Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund 2013 Request for Proposals

Deadline: June 6, 2013

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund will award approximately $8 million – $10 million in grants in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program. Major funding for the Stewardship Fund comes from the Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service, Altria Group and CSX.

Grants will be awarded in two categories:

Small Watershed Grants (SWGs) of $20,000 to $200,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and local governments working to protect and improve local waters that contribute to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay, while building citizen-based resource stewardship. These grants require minimum matching contributions valued at 25% of total project costs.

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSRGs) of $200,000 to $750,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, local governments, universities and state agencies to demonstrate innovative approaches to accelerate adoption of the most cost effective and sustainable approaches to reducing nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay. These grants encourage non-Federal matching contributions valued at 50% of total project costs (i.e., 1:1 ratio).

All grant proposals MUST address at least one of the CBSF Conservation Objectives.  In addition, INSRG proposals MUST accelerate reductions of nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.

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