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Programs that fund invasive species management and research activities in Arizona

Current Grants/Requests For Proposals

Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species
2010 Call for Proposals

The Western Regional Panel (WRP) on Aquatic Nuisance Species requests proposals for a project that addresses a WRP high priority issue for aquatic nuisance species (ANS). This project will help advance the goals of the WRP by developing tools and information to help prevent, monitor and control ANS in western North America. More information about the WRP can be found at

Download the Full RFP (MSWord document)

Funding programs identified below were active granting entities at the time Arizona’s Invasive Species Plan was published. Keep in mind agency and non-governmental organization names, priorities, proposal submission dates, matching contributions, budgets and therefore grant amounts change. Likewise, website URL’s do not remain constant; therefore if the link does not work, search the web by program name or sponsoring organization.

Also note that the following list is in alphabetical order by grant program name, which is the first line of each entry; granting agency or organization is the second line of each entry.

-- Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service - USDA
This program contains opportunities for support of research, education and extension. Priority area number 4 is titled Renewable Energy, Natural Resources and Environment and includes funding for projects that focus on biology of weedy and invasive plant and animal species of economic importance to agriculture and have direct obvious relevance to the elimination, management or control of invasive species in agroecosystems, which includes cropping systems, managed forests, conservation lands, or rangeland. Successful applications will establish links between fundamental biological or ecological relationships and invasive species management plans and strategies; these links will result from measuring impact of exotic and invasive species on agroecosystem function and services.

-- Arizona Community Philanthropy and Partnerships.
Arizona Community Foundation
The Arizona Community Foundation and its 13 Affiliates are a statewide philanthropy and partnership of donors, volunteers, staff, nonprofit organizations and the community working together to empower and align philanthropic interests with community needs and build a legacy of giving. No specific mention of invasive species was found in the online discussion of this grant source.

-- Arizona Community Tree Council Challenge Grants.
Arizona Community Tree Council
Grants are provided for projects that are directed at improving the long term health and care of the urban forest, or those that initiate new urban forestry projects in Arizona communities. These grants are available to communities, schools and non-profit organizations. No specific mention of invasive species was found in the online discussion of this grant source, but urban natural resource management is specifically mentioned.

-- Arizona State Parks Grant Opportunities: Heritage Fund, Land and Water Conservation Fund, State Lake Improvement Fund & Growing Smarter Find.
Arizona State Parks
These programs target a very specific clientele and are limited to mostly local, regional, state or tribal government entities who desire park acquisition or development funding for outdoor recreational facilities. Habitat protection and preservation projects are not major recipients of these funds. No specific mention of invasive species was found in information documents describing these programs.

-- Arizona Water Protection Fund.
Arizona Department of Water Resources
In 1994 the Arizona legislature created a Water Protection Fund administered by a 15-member Commission. The Fund is earmarked for supporting projects that will enhance riparian areas. Authorizing legislation calls for "a coordinated effort for the restoration and conservation of the water resources of this state. This policy is designed to allow the people of this state to prosper while protecting and restoring this state's rivers and streams and associated riparian habitats, including fish and wildlife resources that are dependent on these important habitats."

-- BASF Invasive Plant Control Matching Grant Program.
Cooperative BASF ProVM Group
ProVM will provide grants up to $20,000 as non-federal matching funds for on-the-ground programs that include herbicide use for control of terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants. BASF funds are specifically to support customers that use BASF brand herbicides in an integrated vegetation management program. BASF funding is to be utilized as non-federal match for state, federal or foundation grants.

-- Biology of Weedy and Invasive Species in Agro-ecosystems – National Research Initiative.
Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service - USDA
The goal of the program is to provide ecological and economically rational strategies for management, control, or elimination of weedy or invasive species.

