The Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) is making small matching grants available for projects directly related to wildlife diversity and education. These funds are from the Conserve Wildlife License Plate renewal fund and approved projects will be funded on a single year basis. Grant funding shall be expended only on projects located in New Jersey.
Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program
The total amount allotted for this grant program in 2013 is $60,000, with $3,500 being the maximum amount available per proposal request ($1,000 is the minimum amount). The Conserve Wildlife matching grant is a 50:50 cost share grant - therefore, grant funds cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost.
At least 25 percent of the grantee's share of project funding must be in a dollar amount and the remainder may be in-kind support of the project.
Eligible applicants are those nonprofit organizations defined as a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4). See Successful Grant Recipients for a summary of several projects that were funded.
Application information follows below; Deadline for requests is April 11, 2013 by 4:00 p.m. Applicants must submit an electronic version by the due date to Kim.Korth@dep.state.nj.us. Notification of awards will be made by April 26, 2013.
Requests for funding should be concise and submitted electronically. Proposals must contain the following information (not to exceed two pages in length not including attachments):
1. Title of the project.
1. Budget - Include an itemized budget and a breakdown of costs for the entire project. If the amount requested from this proposal is less than the total project cost, the specific request should be noted and other funding sources named. MATCH must be identified in the budg-et. At least 25 percent of the grantee's share of project funding must be a cash amount and the remainder may be in-kind support of the project.
NOTE: Successful applicants are required to provide a resolution adopted by the governing body of the nonprofit organization authorizing the organization to enter into the grant agreement and certifying that the matching funds and in-kind support are available for the project. An example of a resolution is linked below. No funding can be provided until the application is completed by submission of the corporate resolution. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection and have 60 days from the date of this notification to submit a corporate resolution.
NOTE: An application may be submitted for funding consideration prior to completion of such a resolution; the application will be considered incomplete but will be considered for funding. No funding can be provided until the application is completed by submission of the corporate resolution. Successful applicants will be notified of selection and have 30 days from the date of this notification to complete their application by submitting a corporate resolution.
Eligible projects will benefit New Jersey's nongame wildlife through education, outreach, research, conservation, species protection or habitat management or a combination of these. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Education/outreach projects, such as classroom wildlife programs, interpretive signage or public outreach programs;
2013 PRIORTITY PROJECT AREAS
ENSP has selected the following project areas as priorities for this funding cycle. Projects that address one of these priorities are not guaranteed funding, however, the degree to which a proposed project addresses one of these priorities will be among the factors considered in the competitive ranking and selection process.
Projects addressing human-wildlife conflicts and habitat connectivity:NOTE: Researchers must be able to demonstrate a level of authority on the species group they are proposing to conduct work on or submit data for. In addition, the grantee will have to apply for a Scientific Collecting permit for any projects directly handling animals. The cost of the Permit can be included in the project budget. For projects developing or updating outreach materials, applicants must include examples of past publications.1. Development of public outreach materials, web resources, partnerships with stakeholders, and habitat replacement to address human-wildlife conflicts (e.g. bats, snakes, birds, roads, habitat connectivity and wind turbines).
RANKING OF GRANT APPLICATIONS
All proposals received will be reviewed by an ENSP technical review committee. Applicants can assess their projects using the ranking criteria used by the committee. Download the Ranking Criteria Form (pdf, 12kb) to perform a self-assessment.
The entire grant amount will be paid to the grantee in one sum following receipt and acceptance by ENSP of all agreed upon work product of a project, and upon compliance with all terms of the grant agreement.
For information contact:
ENSP will send a notice of receipt of the application to each applicant.