Small Watershed Grants

In 2019, The National Fish and Wildlife (NFWF) will award Small Watershed Grants (SWG) under two programs: SWG-Implementation (SWG-I) and SWG-Planning and Technical Assistance (SWG-PTA). 

SWG-I grants are awarded to projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that promote on-the-ground community-based efforts to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the bay and its tributary rivers and streams. Projects result in improvements to local stream health and habitat, and/or the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. 

SWG-I grants range from $20,000 to $200,000. Grantees are required to provide matching contributions equal to at least 33 percent of total project costs. 

SWG-PTA grants are awarded to projects that enhance local capacity to more efficiently and effectively implement future on-the-ground conservation efforts through assessment, planning and design, and other technical assistance-oriented activities. Potential SWG-PTA grants can be assisted or enhanced through Technical Assistance Providers. View a list of participating Technical Assistance Providers, including their expertise geographic service area and contact information. 

SWG-PTA grants are a maximum of $50,000 and have no matching requirements. 

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. Dedicated funding is available for projects in Pennsylvania.