Chesapeake Sunset l Credit: NFWF / Lacy Alison​

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants​​

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation plans to release a Request for Proposals for its Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund grant programs in May 2018 with proposals due roughly 60 days later in July 2018. Small Watershed Grants (SWG) and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSR) are both awarded through this proposal. Any additional updates to this schedule will be posted on this page. ​

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction grants are 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. INSR projects result in significant reductions in nutrient and/or sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.

INSR grants are between $200,000 and $500,000. Grantees are encouraged to have matching contributions equal to the amount of the grant request (a 1:1 match).

All eligible projects must occur wholly within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Dedicated funding is available for projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed in Pennsylvania. Projects located within NFWF’s Targeted Rivers and Watersheds will be prioritized. These locations were identified by NFWF as having significant opportunities for shared water quality improvement, habitat restoration, and species recovery outcomes.

For additional application resources, view the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund 2017 Request for Proposals and past Applicant Webinars, which provide an overview of NFWF funding priorities and the application process. 


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