JV Flex Fund Grant
We are pleased to announce the availability of funds for the Joint Ventures – Improving the Science Foundation for Bird Conservation program, also known as the JV Flex Fund grant (Grants.gov Funding Opportunity Number F19AS00098). The goal of this grant program is to assist partners in implementing effective science-based bird conservation projects in the Upper Mississippi / Great Lakes Joint Venture (UMGLJV) region. The JV’s Implementation Plan and conservation strategies identify bird habitat, monitoring, and research needs with an emphasis on JV focal species. Please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to find out more about the program’s requirements and how to apply. Applications are due April 30th, 2019.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss potential proposals with the UMGLJV Science Coordinator Greg Soulliere (phone 517-351-4214).
North American Wetlands Conservation Act
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) of 1989 was passed, in part, to support activities associated with implementation of objectives under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The scope of NAWCA has since been expanded to include the conservation of all birds and habitats associated with wetland ecosystems. Funds from NAWCA are used to acquire, restore, or enhance wetland and associated upland habitats in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
A key guiding principle of the NAWCA program is to accomplish program objectives through partnerships – as such, NAWCA funds must be matched by non-federal partners at least a 1:1 ratio. This formula has been highly successful; as of 2010, the NAWCA program has leveraged over $1.08 billion in NAWCA funds with $2.24 billion in partner contributions to affect 25.9 million acres of habitat. The NAWCA grants program is administered by the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and there are typically three NAWCA proposal cycles per year – two “Standard” grant cycles, which are for larger projects with an up to $1 million funding request, and one “Small” grant cycle, for projects with smaller scopes that have up to a $75,000 funding request. While criteria and match requirements are the same as a NAWCA Standard Grant, the Small Grants program is often a good fit for new NAWCA applicants, as funding priority is given to partners new to the NAWCA grant program.
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – Great Lakes Watershed Habitat and Species Restoration Initiative
Building on the work of the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force and the associated Great Lakes Regional Strategy, The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was started in 2009. The overarching objective of GLRI is to protect and restore ecosystems associated with the largest complex of freshwater lakes on earth – the Great Lakes. The current GLRI Action Plan outlines this strategy from 2015-2019.
Funding is distributed by the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in order to facilitate implementation of GLRI objectives. Projects undertaken by the FWS through GLRI are addressing a wide variety of issues associated with Great Lakes ecosystem health through both research and on-the-ground implementation.
FWS GLRI funds are distributed to the Upper Mississippi / Great Lakes JV and the Atlantic Coast JV through the Great Lakes Watershed Habitat and Species Restoration Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to protect and restore migratory bird habitat within Great Lakes watersheds through a competitive, partnership-based grants program.
2019 applications are due February 28th, 2019