March 24th – Parks Service Hosts Bay Stewardship Funding Seminar

The National Parks Service announces Chesapeake Bay stewardship funding opportunities for counties. 

The National Parks Service (NPS) recently announced the next NPS Chesapeake Gateways Network Chat, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Grant Opportunities.”   

The chat will be held via Zoom on Friday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET.  We hope you’ll join us!  You can register here:   

What will this chat cover?      

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is dedicated to protecting the bay by working to advance local on-the-ground watershed restoration, helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams, and restoring and protecting key Chesapeake Bay species. 

This chat will focus on two programs; each has a proposal deadline of Thursday, April 20, 2023.

  • The Small Watershed Grants (SWG) Programdelivered in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership, supports projects within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that promote voluntary, community-based efforts to protect and restore the diverse and vital habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. 
  • The Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense Grants (WILD) Program, delivered in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), supports projects that conserve, steward, and enhance fish and wildlife habitats and related conservation values in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

For more information, go to: Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund Spring 2023 Request for Proposals | NFWF 

Who is presenting?    

  • Mike Slattery, Landscape Conservation Coordinator, Science Applications, North Atlantic – Appalachian Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  
  • Joe Toolan, Manager, Chesapeake Bay Programs, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,   

Why should you attend?  The session objectives are:  

  • Become more familiar with NFWF and the resources available.  
  • Achieve a better understanding of the Small Watershed Grants (SWG) Program and Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense Grants (WILD) Program and the types of projects that are eligible.  
  • Utilize the session to help decide whether these funding opportunities might be a good fit for a current project. What are you trying to get done on-the-ground and move forward?

The NPS Chesapeake convenes Gateways and partners for training sessions, workshops, and other gatherings to foster sharing of expertise,
strategy development, and the goals of the Network. This cross-organizational learning and collaboration is at the core of any successful network.

Links to previous chats are available here: Chesapeake Gateways Network Chats - YouTube