The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.
Applications are due May 9.
NFWF estimates awarding up to $12 million in grants through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund in 2017, contingent on the availability of funding.
The Stewardship Fund will award grants through two distinct grant programs: Small Watershed Grants and Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants.
SWG grants will be awarded for projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that promote community-based efforts to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.
INSR grants will be awarded to projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that dramatically accelerate quantifiable nutrient and sediment reductions through innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches, methods, and new technologies.
The Stewardship Fund supports efforts to simultaneously achieve multiple conservation objectives, especially water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and species recovery, so proposals that demonstrate the ability to do so will receive priority consideration.
Major funding for the Stewardship Fund comes from the EPA. Other important contributions are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Altria Group, and CSX.
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