Tips for Developing a Successful NAWCA Standard Grant Application
(these steps are generally the same for NAWCA Small Grants, however, the Small Grant process is a bit more flexible and streamlined):
- Contact your regional Joint Venture (JV) Coordinator as soon as you begin to develop a project to assess whether your project is viable. Come prepared with: project wetland and upland acres; need for protection, enhancement, restoration; knowledge of high priority and/or Threatened or Endangered species using the project site. Most importantly, you should have information on partnerships and match dollars that can be provided in the proposal.
- Projects should be specifically designed to address bird habitat conservation.
- Projects with high acres, high wetland acreage, benefits to multiple wetlands species, notable Threatened/Endangered species benefits, long-term benefits, and strong partnerships are key to successful NAWCA projects.
- Secure partner contribution statements far in advance of the submission deadline as they are often one of the most difficult elements of a proposal to obtain.
- Read the instructions carefully for changes to the proposal format and technical questions to avoid unnecessary questions and revisions. These can change frequently.
- Review examples of well-written proposals that have been funded (contact appropriate Assistant Coordinator for examples).
- Start the process early to ensure proper coordination with local and state authorities to answer the Technical Assistance Questions and contact your JV Coordinator if you need assistance.
- Schedule a site visit with your JV Coordinator to evaluate your project early in the process.
- Reference the timeline for developing a proposal often and coordinate regularly with your JV Coordinator.
Download and print the tip sheet here.