The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program, is accepting applications for the 2006 Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program.

The program provides grants to organizations working on a local level to protect and improve watersheds in the Chesapeake basin, while building citizen-based resource stewardship. The purpose of the grants program is to address the water quality and living resource needs of the Bay’s ecosystem.

In 2005, the program awarded 88 grants, totaling more than $3.06 million.

The NFWF will be offering free grant workshops in mid-December at locations around the watershed. Each workshop will provide an overview of the Small Watershed Grants Program, offer recommendations on what makes for a strong proposal and answer any questions that potential applicants may have.

This year’s application form features an expanded project evaluation section, which will be discussed in more detail at the workshops.

For information about the grants program and to download an application form, visit the NFWF website at Applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 3.

For information about workshop locations and to RSVP for a workshop, visit the “Workshops” page of the NFWF Small Watershed Grant site,