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Long Island Sound Futures Fund

Audubon Connecticut’s Schoolyard Habitat Project has been funded with grants from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund.

What is the Long Island Sound Futures Fund? 

The Long Island Sound Futures Fund supports projects in local communities that aim to protect and restore the Long Island Sound. It unites federal and state agencies, foundations and corporations to achieve high-priority conservation objectives. Funded activities demonstrate a real, on-the-ground commitment to securing a healthy future for the Long Island Sound.

Since 2005, the Futures Fund has invested $14.3 million in 324 projects. With recipient match of $28 million, the program has generated $42 million for locally based conservation. The projects have opened up 157 river miles for fish passage, restored 1,024 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat and open space, treated 100 million gallons of pollution from ground and surface sources, and educated and engaged 1.8 million people from communities surrounding the Sound.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation NFWF manages the Long Island Sound Futures Fund in partnership with the Long Island Sound Study through EPA’s Long Island Sound Office. Major funding for the program is provided by EPA, the  Long Island Sound Study, US.Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Funding Availability and Grant Size 

  • At the time of this announcement, the LISS partners anticipate awarding approximately $1 million in grants through this solicitation, although the final total award amount is dependent upon the availability of federal and non-federal funds. • Grant awards will be made in two categories: Large grants between $20,000 and $150,000 and mini-grants between $3,000 and $10,000.
  • Grant awards support projects that span one year (12 months) to 15 months. Projects must be completed within that time frame.

Fund Partners 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation manages the Long Island Sound Futures Fund in partnership with the Long Island Sound Study through U.S. EPA’s Long Island Sound Office. Major funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Long Island Sound Study, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

EPA Regions I and II, FWS, NRCS, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York and Connecticut Sea Grant programs, Interstate Environmental Commission, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration review proposals and provide technical assistance to applicants, and assist in the review of the proposals.

Where Can I Get More Information on the Grant Program? 

Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Sound Futures Fund Grant web page to find out what projects are eligible, and details on how to apply.

Questions?

For more information please contact Lynn Dwyer at 631-627-3488 (also for Skype)  or email Lynn at lynn.dwyer@nfwf.org. or Michael Lagua at michael.lagua@nfwf.org.

 

 

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