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2023 Biodiversity Conservation Grant: Enhancing Pollinator Habitats

National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

Funding Amount

$50,000 – $100,000

Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Application deadline was May 10, 2023. Unknown when application will reopen

LOI opens: February 1, 2023
LOI deadline: March 10, 2023
Finalists invited to submit Application: April 10, 2023
Application due: May 10, 2023
Grants awarded: June 9, 2023
Grant period: July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024


Funding Priorities:

- Habitat Enhancement Projects: Projects must implement on-the-ground activities designed to increase the quality, quantity, and connectivity of pollinator habitats. Applicants must define a step-by-step plan including site preparation, size of the project area, and description of target pollinator. If preparing a proposal that includes collecting seeds or cultivating native seedlings, applicants should describe the intended use of the seed or seedlings. The project should be shovel-ready, meaning ready to implement the proposed project within 3 months of the award date

- Community Engagement: Projects must provide opportunities for public engagement through education or volunteer focused events. Projects should aim to collaborate with a diverse group of community partners to achieve engagement and educational outcomes. Grantees will be required to report on the number of events implemented and the number of participants engaged during the grant period

Who Can Apply

- Open to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, state or federal government agencies, federally recognized tribes and local governments, and educational institutions
- Projects must be on public lands defined as any government- or nonprofit-owned land that is accessible to the public for recreational use
- Private for-profit firms and individuals are not eligible to apply
- Grant funding may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities, or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations
- Must meet the funding criteria

Additional Eligibility Requirements

Letter of Intent required:

Application Criteria:
- Describe how the habitat enhancement project will benefit pollinator species. Include a step-by-step plan for establishing, enhancing, and/or preserving habitat acres
- Describe how funds will be used to meet project goals
- Describe how the applicant will provide educational offerings that link the on-the-ground conservation work taking place on public lands to the surrounding community (e.g., educating property-owners about the impact of invasive species and encouraging removal of targeted species on private property surrounding the project site). In short, address how education will be used to help participants learn what practices they can apply to support the continued conservation efforts. Include how these efforts increase people's understanding of their relationship with the public land/space and the environment as a whole
- Provide a detailed timeline of when programming/activities will take place during the grant year. The timeline should include community engagement events
- Describe the project team, including partnerships with other organizations responsible for implementing grant activities. Detail the roles and involvement of each organization cited in the LOI
- Provide Partner Letters of Support from those listed under the project team section of the LOI detailing who will be responsible for implementing grant activities.
- Provide required financials



Additional Information

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