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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 with a total of $15,000 available. 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.

Watchable Wildlife Grant Informational Flyer

Grant applications are accepted between September 1st and December 1st electronically to Alie Mayes OR mailed to:

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Attention: Alie Mayes
2200 N. 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370

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 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.
  • Tower viewers/stationary binoculars 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 The narrative should contain 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 in one year should be included. If the project is unable to be complete in one year, please provide justification for time extension.
  • 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

  • The Nebraska Watchable Wildlife Committee will review grants.
  • Awarded projects will be announced the following January.

Ranking criteria

  • 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 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 reimbursementprogram 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 February 28.
  • Projects must be available for site visits from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff.
  • Projects must give credit to the Wildlife Conservation Fund, provide the website NebraskaWildlifeFund.org, and provide information for donating to the fund.

Resources

Past Awardees

Questions

Contact Alie Mayes at 402-471-5631