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 https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-08/cbsf-insr-2023-request-for-proposals_0.pdf#page=3.
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 https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-08/cbsf-insr-2023-request-for-proposals_0.pdf#page=2.
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