A nonprofit crewmember plants a tree in a Baltimore community
The Baltimore Tree Trust is increasing urban tree canopy with support from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, one of several main funding sources for watershed organizations. (Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program)

Open Requests for Proposals

Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (WILD) Grants 2024 Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is soliciting proposals through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund (CBSF) to conserve, protect and restore vital fish and wildlife habitat of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

In 2024, NFWF estimates awarding up to $8.5 million in Chesapeake WILD Grants, contingent on available funding, for projects that enhance conservation, stewardship and enhancements of fish and wildlife habitats and related conservation values in the Bay watershed. Major funding is provided by FWS, along with important contributions by Altria Group, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Closing Date: April 10, 2024

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Small Watershed Grants

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership, is soliciting proposals through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to protect and restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

Through the Small Watershed Grants (SWG) Program, delivered in partnership with EPA and the CBP partnership, NFWF is soliciting proposals for projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that promote voluntary, community-based efforts to protect and restore the diverse and vital habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

NFWF will award funding through two distinct funding opportunities. All SWG Program proposals must directly align with one or more of the SWG PROGRAM PRIORITIES outlined further in this Request for Proposals.

Closing Date: April 3, 2024

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