Great news appeared in my inbox today: my pre-application for the aforementioned grant was approved! So now I can submit a real, thorough application and wait several more months to see if it is funded :-)
The turnaround time on this one is quite long- you can't start research with their funds less than 8 months before you submit the application. So, this grant won't be for my first field season this summer, but rather my second one in 2009. You really have to start planning on a long timescale for these things.
This is a small success, but an exciting one.