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    Project Spotlight: Diverse Partnerships in Regional Collaborations, Monday August 7th at 3PM

    Please join us Monday, August 7th at 3PM for a NFWF Project Spotlight, "Diverse Partnerships in Regional Collaborations.”
     
    Join Kacey Wetzel of the Chesapeake Bay Trust ,and Doug Siglin and Malusi Kitchen of the Anacostia Waterfront Trust, as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging diverse organizations to create regional scale collaborations.
     
    The presentation will be held as a webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5429584515442568963
     
    Hope to see you there!
     
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.
     
     
    This year we held a series of five Spotlights focusing on the unique challenges of regional collaborations. These recordings of past Project Spotlights can be found on our website,
    NFWF.org/Chesapeake:
     
    Financing Strategies for Regional Initiatives
    Regional Scale Delivery Models for Agriculture
    Nonprofit Partners in Regional Collaborations
    Stormwater-Focused Collaborations Among Local Governments
     
     
     
     

     
     
    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has a long-standing partnership, through a cooperative agreement, with the National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) to provide direct financial support to accomplish both:
    –          The Small Watershed Grant (SWG) program that promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.
    –          The Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program that support efforts with the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.
     
     
     
    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1000
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org
     
     
     
     
    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1000
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org
     
     
     

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    2017 Technical Capacity Grants Program

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    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, is soliciting applications from approved NFWF Technical Assistance Providers (“eligible applicants”) for the provision of technical services to local governments, nonprofit organizations, and conservation districts (“eligible beneficiaries”) for projects that enhance local capacity to more efficiently and effectively restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Grants made through this program will not exceed $50,000 and must be completed within 12 months following finalization of the grant agreement.  The deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

    To learn more, please visit http://www.nfwf.org/chesapeake/Pages/tcgp2017rfp.aspx

    A webinar will be held to provide an overview of the program and answer questions on Tuesday, August 8, 10:00am : https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3726576243547618306. The webinar will be recorded and will be available on our website at NFWF.org/Chesapeake.

    Anticipated Schedule:

    Easygrants Open for Proposal Submission

    ​Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    ​Applicant/Beneficiary Webinar (register)

    ​Tuesday, August 8, 10:00am

    ​Proposal Due Date

    ​Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    ​Review Period

    ​Late September 2017

    ​Awards Announced (anticipated)

    ​Late October 2017

    For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact Jake Reilly (jake.reilly@nfwf.org), Elizabeth Nellums (elizabeth.nellums@nfwf.org), or Alyssa Hildt (alyssa.hildt@nfwf.org) via e-mail or by phone at (202) 857-0166.

    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has a long-standing partnership, through a cooperative agreement, with the National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) to provide direct financial support to accomplish both:

    –          The Small Watershed Grant (SWG) program that promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay, including the Technical Capacity Program.

    –          The Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program that support efforts with the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1000
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    Project Spotlight: Stormwater-Focused Collaborations Among Local Governments, Friday July 28th at noon

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    Please join us Friday, July 28th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Stormwater-Focused Collaborations Among Local Governments.”

    Join Lindsay Gerner of the York County Planning Commission, Kevin Utt from the City of Fredericksburg, and Dave Nunnally from Caroline County as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of collaborations between local governments to address stormwater.

    The presentation will be held as a webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5894785685821845761

    Hope to see you there!

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.  

    This year we are organizing a series of five Spotlights focusing on the unique challenges of regional collaborations:  

    Diverse Partnerships in Regional Collaborations (upcoming)

    Past Project Spotlights:

    Financing Strategies for Regional Initiatives

    Regional Scale Delivery Models for Agriculture

    Nonprofit Partners in Regional Collaborations

    Recordings of these and other Project Spotlights can be found on our website,

    NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

     

    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has a long-standing partnership, through a cooperative agreement, with the National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) to provide direct financial support to accomplish both:

    –          The Small Watershed Grant (SWG) program that promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.

    –          The Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program that support efforts with the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1000
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    NFWF Project Spotlight: Nonprofit Partnerships in Regional Collaborations – Monday, July 10th

    Please join us Monday, July 10th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Nonprofit Partners in Regional Collaborations”

    Join Bryan Hofmann of the Friends of the Rappahannock and Joanna Ogburn of the Chesapeake Conservancy, as they discuss the potential role of nonprofits in creating and sustaining regional-scale programs, and the challenges and opportunities of these collaborations.

