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 River Herring Fall 2013 Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting grant proposals for the following priority River Herring research and conservation strategies:

1.      Monitoring: Establish run counts in rivers that lack data, but are considered priority waters for river herring in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, according to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commision and/or state managers.  Proposals that will be most comptitive will seek to standardize cost-effective survey methods so they can be applied to additional rivers across a larger (state-wide or regional) geography.

2.      Habitat Restoration: Restore access to, and better manage, key spawning and nursery habitats.  Proposals that will be considered for this funding opportunity are those which seek to remove or modify fish passage barriers to allow free passage, monitor project outcomes by way of run counts, and open at least 15 river miles of habitat within the watershed of one of NFWF's priority rivers:

  • Androscoggin R.
  • St. Croix R.
  • Penobscot R.
  • Cocheco R.
  • Lamprey R.
  • Oyster R.
  • Monument R.
  • Gilbert-Stuart R.
  • Connecticut R.
  • Santee-Cooper R.

3.      Promote Sustainable River Herring Fisheries: Proposals that will be considered for this funding opportunity are those which seek to develop sustainable fisheries plans for rivers where actual and/or expected run counts are at least one million fish.  Activities may include, but aren't limited to: determining appropriate harvest rates, estimating reproduction rates in key spawning areas, estimating run counts, constructing counting facilities, and/or fishing plan improvement and/or implementation. 

* Applications outside of these priority areas will be considered for funding provided they can demonstrate the project is designed to address management needs for river herring identified in the Shad and River Herring Fisheries Management Plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.  NOTE: Proposals must focus on alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus, and/or blueback herring, A. aestivalis.


All persons, organizations, and agencies (excluding U.S. Federal Government) working on projects to reverse declines and create sustainable populations of river herring.

Applications for funding for land or easement acquisition, political advocacy, lobbying, or litigation will not be considered.

Grant Size

The majority of awards under this program will fall in the range of $50,000 to $300,000. However upper or lower limits to award size are not specified.

Grant Period

Projects may extend from one to two years. Additional year funds are not guaranteed to be available in future years to supplement awards made as a result of this review.

Application Guidelines

The following guidelines will be used by an advisory team of experts to evaluate applications requesting support from the River Herring Conservation Initiative:


All applicants are required to submit an on-line Pre-proposal application form for review.  As part of your on-line application you will be asked to submit a Pre-proposal Narrative in addition to general applicant information.  No additional supporting materials will be accepted during this phase of the review. Failure to follow the length and formatting guidelines will result in disqualification of the pre-proposal.

Pre-proposal Narrative

Applicants will be asked to submit a brief proposal narrative that describes the outcomes, activities and monitoring plan of the proposed project. The document should not exceed 2 pages in length, single-spaced with 12-point type. – Downloadable template will be provided.

For additional information on fields required in the Pre-proposal please go to: http://www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/applicants/Pages/home.aspx

Full Proposal (by invitation only)

A limited number of pre-proposal applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal to elaborate on their work for a second stage of review. The following additional information will be required at that time.

Expanded Proposal Narrative – Full Proposal Only

Applicants will be asked to submit an expanded proposal narrative that provides all relevant detail on background, objectives, methodology, results, etc. The document should not exceed 6 pages in length, single-spaced with 12-point type.

Budget and Timeline – Full Proposal Only

A budget form will be provided to help the applicant outline in sufficient detail the costs by general category, including salaries, travel, vessel charters, major equipment and supplies, publication costs, and sub-contracts.

For multi-year or multi-stage projects, include a timetable for completion of each phase as a means of gauging progress toward completion of the full proposed effort in the “other” category of the “uploads” section of the online application.

Short Biography, Research Team Qualifications – Full Proposal Only

Applications should also include a short biography of no more than one page each for key members of the proposal team. Key members are those individuals whose unique background and experience are essential to completion of the project.

Supporting Materials and Letters of Support – Full Proposal Only

If the applicant is invited to submit a full proposal, additional supporting materials such as maps will be required and can be included in the “uploads” section of the submission.  Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach letters of support to their full proposal. These can be particularly relevant in cases of multi-jurisdictional, political, or institutional projects when the proposed work will rely on the data or actions of a third party. However, supplemental materials should be limited to information absolutely essential to understanding the significance, approach, and context of the proposed work.

If relevant, applicants asked to submit full proposals will be required to provide proof of all necessary permits and clearances to comply with the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and any other relevant state or local ordinances.

Application Process

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation launched an on-line application program in March of 2008. Applicants can find information about the grant applicationp rocess at http://www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/applicants/Pages/home.aspx

Organizations interested in applying should submit a pre-proposal using NFWF’s online Easygrants system:

  1. Applicants should visit http://www.nfwf.org/easygrants and register as a new user (unless you have previously applied to NFWF in the Easygrants system under a different funding opportunity) and then follow the instructions below.
  2. Under “Apply for a New Grant”, click the “Start a New Application” link. Select the “Marine Keystone - River Herring Conservation – Spring 2013” funding opportunity.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete an eligibility quiz and, if deemed eligible, a pre-proposal.

Pre-proposals must be submitted via the Foundation's online system, in English, and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on November 4, 2013. Upon receipt and competitive evaluation of the pre-proposal, the Foundation will invite successful applicants to submit a full proposal.  Full proposals must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on January 6, 2014 (no exceptions).  Awards for this program are expected to be announced in the spring of 2014.

For further information on the program or completing the application, please contact Mary Beth Charles (202-595-2445 or MaryBeth.Charles@nfwf.org), or Anthony Chatwin (202-857-0166 or Anthony.Chatwin@nfwf.org).


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