The Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Projects (AERP) is a new, competitive grant program that will provide funding for the study, design, and construction of aquatic ecosystem restoration and protection projects in … Read more
The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund invests in on-the-ground projects to restore, enhance and conserve bottomland hardwood forest and wetland habitats to benefit wildlife and improve water quality and soil health within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley region of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Priority will be given to projects that effectively implement one or more of the following strategies:
- Bottomland hardwood forest enhancement and maintenance
- Restore, wetland and floodplain hydrology and implement conservation practices on working agricultural lands to improve water quality
- Bottomland hardwood forest restoration (planting)
- Target outreach, education and assistance to private landowners, forest practitioners and other key constituencies
- Bottomland hardwood forest habitat conservation (easements)
- Improve aquatic connectivity
- Restoration response monitoring
Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal Governments, and educational institutions.
Approx Annual Funding Amount
Approximately $1.4 million in grants was available in FY 2022, with grant awards ranging from $100,000 to $500,000.
Cost Share Requirements
A 1:1 non-federal match is required and can include in-kind contributions. Projects unable to provide a 1:1 non-federal match are eligible, but applicants must contact NFWF to discuss match waiver options prior to submitting a proposal.
Proposals are typically due in April.
- Jon Scott, Southern Forests Program Director, 202-595-2609, [email protected]
- Zack Bernstein, Program Coordinator, Southern Regional Office, 202-595-2433, [email protected]
- Applicants should reach out to program staff prior to submitting a proposal to discuss projects that will address carbon and water outcomes.
- The LMAV Fund will award grants within the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley region of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.