    The presentation will be held as a webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3786005946230473986

    Hope to see you there!

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.  

    This year we are organizing a series of five Spotlights focusing on the unique challenges of regional collaborations:

    July 18th – Stormwater-Focused Collaborations Among Local Government

    July 25th – Diverse Partnerships in Regional Collaborations

    (dates are subject to change) 

    Past Project Spotlights:

    Financing Strategies for Regional Initiatives

    Regional Scale Delivery Models for Agriculture 

    Recordings of these and other Project Spotlights can be found on our website,

    NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

     

    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has a long-standing partnership, through a cooperative agreement, with the National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) to provide direct financial support to accomplish both:

    –          The Small Watershed Grant (SWG) program that promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.

    –          The Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program that support efforts with the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1000
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    NFWF Project Spotlight: Regional Scale Delivery Models for Agriculture – Weds June 28th

    Please join us next Wednesday, June 28th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Regional Scale Delivery Models for Agriculture”

    Join The Nature Conservancy’s Amy Jacobs and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition’s Wendy Walsh and Mike Lovegreen, as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating and sustaining regional-scale programs in the agricultural sector to deliver water quality improvements.

    The presentation will be held as a webinar : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2997559351893014017

    Hope to see you there!

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions. This year we are organizing a series of four Spotlights focusing on the unique challenges of regional collaborations:

    Wednesday June 28th – Regional Scale Delivery Models for Agriculture

    July 10th – Diverse Partnerships in Regional Collaborations

    July 18th – Stormwater-Focused Collaborations Among Local Government

    (dates are subject to change)

    Past Project Spotlights:

    Financing Strategies for Regional Initiatives

    Recordings of these and other Project Spotlights can be found on our website, NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has a long-standing partnership, through a cooperative agreement, with the National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) to provide direct financial support to accomplish both:

    –          The Small Watershed Grant (SWG) program that promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.

    –          The Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program that support efforts with the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1000
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    NFWF Project Spotlight: Financing strategies for regional initiatives – June 19th, 2017

    Please join us next Monday, June 19th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Financing Strategies for Regional Initiatives”

    Join Jennifer Cotting  and Naomi Young of the Environmental Finance Center, and Bryan Seipp of the Center for Watershed Protection, for a facilitated discussion on the challenges and opportunities of funding regional initiatives.

    The presentation will be held as a webinar : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4938112712325105153

     Hope to see you there!

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions. This year we are organizing a series of four Spotlights focusing on the unique challenges of regional collaborations:  

    Wednesday June 28th – Regional Scale Delivery Models for Agriculture

    July 10th – Diverse Partnerships in Regional Collaborations

    July 18th – Stormwater-Focused Collaborations Among Local Government

    (dates are subject to change) 

    Recordings of these and other Project Spotlights will be found on our website, NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

     

    The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has a long-standing partnership, through a cooperative agreement, with the National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) to provide direct financial support to accomplish both:

    –          The Small Watershed Grant (SWG) program that promotes community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.

    –          The Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program that support efforts with the Chesapeake Bay watershed to accelerate nutrient and sediment reductions with innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches.

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1000
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    New RFP: Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program

    Hi folks,
     
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has just issued a Request for Proposals for our newest grants program, the Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program. This initiative is dedicated to restoring and sustaining healthy forests, rivers and streams that provide habitat for diverse native bird and freshwater fish populations in the Appalachian regions of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. Key partners in the effort are the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Forest Foundation.
     
    We will be hosting two grant workshops (6/20 and 6/26), and an online webinar (6/27) for potential applicants. To view the RFP and register for one of the workshops, visit http://www.nfwf.org/centralapps
     
    Proposals are due Thursday, July 27th, 2017
     
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth
     
    Elizabeth Nellums
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org
     
     

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    Schedule Update: NFWF 2017 Technical Capacity Grants Program

    Hi Folks,

    For the past several years, NFWF has administered the Technical Capacity Grants Program to provide technical services for local governments, nonprofit organizations, and conservation districts related to projects that enhance local capacity to more efficiently and effectively restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

    Due to several factors, NFWF will be delaying a Request for Proposals for this year’s 2017 Technical Capacity Grants Program until summer 2017. Updates will be posted on NFWF’s Chesapeake Bay programs website, http://www.nfwf.org/chesapeake.

