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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Educational Institutions in Multiple States to Restore and Protect Watershed Resources

Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF)


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Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: ConnecticutMassachusettsNew HampshireNew YorkVermont

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/10/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont nonprofit organizations, agencies, Tribal entities, and educational institutions to restore and preserve natural resources in eligible areas. Project categories include education and public participation, implementation, and design and planning. All proposed projects must be within the Long Island Sound watershed boundary.

The LISFF supports efforts to test innovative approaches to conservation, deliver transformative projects and support people and communities who value the Sound and take a direct role in its future. A road map guiding investments under the LISFF is the Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan 2020-2024 Update (CCMP). The Long Island Sound Futures Fund invests in projects under three CCMP themes shown below, in CCMP Implementation Actions (IAs) associated with each theme, and in three CCMP cross-cutting principles: resilience to climate change, sustainability, and environmental justice. The most competitive proposals will be those that incorporate the theme(s), IA(s) and cross-cutting principle(s) of the CCMP.

Projects that incorporate outreach to communities, foster community engagement, and pursue collaborative management leading to measurable conservation benefits are encouraged. When possible, projects—especially those implemented in underserved, under-resourced or overburdened communities—should engage community-level partners to help design, implement, and sustain the work to secure maximum benefits for communities and post-grant award. 

CCMP Themes:

  • Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds
  • Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife
  • Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Funding categories:

  • Implementation Projects for projects with particularly high environmental community benefit relative to cost, including:
    • Water quality, habitat restoration, and resilience projects.
    • Projects with the greatest promise to demonstrate, influence, pilot, innovate, and/or provide a proof of concept with the aim of accelerating local and regional water quality improvements, natural resource restoration, coastal resilience, Environmental Justice and/or community and public outreach and engagement.
  • Design/Planning Projects for
    • Water quality or habitat restoration projects.
    • Watershed plans.
    • Community resilience/sustainability/natural hazard mitigation plans. 
  • Education and Public Participation Grants

More information about these themes can be found starting at


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local government, municipal government, Tribal Governments and Organizations, and educational institutions.

Additional Geographic Information:

All proposed projects must be within the Long Island Sound watershed boundary as shown at

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds can be found at

Pre-Proposal Conference
Workshops and Webinars
- MA Webinar: Municipal Applicants: March 2, 2023 10:00am - Noon
- MA Webinar: Agricultural Applicants: March 2, 2023 1:00pm to 2:30pm
- NY & CT Webinar: March 15, 2023 1:30pm – 3:00pm
- MA, NH, VT Webinar: March 16, 2023 1:30pm – 3:00pm
- NH Workshop: Pembroke: March 23, 2023 9:00am – Noon
- CT Workshop: Hartford: March 27, 2023 9:30 – 1:00pm
- CT Workshop: Groton: March 28, 2023 9:30am – 11:00am
- CT Workshop: New Haven: March 28, 2023 2:00pm– 3:30pm
- CT Workshop: Bridgeport: March 29, 2023 10:30am – Noon
- NY Workshop: Huntington: April 11, 2023 9:00am – 10:30am
- NY Workshop: Bronx: April 18, 2023 9:30am – 11:00am
- NY Workshop: New Rochelle: April 18, 2023 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Zoom Registration links can be found in the RFP, see

Pre-Application Information
- Proposal Due Date: May 10, 2023, 11:59PM, Eastern
- Review Period: Summer/Fall 2023
- Awards Announced: November 2023

Match Requirements: Grants require a minimum matching contribution valued at 25% of the “Requested Amount” from the LISFF. For example, if you request $100,000 from LISFF, then the required match is $25,000. Matching contributions may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes. The amount of matching funds offered is one criterion considered during the review process, and projects that meet or exceed the required match will be more competitive.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
- Implementation Projects: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $1.5 million
- Design/Planning Projects: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $500,000
- Education and Public Participation Grants: $50,000 to $250,000.

For Grant Writing Assistance in the range of $5,000-$9,950 per application, see

Term of Contract
Projects must start within six months and be completed within 24 months after notification of grant award. Larger-scale complex implementation or partnership development projects must start within six months and be completed within thirty-six months after notification of grant award. Notification of award is projected to be November 2023. Project start date cannot be before October 1, 2023.

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