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Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Research Institutions to Mitigate the Spread of Disease Affecting Bat Populations

Bats for the Future Fund (BFF)


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Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/27/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Canada nonprofits, for-profits, agencies, research and educational institutions, and Tribal entities for initiatives to save bat populations from endemic illness. Funding is intended to develop a treatment for and to mitigate the spread of white-nose syndrome disease among bat populations and support the recovery of affected bats.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is soliciting proposals to slow or halt the spread of white-nose syndrome disease (WNS) in North America and promote the survival and recovery of WNS-affected bat populations and species. 

The objectives of the BFF are to: 

  • Advance field treatments and management tools that provide the greatest potential to improve survival of bats by preventing exposure of bats to Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungal pathogen that causes WNS, and/or enhancing bats’ ability to withstand the disease.
  • Implement field treatments, management tools, and conservation strategies that help WNS-affected bat populations to recover from the impacts of WNS; and,
  • Support innovative and collaborative research leading directly to development and deployment of treatments and management tools or strategies for WNS that will perpetuate viable populations of bats.

The Bats for the Future Fund will award grants to projects that develop and deploy field treatments, management tools and conservation strategies for populations that are currently impacted or are likely to be in the future. Proposed actions should be tailored to the disease status, species and habitat(s) in which they are intended to be used. Project objectives should vary depending on epidemiological focus of the proposed work as it relates to the status of Pd and WNS in project areas.

  • In areas where Pd has not been detected and is unlikely to already be present, tools and strategies that counter the invasion and establishment of pathogenic Pd are sought to avoid or stall impacts of WNS on vulnerable bat species. Strategies that will bolster the resilience of bats likely to be exposed to Pd in these areas are also eligible.
  • On the leading edge of WNS, and/or in the vicinity of where Pd fungal pathogen has been detected and bats may be affected, projects should focus on field treatments and/or management strategies to prevent the spread of Pd, and minimize the impact of WNS.
  • In the established or endemic area, where Pd and WNS have caused significant mortality and all hibernacula are assumed to be impacted, projects should focus on protecting and recovering significant remaining bat populations to promote recovery.

Program Priorities:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal Governments and Organizations, research and educational institutions, and for-profit entities

For-profit applicants: please note that this is a request for grant proposals, not a procurement of goods and services.

Ineligible applicants include unincorporated individuals.

The following types of proposals are not eligible for funding under the BFF:
- Species composition, distribution, movement and habitat-use studies, unless directly tied to implementation of a management strategy
- Monitoring studies unrelated to the development of field treatments or management tools for WNS
- Development of Pd or WNS detection methods or tools, unless directly linked to deployment of a specified treatment
- Outreach and education programs
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements.

Pre-Application Information
Dates of activities are subject to change. Please check the Program page of the NFWF website for the most current dates and information:
- RFP Release Date: February 21, 2023
- Applicant Webinar: March 28, 2023 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
- Full Proposal Due Date: April 27, 2023 11:59 pm EDT
- Review Period: May-June
- Awards Announced: Early August 2023

Applicants contemplating requesting more than $250,000 should contact NFWF staff in advance for guidance.

A match valued at 50 percent of the total grant amount requested from BFF (not the total project budget) is preferred but not required.

Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff listed in the RFP to discuss options.

Applicant Information:

Budget Instructions:

BFF 2023 Applicant Webinar Recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants requests must be greater than $50,000 and should be no more than $250,000; however, higher amounts may be considered for projects that enact lasting strategies within the grant period of performance to benefit impacted bat species on a widespread basis.

Term of Contract
Projects must start within six months of award and be completed within no more than three years after notification of grant award. Projects that achieve proposed outcomes within two years are preferred.

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