Grant funds available from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

April 1, 2015

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 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 $10 million – $12 million in grants in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program. Eligible grant recipients include local governments, non-profit 501(c) organizations, and Indian tribes, and K-12 educational institutions.

Major funding for the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund comes from the EPA. Other important contributions are provided by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Altria Group, CSX, and Alcoa Foundation.

A Request for Proposals detailing NFWF’s funding priorities and other key considerations is attached. Proposals are due by midnight, Thursday, May 14 and must be submitted through NFWF’s online application at

NFWF will host a webinar for applicants on Monday, April 6 to review the Request for Proposals and respond to questions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate, and can register for the webinar by following this link.

For additional information, please contact Jake Reilly (, Elizabeth Nellums (, or Mark Melino ( via email or by phone at 202.857.0166.

VACo Contact: Larry Land, CAE

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