Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants

For over a decade, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program, has invested more than $97 million through its Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program (INSR Program), and leveraged more than $145 million more, aimed at significantly accelerating the rate and scale of water quality improvements in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Beginning in 2018, the focus of the INSR Program shifted to catalyze, strengthen and mature regional-scale partnerships based on evidence that collaboratives of this scale are effective mechanisms for achieving and sustaining water quality improvements by inspiring engagement, improving capacity and advancing impact over time.

Each year, NFWF awards INSR Program grants to collaborative and sustainable regional-scale partnerships and networks of practitioners with a shared focus on restoring, protecting and improving the water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed at an accelerated rate.

INSR Program grants range from $750,000 to $1 million. Grantees are required to provide 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 and 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.