​Chesapeake Estuary | Credit: Mike Land
  • Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund

    NFWF's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams. We advance cost-effective and creative solutions with financial and technical assistance.

    Working in partnership with government agencies and private corporations, the Stewardship Fund awards $8 million to $12 million per year through two competitive grant programs and directed technical assistance. Through NFWF-sponsored forums and symposia, we also serve as a convener and thought leader on the critical cross-cutting issues affecting the health of the Bay, such as agricultural practices, habitat restoration, stormwater and local government strategies.

    From 1999 to 2016, the Stewardship Fund awarded over 950 grants totaling roughly $126 million. These investments leveraged more than $233 million in grantee matching funds to support a wide range of conservation projects throughout the Bay basin. In total, these grants have restored over 6,600 acres of wetlands and 1,670 miles of forested riparian buffers, installed over 320 miles of livestock exclusion stream fencing, re-connected over 245 miles of rivers and streams for fish passage, and established 279 acres of oyster reefs.

    The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is a partnership with the Federal-State Chesapeake Bay Program. Major funding is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Altria Group, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service, CSX, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


 Application Information

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 Program Information

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 Staff Representatives






 Due Dates

  • 5/9/2017
    Proposal Deadline



  • Who can I contact if I have questions about a project I'm considering for submission?
    Ask us, and we'll try to answer any of your questions! Staff contact info is listed at left, or dial 202-857-0166.
  • What funding opportunities are available through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund?
    We have one RFP for Small Watershed and Integrative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction projects. We also provide Technical Assistance support. Click 'Applying for Grants' to find out more!

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