Proposals for habitat restoration RFP due April 13

This morning Matt Doss of the Great Lakes Commission shared the announcement below.  Looks like promising source of funding for critical Great Lakes island habitat restoration projects.  Funders are especially interesting in multi-species and ecosystem-based projects, and note the  deadline of April 13th.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Partnership has released a request for proposals (RFP) for community-based habitat restoration.  The RFP will close on April 13th, 2012.  The Partnership typically funds projects between $25,000 and $85,000 in federal funding and requires a minimum of 1:1 non-federal match.  The statement below reflects the focus of the funding as stated in the RFP.

Focus areas: NOAA and TNC are looking to support community-based restoration of a diversity of habitat types and no habitats are excluded.  We will consider any innovative restoration project nationwide that supports NOAA trust resources, and particularly those projects that have a multi-species benefit or emphasize Ecosystem-Based Management.  A focal area of particular interest, though not exclusive or limiting, is native shellfish (bivalve) restoration projects.  Projects throughout all USA states and territories are eligible to compete for these grants.  Preference will be given to projects at priority sites identified through Marine Ecoregional Assessments and other TNC priority setting approaches at the state and territory level (contact TNC state or territory staff listed in Appendix II or NOAA/TNC Partnership Coordinator, Boze Hancock,

The RFP is available at:

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program applications due Nov 1st

Received this grant announcement today that could address habitat restoration, education, and coastal resource planning for islands in Wisconsin waters:

The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) is seeking proposals to enhance, preserve, protect and restore resources within the state’s coastal zone – all counties adjacent to Lakes Superior and Michigan, with their nearly 1000 miles of shoreline. We anticipate awarding approximately $1.5 million in grant.

WCMP Grants are available for coastal wetland protection and habitat restoration, nonpoint source pollution control, coastal resource and community planning, Great Lakes education, public access and historic preservation.   Applications are due November 1, 2010.

Applicants are encouraged to contact WCMP staff early to discuss ideas for project proposals and application requirements.  When developing proposals, please pay close attention to the following items:
*       Application materials and the Request for Proposals are available on the WCMP website (
*       There is a cost-share requirement for all projects.  Matching funds must be from non-federal sources, and may be in the form of in-kind contributions.
*       For habitat restoration and construction projects, be sure to include copies of all required permits or permit applications and title documentation with the application materials.  For all projects, be sure to include copies of required documentation and letters of support.