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

Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Web site for the complete 2009 Request for Proposals

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.