Accelerating Connections Grant Award2022-04-29T14:24:04-04:00

Accelerating Connections Award

Supporting innovative land conservation projects in the Florida Wildlife Corridor

About the Grant Award

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation announces the first request for proposals to accelerate land conservation in the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The Corridor is an 18-million acre geography stretching from the Everglades to Georgia and west to Alabama. Its conservation helps ensure Florida’s wildlife populations are connected and protected. Because the area within the Corridor is large and diverse (in ecology, human activities, parcel size, and economics), Corridor conservation requires a variety of tools (including but not limited to acquisition and easement).

The Foundation is soliciting proposals for innovative, creative, novel solutions to scaling land protection in the Corridor. To catalyze development of such solutions, the Accelerating Connections grant will provide up to $2,000,000 total across up to five award winners for implementation of selected projects.

Winning projects may include novel approaches to finding willing landowners, leveraging private capital or donations for land protection, establishment of new natural capital market schemes, or other solutions we haven’t thought of yet.

Criteria for selection include:

  1. Implementation of a new mechanism, tool, method, activity, or collaboration that achieves lasting land conservation within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
  2. Evidence of the long-term sustainability of both the conservation outcomes and the process created.
  3. A scalable approach such that the activities can be replicated to secure new conservation on tens of thousands of acres of Corridor lands per year.
  4. A focus on engineering conservation in the high-urgency areas of the Corridor—i.e., those most likely to be converted to development by 2030.
  5. Further, projects inclusive of underrepresented communities in the conservation sphere will be looked on favorably.

Winners must be willing to present their project ideas and implementation success at future summits or similar gathering.

The Letter of Interest (LOI) will open May 1 – July 1, 2022 and will consist of a short questionnaire. After review, a subset of applicants will be invited in early August to submit an application this Fall.

Submit Letter of Interest

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the timeline for the Accelerating Connections Awards?2022-04-29T13:32:21-04:00

May 1- July 1, 2022: Open submissions  

Mid-August: Invitations to apply  

October 1, 2022: Final submissions due  

November 2022: Grant recipients announced 

What are the criteria to be eligible to participate?2022-04-29T13:31:09-04:00

You are eligible to submit your Letter of Interest if your project meets these criteria:

  1. Implementation of a new mechanism, tool, method, activity, or collaboration that achieves lasting land conservation within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
  2. Evidence of the long-term sustainability of both the conservation outcomes and the process created.
  3. A scalable approach such that the activities can be replicated to secure new conservation on tens of thousands of acres of Corridor lands per year.
  4. A focus on engineering conservation in the high-urgency areas of the Corridor—i.e., those most likely to be converted to development by 2030.

Projects inclusive of underrepresented communities in the conservation sphere will be looked on favorably.

How can I apply?2022-05-02T08:38:58-04:00
  1. Eligibility Self-Assessment: check your submission eligibility before you start developing your Letter of Interest, available in FAQ “What are the criteria to be eligible to participate?” or on the Accelerating Connections Award webpage above.
  1.  Prepare to submit your Letter of Interest (required) in the online form
  • Maximize your chance of being selected as an application candidate by submitting a compelling and well-structured project proposal in your Letter of Interest.
  • If you are invited to submit a full project proposal, you will receive more instructions on expectations for the next round at that time.
  1. Complete this form to submit your Letter of Interest.
I am a student, can I participate?2022-04-29T13:30:00-04:00

Yes. We encourage submissions for innovative projects to permanently protect, connect, and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Please provide information on what type of implementation partners your project will require. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation may offer help to match you with necessary partners. 

Can multiple partners apply together?2022-04-29T13:29:43-04:00

Yes. Partnerships are critical in the work we do, so we encourage you to build and strengthen partnerships in the Accelerating Connections project proposals as well. Each entry requires a lead individual to apply and be responsible for the proposed project.

Can I be a member of multiple team applications?2022-04-29T13:29:24-04:00

Yes. However, please keep in mind the time commitment necessary to implement your project should more than one of your teams be selected as winners.

What happens if I wish to withdraw from the application process?2022-04-29T13:29:03-04:00

You can withdraw your application at any time. Please email info@floridawildlifecorridor.org at any time in the process to inform us of your decision. 

Can I publish a paper on my idea?2022-04-29T13:28:42-04:00

Yes.

What are the selection criteria to be invited to apply?2022-04-29T13:27:42-04:00
  • Case Creativity: How compelling and disruptive is the use case described in the entry? Does the use case involve a big idea and innovative approaches to conservating and/or restoring the Corridor? Can it drive significant change? 
  • Tangible Outcomes: What was the result of the project? What is the magnitude of the outcome? What is the impact on wildlife, natural environments, communities, individuals? How compelling are the quantified results? Is the submission outcome value-based, illustrating how the organization was able to solve a conservation problem within the context of their own industry? 
  • Intelligent Sustainability: How well does the entry demonstrate the organization’s journey to connecting, protecting, and restoring the Corridor? Is the organization effectively applying advanced technologies and/or best practices within that help make them resilient, affordable, and sustainable?
What if I do not have an implementation partner?2022-04-29T13:27:25-04:00

A confirmed implementation partner is not required for your Letter of Interest. The Corridor Foundation may be able to help match your organization with the proper implementation partners should you be invited to apply with a full project proposal.

Will the grant money be awarded immediately?2022-04-29T13:27:08-04:00

Yes. You will be required to submit a budget proposal and to track expenses throughout your project. Money will be distributed as designated in your budget phases. Initial checks may be written as early as December 15, 2022. 

How rapidly does the Accelerating Connections project need to be implemented once awarded?2022-04-29T13:26:39-04:00

Implementation of your proposed project must begin within 6 months of the award and the final report must be delivered within 12 weeks of project completion, not to exceed within 36 months from award date, unless otherwise approved. 

If I am invited to submit a full project proposal, how long will we have once I am awarded?2022-04-29T13:24:15-04:00

Invitations to apply will be announced around August 15, 2022. The full application will be due by October 1, 2022.

What will be expected on the full project proposal application?2022-04-29T13:23:19-04:00

The application details will be posted in July.  

How can I learn more about the corridor?2022-04-29T13:22:37-04:00

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation website has many resources that may be beneficial to your Letter of Interest that can be found here.

Will there be another grant cycle?2022-04-29T13:26:22-04:00

The goal is to offer the grant cycle every 1-3 years. The future schedule will be determined based on the lessons learned from year one.

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