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Delaware River in the springtime

Delaware River Program

The Delaware River Program is dedicated to restoring the fish and wildlife habitats and water quality of the Delaware River and its tributaries. The Delaware River Program currently awards grants through two competitive funding opportunities - the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund and Delaware River Restoration Fund.

Partners

The Delaware River Program 2020 Request for Proposals deadline has been extended to April 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Further guidance is available here: 2020 Request for Proposals

Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund

​The Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund was launched in 2018 to conserve and restore natural areas, corridors and waterways on public and private lands that support native fish, wildlife and plants, and to contribute to the vitality of the communities in the Delaware River watershed. Priority strategies for on-the-ground implementation include sustaining and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat; improving and maintaining water quality for fish, wildlife and people; sustaining and enhancing water management to benefit fish and wildlife; and improving outdoor recreational opportunities within the Delaware River watershed.

Major funding for the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service​.

Delaware River Restoration Fund 

The Delaware River Restoration Fund was launched in late 2013 to help community-based nonprofits and government agencies work together to clean up and restore polluted waters and improve habitat for target species, including eastern brook trout and river herring.

The Fund awards at least $2 million per year in competitive grants, geographically focused on three priority strategies: (1) stewardship of working lands; (2) restoration of wetlands, floodplains and stream corridors; and (3) promoting the adoption of green infrastructure in urban/suburban landscapes.

Since 2014, the Delaware River Restoration Fund has awarded 80 grants totaling roughly $12.9 million. These investments leveraged more than $21.58 million in grantee matching funds to fund agriculture conservation, green stormwater infrastructure and innovative projects to improve the water quality of the Delaware River. To date, the fund has implemented more than 17,000 acres of best management practices to improve water quality, and restored more than 170 acres of wetlands and 60 miles of riparian habitat.

The Delaware River Restoration Fund is administered by NFWF in cooperation with the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, with major funding from the William Penn Foundation.

Application Information


03/23/2020 Delaware River Program 2020 Request for Proposals - DEADLINE EXTENDED View Now
03/23/2020 Delaware River Program RFP Deadline Extension Guidance View Now
03/23/2020 Delaware River Program 2020 Applicant Tip Sheet View Now
02/26/2020 Delaware River Program 2020 Applicant Webinar Slides View Now
03/11/2020 Delaware River Program 2020 Cheat Sheet View Now
03/11/2020 Northeast Pennsylvania NFWF Funding Webinar Recording View Now
03/11/2020 Northeast Pennsylvania NFWF Funding Webinar Slides View Now
01/23/2020 DRRF Map View Now
01/28/2020 DRRF Cluster Teams View Now
01/23/2020 DWCF Map View Now
01/23/2020 DWCF Applicant Tool Box View Now
12/03/2019 Delaware River Watershed Business Plan Download the PDF
12/03/2019 DRRF Fact Sheet Download the PDF
12/03/2019 DWCF Fact Sheet Download the PDF
12/03/2019 DRRF 2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 DRRF 2018 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 DRRF 2017 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 DRRF 2016 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 DWCF 2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 DWCF 2018 Grant Slate Download the PDF
12/03/2019 Survey of Delaware River Watershed Initiative Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Delaware River

Manager, Northeastern Region