​Chesapeake Estuary | Credit: Mike Land
  • Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund

    NFWF's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is dedicated to protecting the Bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams. We advance cost-effective and creative solutions with financial and technical assistance.

    Working in partnership with government agencies and private corporations, the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund awards $8 million to $12 million per year through two competitive grant programs; the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant Program and the Small Watershed Grants Program​. These programs benefit the communities, farms, habitats and wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay region.

    NFWF also makes targeted investments that support networking and information-sharing among restoration partners on emerging technologies, successful restoration approaches, and new partnership opportunities.

    From 1999 to 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund awarded nearly 1,100 grants totaling more than $150 million. These investments leveraged more than $210 million in local matching resources to support a wide range of conservation projects throughout the Bay basin. In total, these grants have:

    • ​Reduced annual nitrogen pollution loading by an estimated 20 million pounds
    • Reduced annual phosphorus loading by an estimated 4.3 million pounds
    • Reduced annual sediment loading by an estimated 11.9 million tons
    • Restored more than 2,150 miles of streams
    • Treated stormwater runoff from 11,500 acres of impervious surfaces
    • Reached an estimated 2 million residents through outreach efforts
    • Restored over 6,700 acres of wetlands and 1,850 miles of forested riparian buffers
    • Installed over 340 miles of livestock exclusion stream fencing
    • Reconnected over 260 miles of rivers and streams for fish passage
    • Established 301 acres of oyster reefs

    The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is a partnership with the Federal-State Chesapeake Bay Program. Major funding is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Altria Group, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service, CSX, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

 Application Information

 
  • (Updated: 2/1/2018)

 

 Program Information

 
  • (Updated: 8/15/2017)

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 FAQ

 
  • Who can I contact if I have questions about a project I'm considering for submission?
    Ask us, and we'll try to answer any of your questions! Staff contact info is listed at left, or dial 202-857-0166.
  • What funding opportunities are available through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund?
    We have one RFP for Small Watershed and Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction projects. We also provide Technical Assistance support. Click 'Applying for Grants' to find out more!
 

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