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Resilient Communities Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and Agencies
to Increase Resiliency to Natural Disasters

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Wells Fargo Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/28/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, tribes, and local and state government agencies for activities that strengthen community resilience to natural disasters. Funding is intended for projects that enhance local communities, provide conservation benefits to natural habitats, or build community capacity.

The purpose of funding is to help communities in the United States and territories, prepare, strengthen and bounce back more quickly after a disaster. Through preparedness and by taking advantage of natural and nature-based features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today. In addition, these projects enhance fish and wildlife resources and avoid or reduce risk to life, and costly and devastating impacts from events such as sea-level risk, floods, droughts, fires and more.

In 2020, Wells Fargo and NFWF will invest approximately $3 million total in these three categories:

  • Category 1: Adaptation through conservation projects: Grants in this category support highly impactful and visible conservation projects.
  • Category 2: Community capacity building and demonstration projects: Grants in this category help multiple communities understand, organize and take action to address risks and opportunities through preparedness and adaptation.
  • Category 3: Adaptation focused on affordable housing and small businesses: Grants in this category support projects that advance scalable, nature-based resilience solutions benefiting affordable housing and/or small businesses in communities vulnerable to impacts from natural disasters. 

Competitive proposals will address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Yield measurable and sustainable benefits for natural habitats while also providing measurable and enhanced community benefits to improve resilience,
  • Serve vulnerable low- and moderate-income communities that tend to be disproportionally impacted by stressors,
  • Bridge rural and urban community resilience needs with focus on the interconnectedness of natural systems and community well-being including equity, social inclusion and cohesion,
  • Support American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian communities in the US whose livelihoods and economies rely on their self-determined management of water, land and other natural resources,
  • Broadcast successes or lessons learned to advance resiliency work in other communities.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185247

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 9 to 12 grants annually

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant will range from $100,000 to $500,000 depending on category.

Category 1: Adaptation through conservation projects; Approximately $1.5 million is available. Grants in this category will range from $200,000 to $500,000.

Category 2: Community capacity building and demonstration projects; Approximately $750,000 is available. Grants in this category will range from $200,000 to $500,000.

Category 3: Affordable housing and small businesses adaptation; Approximately $750,000 is available. Grants in this category will range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should last up to 24 months from the start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities:

- Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, state government agencies and federally recognized tribes in the US.
- Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, educational institutions, 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.
- 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:


- Applicant W​ebinar: ​January 15, 2020
- ​Pre Proposal Due Date: ​February 18, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time
- ​Full Proposal (Invited) Due Date​: April 28, 2020, 11:59 pm, ET
- ​Review Period​: May 2020 – August 2020
​- Awards Announced: ​September 2020​

The ratio of matching contributions offered is considered during the review process, and projects are required to meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio to be competitive. Matching contributions must be non-federal in nature and may include in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, cash or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes. The cost of recent land acquisition or easement may also qualify as match for a project involving work at the acquired site.

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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.

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

Chloe Elberty Hundelt
Coordinator, Community Stewardship

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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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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