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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions in Multiple States for Projects to Improve Water Quality

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants Program


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Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) - Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: DelawareMarylandNew YorkPennsylvaniaVirginiaWashington, DCWest Virginia

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/17/22 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions for water quality projects in eligible locations. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that demonstrate reductions in nutrient and sediment pollution to local rivers and streams, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Funded projects must occur wholly within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership, is soliciting proposals through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

The Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants program will support activities that accelerate the rate and scale of water quality improvements through the implementation of best management practices that cost-effectively reduce nutrient and sediment pollution to local rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

For 2023, this includes both INSR Partnership Grants supporting the coordinated and collaborative efforts of sustainable, regional-scale1 partnerships implementing proven water quality improvement practices more cost-effectively, as well as a new INSR Infrastructure Grants opportunity for projects working to implement critical natural and nature-based watershed restoration infrastructure at scale. For further details on Partnership and Infrastructure Grants, see

Projects must directly result in the implementation of water quality improvements across multiple sites within a defined regional project focus or service area, as determined and specified by program applicants. Priority consideration will be provided to projects located within priority subwatersheds where NFWF has identified significant needs for additional nutrient and sediment pollution reduction. 

For Program Priorities, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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

Ineligible applicants include U.S. federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

For ineligible uses of grant funds, see

Additional Geographic Information:

Chesapeake Bay watershed:

Pre-Proposal Conference
The 2023 Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Applicant Webinar will take place on Mon, Sep 12, 2022 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM IDT.
To register:

A FieldDoc Webinar will take place on Wed, Sep 14, 2022 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM IDT.
To register:

Pre-Application Information
- Applicant Webinar Monday, September 12, 2022, 2:00 PM EST
- FieldDoc Webinar Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 2:00PM EST
- Full Proposal Due Date Thursday, November 17, 2022, 11:59 PM EST
- Awards Announced March 2023 (anticipated)

NFWF is requiring all prospective INSR applicants to consult with NFWF program staff prior to submitting applications and no later than November 3, 2022, to ensure eligibility and competitiveness and provide constructive feedback to strengthen proposed projects, consistent with program priorities. Prospective applicants should contact Jake Reilly or Joe Toolan to schedule project consultations. Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact CBSF field liaisons to vet potential project ideas prior to contacting NFWF staff directly.

All full proposal materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.

All INSR proposals must demonstrate reductions of nutrient and sediment pollution to local rivers and streams, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. To assist applicants in generating credible and consistent nutrient and sediment load reduction estimates, NFWF has partnered with the Chesapeake Commons and Maryland Department of Natural Resource to develop FieldDoc, a tool that allows consistent planning, tracking, and reporting of water quality improvement activities and associated nutrient and sediment load reductions from proposed grant projects. Applicants should utilize the FieldDoc platform to estimate water quality improvements from
proposed implementation efforts. (For information about the FieldDoc webinar, see Pre-Proposal Conference above.)

Upon grant award, NFWF will require all projects submitted under this solicitation to utilize FieldDoc for tracking and reporting of applicable water quality improvement activities during their grant project.

- INSR Partnership Grants require non-federal matching contributions equal to the grant request.
- Non-federal match is encouraged but not required for INSR Infrastructure Grants.

Award payments are primarily reimbursable.

Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs):

View Applicant Webinar Recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
NFWF will award an estimated 20-40 individual grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
Awards will range from $500,000 to $1 million each.

Estimated Total Program Funding:
NFWF will award up to $30 million in grants through the INSR program in 2023, including up to $10 million for INSR Partnership Grants and up to $20 million for INSR Infrastructure Grants.

Term of Contract
All 2023 INSR grants must be completed within three years of grant award.

All proposed projects must begin on or after April 1, 2023 to facilitate necessary grant contracting and quality assurance activities.

Contact Information
To apply online:

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact Jake Reilly (, Joe Toolan (, or Carley Morton ( via e-mail or by phone at (202) 857-0166.

NFWF also offers on-demand, field-based project and partnership development support through field liaisons. For contact information, please see

For technical support on FieldDoc utilization during proposal development, please contact Chesapeake Commons at

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
Voicemail: 202-595-2497

1133 Fifteenth St. N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

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