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Watchable Wildlife Small Grants Request for Proposals

Watchable Wildlife Grants, funded through the Wildlife Conservation Fund, help to develop wildlife-viewing and nature-based experiences in Nebraska. The intent of these grants is to help people build appreciation and stewardship for natural resources through practical experience. A maximum of $3,000 is available per proposal. A 25 percent match is required, which may include an in-kind match. Potential projects include, but are not limited to, viewing site development, events, infrastructure, and equipment and plan development.

Eligible projects

  • Non-profit, governmental, and for-profit entities are all eligible to apply. If the application is for by a for-profit entity, the applicant must describe how it will not directly benefit the profit of the organization or company.
  • The project must have a majority focus on game species, as related to wildlife viewing.
  • The project must have a net positive impact on natural resources and wildlife.
  • The project must promote stewardship and appreciation of local natural resources.
  • A project that is already completed prior to completion of the grant process is not eligible.
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission projects are not eligible.
  • A project funded previously is not eligible.
  • Computers, software or items of a similar nature are not eligible.

Proposal format

  • Cover Letter: Include the organization name, address, contact person and their contact information, indicate if it is a 501 (C)(3) or other status, proposal name and include an authorizing signature.
  • Narrative: The proposal narrative is limited to two pages, 12-point font, and one-inch margins. Please start the narrative with a summary statement limited to 150 words.
  • Budget: The budget sheet is not part of the two-page narrative. It should clearly describe the match.  See the budget table for more information.
  • Maps, photos and attachments: Any additional information more clearly describing or illustrating the site may be included and does not count as part of the narrative.
  • Timeline: A timeline for completing the project by the deadline should be included.
  • Signage: Please attach any sign content verbiage and/or sign mock-ups for review.
  • Partners: Grant projects that include outside partnerships must have letters of support attached detailing the nature of the partnership.

Process

  • Submissions are due no later than September 20, 2019.
  • The Nebraska Watchable Wildlife Committee will review and rank grants.
  • Awarded projects will be announced mid-October 2019.
  • No extensions will be granted for these funds.
  • Projects must be completed, with final reports and invoicing submitted no later than May 31, 2020.

Ranking criteria

  • Does this project highlight or relate to Nebraska game species and/or their habitats?
  • Does this project educate people on how to interact at this location appropriately? (Example: Leave No Trace)
  • Does this project educate people about what they are experiencing with a take-home message?
  • Is this project sustainable?
  • How many people will this project impact annually? Who is the target audience of this project?
  • How will this project recruit individuals to participate? How will it retain high levels of participation? How will it develop the individuals in a manner that they will want to continue to participate in nature-based recreation?
  • How will this project recruit individuals to participate? How will it retain high levels of participation? How will it develop the individuals in a manner that they will want to continue to participate in nature-based recreation?
  • How will this project impact or integrate with the region or local communities?
  • Is this project capacity building?
  • Is this a new organization, new development or new component of an existing business?

Requirements

  • To receive a grant award, a contract between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the recipient will be established (allow three to four weeks).
  • Watchable Wildlife Grants are a reimbursement program and must be able to show established match in order to receive reimbursement.
  • Depending on the nature of the project, an interim report may be required describing project progress including photos if applicable.
  • A final report is due upon project completion, with a deadline of May 31, 2020.
  • Projects must be available for site visits from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff.
  • Projects must give credit to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission when appropriate.

Resources

Budget Sheet
Invoice Template
Final Report Template
Past Awardees

Questions

Contact Alie Mayes at 402-471-5631