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​ Applying for Grants

This page is intended for prospective grantees.  Current Grantees may wish to visit Tools for Grantees for information targeted to active projects. 

Helpful information before you submit an application:
The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund has three ways to get funding. You can apply through the Small Watershed Grants Program or the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Program (both are described in the same RFP, which is released annually -- the most recent version is located to the right).  These grants have an emphasis on implementation, rather than design or research.  If you are not at the point of implementation, you may wish to explore the option of the Technical Capacity Grants Program. Applying for Technical Capacity  describes this program in more detail.
Small Watershed Vs. Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction: 
Should you apply for a Small Watershed Grant, or an Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction grant?  These are the main differences:

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Projects align with objectives and priorities in RFP. Projects align with objectives and priorities in RFP.
Projects will result in improvements to local stream health and habitat, and/or the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Projects will result in significant reductions in nutrient and/or sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.
Grants are between $20,000 and $200,000. Grants are between $200,000 and $500,000.
Grantees must have matching contributions equal to at least 25% of total project costs. Grantees are encouraged to have matching contributions equal to the amount of the grant request (a 1:1 match).
Helpful Tools: 
Under "Current RFP" at the top right, you can review the most recent Applicant Webinar, which provides an overview of our funding priorities and the current RFP, followed by a step-by-step demonstration of applying within Easygrants.  You can also download the Tip Sheet to help you as you complete your application. 
NFWF grants are managed through Easygrants, so when you're ready to apply, click the link.  If you do not have a previous account, you will have to create one.
FieldDoc - 2017 Stewardship Fund applicants should use data they've entered in FieldDoc  and associated FieldDoc load reduction calculations as part of their applications.
We're here to answer any questions you might have about the application process. Please find staff contact information located on the right-hand side of this page. 

 Staff Representatives


 Current RFP