Grants to Illinois and Indiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions in eligible locations to improve watershed quality. Priorities include enhancing habitat quality, improving public access, and expanding green stormwater infrastructure. Projects should take place in the Chicago and Calumet Rivers waterways system.
With an emphasis along the major waterways of the system, the Fund will award grants in the following three categories.
More information about the funding categories can be found starting at https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-06/chi-cal-2022-rfp_0.pdf#page=3.
Additional Geographic Information:Chicago and Calumet Rivers region: To be eligible for funding, projects must occur in close proximity to or otherwise demonstrate direct benefits to the major waterways of the system and their tributaries. A map can be found at https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-06/chi-cal-2022-rfp_0.pdf#page=2.
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Anticipated completion time for funded projects will typically be two (2) years or two field seasons following finalization of a grant agreement. Projects may be a discrete part of a longer-term project, provided there are definable outcomes for the proposed phase of the overall effort. The project narrative should include a clear timetable or schedule for project completion. Project start and end dates should define the period during which all proposed work is accomplished, all requested funds are spent, and all matching contributions are spent or applied.