Long Island Sound Futures Fund

Black-bellied plovers perched on concrete reefballs in Stratford, CT (a Futures Fund living shoreline project). Photo by Scott Kruitbosch.

On March 1, 2023 the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced request for proposals for the 2023 Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant program. The RFP is available on the NFWF website.

What is the Long Island Sound Futures Fund?

Stretching more than 110 miles into the Atlantic, with 600 miles of coastline, the Long Island Sound is home to hundreds of species of fish, birds, and other animals. Millions of people visit the Sound each year to swim, boat, and enjoy its beauty, enriching their own lives and stimulating the local economy.

Maintaining the Sound as a healthy ecosystem, while balancing human uses, presents a challenge. Over centuries, stormwater runoff, debris and other sources of man-made pollution have degraded the Sound and compromised its vitality.

The Long Island Sound Futures Fund supports projects in local communities that aim to protect and restore 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 Long Island Sound.

Funding priorities for this program include:

  • Clean waters and healthy watersheds: improving water quality by delivering projects that reduce combined sewer overflows, stormwater runoff, and nonpoint source nutrient loading into Long Island Sound.
  • Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife: restoring coastal habitats to maintain resiliency and function, and foster diverse, balanced and abundant populations of fish, birds, and wildlife.
  • Educating to Engage Sustainable and Resilient Communities: increasing knowledge and engagement of the public in the protection and restoration of Long Island Sound.
  • Sound Science and Inclusive Management: using sound science and cross-jurisdictional governance that is inclusive, adaptive, innovative, and accountable.

The Long Island Sound Study initiated the LISFF in 2005 through the EPA’s Long Island Sound Office and NFWF. Since its inception, the LISFF invested $32 million in 529 projects. The program has generated an additional $49 million in grantee match, for a total conservation impact of $81 million for regional and local projects. The projects have added 115 river miles for fish passage, restored 805 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat, treated 201 million gallons of pollution, and educated and engaged over 4 million people in the protection and restoration of the Sound.

Who Manages the Program?

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 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 the US Environmental Protection Agency, Long Island Sound Study, and US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

EPA Regions I and II, FWS, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York and Connecticut Sea Grant programs, Interstate Environmental Commission, and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission review proposals and provide technical assistance to applicants and recipients.

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.


For more information please contact  Lynn Dwyer at 631-627-3488, [email protected].

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