WNTI 2019 Small Grants Program Request for Proposals (RFP)
The purpose of the Western Native Trout Initiative’s Small Grants Program is to provide a source of funding to organizations that desire to become involved in the conservation (protection, restoration and recovery) of western native trout at the local level. The small project funding program specifically supports collaborative approaches and partnerships involved in local efforts or community-based programs that provide for outreach or educational activities, volunteer engagement opportunities, or project design/monitoring activities that contribute to the Initiative’s efforts to conserve western native trout.
In 2018, the Western Native Trout Initiative’s Steering Committee reviewed of our Small Grants program goals and project selection guidelines, criteria, and process. In 2019 and going forward, the focus of WNTI’s Small Grants Program will be on projects with a strong element or focus on community outreach, education and/or volunteer engagement; or design/planning/monitoring work. Outreach is our top priority for this program and outreach projects will be ranked the highest, all other things being equal. WNTI’s Small Grants program funding is not intended to pay for a small portion of a large habitat restoration or construction project. Habitat project activities that are requesting support from this program should primarily involve outreach, education, or volunteer engagement, a community outreach event or work day, or project design/planning/monitoring tasks. READ the full RFP.
Small grant funds this year are a combination of privately donated funds and federal funds. Approximately $21,000 in funding is available for projects in the 12 western states that are WNTI’s focus. Individual projects can be funded at a maximum of $5,000.
WNTI gratefully thanks our partners at RepYourWater, Basin+Bend, California Fly Fishers Unlimited, Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers, and all of our individual donors for contributing funds in support of the Small Grants Program this year.
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Mountain time on June 18, 2019. Late applications are not accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Therese Thompson, Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizations that have received WNTI funding in the past must have current progress and/or final reports on file with WNTI in order to be eligible for funding during this cycle.
WNTI 2019 Small Grants Project Selection Guidelines, Criteria and Process
The WNTI Steering Committee will review and evaluate proposals based on the attached criteria and considerations. Project proponents must address these requirements, guidelines, and criteria in their project applications in order to be competitive in their application. READ MORE
WNTI 2019 Small Grants Project Application Instructions
While all information we require for the application is similar to previous years, WNTI has moved to an online application process this year. All documentation with specific guidance to help you complete the application is available HERE. A Word version of this document is available HERE. The budget template can be downloaded HERE.
If you are unable to finish your online form in one sitting, you have the option to “Save and Continue Later”. The system will generate a link for you to return to your form – please make a copy of the link. You may also choose to have the link emailed to you – we recommend that you copy the link first to ensure you have it, and then look in your spam folder if you do not see the link in your inbox. The system we use only allows a link to remain active for 30 days so you will need to refresh your application if you think you will not return for 30 days or longer.
Please do not wait until the last minute on deadline day to begin your application!
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