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Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants Program

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

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) - Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund

Conf. Date:

02/18/21

LOI Date:

01/15/21

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia nonprofit organizations, agencies, Tribes, and educational institutions for water quality projects in eligible areas. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. All 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 to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

NFWF is soliciting proposals under the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants (INSR) program to accelerate the rate and scale of water quality improvements specifically through the coordinated and collaborative efforts of sustainable, regional-scale partnerships in implementing proven water quality improvement practices more cost-effectively.

NFWF will competitively award funding under the INSR program to partnership projects that simultaneously (1) cultivate the growth and enhancement of existing regional-scale partnerships working on watershed restoration, and (2) measurably accelerate the geographic scale and/or rate of implementation for priority water quality improvement practices identified through the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and associated WIPs.

For more information on program priorities, see https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/2021_insr_rfp_update.pdf#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156219

Number of Grants:

NFWF will award an estimated 8-12 individual grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will range from $500,000 to $1 million each.

Term of Contract:

All 2021 INSR grants must be completed within three years of grant award.

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 businesses, unincorporated individuals, and international organizations.

NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities, or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation, and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts, for example in achieving municipal separate storm sewer system requirements.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2021 Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Applicant Webinar: Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, 1:00 PM EST
To Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2416454290080065551

2021 Chesapeake Bay FieldDoc Orientation: Thursday, February 18th, 2021, 1:00 PM EST
To Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6130672738428509455

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applicant Webinar: Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, 1:00 PM EST
- Letter of Interest Due Date: January 15, 2021, no later than 11:59 PM. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit LOIs prior to January 15. NFWF will confirm receipt of the LOI submittal within 5 business days and subsequently schedule follow-up discussions with applicants to provide feedback no later than February 1, 2021.
- FieldDoc Webinar: Thursday, February 18th, 2021, 1:00 PM EST
- Full Proposal Due Date: March 1, 2021

Budget Instructions: https://www.nfwf.org/programs/chesapeake-bay-stewardship-fund/www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information/budget-instructions

Contact Information:

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

LOIs must be submitted electronically to stephanie.heidbreder@nfwf.org.

Register and Apply Online: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/NFWF/Implementation/Modules/Login/LoginModuleContent.aspx?Config=LoginModuleConfig&Page=Login

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact Jake Reilly (jake.reilly@nfwf.org), Stephanie Heidbreder (stephanie.heidbreder@nfwf.org), or Sydney Godbey (sydney.godbey@nfwf.org) via e-mail or by phone at (202) 857-0166.

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Washington, DC 20005

Grant Coverage Areas:

All projects must occur wholly within the Chesapeake Bay watershed: https://nfwf.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=03b04beefc2f4e88859b0632c3c70ef0

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Geographic Focus:

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

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