Resilient Communities 2017 Request for ProposalsFunding Sources: Private Foundation
Deadline: March 30, 2017
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Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. Through improvements to natural features and enhanced community capacity, the program will help communities prepare for future impacts associated with sea level rise, water quantity and quality and forest conservation. By taking advantage of natural features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today, enhance fish and wildlife resources, and help prepare for foreseeable resiliency challenges.
The program places special emphasis on inclusion and helping traditionally underserved, low- and moderate-income communities build capacity for resiliency planning and investments in “greener” infrastructure. Lower income communities are often most vulnerable, communities are stronger and bounce back more quickly after an impact/disaster when people work together and have the skills, knowledge and capacity to rebuild.
Wells Fargo and NFWF will invest in these two focus areas:
Category 1: Adaptation through Regional Conservation Projects
Category 2: Community Capacity Building and Demonstration Projects
|Eastern Region||Central Region||Western Region|
|Restore wetlands, coastal habitats and other ecosystems to help communities address floods, storm events and sea level-rise||Conserve critical land, create green infrastructure and protect water resources to address water quantity issues such as floods and droughts, and sustain water quality through enhanced natural filtering capacity||Forest conservation, fuels management, habitat restoration and conservation easements for healthy forest ecosystems|
• Dune Habitat Restoration
• Wetland Restoration
• Bird and Wildlife Habitat Restoration
• Living Shorelines
• Aquatic Migration Connection
• Cover Crops & Permaculture
• Nutrient Management
• Green Infrastructure and Urban Tree Canopy
• Invasive Species Management
• Stream Buffer Enhancements
• Forest Restoration
• Forest Management
• Habitat Restoration
• Conservation Easements
• Fuels Management
• Advance innovative and scalable resilience solutions benefiting multi-family affordable housing through green infrastructure such as tree canopies/pocket parks/community green spaces, and/or stormwater retention projects.
• Support organizations that build capacity to help cities plan for enhanced resilience through green infrastructure or other improvements. Successful projects will include programs such as community fellows or ambassadors, or support for collaborative projects or workshops that occur in multiple communities within a region. These projects may consist of:
Engaging community partnerships in enhanced preparedness and resilience in areas vulnerable to flooding, wildfires and other disasters through natural feature and green infrastructure improvements such as those described in the table above.
Improving community or neighborhood resilience through enhanced natural features and green infrastructure, particularly in vulnerable communities that tend to be disproportionally impacted by stressors
Encouraging small business preparedness and resilience, in order to restore jobs and economic activity in impacted communities
• Identify strategic importance of project from a resilience standpoint, including identification of the core issue(s) project addresses.
• Articulate key natural feature and / or green infrastructure enhancements central to achieving project outcomes.
• Provide measurable and meaningful social, economic and environmental outcomes.
• Demonstrate regional value or replicability and strong public/private partnerships.
• Articulate measures implemented or project aspects that enhance sustainability of project investments.
• Identify highly-visible project sites and activities to build community support for activities and outcomes.
• Indicate whether the proposed project involves the use of volunteers.
• Implement, or be complementary to, an established conservation and/or watershed management plan and demonstrate that the agency or organization that developed the plan is a partner in – or at least is supportive of – the project.
• Identify how your organization leverages diverse suppliers
• Disclose the members and diversity of your board of directors or equivalent.
• Leverage other public and private funding to increase the overall project outcomes.
• Be ready to begin implementation within six months of the grant award and achieve predefined outcomes within a 24 month grant period.
|Project Activity||Unit of Measurement||Description and Additional Guidance|
|Building Capacity|| –# Organizations engaged||Number of collaborations developed, partnerships organized and managed to promote leadership among women and diverse populations.
Enter number of nongovernmental organizations engaged, list those organizations and describe the outcome of the engagement.
|Outreach and Education|| –# of people reached||Enter the number of people reached by outreach or technical assistance activities, describe the type of outreach and demographics of target audiences|
|Incentives||–# of certified diverse suppliers||Enter the percentage of total project cost spent with certified diverse suppliers. Enter the number of certified diverse suppliers with which you spent project dollars.
Identify the % of total project cost by dividing the certified diverse grant amount by the total project cost.
Certified diverse supplier: A “diverse supplier” is a business that is at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a diverse person or group. Diverse suppliers must be certified by a third party certification organization. We recognize diverse supplier certifications from local, state and federal agencies as well as organizations like the NMSDC, WBENC, USPAACC, USBLN, NGLCC, United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
|Volunteer Participation||–# volunteers participating||Enter the number of volunteers participating in projects – Provide number of community members directly engaged in project. If volunteers include youth (up to age 18) or veterans, specify # youth or # veterans.|
|Building Capacity||–# of individuals increased knowledge and training|| Number of individuals that attain sufficient knowledge, skills, motivation, and/or access to resources to enable them to become resiliency leaders. Include the hours of training and participant demographics|
|Other||–# social impact||Quantify any other applicable social benefits|
|Jobs||–# jobs created||Enter the number of jobs created – Provide number of individuals hired by organization or contractor directly working on the project (non-volunteers)|
|Green Infrastructure||–$ cost avoided||Enter estimated cost avoidance from “greener” infrastructure projects – e.g. savings from lower cost of insurance, etc. anticipated annually|
|Building Institutional capacity||–# FTE with sufficient training||Provide # full-time employees provided with capacity-building or training through the project|
|Other|| –# economic impact||Quantify other economic benefits|
|Trees Planted||–# trees planted||Enter the number of trees planted that support “greener” infrastructure and habitat management|
|Removal of invasive plants||–#Acres restored||Provide number acres restored and type of invasives removed|
|Wetland restoration||–#Acres of wetland restored||Enter the number of acres of wetland restored|
|In-stream Habitat||–#Instream miles restored||Enter instream miles restored that restore habitat|
|Fuel Break Management||–#Acres of public land under improved management||Enter the number of fuel break acres under improved management. This may include new fuel break development or maintenance of existing fuel breaks.
Describe those improvements.
|Erosion control||–#Lbs of sediment prevented from entering the system annually||BMP implementation for nutrient or sediment reduction.
Enter the amount of sediment prevented from entering the system annually
|Reforestation and Restoration of Forest Vegetation||–Acres forest vegetation restored||Enter acres restored through practices such as revegetation, thinning, mortality removal, or prescribed burns|
|BMP implementation for stormwater runoff||–#Cubic meters of stormwater prevented||Provide volume of stormwater captured by new green infrastructure practices. This includes BMPs for stormwater management.|
|Other||–# environmental impact||Quantify other environmental benefits|
- Eligible and Ineligible Entities
Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, Indian tribes.
Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal and state government agencies, businesses, educational institutions, unincorporated individuals and international organizations.
- Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds
- Funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying or litigatio
- 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.
- Verifiable from the grantee’s records
- Not included as contributions for any other award
- Necessary and reasonable for accomplishment of project or program objectives
- Allowable costs based on the program and funding source guidelines
- Committed directly to the project and used within the period of performance
- Work collaboratively with NWFW and Wells Fargo on external communication activities – e.g. news releases, social media, etc.
- Attend an annual meeting with other Resilient Communities grantees to share successes and lessons learned. Wells Fargo with host the meeting. (need to decide if in person/by phone)
|Pre Proposal Due Date||March 30, 2017|
|Full Proposal (Invited) Due Date||May 31, 2017, 11:59 pm, Eastern Time Zone|
|Review Period||June 2017 – August 2017|
|Awards Announced||September 2017|
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