NFWF Now Accepting Proposals for the 2019 Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program

NFWF Request for Proposals

The Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program will award grants to restore and sustain healthy forests, rivers and streams that provide habitat for diverse native bird and aquatic populations. Approximately $1.5 million is available this year. Major funding is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Forest Foundation and Shell Oil Company. The Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program will award grants in portions of the Appalachian region of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Priority will be given to projects within seven focal geographies.

A Request for Proposals detailing NFWF’s funding priorities and other key considerations can be found on the Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program webpage.

The overall goal of the program is to improve the quality and connectivity of forest and freshwater habitat in order to increase the distribution and abundance of fish, birds and other wildlife, as evidenced by a suite of species that collectively are indicators of forest and freshwater habitat condition. The program seeks:

  • to improve the management of public and private forestlands in order to create blocks with a mosaic of mixed-aged forests that support a diversity of bird and wildlife species, especially targeting golden-winged warbler, wood thrush and cerulean warbler; and
  • to bolster populations of eastern brook trout, eastern hellbender and native freshwater mussels by removing barriers to fish passage, restoring riparian and in-stream habitat, and improving water quality and hydrology.

Applicants are encouraged to deploy a range of strategies to engage public and private landowners in active stewardship through technical and financial assistance, demonstrations, education and outreach and other innovative approaches.

Full proposals are due by midnight, Thursday, July 11th and must be submitted through NFWF’s online application at

An in-person grant workshop has been scheduled on June 4, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT at Bald Eagle State Park, PA. E-mail to register.

Additionally, an informational webinar has been scheduled on June 6, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, EDT to provide an overview of this funding opportunity. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate, and can register for the webinar at the following link:

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact John Wright, Manager, Northeastern Regional Office via email or phone at or (202) 595-2478.

Thank you!