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Tribes, and Educational Institutions to Protect Migratory Shorebirds

Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

11/04/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, agencies, tribes, and educational institutions to protect migratory shorebirds. Funding is intended to implement measures to prevent human disturbance, predation, and habitat loss. The purpose of the program is to increase populations of the American oystercatcher, red knot, and whimbrel species.

This program focuses on priority shorebird sites along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, the Florida gulf coast and panhandle, and priority wintering sites for the focal species, including portions of the Caribbean and South America.

All proposals must address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Business Plan goals. (For the Business Plan, see Supporting Documents below.) Overall, NFWF is interested in advancing full lifecycle monitoring for focal species. In 2022, the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Initiative seeks projects that will address at least one of the following priorities:

  1. Focal species: NFWF seeks proposals that advance American oystercatcher, red knot and whimbrel focal species goals. In 2022, they specifically seek site-based projects that continue population and reproductive success monitoring for American oystercatcher and population monitoring for red knot. NFWF also seeks projects that complete population estimates and evaluate threats for non-breeding red knots using the US coast of Georgia as well as in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. NFWF is also interested in projects that increase coordination of whimbrel conservation efforts, address whimbrel juvenile production, survival and recruitment knowledge gaps, and assess/address threats during migration and the non-breeding period. 
  2. Conserve habitat: NFWF seeks projects that lead to the designation of new WHSRN sites which support important populations of red knot, whimbrel, and American oystercatchers within priority geographies along the eastern seaboard of the United States. NFWF will also consider support for Tier 1* sites in Latin America and the Caribbean. NFWF also seeks proposals that would secure permanent or long-term protection of key sites.  
  3. Restore habitat: NFWF seeks projects that restore shorebird habitat within the 10 business plan focal areas, particularly red knot foraging beach habitat, whimbrel roost sites, and American oystercatcher foraging, roosting, and breeding habitat. While it is unlikely that the resources are adequate for large-scale restoration projects at this time, NFWF is interested in project planning and preliminary design for large-scale restoration efforts and coordination efforts that incorporate shorebird habitat considerations into coastal management policies and procedures. 
  4. Improve habitat management: NFWF seeks projects that improve habitat management at Tier 1* breeding, staging and/or wintering sites for American oystercatcher and red knot along the eastern seaboard. Activities should focus on efforts to implement and evaluate best management practices developed by the AFSI working group to reduce human disturbance and predation by working with local community groups or networks of local organizations. 
  5. Monitoring and assessing progress: NFWF seeks to complete a population-wide assessment of the eastern breeding population of American oystercatcher using protocols consistent with previous range-wide aerial surveys. Lastly, NFWF seeks proposals to expand the monitoring infrastructure in key Atlantic flyway locations (e.g., Motus systems, ISS etc).

* Tier 1 sites are listed in the Business Plan Annex.

For information about project metrics, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187240

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The majority of awards under this program will fall in the $75,000 to $250,000 range. However upper or lower limits to award size are not specified.

Term of Contract:

Projects may extend from one to three years.
- Project Start Date: Projects should begin within six months of the award announcement date.
- Project End Date: Projects should be completed within one to 36 months of the project start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal Governments and Organizations, educational institutions, and international organizations.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. federal government agencies, businesses, and unincorporated individuals.

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 listed in this RFP to discuss options.

- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information. 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.

Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Due Date: November 4, 2021 by 11:59 PM EST
- Review Period: December 2021 – February 2022
- Awards Announced: March 2022

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

A minimum of a 1:1 non-Federal match of cash and/or in-kind services is required and will be considered in application review.

Award payments are primarily reimbursable. A request of an advance of funds must be due to an imminent need of expenditure and must detail how the funds will be used and provide justification and a timeline for expected disbursement of these funds.

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Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
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Grant Coverage Areas:

This program focuses on priority shorebird sites along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, the Florida gulf coast and panhandle, and priority wintering sites for the focal species, including portions of the Caribbean and South America.

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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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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