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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  natural and community resilience.

Since 2005, the LISFF has invested $56 million in 640 projects. The program has generated an additional $65 million in grantee match for a total conservation impact of $121 million. Projects have opened 121 river miles for fish, restored 842 acres of wildlife habitat, treated 208 million gallons of stormwater pollution, and engaged 5 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. 

Application Information


Northeast Grant Programs Field Liaison 2023 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2023 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
LISFF 2023 Metrics and Implementation Action Tracking Guidance View Now
Long Island Sound Study 2023 Educational Resources View Now
Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2023 Project Idea Feedback View Now
Long Island Sound Futures Fund FAQs View Now
Calculator Resources View Now
Data Collection Information Form View Now
Letters of Support Best Practices View Now
Quality Assurance Project Plan Development Guidance View Now
Detailed Budget Instructions View Now
Managing Your Grant Webinar Slides View Now
Managing Your Grant Webinar Recording View Now
LISFF 2023 Applicant Webinar Recordings View Now
Northeast Region Grantee Technical Assistance for Federal Compliance 2023 Request for Proposals - CLOSED View Now
LISFF 2023 Applicant Webinar (MA, NH, VT) Slides View Now
LISFF 2023 Applicant Webinar (NY, CT) Slides View Now
QAPP Training Webinar Recording View Now
QAPP Training Webinar Slides View Now
Program Fact Sheet Download the PDF
2023 Grant Slate Download the PDF
Long Island Sound Futures Fund 15-Year Report Download the PDF
2022 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2021 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2020 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2019 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2018 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2017 Grant Slate Download the PDF
2016 Grant Slate Download the PDF
Quality Assurance Project Plan Development Guidance View Website
Quality Assurance Project Plan Webinar Slides Download the PDF
Long Island Sound Futures Fund Projects 2005-2017 View Website
Map of Grants 2005-2021 Download the PDF
Staff Representatives

Program Director, Northeast - Coastal

Program Coordinator, Northeast Region Programs