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Small Watershed Grants Program

The Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants (SWG) Program awards grants of $20,000 to $200,000 to organizations and local governments that work on community-based projects to improve the condition of their local watershed while building stewardship among residents. Small Watershed Grants support local restoration and protection actions that help restore healthy waters, habitats and wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Since 2000, the Small Watershed Grants Program has provided more than $27 million to support 626 projects throughout the Bay watershed. These grants have been used by recipients to leverage close to $90 million in matching funds, for a total of more than $115 million supporting local community restoration projects.

The Small Watershed Grants Program is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and primarily funded by the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program. Additional funding partners vary annually, but have included the U.S. Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Visit NFWF’s website to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program.

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