Capacity building grants available for Chesapeake watershed groups

The Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation have announced a new initiative to build the capacity of grassroots watershed and river organizations who will help advance ambitious local restoration and protection plans.

As the focus of the Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection effort shifts more and more to the local level and with the adoption of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) that requires the development of Watershed Implementation Plans by state and local governments, watershed groups are poised to play an even greater role in the Bay’s recovery.  Given their growing importance in efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bayand local rivers and streams, increased levels of financial and technical support to river and watershed organizations is imperative.

The Chesapeake Bay Funders Network (CBFN) Capacity Building Initiative will provide grants and technical assistance to increase the effectiveness of organizations that protect and restore rivers and watersheds, increasing their power to advance local watershed protection priorities through collaborative strategies.

Pennsylvania watershed groups working withing the Chesapeake bay watershed are eligible for this opportunity. For more details, visit the Chesapeake Bay Trust website.