
- Cook Inlet/Matanuska-Susitna Basin/Kodiak Archipelago
- Chugach and Tongass National Forests

Projects outside of these geographies within the State of Alaska that support the following priorities will be considered:
- Habitat restoration activities that have a direct benefit to Pacific salmon
- Projects that fill data gaps that will directly benefit Pacific salmon management
- Alaska Public Lands Corps (PLC) related projects

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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