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Southeast Aquatics Fund 2020

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions in
Eligible Locations to Improve Water Quality and Restore Aquatic Habitats

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USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Southern Company

Deadline Date:

07/23/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and Indian tribes to improve water quality and restore aquatic habitats in targeted Southeastern watersheds and river basins. Proposals will be considered from the following geographies: the Alabama and Mobile-Tombigbee Basins, the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Basin in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, and the coastal HUC-6 watersheds within the Gulf Coast states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas).

For more information on each region, see

The Southeast Aquatics Fund is a competitive grants program that supports watershed-based restoration that will improve the health of aquatic systems and secure populations of native freshwater aquatic species by promoting a habitat-based approach a diversity of species benefit, from game species to at-risk species, helping reduce the risk of future listings under the ESA.

Competitive proposals will address the threats facing the species within the above-listed geographies by implementing one or more of the following strategies identified below. (Please note that proposals in the “Gulf Coastal Watershed Working Lands Conservation and Management” Geographic Focal Area may only apply for the first program priority.) Proposals should demonstrate how project activities will advance specific goals and objectives of the Longleaf Forests and Rivers Business Plan and other relevant conservation plans, including, but not limited to, State Wildlife and Forest Action Plans, regional watershed management plans, fish habitat partnerships, and federal species recovery plans. Lastly, NFWF is interested in bringing forward projects that have strong water quality, water quantity benefits, and/or carbon benefits.

Program Priorities:

  • Provide Technical Assistance and Outreach
  • Agricultural and Forestry Best Management Practices
  • Restore and Enhance Riparian and In-stream Habitat
  • Improve stream crossings
  • Assessment, Prioritization, and Planning 
  • Monitoring 

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186255

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards are expected to range from $150,000 to $350,000, depending on the overall scale and duration of the project. If outside of this range, please contact Suzanne Sessine.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated completion time for funded projects typically will be 24 – 36 months following finalization of a grant agreement. Projects may be a discrete part of a longer-term project, provided there are definable outcomes for the proposed phase of the overall effort

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities:
- Eligible applicants include non-profit 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-Application Information:

Timeline (Dates of activities are subject to change:
- Applicant Webinar Available online by June 26th, 2020
- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2020, 11:59 pm ET
- Review Period: August – October 2020
- Awards Announced: November 2020

Projects must have a minimum match of 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind. Larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive.

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

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For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:

Suzanne Sessine, Program Director, Southern Coastal Programs

Zack Bernstein, Program Coordinator, Southern Regional Office

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Voicemail: 202-595-2497

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Basin (Southeast Aquatics Fund Geographic Focal Areas 1 & 2):

Southeast Aquatics Fund Geographic Focal Area 3:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Georgia;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   Texas

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