Resilient Communities Grant Program

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $500,000

Deadline: Apr 28, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Wells Fargo and NFWF have partnered to create the Resilient Communities program. This $3 million per year program aims to help communities in the United States and territories, prepare, strengthen and bounce back more quickly after a disaster. Through preparedness and by taking advantage of natural and nature-based features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban ​​tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today. In addition, these projects enhance fish and wildlife resources and avoid or reduce risk to life, and costly and devastating impacts from events such as sea-level risk, floods, droughts, fires and more.

Grant Categories for 2020

In 2020, Wells Fargo and NFWF will invest approximately $3 million total in these three categories:

Category 1: Adaptation through conservation projects - Grants in this category support highly impactful and visible conservation projects. 

Category 2: Community capacity building and demonstration projects - Grants in this category help multiple communities understand, organize and take action to address risks and opportunities through preparedness and adaptation. 

Category 3: Adaptation focused on affordable housing and small businesses -  Grants in this category support projects that advance scalable, nature-based resilience solutions benefiting affordable housing and/or small businesses in communities vulnerable to impacts from natural disasters.

Program Priorities

Competitive proposals will address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Yield measurable and sustainable benefits for natural habitats while also providing measurable and enhanced community benefits to improve resilience, 
  • Serve vulnerable low- and moderate-income communities that tend to be disproportionally impacted by stressors,
  • Bridge rural and urban community resilience needs with focus on the interconnectedness of natural systems and community well-being including equity, social inclusion and cohesion,
  • Support American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian communities in the US whose livelihoods and economies rely on their self-determined management of water, land and other natural resources,
  • Broadcast successes or lessons learned to advance resiliency work in other communities.

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