The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) and our partners are proud to announce our 2019 request for project proposals. As one of 20 federally recognized National Fish Habitat Partnerships, WNTI is a collaborative effort between 12 western states, 3 federal agencies, sovereign tribes, private businesses and individuals, non-governmental conservation groups, and other organizations that seek to cooperatively conserve (protect, restore, enhance, and recover) 21 western native trout and char species and sub-species across their historic range. While WNTI is supported by many different entities and partners, the bulk of project funding is currently made available to grantees annually through the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
WNTI anticipates receiving between $150,000 and $230,000 in NFHP funds for FY 2019 projects. The exact amount of funding available to the partnership varies annually and is not known at this time. This is a very competitive process and we anticipate the pool of applicants will exceed the available pool of funding. Typical funding per project is in the range of $10K-$50K. Successful proposals must demonstrate a minimum 1:1 match, which may include cash, time, materials, or other services and greater match is encouraged. Special consideration will be given to projects with more than the minimum match. Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the WNTI Steering Committee based on their ability to meet the partnership’s key priorities and strategic objectives.
As a National Fish Habitat Partnership, WNTI’s #1 priority is the protection and restoration of habitat for western native trout and char species. Under this broad priority, we consider actions that achieve the following to be our highest priority:
A. Actions that provide long-term protection of intact and healthy aquatic ecosystems that support priority populations.
B. Restoration projects. Priorities are (in this order):
- Actions that protect or enhance multiple populations.
- Actions that provide immediate benefits to enhancing the viability of priority populations (e.g. restoring habitat connectivity where populations are isolated or threatened).
- Actions that support conservation of unique and rare functioning habitat, habitat diversity, life histories and genetic attributes.
- Actions that provide critical information needed for assessing success and making adaptive management decisions.
Read more detailed information about WNTI’s strategic priorities.
WNTI’s Focal Species
Up to 75% of WNTI’s NFHP funding could go toward the Focal Species listed below for the years indicated. Projects submitted for funding must support WNTI’s priorities above to benefit these species. Proposals for other WNTI species for NFHP funding will still be considered, but will need to meet a high standard in terms of project quality and impact to one or more of our 21 focal species in order to be funded.
2017-2019: Bonneville Cutthroat Trout, Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, Interior Redband Trout.
2020-2022: Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout.
Grants agreement process
NFHP funds are federal funds, administered on WNTI’s behalf through a federal agency. All organizations that receive NFHP funding are required to complete all requirements for federal grants, including registration on the federal System for Award Management (SAM.org) and Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), and provide annual reports to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). NFHP funds are processed through the USFWS Regional Offices or local FWCO office. Grants are paid on a reimbursable basis. A project agreement will be completed with successful applicants through USFWS regional and/or local staff. Please contact the regional USFWS NFHP Coordinator if you have questions, or to discuss your project:
Region 1: Idaho, Oregon, Washington (John Netto) Region 2: New Mexico, Arizona (Karin Eldridge)
Region 6: Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming (Bill Rice) Region 7: Alaska (Michael Daigneault)
Region 8: California, Nevada (Lisa Heki)
WNTI 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP)
READ the full Request for Proposals. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Mountain time on Friday, October 26, 2018. Late applications are not accepted. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Therese Thompson, Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WNTI 2019 Project Selection Guidelines, Criteria and Process
The WNTI Steering Committee will review and evaluate proposals based on the attached criteria and considerations and will also consider project rankings from species conservation teams and input from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional NFHP Coordinators. Project proponents must address these requirements, guidelines, and criteria in their project applications. READ MORE
WNTI 2019 Project Application Instructions
While all information we require for the application is the same as in previous years, WNTI is moving to an online application process this year. All documentation with specific guidance for completing the application is available here. Download here for more application information and how to apply.
To begin your application, click here.