    Thanks,

    Elizabeth Nellums

    Manager, Chesapeake Programs

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1000

    Washington, D.C. 20005

    (202) 595-2442

    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    *Location Changed* NFWF Project Spotlight: Soil Amendment for Water Quality – Monday, December 19th at noon

    Hi everybody, please note that for those of us joining in-person, this Project Spotlight we will be changing the location from the Bay Program offices to conference room at nearby 501 Sixth Street (thank you to our hosts, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay!). If you have forwarded this invitation to anyone else, please forward this update as well. This does not change the log-in registration for those who were planning to join us online.
     
    Thank you,
    Elizabeth
     
    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1100
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org
     
    From: Elizabeth Nellums Sent: Monday, December 12, 2016 4:30 PM To: announcements@chesapeakenetwork.org Cc: Jake Reilly <Jake.Reilly@NFWF.ORG>; Winters, Julie (Winters.Julie@epa.gov) <Winters.Julie@epa.gov>; Alyssa Hildt <Alyssa.Hildt@NFWF.ORG>; imhoff@udel.edu; ‘Stuart Schwartz’ <ss@umbc.edu> Subject: NFWF Project Spotlight: Soil Amendment for Water Quality – Monday, December 19th at noon
     
    Please join us next Monday, December 19th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, "Soil Amendment for Water Quality”
     
    Join Dr. Paul Imhoff of the University of Delaware Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Dr. Stuart Schwartz, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, as we discuss two projects that focus on soil amendment for water quality.
     
    The presentation will be held in-person as a brown bag at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (410 Severn Ave – Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2062479683823118083
     
    Hope to see you there!
     
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.
     
    Past Project Spotlights:
    Past Project Spotlights can be found on our website, NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”
    May – HOAs and Suburban Engagement
    June – Engaging Youth in Green Jobs
    July – Whole Neighborhood Engagement
    August – Engaging Communities through Flood Mitigation
     
     
    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1100
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org
     

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    NFWF Project Spotlight: Soil Amendment for Water Quality – Monday, December 19th at noon

    Please join us next Monday, December 19th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Soil Amendment for Water Quality”

    Join Dr. Paul Imhoff of the University of Delaware Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Dr. Stuart Schwartz, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, as we discuss two projects that focus on soil amendment for water quality.

    The presentation will be held in-person as a brown bag at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (410 Severn Ave – Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2062479683823118083

    Hope to see you there!
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.

    Past Project Spotlights:

    Past Project Spotlights can be found on our website, NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

    May – HOAs and Suburban Engagement
    June – Engaging Youth in Green Jobs
    July – Whole Neighborhood Engagement
    August – Engaging Communities through Flood Mitigation

     

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    NFWF Project Spotlight: Engaging Churches in Stormwater Management – Tuesday, October 11th at noon

    Please join us next Tuesday, October 11th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, ” Engaging Churches in Stormwater Management”

    Join Erin Bennett of Bluewater Baltimore, and Jodi Rose of Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, as we discuss community engagement through stormwater management on church properties.

    The presentation will be held in-person as a brown bag at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (410 Severn Ave – Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6096617531422501635

    Hope to see you there!
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.

    This year, the theme is “Broadening the Coalition,” engaging a new and wider audience to Bay restoration.

    Past Project Spotlights:

    Past Project Spotlights can be found on our website, NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

    May – HOAs and Suburban Engagement

    June – Engaging Youth in Green Jobs

    July – Whole Neighborhood Engagement

    August – Engaging Communities through Flood Mitigation

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1100
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    NFWF Project Spotlight: Engaging Communities through Flood Mitigation – Monday, August 29th at noon

    Please join us next Monday, August 29th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Engaging Communities through Flood Mitigation”

    Join Kelly Gutshall of Landstudies, working with Hemlock Township, PA, and Kip Mumaw of Ecosystem Services working with the Town of Kilmarnock, VA to discuss stormwater management in communities that are experiencing flooding.

    The presentation will be held in-person as a brown bag at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (410 Severn Ave – Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1119696839041571331.

    Hope to see you there!
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.

    This year, the theme is “Broadening the Coalition,” engaging a new and wider audience to Bay restoration.

    Past Project Spotlights:

    Past Project Spotlights can be found on our website, NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

    May – HOAs and Suburban Engagement

    June – Engaging Youth in Green Jobs

    July – Whole Neighborhood Engagement

    Join us for future Project Spotlights:

    September – Engaging Churches in Stormwater Management

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1100
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    Project Spotlight: Whole Neighborhood Engagement – Tuesday, July 26th at noon

    Please join us next Tuesday, July 26th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Whole Neighborhood Engagement”

    Join Josh Burch of the DC Department of Energy and Environment, and Kim Martinez and Rebecca Neumann of the National Wildlife Federation as we discuss conservation that reaches deeply into a specific community.

