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Cooperative Agreements to USA Agencies, Tribes, Nonprofits,
and Educational Institutions for Wildlife Conservation

America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC)

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

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Deadline Date:

07/21/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories government agencies, Tribes, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to conserve wildlife and expand access to outdoor areas. Funding is intended for conversation and restoration projects throughout the country.

The ATBC vision is to streamline grant funding opportunities for new voluntary conservation and restoration projects around the United States. This Request for Proposals is a first step toward consolidating funding from multiple federal agencies and the private sector to enable applicants to conceive and develop large-scale, locally led projects that address shared funder priorities spanning public and private lands.

In the first year, ATBC will seek to fund projects across the following themes:

  1. Conserving and restoring rivers, coasts, wetlands and watersheds 
  2. Conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and other important ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks 
  3. Connecting and reconnecting wildlife corridors, large landscapes, watersheds and seascapes 
  4. Improving ecosystem and community resilience to flooding, drought and other climate-related threats
  5. Expanding access to the outdoors, particularly in underserved communities

Collectively, these themes allow applicants to develop landscape-level ATBC proposals that address conservation and public access needs that showcase cumulative benefits to fish and wildlife, carbon sequestration and storage benefits, engage with and benefit underserved communities, support community access to nature, and help safeguard ecosystems through conservation, resilience-focused and nature-based solutions.

Categories of grants:

  1. States, Territories, and Tribal Implementation Grants
  2. Planning, Collaboration and Engagement for States, Territories and Tribes
  3. Grants to Buffer and Benefit Public Lands
  4. Private Forests, Rangeland and Farmland Grants

More information about grant categories can be found at

Program Priorities can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203284

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- States, Territories, and Tribal Implementation Grants: Grants ranging from $1 million to $5 million.
- Planning, Collaboration and Engagement for States, Territories and Tribes: Grants of $200,000 to $1,000,000.
- Grants to Buffer and Benefit Public Lands: Grants ranging from $250,000 to $1.5 million.
- Private Forests, Rangeland and Farmland Grants: Grants ranging from $200,000 to $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: Anticipated completion time for funded projects typically will be 12-18 months for community engagement and design projects and 24–48 months for implementation projects following finalization of a grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ATBC is a nationwide program. Projects throughout the U.S., U.S. territories and Tribal Nations are eligible for funding. Projects can be on public lands, Tribal lands, and private lands, and ideally span multiple landownership boundaries. Locations will be prioritized where projects are guided by existing conservation plans as well as the program priorities listed below.

Based on legislative funding authorities, the DOI funding in this round can only support states, territories, Tribal governments, and Tribal-affiliated organizations.

Eligible and Ineligible Entities
- State government agencies, territories of the United States, and Indian Tribes are eligible to apply for all four grant categories.
- Non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, and educational institutions are eligible to apply for grants in categories (3) Grants to Buffer and Benefit Public Lands, and (4) Private Forests and Farmland.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds
- 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.
- Program funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- Federal 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, May 19, 2022
- 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time

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Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar: Thursday, May 19, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time
- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Review Period: July–November 2022
- Awards Announced: November 2022

Matching Funds: Non-federal match helps demonstrate broad support for the project and may be required by the federal funding requirements. Match varies based on grant type and applicant, see

Applicants who are unable to meet these minimum requirements are still encouraged to apply and to proactively contact NFWF staff before submission. Where possible, NFWF will work with potential applicants to help meet these minimum requirements.

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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:
Rachel M. Dawson (she/her)
Program Director | National Programs
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
202-595-2643 direct

Syd Godbey (she/her)
Program Manager | National Programs
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
202-595-2612 direct

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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

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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

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