Need Funding for Your Source Water Protection and Watershed Efforts?

If you’re in the Pennsylvania portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, perhaps the 2014 round of NFWF Grants could benefit your source water protection efforts.

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 (CBSF) will award approximately $8 million – $10 million in grants in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program. Major funding for the CBSF comes from the Environmental Protection Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service, Altria Group, CSX, Shell, and Alcoa Foundation.

Grants will be awarded in two categories:

Small Watershed Grants

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 or 50% of the grant request. All 2014 SWG grants must be completed on or before March 30, 2016.

Innovative Nutrient & Sediment Reduction Grants

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSRGs) of $200,000 to $500,000 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 nutrient and sediment pollution load reductions to the Chesapeake Bay. These grants encourage non-Federal matching contributions valued at 50% of total project costs (i.e., 1:1 ratio). All 2014 INSR grants must be completed on or before September 30, 2016.

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.

For additional information, please contact Jake Reilly (, Elizabeth Nellums (, or Mark Melino ( via e-mail or by phone at (202) 857-0166.


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