Small Watershed Grants

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Small Watershed Grants Program makes awards each year through two distinct funding opportunities: 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 measurable improvements to local stream health and habitat, and/or the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. 

SWG-I grants range from $75,000 to $500,000.

SWG-PTA grants are awarded to projects that enhance local capacity to more efficiently and effectively implement 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 the use of Technical Assistance Providers. View a list of Technical Assistance Providers in the watershed, including their areas of expertise, geographic service extent and contact information. 

SWG-PTA grants are a maximum of $75,000. 

There are no non-federal matching requirements for the 2022 SWG program, though NFWF strongly encourages applicants to describe federal and non-federal contributions to the proposed project.

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.