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Reef balls at Stratford Point

Long Island Sound Futures Fund

Credit: Scott Kruitbosch

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.

Partners

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 its natural and community resilience.
  • Sound Science and Inclusive Management: Managing Long Island Sound using sound science that is inclusive, adaptive, innovative, and accountable.

Since 2005, the Long Island Sound Futures Fund has invested $42 million in 570 projects. The program has generated an additional $54 million in grantee match for a total conservation impact of $96 million for regional and local projects. The projects have added 119 river miles for fish passage, restored 811 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat, treated 206 million gallons of pollution, and engaged over 5 million people in the protection and restoration of the Sound.

NFWF manages the Long Island Sound Futures Fund in partnership with the Long Island Sound Study through U.S. EPA’s Long Island Sound Office. Other partners include U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative.

Application Information


05/25/2022 Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2022 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
03/17/2022 2022 Metrics and Implementation Action Tracking Guidance View Now
03/03/2022 Long Island Sound Study 2022 Educational Resources 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
12/12/2022 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
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Northeast - Coastal

Program Coordinator, Northeast Region Programs