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Long Island Sound Futures Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs in Multiple
States to Improve the Long Island Sound Watershed

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

05/20/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont nonprofit organizations, non-federal government agencies, and educational institutions to improve watershed quality and wildlife habitat in Long Island Sound. Funding is intended to restore habitats and wildlife, secure clean water and healthy watersheds, and engage the public in creating sustainable and resilient communities.

All projects must demonstrate a quantifiable and measurable impact on improving Long Island Sound.

Habitat restoration projects and community resilience projects must fall within the coastal boundary established by the LISS, as indicated by the red outline on the Interactive LISS Coastal Boundary Map. This boundary includes coastal portions of New York (NY) that drain to Long Island Sound (portions of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and portions of Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan in New York City) and the coast of Connecticut (CT).

Water quality, education and fish passage projects may be in any portion of Long Island Sound watershed within the states of CT and NY as shown on the Interactive LISS National Estuary Program Map.

Nitrogen removal projects may occur anywhere in the Long Island Sound watershed within CT, NY, Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), and Vermont (VT) as shown on the Interactive LISS Boundary Map​.

Special opportunity in the Bronx - LISFF is seeking projects within or along the tidal water bodies of the Bronx River (in New York City boundaries) to improve water quality, create, restore or enhance marine and coastal habitat or otherwise protect and restore marine waters or shorelines. Priority will be given to on-the-ground projects that will result in quantifiable pollutant reductions or lead to measurable gains in habitat restored.​

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142753

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Implementation: $20,000 to $250,000
- Design/Planning: $20,000 to $100,000
- Water Quality Monitoring: $20,000 to $100,000
- Education and Public Participation: $3,000 to $10,000 for small projects, and $20,000 to $50,000 for large projects

Term of Contract:

Projects must start within six months and be completed within 12-18 months after notification of grant award. Notification of award is projected to be October 2019. Project start dates cannot be before October 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local government, municipal government, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:

Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar (NY & CT applicants)​: ​3/28/2019, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
​- Applicant Webinar (New England applicants; MA, NH, VT): ​3/29/2019, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
​- Full Proposal Due Date: ​5/20/2019 by 11:59 PM ET
​- Review Period: ​Summer 2019
​- Grant Notification: ​Oct. 2019
​- Public Award Announcement​: ​Oct./Nov. 2019
- ​Grant Contracting: ​Commences Oct. 2019

Match Requirements: The ratio of matching contributions offered is considered during the review process, and applicants must contribute non-federal matching cash funds and/or in-kind services valued at a minimum of 40 percent of the total project budget. For example, if the total project cost is $100,000, then the required split of funds would be no more than $60,000 requested from LISFF and no less than $40,000 match. The required minimum match can be calculated simply by multiplying the amount of funds requested from the LISFF by 4 and then dividing by 6. For example, if you are requesting $100,000, then the project match is $66,666 ([$100,000 x 4]/6). Preference will be given to projects that exceed the minimum 40 percent requirement, as described in the “Evaluation Criteria” section of the RFP.

Matching contributions may include cash, in-kind contributions of staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes. Eligible indirect costs (that would not be paid with requested grant funding) may be applied as match.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Jessica Lillquist – Coordinator, Long Island Sound
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New York City;   New York;   Vermont