-- Center for Invasive Plant Management – National Research Initiative.
This is a 501 (c) 3 corporation
A self-funded, educational-nonprofit organization based at Montana State University-Bozeman; CIPM staff work in partnership with county, state, and federal agencies, tribes, nongovernmental organizations, private industry, commodity groups, and academic institutions. One aspect of their education/awareness goal is compiling and updating an extensive list of funding sources for invasive plant activities including Federal Government | Wildlife & Conservation Groups | Foundations | States | Corporations | General Sources; however, many of these grantors have specific limitations concerning (1) geographic locations where they fund projects, (2) organisms for which they will provide money and (3) organizations they will support.

-- Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Newspaper of the nonprofit world
The Web site offers the complete contents of the latest issue, an archive of past issues and articles published since October 1997, and two issues' worth of the most recent grant listings -- all fully searchable. NOTE: access to the grant listings requires a paid subscription.

-- Conservation Innovation Grant Program (CIG).
Natural Resources Conservation Serv. (NRCS) - USDA
NRCS requests applications for CIG grants to stimulate development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations. Proposals must address one of four categories. Category one is Natural Resources Concerns. Subcategories Grazing Land, Forest Health and Wildlife Habitat all specifically list invasive species as acceptable subtopic concerns.

-- Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Program.
Animal & Plant Health Inspect. Serv. – Plant Protect. & Quarantine - USDA
The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is a combined effort by Federal and State agricultural organizations to conduct surveillance, detection, and monitoring of agricultural crop pests and biological control agents. USDA APHIS PPQ provides national and regional coordination, funding, and technical support for Federal and cooperative survey projects. Currently all State Survey Coordinators are employees of their respective State Land Grant University or State Department of Agriculture. Various committees prepare multiyear plans with many goals and objectives to meet the needs and wants of the research, extension, regulatory, federal land management, and commercial sectors.

-- Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative.
Natural Resources Conservation Service - USDA
The Conservation Partnership Initiative (CPI) is a voluntary program established to foster conservation partnerships that focus technical and financial resources on conservation priorities in watersheds and airsheds of special significance. Under CPI, funds are awarded to State and local governments and agencies; Indian tribes; and non-governmental organizations that have a history of working with agricultural producers.
NOTE: The only funded projects list on webpage are through 2005.

-- Cooperative Weed Management in Arizona’s Forested Areas.
Arizona State Forestry Division
Provides funds for management of invasive plants/weeds on state and private lands for the purpose of protecting forest health. A primary goal of the program is to increase local capacity to manage and prevent noxious weeds in Arizona’s forests and woodlands through Cooperative Weed Management Areas. Projects should involve invasive species found on the Arizona Noxious Weed list.

-- Cooperative Forest Stewardship Program.
U.S. Forest Service - USDA
Provides funds for invasive plants/weeds (including weed management activities), plant pathogens/diseases and insects on state and private forested land. Eligible entities include cooperative weed management areas, states, privately owned forest lands and non-profit organizations.

-- Critical Issues Funding Opportunities.
Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service - USDA
CSREES actively seeks projects needing funds to conduct work against emerging and new plant and animal pests and diseases (critical issues). This program is designed to provide one-time seed funding to support initial work on emergency pest problems requiring immediate attention until additional longer term resources can be acquired. Since new pest and disease introductions are a dynamic phenomenon, new requests for applications can be issued several times a year. An example of a 2008 critical issue topic was “Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder”.

-- Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Natural Resources Conservation Service - USDA
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

-- Forest Health Grants --- Western States Wildland Urban Interface (SFA) Grant Program.
Arizona State Forestry Division
The SFA grant program focuses on hazard fuel reduction, information and education, and community and homeowner action and is available to homeowner groups and others. This portion of the National Fire Plan was developed to assist interface communities manage the unique hazards they find around them. Long-term solutions to interface challenges require informing and educating people who live in these areas about what they and their local organizations can do to mitigate these hazards.

-- Forest Service Pesticide Impact Assessment Program.
U.S. Forest Service - USDA
The mission of FS-PIAP is to support studies that develop use and effects data for priority forestry pesticides. FS-PIAP studies generate data and findings in support of continued registration by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of forestry uses for pesticides.

-- Foundation Center.
Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy
The Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits, and the grant-makers supporting them, to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. foundation grantors and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for non-profit organizations. NOTE: a paid subscription is required to access the online directory.

