The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. NFWF estimates awarding up to $12 million in grants through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund in 2017, contingent on the availability of funding. Major funding for the Stewardship Fund comes from the EPA. Other important contributions are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Altria Group, and CSX. 

A Request for Proposals detailing NFWF’s funding priorities and other key considerations is attached.  Proposals are due by midnight, Tuesday, May 9th and must be submitted through NFWF’s online application at

NFWF will host a webinar for applicants on Tuesday, March 21st 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:  In addition, NFWF will provide training on the new online FieldDoc tool for calculating nutrient and sediment load reductions from proposed Stewardship Fund projects on Thursday, March 23rd.  All applicants proposing to improve water quality through their project, including those who have received Stewardship Fund grants previously, are strongly encouraged to participate, and can register for the webinar by following this link:

For additional information or to discuss project ideas, please contact Jake Reilly (, Elizabeth Nellums (, or Alyssa Hildt ( via e-mail or by phone at (202) 857 0166.

Thank you!

Jake Reilly
Director, Chesapeake Bay Programs
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 15th Street, NW – Washington, DC 20005
Office: (202) 595-2610 – Cell: (301) 908-7997 – Email:

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