Chesapeake WILD

Photo courtesy of Will Parson, Chesapeake Bay Program

The Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (WILD) Grants Program delivered in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supports efforts to improve the condition and connectivity of habitats for at risk and federally listed species.


Consistent with the Chesapeake WILD Framework, developed by FWS in partnership with the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership, the Chesapeake WILD Program supports efforts to conserve, steward, and enhance fish and wildlife habitats and related conservation values in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The WILD Program Pillars are:

  • Pillar 1: Fish and Wildlife Habitats
  • Pillar 2: Climate Change 
  • Pillar 3: Community Partnership
  • Pillar 4: Public Access
  • Pillar 5: Water Quality



The Small Watershed Grants Program has two distinct tracks:

  • Implementation: Grants of $75,000-$750,000 for projects that result in direct on-the-ground conservation, stewardship, and enhancements of fish and wildlife habitats and related conservation values in the Bay watershed.
  • Planning and Technical Assistance Grants: Up to $75,000 for projects that enhance the capacity of local and regional partners to implement future on the ground actions consistent with the priorities above, through community-based assessment planning, design, and other technical assistance-oriented activities. 

Application Information

04/28/2023 Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Spring 2023 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
11/13/2023 Chesapeake WILD Fact Sheet Download the PDF
11/13/2023 2023 Chesapeake WILD Grant Slate Download the PDF
03/31/2023 2022 Chesapeake WILD Grant Slate Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Chesapeake Bay