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2010 Fisheries and Headwaters Grant Program

Grants to Reestablish and Develop a Major Watershed

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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(NOAA) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center, (CBT) Chesapeake Bay Trust, and FishAmerica Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/10/10 5:00 PM


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Grants up to $75,000 are available for the restoration of fish habitat, improvement of water quality, and the enhancement of fish stocks in a major watershed and its tributaries. Funding objectives are to maximize existing partnerships and leverage new opportunities to restore the living resources of the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers, and its streams from the headwaters to the main stem of the Bay.

The program includes two tracks.

The Sportfish Restoration Track projects (Maryland only) must benefit habitat for sportfish species. Funding partners seek hands-on, grassroots projects that have a clear and identifiable benefit to fish populations and the sport of fishing and that involve community groups, students, or other volunteers. Eligible project types include but are not limited to stream restoration; fish passage; dam removal implementation; wetland creation and improvement; riparian restoration; and streambank stabilization projects that improve habitat for sportfish.

Headwaters Track proposals will be implemented in headwaters throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed (Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.). Funding partners seek implementation projects that have a clear and identifiable benefit to NOAA species of interest (anadromous and catadromous fishes that inhabit first- or second-order streams, including, but not limited to, American eel, American shad, hickory shad, blueback herring, white perch, and striped bass.). Eligible project types include fish passage; dam removal, riparian restoration with an in-stream component, stream restoration or other restoration projects that improve headwaters habitat for NOAA species of interest.

Proposals meeting criteria of both tracks will be considered under both tracks.

Not eligible for funding:
1. Benefits or indirect costs
2. Monitoring supplies and equipment greater than 10% of total project cost;
3. Incidentals such as food and T-shirts;
4. Access projects such as road construction, boat ramps or fishing piers;
5. Permit fees paid to state or local governments;
6. Endowments, individuals, loans, fundraising, advertising or publications;
7. Computer equipment; and,
8. Research.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 124188

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$75,000 maximum

Term of Contract:

1 Year


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

local watershed organizations

Projects or programs that are required by a separate Federal, state, or locally issued permit, decree, or enforcement action. (Optional portions of required projects that are in excess of regulatory requirements may be funded.)

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit proposals online -
To use this system, applicants must register at least 24 hours in advance of submitting an application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least a few days prior to the deadline given potential for high website traffic on the due date. The Chesapeake Bay Trust cannot guarantee availability of Online Grant System technical assistance on the deadline date.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Both Tracks
Kirk Mantay
Chesapeake Bay Trust
phone: (410) 974-2941 x106

Sportfish Restoration Track
Johanna Laderman
FishAmerica Foundation
phone: (703) 519-9691 x245

Headwaters Track
Mary Andrews
NOAA Restoration Center
phone: (410) 267-5644

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia