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 pre-proposals under the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants program to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

NFWF is soliciting proposals under the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSR) program to accelerate the rate and scale of water quality improvements specifically through the coordinated and collaborative efforts of sustainable, regional-scale partnerships in implementing proven water quality improvement practices more cost-effectively. Projects proposing to implement water quality improvement projects or practices at the pilot or demonstration scale, through ad-hoc project-scale partnerships, or via small-scale applications of new or innovative technologies are encouraged to apply for funding through the separate Small Watershed Grants (SWG) program Request for Proposals anticipated for release in early 2020.

NFWF estimates awarding $5-7 million in grants through the INSR program in 2020 through a two-stage application process, contingent on the availability of funding. Major funding comes from the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office, with other important contributions by Altria Group, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

INSR pre-proposals are due by midnight, Friday, February 28th, 2020 and must be submitted through NFWF’s online application at An informational webinar has been scheduled for Thursday, January 9th to provide an overview of each 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 Jake Reilly (, Stephanie Heidbreder ( or Sydney Godbey ( via e-mail or by phone at (202) 857-0166.


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