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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Educational Institutions for Habitat Restoration Programs in Multiple States

Northeast Forests and Rivers Fund


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Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireNew York: Lake Champlain and Upper Hudson watershedsRhode IslandVermont

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/13/23 11:59 PM EDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and Tribes for habitat restoration programs in multiple states. Priorities include increasing grassland bird habitat, restoring riparian and stream habitats, and improving upland forest health. Funding is intended for projects from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and parts of New York.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals for the Northeast Forests and Rivers Fund (NEFRF)(formerly known as the New England Forests and Rivers Fund) to restore and sustain healthy rivers, forests and grasslands that provide habitat for diverse fish and wildlife populations. The program will advance this goal by investing in projects that:

  • Restore the quality and connectivity of stream and riparian habitats with a focus on improving habitat for river herring, Atlantic salmon, eastern brook trout and wood turtles;
  • Improve management of forest blocks to enhance age and structural diversity, resulting in improved forest conditions for native wildlife, with a focus on improving habitat for goldenwinged warbler and New England cottontail; and,
  • Promote hayfield management that allows for successful grassland bird breeding, with a specific focus on habitat for bobolink.

Within the Long Island Sound and Connecticut River watershed, NEFRF will only consider fish passage projects, grassland projects, and early successional forest projects. 

Proposals should strive to contribute to goals detailed in NFWF’s Northeast Watersheds Business Plan (March 2023), and specifically the strategies for Stream and Riparian Habitat, and Upland Forests and Grasslands.

Projects that incorporate outreach to communities, foster community engagement, and pursue collaborative management leading to measurable conservation benefits are encouraged. When possible, projects should be developed through community input and co-design processes and should consider traditional knowledge where relevant. Additionally, projects should engage community-level partners (e.g., municipalities, NGOs, community organizations, community leaders) to help design, implement, and maintain projects to secure maximum benefits for communities, maintenance, and sustainability post-grant award.

Priority implementation strategies for NEFRF funding in 2023:

  • Restore Stream and Riparian Habitats
  • Improve Upland Forest Health
  • Increase Grassland Bird Habitat

For more information on the above priorities, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions.

Additional Geographic Information:

2023 RFP Map:

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

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff listed in this RFP to discuss options.
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.
- 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, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicant Webinar: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
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Pre-Application Information
- Applicant Webinar: Wednesday, May 17, 1-2:30pm EDT
- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, July 13, 11:59pm EDT
- Review Period: August - October
- Awards Announced: November

A match valued at 50 percent of the total project cost (a 1:1 ratio of grant request to match) is preferred but not required.

Applicant webinar recording from May 31, 2023:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant requests must range from $75,000 to $300,000.

Term of Contract
Projects should plan to start six months after the award date and be completed within three years

Contact Information
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For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
John Wright, Program Manager, Northeastern Regional Office
(202) 595-2478

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