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Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for the
Conservation of Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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Foundation / Corporation

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

07/18/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to promote the preservation of the monarch butterfly, as well as other at-risk pollinator species. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to a full application.

The most competitive projects will demonstrate clear benefits to both the monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators. Grants will be awarded in two categories:
- Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands
- Habitat Improvement
For more details about these categories please see:

The goal of the monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund (Pollinator Fund) is to protect, conserve, and increase habitat for the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators. The majority of funding will support projects that benefit the monarc​h butterfly, but projects that address demonstrated needs for other at-risk native insect pollinator species are also eligible. For eligible species definitions please see:

Grant funding will be directed to projects that benefit the monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators within the monarch butterfly range in the United States. East of the Rocky Mountains, priority will be given to projects within the monarch butterfly’s eastern migratory flyway, including the 15 states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. In the West, priority will be given to projects on or adjacent to working lands, important monarch butterfly overwintering sites, and U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

All proposals must specifically address how the proposed project will directly and measurably contribute to the accomplishment of the Fund’s goals as outlined in the Monarch Butterfly Business Plan. Please see the Business Plan in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169906

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Grants ranging from $100,000 – $300,000
Habitat Improvement: Grants ranging from $50,000 – $75,000

Term of Contract:

Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Grants will be awarded for projects up to three years in length following finalization of the grant agreement.
Habitat Improvement: Grants will be awarded for projects up to two years in length following finalization of the grant agreement.

Project start and end dates should define the period during which all proposed work is accomplished, all requested funds are spent, and all matching funds are spent or applied. The project narrative should include a clear timetable or schedule for project completion. Significant project deliverables and outcomes are expected to be achieved in year one. The start date indicated in an application should not precede November 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities:
- Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, U.S. federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.
- Ineligible applicants include businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please join the webinar to learn more about this competitive grants program and the 2019 Request for Proposal (RFP) on Tue, Apr 16, 2019, Noon ET - 1:00 PM ET.

To register:

Crystal Boyd, NFWF's Pollinator Programs Manager, will lead the webinar. Please feel free to reach out to her for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:
- ​​​Applicant webinar: ​April 16, Noon, ET
​- Pre-proposal due date: ​May 9, 11:59 PM, ET
- ​Invitations for full proposals sent: ​ June 10​
- ​Full proposal due date: ​July 18, 11:59 PM, ET
- ​Review period: ​Mid-July to late Nov
- ​Awards announced: ​Late Nov

Dates of activities are subject to change. Please check the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund webpage for the most current dates and information at:

Matching contributions: A 1:1 non-federal match is required for all awards. Matching contributions are to be spent/applied between the start and end dates specified in the proposal. Matching contributions may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes.

The cost of land acquisition or easement may also qualify as leverage for a project involving work at the protected site. In addition, eligible indirect costs (that would not be paid with requested grant funding) may be applied as match.

For funding availability and matching information please see:

For more information about using indirect costs as a match please see NFWF's Indirect Cost Policy for Applicants please see:

Federal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply twice annually for matching grants from the conservation priority programs.


Application FAQs:

Pre-proposal Summary:

Full Proposal Summary:

Applicant Information:

Budget Instructions:

A Mapping Tool Webinar explaining how to use the Mapping Tool in Easygrants is available at:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal: Please select this funding opportunity from the list of options.

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Crystal Boyd
Pollinator Programs Manager

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Include: your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

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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