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Contract to Evaluate the National Coastal Resilience Fund and the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Program

Contract for Services to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, For-Profit,
or IHE to Assess Environmental Protection Projects

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

09/26/21 8:00 PM EST - Receipt


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Contract for services to a USA nonprofit organization, local or state government, tribe, IHE, business, or other organization to assess resilience projects undertaken to protect the environment. The selected contractor will evaluate designated projects that were designed and conducted in order to reduce the adverse impacts of coastal storms, erosion, flooding, and other natural disasters or phenomena.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) seeks a qualified contractor to evaluate resilience investments made through two grantmaking programs: The National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) and the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Program (Sandy).


The National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) aims to restore, strengthen, and enable rapid recovery of natural systems so they may protect coastal communities from the impacts of coastal storms, sea and lake level changes, flooding, and coastal erosion. By restoring or otherwise enhancing natural systems, habitat improvements can simultaneously benefit fish and wildlife resources.

The NCRF invests in conservation projects throughout the United States that restore or expand natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dunes and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, forests, coastal rivers and floodplains, and barrier islands that minimize the impacts of storms and other naturally occurring events on nearby communities. NCRF has invested millions of dollars to strategically plan for, design, restore, and monitor coastal habitats that reduce threats to flooding from sea level rise, coastal erosion, increased frequency and intensity of storms, and impacts from other chronic and episodic events. Through the Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Grant Program, NFWF and the Department of the Interior (DOI) have also invested in resilience projects in the northeastern states most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. These funds supported projects designed to improve the resilience of ecosystems and communities to coastal storms and sea level rise.

The Scope of Work for this contract is for an evaluation of up to 125 projects funded under the National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF) and 39 projects funded under the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Program (Sandy), focusing on the evaluation questions specified. For evaluation questions, tasks, and deliverables, see the URL for Full Text below ("Scope of Work").

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198315

Number of Grants:

One award will be made for this contract.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance should not exceed 24 months.

Anticipated start date is December 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and local, state, and Indian tribal governments. Small and minority businesses, and women's business enterprises are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful offeror must have expertise in program evaluation, preferably in the field of natural infrastructure and resilience, as outlined below:
- The Lead Evaluator should have 10+ years of experience in evaluation study design and implementation, including experience using the research methods proposed for this evaluation.
- The proposed team’s prior work should include evaluations of grantmaking programs, preferably in the fields of natural infrastructure and coastal resilience.
- Experience working with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, conservation districts and nongovernmental organizations involved with coastal resilience efforts is strongly preferred.
- Expertise in presenting complex information clearly and concisely to a non-technical audience in writing and verbally must be demonstrated.
- Ability to adhere to contract timeline and budgets must be demonstrated.
- Experience conducting and disseminating research involving humans as subjects is required.
- Education and training at the Masters or PhD level required for the Lead Evaluator and members of the team who are leading evaluation tasks.

Pre-Application Information:

- September 6, 2021 8:00 PM EST: All questions must be sent to NFWF no later than this time and date . All questions and responses will be posted on the on the website.
- September 9, 2021: NFWF will post the questions submitted regarding the solicitation and responses on the NFWF website
- September 26, 2021, 8:00 PM EST: Deadline for receipt by NFWF of proposals.
- December 2021: Contract award to selected Offeror

Joint proposals from a prime and sub-contractors are welcome but please note that only one contract will be awarded for this project. If multiple institutions are involved, they should be handled through subcontracts.

For the NCRF program priority areas, see:

Contact Information:

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

Proposals must be sent electronically as an email attachment to Arielle Mion at Arielle.Mion@NFWF.ORG.

For questions, contact Arielle Mion at the above email.

1133 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
T 202-857-0166

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