The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the EPA recently announced the availability of more than $5 million in grant funding through the Chesapeake Bay Targeted Watersheds Grant Program for projects that reduce nutrient runoff to the Bay and its tributaries.

In this second year of the program, the foundation will award more than $5 million to support projects that expand the collective knowledge on the most innovative, sustainable and cost-effective strategies—including market-based approaches—for reducing excess nutrient loads within specific tributaries to the Bay.

The program is funded through the EPA’s National Targeted Watersheds Grants Program, and is administered by the foundation in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program.

The program will award grants ranging from $400,000 to $1 million on a competitive basis to projects that target and reflect the diverse conditions (e.g., urban, rural and suburban) and sources of nutrients (e.g., agricultural, stormwater and other non-point sources) existing throughout the Chesapeake watershed. Priorities for funding include:

  • Field-scale demonstrations of innovative technologies, conservation practices and best management practices with the potential to significantly reduce excess nutrient loads;
  • Demonstrations, within targeted small watersheds, of the most effective and efficient strategies for implementing nutrient load reductions contained in state tributary strategies;
  • Water quality trading demonstrations (including point source to non-point source) and other market-based strategies to reduce nutrient loads to the Bay and its tributaries; and
  • Demonstrations of strategies that overcome barriers to the adoption of the most effective and efficient BMPs and conservation practices for reducing excess nutrient loads.

Nonprofit organizations, universities and local or state governments interested in applying for a grant under this program can find information, including the request for pre-proposals, application form and frequently asked questions at

Pre-proposal applications are due Nov. 17. It is anticipated that awards will be announced in late April 2007.