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Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and
Educational Institutions to Protect Habitats in Multiple States

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

06/30/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Indian tribes, and educational institutions in multiple states to conserve habitats for pollinating wildlife. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal before applying. Priority is given to proposals that benefit the monarch butterfly.

Grant funding will be directed to projects that benefit the monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators within the monarch butterfly range in the United States. East of the Rocky Mountains, priority will be given to projects within the monarch butterfly’s eastern migratory flyway, including the 16 states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. West of the Rocky Mountains, priority will be given to projects on or adjacent to working lands, important monarch butterfly overwintering sites, and USFS lands in these 11 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. Please note that since the Pollinator Fund’s inception in 2015, no funds have been awarded to projects occurring entirely outside the priority states.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to advance pollinator conservation. The goal of the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund (Pollinator Fund) is to protect, conserve, and increase habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. The majority of funding will support projects that benefit the monarch butterfly, but projects that address demonstrated needs for other at-risk native insect pollinator species are also eligible. The most competitive projects will demonstrate clear benefits to both the monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators.

Grants will be awarded in two categories: 

  • Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands
  • Habitat Improvement

Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands

Funding in this category will support implementation of technical assistance to increase the number of private landowners engaged in monarch butterfly and pollinator conservation practices on working lands. 

Funding will primarily support the following two strategies:

  • Hiring additional staff or contractors, based on demonstrated need, including staff to assist landowners and NRCS with developing pollinator habitat management plans and implementation of new and existing NRCS financial assistance contracts.
  • Targeting outreach to landowners and other partners to prioritize, plan, and deliver financial assistance available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) EQIP and other Farm Bill programs to improve pollinator habitat and support at-risk species.

Habitat Improvement

Funding in this category will support on-the-ground work to increase the quality, quantity and connectivity of habitat for the monarch butterfly and other native insect pollinators. 

Applicants in this category should define a step-by-step restoration plan including site preparation, equipment used, planting techniques, size of the project area, description of target native plant community, and maintenance plan (e.g., prescribed burning, mowing, grazing schedules). If preparing a proposal that includes collecting or propagating native plants, applicants should describe the intended use of the seed or seedlings.

For more information on program priorities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169906

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Grants ranging from $100,000 to $300,000.
Habitat Improvement: Grants ranging from $75,000 to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Technical Assistance for Private Working Lands: Funding will be awarded for projects up to three years in length following finalization of the grant agreement.
Habitat Improvement: Funding will be awarded for projects up to two years in length following finalization of the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Eligible applicants include nonprofit 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:

Applicant Webinar: March 17, 3:00 PM, Eastern Time
Pre-Proposal Due Date: April 16, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: May 26
Full Proposal Due Date: June 30, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
Review Period: July to November
Awards Announced Early November

Matching funds of at least 1:1 in non-federal (U.S.) funds are required. Matching contributions must be spent or applied between the start and end dates indicated in the application.

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


1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
T 202-857-0166 | F 202-857-0162

Crystal Boyd
Pollinator Programs Manager

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