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Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is dedicated to protecting the bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams.

Partners

Working in partnership with government agencies and private corporations, the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund awards $8 million to $18 million per year through two competitive grant programs - the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant Program and the Small Watershed Grants Program. These programs benefit the communities, farms, habitats and wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay region. The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund also makes targeted investments that support networking and information-sharing among restoration partners on emerging technologies, successful restoration approaches, and new partnership opportunities.

From 1999 to 2020, the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund awarded more than 1,200 grants totaling nearly $176 million. These investments leveraged more than $260 million in local matching resources to support a wide range of conservation projects throughout the Bay basin. In total, these grants have:

  • Reduced annual nitrogen pollution loading by an estimated 26 million pounds
  • Reduced annual phosphorus loading by an estimated 4.5 million pounds
  • Reduced annual sediment loading by an estimated 946 million pounds
  • Restored more than 3,006 miles of streams
  • Treated stormwater runoff from 10,386 acres of impervious surfaces
  • Reached an estimated 2.75 million residents through outreach efforts
  • Restored more than 15,626 acres of wetlands and 2,273 miles of forested riparian buffers
  • Installed more than 2,074 miles of livestock exclusion stream fencing
  • Reconnected more than 424 miles of rivers and streams for fish passage
  • Established 337 acres of oyster reefs

The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is a partnership with the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program.

Application Information


05/11/2020 Pennsylvania Local Government Implementation Grants 2020 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
03/11/2020 Northeast Pennsylvania NFWF Funding Webinar Recording View Now
03/11/2020 Northeast Pennsylvania NFWF Funding Webinar Slides View Now
05/11/2020 Small Watershed Grants 2020 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
05/11/2020 Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants 2020 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
03/11/2020 Chesapeake Bay Program 2020 Cheat Sheet View Now
01/22/2020 Past Applicant Webinars View Now
02/05/2020 Past Requests for Proposals View Now
12/03/2019 Chesapeake Bay Business Plan Download the PDF
01/22/2020 Program Fact Sheet Download the PDF
09/02/2020 Chesapeake Bay 2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 Chesapeake Bay 2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
02/12/2020 Pennsylvania Local Government Implementation 2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
05/13/2020 Chesapeake Bay 2019 Program Report Download the PDF
12/03/2019 Chesapeake Bay 2018 Program Report Download the PDF
12/03/2019 Chesapeake Bay 2017 Program Report Download the PDF
12/03/2019 Chesapeake Bay 2016 Program Report Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Chesapeake Bay

Manager, Chesapeake Programs

Coordinator, Regional Programs (Northeast Region)