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Southeast Aquatics Fund 2021

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

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

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Deadline Date:

07/20/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and tribal governments and organizations 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).

The Southeast Aquatics Fund is a competitive grants program that supports watershed-based restoration that will improve the health of these 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 geographic focus by implementing one or more of the following strategies identified below. 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 

For more information on program priorities, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186255

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards typically range between $150,000 and $350,000.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated completion time for funded projects typically will be 24 – 36 months following finalization of a grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal Governments and Organizations, and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
• Equipment: Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff listed in this RFP to discuss options.
• Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.
• 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:

Applicant Webinar: Thursday, June 10, 2021, 3-4 pm ET


Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 11:59 pm ET
- Review Period: July- October 2021
- Awards Announced: November 2021

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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Contact Information:

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

Online application system:

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

Suzanne Sessine, Program Director, Southern Coastal Programs

Zack Bernstein, Program Coordinator, Southern Regional Office

Easygrants Helpdesk
Voicemail: 202-595-2497

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

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