Even though February is the shortest month, there’s a lot to pack in this Focus on Funding! February’s edition features the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Small Watershed Grants and Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense Grants Programs.

We can help you apply for these grants, like we did for our client, South Londonderry Township. Working together, we submitted a Small Watershed Implementation Grant on behalf of the Township. That successful application obtained $220,000 for the Township’s Killinger Creek project! The awarded funds will be used to improve water quality and stream health in Killinger Creek by stabilizing and restoring both streambanks, planting a riparian forest buffer, and educating the community on the importance of clean water.

Explore NFWF’s watershed grants, AARP’s Community Challenge, and American Water’s 2023 Environmental Grant opportunities below, and contact our funding team to learn more about the programs and how we can assist you. We look forward to working with you to identify and secure the funding resources you need to successfully complete your projects!

AARP Community Challenge


The AARP Community Challenge offers small grants for projects that can help make communities more livable. Three types of quick-action grants are available: Flagship Grants, Capacity-Building Microgrants, and Demonstration Grants. For details, please view the recorded Q&A webinar on the Community Challenge website.

Award Amount: Varies by grant type
Required Match: Not required
Applications Due: March 15, 2023, by 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

2023 Environmental Grant Program

American Water

This grant program, established in 2005, provides funding for “innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies.” Eligible projects must be located in an American Water service area. Examples of eligible project activities and outcomes include watershed cleanup, reforestation efforts, streamside buffer restoration, hazardous waste collection, or surface or groundwater protection education. The completed grant application and materials, including the Budget Summary Worksheet, should be sent to your state’s local coordinator.

Award Amount: $10,000 maximum
Required Match: N/A
Applications Due: Must be emailed or postmarked by March 31, 2023

Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Chesapeake Bay Program

NFWF is offering funding through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund for its Small Watershed Grants (SWG) and Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense Grants (WILD) Programs. Eligible projects for the SWG Program promote voluntary, community-based efforts to protect and restore the habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. Projects eligible for the WILD Program conserve, steward, and enhance fish and wildlife habitats and related conservation values in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Applicants should review the CBSF Quick Reference Guide to compare and evaluate the programs.

Award Amount: Varies by program
Required Match: Varies by program
Applications Due: April 20, 2023, by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time)