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Delaware River Restoration Fund (DRRF) Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs in Multiple
States to Preserve and Protect Local Water Sources

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) - Delaware River Program

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Deadline Date:

04/01/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and educational institutions to enhance habitats and improve water quality throughout the local watershed. Funding is intended to help clean and restore polluted waters and adopt high-impact green infrastructure practices on urban and suburban private land in the Delaware River watershed.

DRRF Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grants will be awarded to implement on-the-ground restoration activities to improve water quality in one or more of seven Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI​) restoration or hybrid “Clusters,” including the Poconos and Kittatinny, Kirkwood-Cohansey, New Jersey Highlands, Middle Schuylkill, Schuylkill Highlands, Brandywine-Christina, and Upstream Suburban Philadelphia. Projects should be located within or directly benefit Cluster focal areas as identified in Phase 2 Cluster Plans.

One or more of three priority strategies must be addressed: conservation on working lands – farms and forests; restoring streams, floodplains and wetlands; and green stormwater infrastructure in urban/suburban landscapes. Cornerstone Grants will be awarded for especially large-scale, strategic, collaborative project(s) in Cluster focus areas that will serve as models for restoration aggregation via the priority strategies

More information about the priority strategies can be found at

For a list of project metrics, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185506

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Estimated Size of Grant:

DRRF Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grants will range from $50,000 to $500,000 each. Only Cornerstone projects are eligible for up to $500,000; all other DRRF projects may request up to $250,000.

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:

DRRF Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grants:
- Eligible applicants include: non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions. Priority for Targeted Watershed Implementation Grants will be given to DRWI Cluster participants and their partners.
- Ineligible applicants include: unincorporated individuals, businesses, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, 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.
- Equipment: Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff listed in this RFP to discuss options.
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, 11:00AM, EST
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Proposal Tools Webinar: Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, 10:00AM, EST
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Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Due Date: April 1, 2021, 11:59pm, EST
- Review Period: April – May 2021
- Awards Announced: Mid-August, 2021

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

These grants require a minimum matching contribution valued at 25% of total project costs (i.e., 1/3 of the grant request); grants in the higher end of the range, especially Cornerstone Grants are strongly encouraged to approach or exceed 50% match (1:1) to ensure competitiveness.


Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Direct questions to:
Rachel Dawson, Program Director, Delaware River
(202) 595-2643

Easygrants Helpdesk

Claire Flynn, Manager, Northeastern Region
(202) 595-2449

Erin Lewis, Coordinator, Northeast Regional Programs
(202) 595-2413

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   New Jersey;   New York;   Pennsylvania

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