    The presentation will be held in-person as a brown bag at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (410 Severn Ave – Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1911909259754086915.

    Hope to see you there!
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.

    This year, the theme is “Broadening the Coalition,” engaging a new and wider audience to Bay restoration.

    Join us for future Project Spotlights:

    August – Restoration Projects that Address Flooding

    September – Engaging Churches in Stormwater Management

    Past Project Spotlights can be found on our website, NFWF.org/Chesapeake, under “Our Grantees in the News”

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    RFQ for Field Liaisons

    Requesting Organization: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 1133 15th Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005.  Contact: Elizabeth Nellums, Manager of Chesapeake Programs, 202-595-2442 / Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org
    1. OVERVIEW
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) seeks qualified contractors to submit proposals to provide field support for the Northeastern Region and the programs within this region. The contractor will provide support for one-year (with the option to renew for up to four additional years) report to Amanda Bassow, Director of the Northeastern Regional Office, or to one of her direct reports.
    2. PROGRAM BACKGROUND
    NFWF manages a variety of grant programs throughout the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States.  Annual programs under NFWF’s Northeastern Region include the New England Forests and Rivers Fund; Long Island Sound Futures Fund; Delaware River Restoration Fund; Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund; and a developing program for the Allegheny and Appalachian Plateau. Over time, the funding levels, projects, scope, reach and audience of these programs have grown significantly.  The need for effective field support has grown as well, to assist potential grantees in developing proposals that are aligned with NFWF’s priorities, to troubleshoot grant implementation, and to help form networks among grantees to facilitate shared learning.
    3. contract scope
    The purpose of the contemplated contract is to

    Conduct outreach and offer assistance to potential grantees in targeted geographies to understand NFWF funding priorities, develop restoration project concepts, identify potential partnerships, and identify funding opportunities.
    Conduct post-award site visits to trouble-shoot potential challenges with project implementation; conduct pre-project monitoring assessments; and collect photo documentation.
    Conduct site visits upon grant completion to perform post-project monitoring assessments; obtain lessons-learned or NFWF program feedback; collect photo documentation; provide guidance regarding projects’ long-term maintenance and stewardship plans; and, to scope potential next phases of projects with grantees.
    Facilitate peer-to-peer learning among grantees through field tours, site visits, workshops and other venues.
    Facilitate collaborative initiatives around NFWF priorities in the designated regions.

    4. ANTICIPATED DELIVERABLES
    The contract deliverables will include:

    Semiannual written and ongoing verbal progress reports
    Final report summarizing lessons learned at contract completion
    Comprehensive written reviews of grant proposals

    These deliverables may be expanded or refined during the contract negotiation.
    5. SUMBISSION REQUIREMENTS
    Proposals must be submitted under the same cover at the same time, in three distinct and separate documents:  1) Technical Proposal, 2) Cost Proposal, and 3) Evidence of Financial Stability.  Interested parties should submit proposals electronically to NFWF (Candace Leong, Candace.Leong@nfwf.org) as Word documents or PDF attachments following the requirements below:
    6. CRITERIA FOR COMPETITIVE APPLICATIONS
    Statements of Qualifications will be evaluated on the following criteria.  Statements should be single-spaced in Word format or a searchable PDF, with a minimum 11 point font, and not to exceed the indicated page or word limits. Offerors should organize their Statement based on these sections:

    Understanding of the Scope of Work.  A statement of no more than one page demonstrating an understanding of the challenges faced by the program(s) with which the offeror purports to work, including a comprehension of the geography, communities, partners and their dynamics.
    Technical Approach.  A description of no more than one page of a proposed technical approach for facilitating the success of grant investments and overall program strategy and improvement.
    Qualifications of Proposed Personnel.  Resumes and/or Vitae of the principal investigator(s), including any subcontractors, describing relevant professional experience in the following areas:  (a) experience working with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, national and local NGOs involved with conservation; (b) any experience with Foundations and grants management; (c) on-farm agricultural experience (d) experience with stream or other restoration projects. There is no page limit associated with this element of the Statement of Qualifications.
    Record of Past Performance/References.  The Statement of Qualifications should identify at least three past engagements conducting similar work for NFWF or other organizations, identifying the offeror’s quality of work, timeliness, and cost control. The statement should also include communication experience writing reports, conducting webinars and delivering presentations to different types of audiences. The cumulative statement of past performances should not exceed 1 page. The Statement should include names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of points of contact for the referenced engagements.  If the offeror anticipates retaining subcontractors for this task, information should be provided that demonstrates their past performance as well.
    Corporate Capability. The offeror shall provide proof of financial stability in the form of an income statement and balance sheet.
    Cost Proposal. The Cost Proposal includes the proposal budget and budget justification. The cost proposal must be submitted using the attached budget template. The cost proposal budget should be cost effective and should maximize the value for monies requested in the Offeror’s budget. Please break various tasks into separate line items. Profit/profit margin must be separately itemized in the budget.

