The Delaware River Restoration Fund is dedicated to restoring the water quality and habitats of the Delaware River and its tributaries. The Fund was launched in late 2013 to help community-based nonprofits and government agencies work together to clean up and restore polluted waters and improve habitat for target species including Eastern Brook Trout and river herring.
The Fund awards at least $2 million per year in competitive grants, geographically focused on three priority strategies: stewardship of working lands; restoration of wetlands, floodplains and stream corridors; and promoting adoption of green infrastructure in urban/suburban landscapes.
Since 2014, the Delaware River Restoration Fund has awarded over 40 grants totaling roughly $6 million. These investments leveraged more than $11 million in grantee matching funds to fund agriculture conservation, green stormwater infrastructure, and innovative projects to improve the water quality of the Delaware River. To date, the fund has implemented over 5,000 acres of best management practices to improve water quality, and restored over 80 acres of wetlands and 6 miles of riparian habitat.
The Delaware River Restoration Fund is administered by NFWF, in cooperation with the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, with major funding from the William Penn Foundation.