EPA issues RFAs for $206M in Chesapeake Bay restoration, protection

Aug. 11, 2023
The U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office has put out two Requests for Applications to fund cooperative agreements for four years, with applications due mid-September.

The U.S. EPA announced $206 million in available funding to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and watershed, and to advance environmental justice.

The agency is seeking applications from eligible community-based organizations for two funding opportunities that will fund cooperative agreements for four years.

Of the funding, $96 million will come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law while another $110 million will come from regular EPA appropriations.

Organizations can apply for funding via two Requests for Applications (RFAs) issued by EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office; applications are due by mid-September. Both RFAs will fund the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grant and Small Watershed Grant (SWG) programs for four years.

The $206 million from both RFAs will mark the largest single investment in these grant programs since their creation in 1999. Both programs have been integral to progress made at restoring water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.

This program will fund principal recipients to administer the INSR and SWG grant programs, including issuance of subgrants to local, regional, and state organizations, as well as individuals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The RFAs will close mid-September. More information regarding these RFAs can be found at grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=349633 and https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=349699.

Applications for both RFAs are due mid-September.

Questions regarding applying for these opportunities should be directed to Autumn Rose, EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office, at [email protected].