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Applying for Technical Assistance

 (Current cycle closed as of 3/1/14)

The Technical Assistance Program is designed to provide contractual support for the kind of activities our implementation grants don't cover: design work, planning, and prioritization, among other similar objectives. All projects should have an ultimate goal of addressing at least one of the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Objectives. 



Restore and protect vital habitats

ü Restore forests (esp. riparian buffers) to improve water quality and wildlife habitat.

ü Restore eroding streambanks to reduce sediment pollution and improve in-stream fish habitat.

ü Restore and enhance wetlands to maximize benefits for wildlife habitat and water quality.

ü Preserve forests, riparian corridors, wetlands and farmland that are vital for protecting water quality and wildlife habitat.

ü Create fish passages to provide access to upstream habitat for fish target species (esp. river herring, American shad, American eel).

ü Restore sustainable populations of native oysters.


Improve conservation on private lands

ü Reduce nutrient and sediment runoff and restore wetlands, streams, and riparian buffers on working forests and farms.

ü Reduce nutrient and sediment runoff from residential and commercial properties.


Improve urban stormwater management

ü Store, treat and infiltrate stormwater runoff through management practices such as bioretention and rain water harvesting.


How To Apply For Technical Assistance:

  1. Develop a scope of work describing the type of assistance you are looking for.
  2. Review NFWF’s list of approved T.A. providers, at top of this page.
  3. If you don’t know who to contact, reach out to the coordinator (contact info at right).  Otherwise, reach out to 2 – 3 providers and discuss your project with them.
  4. Select the approved provider you wish to work with and ask them to submit a proposal.
  5. Give the provider a detailed letter of support describing your need for technical assistance.
  6. Your T.A. provider will then submit a proposal through NFWF’s EasyGrants online application system.  Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis. 

This year, the limit for all requests is $40,000.

Examples of Technical Assistance:

  •  Design green infrastructure projects, including conceptual and/or engineering designs, including assistance through the permitting process. Projects may include bioretention facilities, green roofs, Green Street designs, floodplain and stream bank restoration projects, etc.
  • Develop long-term financing strategies and other policies to support the implementation of capital improvements and restoration projects that also benefit local streams and the Bay.
  • Conduct reviews of capital improvement budgets and other planned infrastructure projects to identify opportunities for “greening”.
  • Conduct reviews of municipal codes and ordinances and recommend changes to be more protective of water quality.
  • Inventory conservation practices implemented on farm land (including voluntary, non-cost shared practices), to establish a baseline for implementing practices in WIPs (i.e., Chesapeake TMDL Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans), and to identify opportunities for marketing nutrient offsets and credits.
  • Develop comprehensive community forestry programs to convert “turf to trees” and achieve urban tree canopy benchmarks.
  • Develop illicit discharge identification and elimination (IDDE) programs.
  • Conduct stream corridor assessments to prioritize restoration sites, as well as other opportunities for water quality improvements (e.g., illicit discharges).
  • Design and pilot test community-based social marketing campaigns to achieve specific behavior changes required to achieve WIP targets.
  • Facilitate public engagement in the planning and design phases of green infrastructure projects.
  • Use geospatial information tools to assess local land use, identify pollution sources, and select potential sites for restoration and stormwater management projects.

Becoming a TA Provider:

If you are interested in becoming a TA provider for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we are accepting applications, also on a three-times-a-year cycle. If accepted, you would be eligible to submit for funding in the next cycle. Please send an email to the coordinator, whose contact info is at right.