Delaware River | Credit: Nicholas A. Tonelli
  • Delaware River Program

    NFWF’s Delaware River Program is dedicated to restoring the fish and wildlife habitats and water quality of the Delaware River and its tributaries. The Delaware River Program currently awards grants through two competitive funding opportunities.

    Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund 

    The Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund was launched in 2018 to conserve and restore natural areas, corridors and waterways on public and private lands that support native fish, wildlife and plants, and to contribute to the vitality of the communities in the Delaware River watershed. Priority strategies for on-the-ground implementation include sustaining and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat; improving and maintaining water quality for fish, wildlife and people; sustaining and enhancing water management to benefit fish and wildlife; and improving outdoor recreational opportunities within the Delaware River watershed.

    Approximately $4 million in grant funding is available in 2018. Major funding for the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund is provided by the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service​.

    Delaware River Restoration Fund 

    The Delaware River Restoration 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: (1) stewardship of working lands; (2) restoration of wetlands, floodplains and stream corridors; and (3) promoting the adoption of green infrastructure in urban/suburban landscapes.

    Since 2014, the Delaware River Restoration Fund has awarded 55 grants totaling roughly $8.5 million. These investments leveraged more than $15.19 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 more than 6,000 acres of best management practices to improve water quality, and restored more than 109 acres of wetlands and 53 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.


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