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 Bring Back the Natives/More Fish Request for Proposals


Pre-proposal Due Date:    June 3, 2013  5:00PM Eastern time
Full proposal Due Date:    August 1, 2013  5:00PM Eastern time


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is requesting proposals to restore, protect, and enhance native populations of sensitive or listed fish species, especially on lands on or adjacent to federal agency lands.  Support for this program is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Jackson Hole One Fly Foundation, Orvis, Bass Pro Shops, and Brunswick Foundation. 


In 2013, the Bring Back the Natives/More Fish program will provide funding to projects that identify measureable conservation outcomes for native fish species of special concern.  Because the leading factors in native fish species decline are habitat alteration, lack of adequate instream flows, and invasive and/or non-native species, projects that address these threats, as well as projects that protect coastal and marine habitats, are of particular interest.  Projects benefitting one or more of the following native fish species are priorities for funding through the Bring Back the Natives/More Fish program:

  • Upper Colorado native fish (flannelmouth and bluehead suckers, roundtail chub, and Colorado cutthroat trout)

  • Lahontan cutthroat trout

  • Sierra Nevada native fishes (McCloud River redband trout, Eagle Lake rainbow trout, California golden trout, Little Kern golden trout)

  • Apache trout

  • Native eastern brook trout and associated native aquatic species (Chesapeake watershed has priority)

  • Russian River (CA) Coho salmon

  • Klamath  Basin suckers, redband trout and Coho salmon

  • Southeast native black bass

  • Native Atlantic coast estuarine-dependent or anadromous species  (alewife, blueback herring, Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon, American eel, and American shad)

  • Snake and Yellowstone Basin native trout (Yellowstone cutthroat trout and Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout)

  • Wild Pacific salmon in Alaska, Washington and Oregon

  • Native fish species identified by recognized and candidate National Fish Habitat Partnerships organized under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (www.fishhabitat.org)


Competitive proposals will include the following information that should be summarized in the pre-proposal and detailed in the full proposal:

  •  Project Need:  Describe the native fish species at risk or potentially at risk, a description of its historic and current range, and its importance as part of the greater aquatic ecosystem, as well as the factors that have caused a decline in the species population(s).
  • Long-Term Conservation Outcome(s):  Discuss the quantifiable/measurable long-term outcome(s) for fish and/or habitat that will be achieved, including how the project will restore resistance or resilience to climate change in native fish populations (if applicable).  If the project supports implementation of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) and/or a recognized or candidate Fish Habitat Partnership, describe how the project meets one or more of the NFHAP goals and strategies and how the outcomes will be measured and reported consistent with NFHAP guidelines:

    • Goal 1:  Protect and maintain intact and healthy aquatic systems

    • Goal 2:  Prevent further degradation of fish habitats that have been adversely affected

    • Goal 3:  Reverse declines in the quality and quantity of aquatic habitats to improve overall health of native fish and other aquatic organisms

    • Goal 4:  Increase the quality and quantity of fish habitats that support a broad diversity of native fish and other aquatic species

  • Threats and/or Opportunities:  Elaborate on the relationship of short- and long-term threats and/or opportunities to the long-term conservation outcome(s) and describe which of these threats and/or opportunities will be addressed in the project.  Discuss impacts if no action is taken over the short- and long-term.

  • Activities:  Elaborate on the primary activities that will be conducted through the proposed grant.  Explain how these activities address the threats, opportunities and conservation outcome(s) described above.  Describe how these activities relate to established plans (management, conservation, recovery, etc.) and conservation needs.  Discuss how this project either initiates or fits into larger efforts in the watershed, or, if this is a stand-alone project, how it will succeed in and of itself in restoring, protecting, or enhancing the species population(s).

  • Methodology:  Describe how each activity will be implemented and the anticipated timeline.

  • Evaluation/Monitoring:  Describe the strategy for monitoring and evaluating project results, including specifics on how success will be defined and measured.  Please note any challenges or limitations you anticipate in interpreting anticipated results.  Describe the monitoring plan, including those activities that will take place after completion of this grant.  If possible, identify how post-grant monitoring will be funded.  If this project is a continuation or expansion of an existing project, describe the status and results/outcomes achieved to date.

  • Proposed Partnerships:  Identify any proposed partners, the roles that they will play in implementing the project, and how this project will build new or enhance existing partnerships.  (Note: a project partner is any local community, non-profit organization, tribe, and/or local, state, and federal government agency that contributes to the project in a substantial way and is closely involved in the completion of the project.)   If the project has any nexus with BLM, USFS, and/or USFWS lands or trust resources, please discuss the agency’s involvement in the project.  If the project has a NFHAP nexus, applicants are highly encouraged to include a letter of support from the relevant Fish Habitat Partnership with the full proposal.  A list of Fish Habitat Partnerships can be found at www.fishhabitat.org/partnerships.   

  • Dissemination:  Describe the outreach strategy and educational values of the project.  Specifically state how you will disseminate information on the project before, during, and after the proposed activities.


Up to $1,700,000 in grant funds is available. Grant awards generally range in size from $25,000 to $100,000, although grants greater than $100,000 will be considered.


Applicants must provide non-federal match of at least $2 for every $1 of grant funds requested.  Eligible non-federal matching sources can include cash, in-kind donations, and/or volunteer labor.

  • No part the grant funds or the non-federal match may be used to:

  • Support litigation expenses or lobbying activities

  • Cover permanent federal employee salary expenses

  • Supplement shortfalls in government agency budgets

  • Support multi-year grants due to the nature of NFWF's annual appropriations (applicants may apply for funds to continue previous NFWF funded projects if substantial progress has been made on the original grant)

  • Support basic research

  • Support basic planning, outreach, or education projects without an "on-the-ground" component

Additional information on funding policies, including financial documents required from applicants and the Foundation’s policy on indirect costs, can be found on the Foundation’s website at: http://www.nfwf.org/Pages/grants/applicants.aspx


  • Pre-proposals are due on Monday, June 3, 2013 

  • Full proposals are due on Thursday,  August 1, 2013

  • Awards will be announced by October 31, 2013, pending the Foundation’s receipt of FY2013 federal appropriations

All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.  Hard-copy applications will not be considered for funding.  To submit a proposal, please follow the following steps

  1. Go to http://www.nfwf.org/easygrants to register in our Easygrants online system. (If you already are a registered user, use your existing login.)  Enter your applicant information.

  2. On your homepage, click the “Apply for Funding” button and select the Bring Back the Natives/More Fish funding opportunity.

  3. Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your proposal. Applications may be saved and returned to at a later time for completion and submission, up until the application deadline.  It is imperative for Easygrants users to disable their browser’s pop-up blocker prior to beginning the application process.  The following link contains access to other useful information for applicants:  http://www.nfwf.org/Pages/grants/applicants.aspx.

  4. Refer to the Bring Back the Natives/More Fish Pre-proposal Cheat Sheet and Bring Back the Natives/More Fish Full Proposal Cheat Sheet for a step-by-step guide on information required for the pre- and full proposal.  These documents can be downloaded from the Bring Back the Natives/More Fish webpage at http://www.nfwf.org/bbnmorefish.

For more information or questions about the application process, please contact:

Cara Rose, Assistant Director, Western Partnership Office
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 950
Portland, OR 9720
(503) 417-8700 x 6008