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Bats for the Future Fund (BFF)

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Research
Institutions to Mitigate the Spread of Disease Affecting Bat Populations

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Conf. Date:

10/09/20

Deadline Date:

11/12/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories and Canada nonprofit organizations, for-profit entities, agencies, research and educational institutions, and Tribal entities for initiatives to mitigate the spread of white-nose syndrome disease among bat populations and support the recovery of affected bats.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is soliciting proposals to slow or halt the spread of white-nose syndrome disease (WNS) in North America and promote the survival and recovery of WNS-affected bat populations and species. 

The objectives of the BFF are to: 

  • Advance field treatments and management tools that provide the greatest potential to prevent exposure of bats to Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungal pathogen that causes WNS, and/or improve survival of bats after they have been exposed
  • Implement field treatments, management tools and conservation strategies that help WNS-affected bat populations to recover from the impacts of WNS; and,
  • Support innovative and collaborative research leading to development and deployment of treatments and management tools or strategies for WNS that will perpetuate viable populations of bats.

The Bats for the Future Fund will award grants to projects that develop and deploy field treatments, management tools and conservation strategies tailored to the disease situation, species and the habitat(s) in which they were intended to be used. Project objectives should vary depending on epidemiological focus of the proposed work as it relates to the status of Pd and WNS in those areas. 

The BFF will support research and management actions that address the priorities enumerated below:

  • Field treatments and management tools or strategies that prevent exposure of bats to Pd or improve survival from WNS.
  • Field treatments, management tools, and conservation strategies that help WNS-affected bat populations to recover from the impacts of WNS.

For project examples, see the URL for Full Text. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186188

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$600,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants requests must be greater than $25,000 and should be no more than $250,000; however, higher amounts may be considered for projects presented as lasting strategies to disable or eradicate Pd on a widespread basis within the grant period of performance.

Term of Contract:

The start date for projects can be back-dated to November 12, 2020 in order to seek reimbursement for costs already incurred or to capture matching contributions. Projects must start within six months of award and be completed within two and no more than three years after notification of grant award. Notification of award is projected to be mid-February 2020.

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 and Organizations, research and educational institutions, and for-profit entities.

Ineligible applicants include unincorporated individuals.

The following types of proposals are not eligible for funding under the BFF:
- Species composition, distribution, movement and habitat-use studies, unless directly tied to development or implementation of a management strategy
- Monitoring studies unrelated to the development of field treatments or management tools for WNS
- Development of WNS detection methods or tools, unless directly linked to deployment of a specified treatment
- Outreach and education programs
- 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.
- Proposals requesting funds below the minimum, and above the maximum allowable award amount will be considered ineligible

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: Friday, October 9, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time

To register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5798572945957763341

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline (Dates of activities are subject to change. Please check the Program page of the NFWF website for the most current dates and information):
- Applicant Webinar: October 9, 2020, 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern
- Full Proposal Due Date: November 12, 2020, 11:59pm Eastern
- Review Period: December - January
- Awards Announced: Mid-February 2021

Applicants contemplating requesting more than $250,000 should contact NFWF staff in advance for guidance.

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.

Applicants are encouraged to provide match valued at 50 percent of the total grant amount requested from the BFF (not the total project budget).

Applicant Information: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information
Budget Instructions: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information/budget-instructions

Contact Information:

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

Easygrants online system: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/NFWF/Implementation/Modules/Login/LoginModuleContent.aspx?Config=LoginModuleConfig&Page=Login

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
John Wright, Manager, Northeastern Region
(202) 595-2478
john.wright@nfwf.org

For issues or assistance with our online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
Email: Easygrants@nfwf.org
Voicemail: 202-595-2497

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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

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