-- Grand Challenges in Global Health.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Awards
Grand Challenges Explorations will foster innovation in global health research and expand the pipeline of ideas that merit further exploration. Initial grants will be awarded multiple times per year at approximately $100,000 each. Fourteen Grand Challenges serve 7 long-term goals to improve health in the developing world. Invasive species are not specified as a research topic. However, control of insect vectors is one long term goal that might serve as a possible funding source for human health research relating to non-native disease bearing organisms.

-- Horticultural Research Institute Grants.
American Nursery and Landscape Association
HRI strives to fund research that specifically deals with problems affecting American Nursery and Landscape industries. HRI-supported projects focus on significant problems, regulatory issues or emerging opportunities in the nursery and landscape industry, encourage environmentally responsible management practices, increase nursery crop producers' business or financial expertise or improve and expand the market for plant material. Pest management is specified as a topic of interest and includes invasive plant problems, exotic insects and foreign disease organisms.

-- Invasive Species – Funding Opportunities.
Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service - USDA
CSREES is actively engaged in the battle against invasive species through leadership in the implementation of the National Invasive Species Management Plan and funding from Section 406 Pest Management Programs and others in the National Research Initiative (NRI) Program.

-- Invasive Species Research, Technical Assistance, Prevention and Control.
U.S. Dept. of Agric. funding programs summary (Jan07; PDF 112 KB)
(Jan2007; PDF 112KB) This workbook contains basic information on programs in USDA that could be used to fund invasive species related projects. This list should be a helpful place to start a search for resources for invasive species activities but by no means represents the complete universe of potential invasive species funding opportunities.

-- Legacy Resource Management Program.
U.S. Dept. of Defense
Invasive species also can adversely affect military readiness and create fire and safety hazards. We will invest in habitat enhancement, particularly through control of exotic pests and promotion of natural species, to minimize disturbance of natural landscapes and increase vegetative cover, thereby controlling a growing threat to environmental security and improving training conditions. We will also invest in efforts to institutionalize Early Detection and Rapid Response methods within DOD.

-- Multistate Conservation Grant Program. ---- fish/bird/mammal focus.
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) work cooperatively together to manage the Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP). Projects must benefit sport fish, wild birds, and/or wild mammals; and must benefit at least 26 states, a majority of states in a USFWS region, or Regional Associations.

-- National Science Foundation Program Areas That May Accept Invasive Species Proposals: (1) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems, (2) Ecological Biology, and (3) Long Term Research in Environmental Biology.
U.S. National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation provides research and education funds in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. No specific mention of invasive species was found in the online discussion any program areas of this grant source.

-- Natural Resource Assistance Grants.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – U.S. Dept. of Interior
The Fish and Wildlife Service administers a variety of natural resource assistance grants to governmental, public and private organizations, groups and individuals.

-- North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – U.S. Dept. of Interior
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act ( NAWCA) of 1989 provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife.

-- Organismal and Population Biology of Arthropods and Nematodes.
Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service - USDA
Our ability to respond to and recover from pests and diseases that threaten our food supply has recently assumed paramount importance. Fundamental knowledge is needed to form the basis of novel management strategies for pests, which will lead to better utilization of beneficial species.

-- Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program.
Environmental Protection Agency
These grants support pollution prevention projects that are important to and complement ongoing efforts in the EPA regional offices. Invasive species control research that reduce pesticide use qualify for this program.

-- Pesticides: Grants and Partnerships.
Environmental Protection Agency
A significant amount of pesticide environmental work is conducted by EPA through grant programs and partnerships with states, tribes, universities, companies, nonprofit organizations and community groups. This site serves as a starting point for accessing information about EPA grant funding programs.

-- Plant Health Programs.
Animal & Plant Health Inspect. Serv. – Plant Protect. & Quarantine - USDA
APHIS safeguards agriculture and natural resources from the risks associated with the entry, establishment, or spread of animal and plant pests and noxious weeds to ensure an abundant, high-quality, and varied food supply. PPQ responds to many new introductions of plant pests to eradicate, suppress, or contain them through various programs in cooperation with state departments of agriculture and other government agencies. PPQ works cooperatively with plant protection organizations; Federal, State, tribal, and local agencies; universities; industries; and private entities in developing and implementing science-based framework designed to provide optimum protection against invasive pests and diseases.

-- Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species Management.
Economic Research Service -- USDA
PREISM focuses on economic issues related to exotic pests of crop, forest, and range land (such as insects, weeds, and disease-causing pathogens), and foreign livestock, poultry, and zoonotic diseases (transmittable between animals and humans); also exotic pests and foreign diseases affecting public lands, ecosystems, and urban systems.

-- Pulling Together Initiative.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The Pulling Together Initiative (PTI) provides support on a competitive basis for the formation of local Weed Management Area (WMA) partnerships. These partnerships engage federal resource agencies, state and local governments, private landowners, and other interested parties in developing long-term weed management projects within the scope of an integrated pest management strategy. A one-to-one match of non-federal dollars is required for each federal dollar awarded.

-- Regional Geographic Initiatives.
Environmental Protection Agency
Provides up to 4 years of "seed money" for projects that address a high health or ecosystem risk (such as those associated with aquatic invasive species) and have significant potential for risk reduction.

-- Tamarisk Coalition.
A non-profit 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to provide education, technical assistance, and coordinating support for the restoration of riparian lands
The Tamarisk Coalition has summarized 178 grants that might be appropriate for addressing tamarisk issues and riparian restoration. The tables, in a PDF format, can be obtained by sending an e-mail request to [email protected] Many of the grant sources limit their awards to states other than Arizona.

-- United States Government Grant Summary Document.
E-Grants Initiative, --- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public. The concept has its origins in the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, also known as Public Law 106-107 . Today, is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards.

-- Urban Forest Funding Opportunity.
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Urban and community trees and forests are vital parts of America's infrastructure and essential to the well-being of our individual human health and welfare. National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council members work to improve America's communities by recommending policies which include: encourage greatly expanded research into the problems of urban trees, forests and the environment, and assure widespread distribution of results of research in useful and relevant formats.

-- Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program.
U.S. Geological Survey & National Institutes for Water Resources
This grant program focus is water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single state; the 2009 request forproposals does not specifically mention invasive species research or abatement as priority problems; however specified priorities include (1) methods to enhance long-term reliability of water supplies, (2) effectiveness of best management practices in sustaining urban and rural; raw water supply quality and (3) management options for preserving or enhancing water availability under drought or flood conditions. If encroachment by a foreign pest can be shown to harm water quality, water supply reliability or availability, then this program may be a funding source. A one-to-one match of non-federal dollars is required for each federal dollar awarded.

-- Water Quality Improvement Grant Program.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Improvement Grant (WQIG) Program allocates money for implementation of nonpoint source management and watershed protection. ADEQ uses federal funds to implement on-the-ground water quality improvement projects to control nonpoint source pollution. Nonpoint source pollution occurs when rainfall, snowmelt or irrigation runs over land or through the ground, picks up pollutants and deposits them into rivers, lakes and coastal waters or introduces them into ground water. Agriculture, forestry, grazing, septic systems, recreational boating, urban runoff, construction, physical changes to stream channels and habitat degradation are potential sources of nonpoint source pollution. Invasive species are not specifically noted as being a form of pollution or causing non-point pollution.

-- Wetlands Program Development Grants.
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9
Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. No specific mention of invasive species as a form of pollution was found in the online discussion of this grant source.

-- Wetlands Reserve Program.
Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program.

-- Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.
Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA
Through WHIP, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant (land owner) generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed.

-- Wildlife Services -- Wildlife Damage Program.
Animal & Plant Health Inspect. Serv., USDA
Provides Federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts and create a balance that allows people and wildlife to coexist peacefully. Health and safety hazards can exist due to interactions between wildlife and humans (or other animals). Aviation safety, wildlife diseases affecting animals or humans, and other similar threats in urban locations are within the domain of this program.