Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund request for proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting proposals to restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund will award approximately 8 – 10 million in grants in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program. Major funding for the Stewardship Fund comes from the Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service, Altria Group, CSX, Shell, and Alcoa Foundation.

Grants will be awarded in two categories:

Small Watershed Grants of $20,000 – $200,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and local governments working to protect and improve local waters that contribute to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay, while building citizen-based resource stewardship. These grants require minimum matching contributions valued at 25% of total project costs or 50% of the grant request. All 2014 SWG grants must be completed on or before March 30, 2016.

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants of $200,000 – $500,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, local governments, universities and state agencies to demonstrate innovative approaches to accelerate adoption of the most cost effective and sustainable nutrient and sediment pollution load reductions to the Chesapeake Bay. These grants encourage non-Federal matching contributions valued at 50% of total project costs (i.e., 1:1 ratio). All 2014 INSR grants must be completed on or before September 30, 2016.

All grant proposals MUST address at least one of the CBSF Conservation Objectives. In addition, INSRG proposals MUST accelerate reductions of nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.

Priority for both SWG and INSRG will be given to projects that successfully address at least one of the following three strategies:

  • Targeted River and Watershed Restoration
  • Green Infrastructure in Urban Landscapes
  • Innovation on Crosscutting Issues

Dates to remember:

  • Thursday, May 15: All proposals due
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