NFWF Announces Requests for Proposals for 2020 Futures Fund

The Living Shoreline project at Stratford Point, CT, has involved installing concrete reef balls in the water to disrupt wave energy, helping to prevent the shoreline from eroding and protecting newly planted saltmarsh grass. The project has received support from the Futures Fund.

The National Fish and Wildlife Found announced on March 23 the release of the updated and enhanced 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant program. The deadline to apply is June 2, 2020.

Approximately $3 million is available for planning or implementation of environmental projects in the Long Island Sound watershed (Connecticut and New York and the upper New England states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The grant range is from $5,000 to $500,000.

Connecticut and New York grants are available for:

  • Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds – projects to reduce nutrient loading, combined sewer overflows, stormwater runoff, and nonpoint source loading.  
  • Sustainable and Resilient Communities – projects to increase the knowledge and engagement of the public in the protection and restoration of the Sound.  
  • Community Coastal Resilience – projects to enhance coastal resilience with natural and green-gray infrastructure. 
  • Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife – projects to restore coastal habitats and foster fish and wildlife in the coastal boundaries of CT and NY.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont grants are available for:

  • Water quality projects whose primary purpose is to prevent or reduce nitrogen loading such as enhancing riparian forested buffer/channel, in-stream restoration, reducing agricultural runoff, low- cost retrofits at wastewater treatment facilities, etc.

Check out the RFP on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.

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The Long Island Sound Study initiated the LISFF in 2005 through EPA’s Long Island Sound Office and NFWF. To date, the Futures Fund has invested $22 million in 451 projects. The program has generated an additional $39 million in grantee match, for a total conservation impact of $62 million for regional and local projects. The projects have reconnected 176 miles of river for fish passage, restored 1,114 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat and open space, treated 212 million gallons of stormwater pollution, and educated and engaged 4.9 million people in protection and restoration of the Sound. Learn more about the Long Island Sound projects in the grants section.

*The availability of estimated funds is contingent upon the federal appropriations process and does not commit future appropriations. Funding decisions are made based on the funding level and time of when funds are received by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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