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Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund (DWCF) Conservation Action Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs in Multiple
States to Enhance the Delaware River Watershed

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $50,000 to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions to enhance habitats and water quality throughout the Delaware River watershed. Funding is intended for the conservation and restoration of public and private waters and habitats that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River watershed and benefit the quality of life and economic vitality of the communities in the watershed.

Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund (DWCF) Conservation Action Grants will be awarded to implement on-the-ground restoration and conservation projects that achieve the goals of the Delaware River Basin Restoration Partnership and Program Framework: sustain and enhance fish and wildlife habitat; improve and maintain water quality for fish, wildlife and people; sustain and enhance water management to benefit fish and wildlife; and improve outdoor recreational opportunities.

Projects must be implemented entirely within the Delaware River watershed, which includes portions of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Organizations located outside the watershed may apply if their project will be conducted entirely within the watershed. Applicants for Conservation Action Grants are strongly encouraged to use Nature’s Network to help guide and refine proposals for project delivery (see map in Supporting Documents, below).

Priority for Conservation Action Grants will be given to projects that collaboratively address one or more of the following Strategic Program Areas:
- Sustain and Enhance Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration and Conservation Activities.
- Improve and Maintain Water Quality to Support Fish and Wildlife, as well as Habitats for Fish and Wildlife and Drinking Water for People.
- Sustain and Enhance Water Resource Management for Volume and Flood Damage Mitigation Improvements to Benefit Fish and Wildlife Habitat.
- Improve Opportunities for Public Access and Recreation in the Basin Consistent with the Ecological Needs of Fish and Wildlife Habitat.

For more information about these projects priorities, see

To assess project progress and ensure greater consistency of data provided by multiple grants, the Delaware River Program provides a list of metrics. Applicants should select only the most relevant metrics for the project. If you believe an applicable metric has not been provided, please contact program staff (see details in Contact Information, below). For a list of metrics, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179400

Estimated Size of Grant:

- DWCF Conservation Action Grants will range from $50,000 to $250,000 each.
- Generally grants of less than $100,000 will be awarded for restoration at a single site and/or involving fewer partners.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be ready to begin implementation within six months of the grant award, and completed within two years of grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DWCF Conservation Action Grants - Eligible and Ineligible Entities:
- Eligible applicants include: non-profit 501(c) organizations; federal, state, interstate, local and municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.
- Ineligible applicants include: unincorporated individuals, businesses, and international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
-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, compensatory mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon baseline legal and permit compliance efforts. Projects may not include acquisition by the federal government of any interest in land.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The applicant webinar was held on Friday, February 28, 2019. To view slides from the webinar, see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Awards will be announced early August, 2019.

These grants require a minimum matching contribution valued at 50% of total project costs (i.e., 1:1 match); however grants in the higher end of the range are strongly encouraged to exceed 50% match to ensure competitiveness. Required minimum 1:1 match must be from non-federal sources. Voluntary additional match beyond the 1:1 requirement may be from either federal or non-federal sources.


Contact Information:

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

Register online to apply through Easygrants:

Easygrants Helpdesk

Rachel Dawson, Program Director, Delaware River
(202) 595-2643

Jessica Lillquist, Coordinator, Delaware River
(202) 595-2612

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

Grant Coverage Areas:

Delaware River Watershed

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   New Jersey;   New York;   Pennsylvania