    6. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS/CONFLICT OF INTEREST
    Eligible offerors are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and local, state, and Indian tribal governments.  More than one award may be made for this project.  If multiple institutions are involved in a single application, they should be handled through sub-contracts.

    By submitting a Statement of Qualifications in response to this solicitation, the offeror warrants and represents that it does not currently have any apparent or actual conflict of interest, as described herein.  In the event an offeror currently has, will have during the life of the contemplated contract, or becomes aware of an apparent or actual conflict of interest, in the event an award is made, the offeror must notify NFWF in writing in the Statement of Qualifications, or in subsequent correspondence (if the issue becomes known after the submission of the Statement of Qualifications) of such apparent or actual conflicts of interest, including organizational conflicts of interest.  Conflicts of interest include any relationship or matter which might place the contractor, the contractor’s employees, or the contractor’s subcontractors in a position of conflict, real or apparent, between their responsibilities under the award and any other outside interests, or otherwise.  Conflicts of interest may also include, but are not limited to, direct or indirect financial interests, close personal relationships, positions of trust in outside organizations, consideration of future employment arrangements with a different organization, or decision-making affecting the award that would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts to question the impartiality of the offeror, the offeror’s employees, or the offeror’s future subcontractors in the matter.  Upon receipt of such a notice, the NFWF Contracting Officer will determine if a conflict of interest exists and, if so, if there are any possible actions to be taken by the offeror to reduce or resolve the conflict.  Failure to resolve conflicts of interest in a manner that satisfies NFWF may result in the proposal not being selected for award.

    By submitting a Statement of Qualifications in response to this solicitation, the offeror warrants and represents that it is eligible for award of a contract resulting from this solicitation and that it is not subject to any of the below circumstances:
    Has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, where the awarding agency is aware of the unpaid tax liability, unless the agency has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and made a determination that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government; or

    Was convicted (or had an officer or agent of such corporation acting on behalf of the corporation convicted) of a felony criminal violation under any Federal or State law within the preceding 24 months, where the awarding agency is aware of the conviction, unless the agency has considered suspension or debarment of the corporation and made a determination that this further action is not necessary to protect the interests of the Government; or

    Is listed on the General Services Administration’s, government-wide System for Award Management Exclusions (SAM Exclusions), in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 C.F.R Part 180 that implement E.O.s 12549 (3 C.F.R., 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 C.F.R., 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension, ” or intends to enter into any subaward, contract or other contract using funds provided by NFWF with any party listed on the SAM Exclusions in accordance with Executive Orders 12549 and 12689. The SAM Exclusions can be found at https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/.
    7. Statement of Qualifications SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND RFQ/RFP DEADLINES
    (subject to change)

    6/17/2016
    Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released. Q&A period begins. All questions of general interest will be answered publically and must be received by June 30th.

    6/30/2016
    Deadline for Questions. FAQ will be posted to this site within 24 hours.

    7/14/2016
    Statements of Qualifications must be received electronically as an email attachment by Elizabeth Nellums (elizabeth.nellums@nfwf.org) by 11:00 PM EDT.

    Statements must be provided in Word format or searchable PDF with a font size no smaller than 11 pt.

    7/18/2016
    NFWF will notify all RFQ offerors of their status and successful offerors will be either invited to interview or to complete a scope of work and budget.

    8/15/2016
    Contractors’ anticipated start date.

  • New Event
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    Project Spotlight: Engaging Youth in Green Jobs – Wednesday, June 22nd at noon

    Please join us next Wednesday, June 22nd at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “Engaging Youth in Green Jobs”

    Listen as Lou Etgen, MD/DC Director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and Emily Franc of Anacostia Riverkeepers, discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging youth in conservation work through employment.

