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 is soliciting proposals under the Small Watershed Grants (SWG) program for projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that promote community-based efforts to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. NFWF will award funding through two distinct funding opportunities: SWG Implementation (SWG-I) grants of $50,000-$500,000 will be awarded for projects that result in direct, on-the-ground actions to protect and restore water quality, species, and habitats in the Bay watershed; SWG Planning and Technical Assistance (SWG-PTA) grants up to $50,000 will be awarded for projects that enhance local capacity to more efficiently and effectively implement future on-the-ground actions through assessment, planning, design, and other technical assistance-oriented activities.

NFWF estimates awarding $8-10 million in grants through the combined SWG program in 2021 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 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is Thursday, April 22nd, 11:59pm. All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system. For more information on the required proposal elements, evaluation criteria, eligibility and timelines, please the full RFP.

An informational webinar has been scheduled for 3:30pm on Tuesday, February 16th 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 Jake Reilly (, Stephanie Heidbreder ( or Sydney Godbey ( via e-mail or by phone at (202) 857-0166.