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New England Forests and Rivers Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits in New England States
for Conservation and Habitat Restoration Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

04/25/19 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants starting at $50,000 to USA nonprofits, local, state, and municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions in eligible New England states for river and forest restoration programs. Funding is intended to restore and sustain forests and rivers that provide healthy habitat for diverse bird populations, as well as freshwater and diadromous fish populations.

Projects from throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York,
Rhode Island, and Vermont are invited, as well as projects within the Lake Champlain and Upper Hudson targeted watersheds. In addition, projects that involve stewardship of family-owned woodlands are encouraged to target efforts in the following fifteen watersheds: the Upper Adroscoggin, Saco, Merrimack and Middle Connecticut watersheds; the Maine Coastal, Piscataquis, Lower Kennebec, Upper Kennebec, Mattawamkeag, Lower Penobscot, Pssamaquoddy Bay-Bay of Fundy, Aroostook, St. Croix, Lake Champlain, and the Upper Hudson watersheds.

Priority will be given to projects that address at least one of the following strategies:
- Health Forest Systems: Projects that implement forest management practices on both public and private lands.
- Healthy River Systems: Projects that represent the best opportunities to restore river function, water quality, and enhance the long-term persistence of native species in aquatic systems in New England, including eastern brook trout and diadromous fishes. For eastern brook trout-focused work, projects that reconnect and seek to expand existing allopatric brook trout populations will be considered highest priority.
- Healthy Forests and Rivers: The health of forest and river systems is inextricably linked. Innovative projects that demonstrate the connection between these ecosystems are encouraged.

For more information about priority areas, see:

The program will advance this goal by investing in projects that:
- Strengthen the health of forest systems by improving the management of public and private forest lands to create a mosaic of mixed age forests in the region;
- Provide incentives to strengthen habitat conservation on working forests through flexible technical assistance that is appropriate for the forest stage(s) being targeted;
- Improve the quality of river and stream systems through targeted riparian and stream restoration;
- Reduce barriers to fish passage and increase fish access to high-quality habitat, thereby increasing overall aquatic connectivity; and
- Enhance biodiversity of forest and river systems and increase populations of species representative of system health, such as New England cottontail, American woodcock, bay-breasted warbler, Canada warbler, wood thrush, river herring and Eastern brook trout.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181379

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The program awards approximately 12 to 15 grants per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

This program annually awards competitive grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 each.

Term of Contract:

Projects should begin within six months of the award date and be completed within two years of the agreed start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by Thursday, April 25, 2019, 11:59 PM.

These grants require non-federal matching contributions valued at 50% of the total project costs (1:1 ratio).

Applicant Webinar: Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 7:00-8:00 PM
Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, May 11, 11:59 PM
Review Period: May- July
Awards Announced: Mid-August

To view the recorded webinar:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

John Wright, Coordinator, Northeastern Regional Office
(202) 595-2478

For projects that involve stewardship of family-owned woodlands, contact:
Christine Cadigan, Director, Northeastern Woodland Conservation
American Forest Foundation

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New York;   Rhode Island;   Vermont