Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program provides grants to organizations and local governments working on a local level to protect and improve watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay basin while also building citizen-based resource stewardship. The purpose of the program is to support protection and restoration actions that contribute to restoring healthy waters, habitat, and living resources of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.
Grants will be awarded in two categories. Project Planning and Design Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 each will be awarded to support activities that set the stage for the successful implementation of watershed restoration and conservation projects, and that establish local capacity to ensure project investments can be sustained. Implementation Grants ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 each will be awarded to support projects that directly lead to measurable improvements in the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Implementation grants may support watershed restoration, watershed conservation, and watershed planning projects. There is a 25 percent non-federal matching requirement for Implementation Grants.
Eligible applicants are either nonprofit 501(c) organizations (e.g., watershed organizations, homeowners’ associations, environmental organizations, private schools, etc.) or local governments (e.g., counties, townships, cities, boroughs, conservation districts, planning districts, utility districts, public schools, etc.) from the Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, New York, West Virginia, and Delaware portions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Applicants located outside the Chesapeake Bay watershed may apply only if their projects will be conducted within the watershed.
Deadline: May 1, 2009
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