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Delaware River Restoration Fund (DRRF) Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs in Multiple
States to Enhance the Delaware River Watershed

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Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

04/11/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $50,000 to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to enhance habitats and water quality throughout the Delaware River watershed. Funding is intended for the conservation and restoration of public and private waters and habitats that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River watershed and benefit the quality of life and economic vitality of the communities in the watershed.

DRRF Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grants will be awarded to implement on-the-ground restoration activities to improve water quality in one or more of seven Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI​) restoration or hybrid “Clusters,” including: the Poconos and Kittatinny, Kirkwood-Cohansey, New Jersey Highlands, Middle Schuylkill, Schuylkill Highlands, Brandywine-Christina, and Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Clusters. One or more of three priority strategies must be addressed: conservation on working lands – farms and forests; restoring streams, floodplains and wetlands; and green stormwater infrastructure in urban/suburban landscapes. Cornerstone Grants will be awarded for especially large-scale, strategic, collaborative project(s) in Cluster focus areas that will serve as models for restoration aggregation via the priority strategies.

Projects must be implemented entirely within the Delaware River watershed, which includes portions of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Organizations located outside the watershed may apply if their project will be conducted entirely within the watershed. To be eligible for DRRF Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grant funding, projects are required to be located within or substantially affect Phase 2 focus areas of one or more of the Clusters listed above. Please see the detailed map in Supporting Documents for more information on Clusters and their focus areas.

Priority for Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grants will be given to projects that address at least one of the following strategies:
- Conservation on Working Lands – Farms and Forests
- Restoration of Streams, Floodplains and Wetlands.
- Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Urban/Suburban Landscapes.
- Cornerstone Grants will be awarded to projects that exhibit exceptional strategic planning and partner engagement to deliver one large project or a suite of projects within the Phase 2 focus areas of the seven DRWI restoration or hybrid Clusters.

For more information about these projects priorities, see

To assess project progress and ensure greater consistency of data provided by multiple grants, the Delaware River Program provides a list of metrics. Applicants should select only the most relevant metrics for the project. If you believe an applicable metric has not been provided, please contact program staff (see details in Contact Information, below). For a list of metrics, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185506

Estimated Size of Grant:

DRRF Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grants will range from $50,000 to $500,000 each. Only Cornerstone projects are eligible for up to $500,000; all other DRRF projects may request up to $250,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be ready to begin implementation within six months of the grant award, and completed within two years of grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DRRF Targeted Implementation and Cornerstone Grants - Eligible and Ineligible Entities
- Eligible applicants include: non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions. Priority for Targeted Watershed Implementation Grants will be given to DRWI Cluster participants and their partners.
- Ineligible applicants include: unincorporated individuals, businesses, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, and international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
-NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
-NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, compensatory mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon baseline legal and permit compliance efforts. Projects may not include acquisition by the federal government of any interest in land.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The applicant webinar was held on Friday, February 28, 2019. To view slides from the webinar, see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Awards will be announced early August 2019.

These grants require a minimum matching contribution valued at 25% of total project costs (i.e., 1/3 of the grant request) is required; however grants in the higher end of the range, especially Cornerstone Grants are strongly encouraged to approach or exceed 50% match (1:1) to ensure competitiveness.


Contact Information:

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

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Rachel Dawson, Program Director, Delaware River
(202) 595-2643

Jessica Lillquist, Coordinator, Delaware River
(202) 595-2612

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   New Jersey;   New York;   Pennsylvania