New Delaware Estuary Grants Program Accepting Applications

Posted by on June 13, 2003

New Delaware Estuary Grants Program Accepting Applications

Deadline: July 1, 2003

Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (, in cooperation with the Delaware Estuary Program ( )and other sponsors, the new Delaware Estuary Grants Program provides grants to organizations working on a local level to protect and improve watersheds in the Delaware Estuary while building citizen-based resource stewardship.

The grants program seeks to support communities in developing and implementing watershed management plans;encourage innovative, locally based programs or projects that restore important habitats and improve water quality within the Delaware estuary; develop the capacity of local governments, citizens groups, and other organizations to promote community-based stewardship and enhance local watershed management; promote a greater understanding of the Delaware Estuary and the interrelationship between the health of the estuary and the condition of local watersheds; and strengthen the link between communities and the Delaware Estuary Program.

Total funding available under the first year of the grants program will be at least $500,000. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to support selected projects.

Eligible applicants are either nonprofit 501(c) organizations or local governments (i.e., counties, townships,cities, boroughs, conservation districts, planningdistricts, utility districts, or other units of local government) from the Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania portions of the Delaware estuary.

See the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Web site for complete guidelines and to download an application form.

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