    The presentation will be held in-person at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3388244412361592579

    Hope to see you there!
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.

    This year, the theme is “Broadening the Coalition,” engaging a new and wider audience to Bay restoration.

    Join us for future Project Spotlights:

    July – Whole Neighborhood Engagement

    August – Restoration Projects that Address Flooding

    September – Engaging Churches in Stormwater Management

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    Project Spotlight: HOAs and Suburban Engagement – Thursday, May 19th at noon

    Please join us next Thursday, May 19th at noon for a NFWF Project Spotlight, “HOAs and Suburban Engagement.”

    Listen as Aileen Winquist, Watershed Outreach Program Manager at Arlington County Environmental Services, and  Gem Bingol, who manages Loudoun and Clarke County land use for The Piedmont Environmental Council, discuss the challenges of outreach and engagement in the suburban environment.

    Register online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4223085998367291140

    Hope to see you there!

     
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF grant. Grantees with expertise in a common topic join together to reflect on their experiences and answer audience questions.

    This year, the theme is “Broadening the Coalition,” engaging a new and wider audience to Bay restoration.

    Join us for future Project Spotlights:

    June – Engaging Youth in Green Jobs

    July – Whole Neighborhood Engagement

    August – Restoration Projects that Address Flooding

    September – Engaging Churches in Stormwater Management

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1100
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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    2016 Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund – deadline reminder

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    Hi folks,

    Just a reminder that the due date for the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund’s 2016 RFP is Tuesday, May 10th 2016 by 11:59 PM EDT (and note, nobody will be in the office after regular business hours!).

    A Request for Proposals detailing NFWF’s funding priorities and other key considerations is attached. All proposals must be submitted through NFWF’s online application at http://www.nfwf.org/easygrants.

    If you have questions, you can reach out to me by phone or email.

    Thank you,

    Elizabeth

    The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund will award approximately $10 million – $12 million in grants in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program. Major funding for the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund comes from the EPA. Other important contributions are provided by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Altria Group and CSX.

    Elizabeth Nellums
    Manager, Chesapeake Programs
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1100
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 595-2442
    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

    2016-CBSF-RFP_FINAL.pdf

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    Project Spotlight: “Homeowner Outreach and Engagement,” Monday, December 14th at 12:00 PM

    Please join us on Monday, December 14th at noon for NFWF’s sixth Project Spotlight, “Homeowner Outreach and Engagement.”

    Join Sara Felker of the Elizabeth River Project and Erin Bennett of Blue Water Baltimore as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of doing work on private residential property.

    The presentation will be held as a webinar only (past and future presentations also have an in-person option, but this event will be virtual). Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4467651465774929153

    Hope to see you there!

    Elizabeth

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF funded project. Grantees will reflect on their experiences and lessons learned, participate in discussion, and answer audience questions.

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    Reminder: Tomorrow, Project Spotlight: “Manure to Energy,” at 12:00 PM

    Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday the 27th) at noon for NFWF’s fifth Project Spotlight, “Manure to Energy.”

    Join Kristen Hughes Evans of Sustainable Chesapeake as she discusses the challenges and opportunities of working with on-farm thermochemical technologies in hotspots across the Bay watershed.

    The presentation will be held in-person at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9066723885721968898

    Hope to see you there!

    Elizabeth

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF funded project. Grantees will reflect on their experiences and lessons learned, participate in discussion, and answer audience questions.

  • New Event
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    New Event

    Project Spotlight: “Manure to Energy,” Tuesday, October 27th at 12:00 PM

    Please join us at noon next Tuesday, October 27th at noon for NFWF’s fifth Project Spotlight, “Manure to Energy.”

    Join Kristen Hughes Evans of Sustainable Chesapeake as she discusses the challenges and opportunities of working with on-farm thermochemical technologies in hotspots across the Bay watershed.

    The presentation will be held in-person at the Chesapeake Bay Program offices in Annapolis (Conference room 303), or you can register to join us online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9066723885721968898

    Hope to see you there!

    Elizabeth

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Project Spotlight series is an effort to share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities in implementation through discussions with grantees who have recently completed, or are close to completing, a NFWF funded project. Grantees will reflect on their experiences and lessons learned, participate in discussion, and answer audience questions.

    Elizabeth Nellums

    Manager, Chesapeake Programs

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    1133 15th Street, NW – Suite 1100

    Washington, D.C. 20005

    (202) 595-2442

    Elizabeth.Nellums@nfwf.org

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