Wells Fargo and the NFWF Accepting Applications for Community Grants

Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation are offering financial assistance through Environmental Solutions for Communities, a grant program designed to help communities in the United States create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. The program will support highly visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Approximately $2.4 million will be available for projects in 2016. Grants typically range from $25,000 to $100,000 for projects of eighteen months.
Priority for grants will be given to projects in specific urban areas in twenty-four states across the country. Preference will be given to projects that successfully address one or more of the following: innovative, cost-effective stewardship of private agricultural lands aimed at enhancing water quality and quantity and/or improving wildlife habitat for species of concern while maintaining or increasing agricultural productivity; community-based conservation of local habitats and natural areas; efforts to enhance water quality, promote urban forestry, educate and train community leaders on sustainable practices, promote related job creation and training, and/or engage diverse partners and volunteers; cost-effective and environmentally friendly approaches to improving environmental conditions within urban communities by "greening" traditional infrastructure and public projects such as storm water management and flood control, public park enhancements, and renovations to public facilities; and boosting the economic and biological resiliency of the nation's coastal communities and ecosystems (including the Great Lakes).
Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations; state, tribal, and local governments; and educational institutions. Applicants must be working in states where Wells Fargo operates. Individuals, federal agencies, and private for-profit firms are not eligible. The complete Request for Proposals, a list of priority geographic areas, an FAQ, and application instructions are available at the NFWF website.  The PA geographic region eligible for funding is Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Delaware counties.

Link to Complete RFP

If you are interested in submitting an application for this opportunity, please contact Eric Reinhard (emr124@psu.edu) in the Penn State Corporate & Foundation Relations office. As the foundation relationship managers for the University, the Foundation Relations team is a resource for you in philanthropic grant-seeking and available to work with interested faculty to develop an inquiry for this opportunity or help identify other potential funders.


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