BW Wells FAQ

B.W. Wells Stewardship Fund

BW Wells Application FAQ

Application questions

I want to purchase a property and then restore the natural community, do I apply to the BW Wells Stewardship Fund?
No, for land purchases, please apply to the Alice Zawadzki Land Conservation Fund.

My application is late, can I still submit it?
We only accept applications submitted by 11:59pm EST on September 1.
Proposal questions

I don’t know what plants I am going to use in my native garden, can I still apply for a grant?
A plant list is required when submitting a proposal, if the proposal contains a garden installation. This demonstrates to the committee the applicant has researched and planned their garden or restoration project, including the appropriateness of the species for the given area to be planted and the availability of the plants for purchase. Given the unpredictable nature of the native plant trade, we understand if, when purchasing plants, some substitutions are necessary.

Can I include non-native plants in my proposals?
We do not provide funding for plants or seeds not native to North Carolina. This includes plants native to other areas of the Southeast, but not North Carolina. We would prefer applicants to also pay attention to the source of seeds/plants to purchase as local as possible.

Do I need to submit a design for my native garden or restoration?
No it is not required, but we do encourage applicants to submit a design, even if it’s a scan or photo of a sketch on a piece of paper. This can be detailed, with exact plant placement, or a general layout depicting the approximate size of the area, planting groups (ie shrubs, mixed perennials) and other features. Design sketches often provide useful information not well conveyed elsewhere in the proposal.

Does my native garden/restoration need to be accessible to the general public?
Free public access to a native garden or restoration area is not required, but some degree of accessibility, be it entrance fee or guided tour, is necessary for funding. This requirement does not apply to land management (prescribed burns, erosion control, etc) of natural communities and ecological sensitive areas.

My budget is only one item, do I still need to submit a budget?
Even if your budget is simple with few items, please still make a separate section that contains an itemized budget with justification for non-plant/seed and soil items.