Long Island Sound Futures Fund
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Long Island Sound Futures Fund supports projects to fully restore the health and living resources of Long Island Sound. It operates within a partnership of federal and state agencies, foundations, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, user groups, and individuals dedicated to restoring and protecting the Sound.
Stretching more than 110 miles into the Atlantic, with 600 miles of coastline, the Long Island Sound is an estuary that provides economic and recreational benefits to millions of people while also providing habitat for more than 1,200 invertebrates, 170 species of fish and dozens of species of migratory birds. All 9 million people who live, work, and play in the watershed impacting the Sound can benefit from and help build on the progress that has already been made to restore its health and living resources.
The vision for the Sound is of waters that are clean, clear, safe to swim in, and charged with life. It is a vision of waters nourished and protected by extensive coastal wetlands, by publicly accessible, litter-free beaches and preserves, and of undeveloped islands. It is a vision of abundant and diverse wildlife, of flourishing commercial fisheries, of harbors accessible to the boating community, and of a regional consciousness and a way of life that protects and sustains the ecosystem.
The LISFF supports efforts to test innovative approaches to conservation, deliver transformative projects and support people and communities who value the sound and take a direct role in its future. Funding priorities for this program include:
- Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds: Improving water quality by reducing pollution from the waters that flow into and the land which surrounds the Sound.
- Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife: Restoring coastal habitats and fostering abundant populations of fish, birds and wildlife.
- Sustainable and Resilient Communities: Supporting vibrant, informed, and engaged communities that use, appreciate, and help protect and sustain the Sound; and enhancing natural and community resilience.
Since 2005, the LISFF has invested $42 million in 570 projects. The program has generated an additional $54 million in grantee match for a total conservation impact of $97 million. Projects have opened 115 river miles for fish, restored 842 acres of wildlife habitat, reduced 206 million gallons of stormwater pollution, and engaged more than 4.2 million people in the protection and restoration of the Sound.
The program is managed by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Long Island Sound Study (LISS). Major funding is from EPA through the LISS with additional funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Avingrid Foundation.
|03/01/2023||Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2023 Request for Proposals||View Now|
|03/01/2023||LISFF 2023 Metrics and Implementation Action Tracking Guidance||View Now|
|02/24/2023||Long Island Sound Study 2023 Educational Resources||View Now|
|02/24/2023||Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2023 Project Idea Feedback||View Now|
|03/01/2023||Long Island Sound Futures Fund FAQs||View Now|
|02/24/2023||Calculator Resources||View Now|
|02/24/2023||Data Collection Information Form||View Now|
|02/24/2023||Letters of Support Best Practices||View Now|
|04/13/2021||Quality Assurance Project Plan Development Guidance||View Now|
|04/01/2021||Detailed Budget Instructions||View Now|
|01/20/2023||Managing Your Grant Webinar Slides||View Now|
|01/20/2023||Managing Your Grant Webinar Recording||View Now|
|05/25/2022||Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2022 Request for Proposals - CLOSED||View Now|
|03/13/2023||Northeast Region Grantee Technical Assistance for Federal Compliance 2023 Request for Proposals||View Now|
|Full Proposal Due|
|02/24/2023||Program Fact Sheet||Download the PDF|
|12/12/2022||2022 Grant Slate||Download the PDF|
|04/13/2021||Long Island Sound Futures Fund 15-Year Report||Download the PDF|
|12/06/2021||2021 Grant Slate||Download the PDF|
|04/13/2021||2020 Grant Slate||Download the PDF|
|12/03/2019||2019 Grant Slate||Download the PDF|
|12/03/2019||2018 Grant Slate||Download the PDF|
|12/03/2019||2017 Grant Slate||Download the PDF|
|12/03/2019||2016 Grant Slate||Download the PDF|
|04/13/2021||Quality Assurance Project Plan Development Guidance||View Website|
|04/13/2021||Quality Assurance Project Plan Webinar Slides||Download the PDF|
|04/13/2021||Long Island Sound Futures Fund Projects 2005-2017||View Website|
|12/06/2021||Map of Grants 2005-2021||Download the PDF|
Program Director, Northeast - Coastal
Program Coordinator, Northeast Region Programs