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Funding Opportunities

Each year, the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture requests project proposals that are focused on conserving and restoring habitat that will support healthy and productive populations of wild Brook Trout. Many activities that improve brook trout populations are eligible. Take a look at some recent projects for examples! 

Our FY25 RFP closed on February 9, 2024.  Applicants were sent an email confirming your submission to the website.

Funding cycles take about 18 months from RFP opening to when awards are made.  FY 25 awards should be announced in spring-summer 2025. We have not yet heard about FY24 awards and will not until there is a federal budget. FY24 awards will be announced in spring-summer of 2024.

NEW in 2023 - EBTJV offered an additional RFP focused on training and outreach related to EBTJV's conservation actions. RFP closed October 6, 2023.

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Other opportunities

Coastal brook trout 

Increasing Recreational Fisheries Engagement Through the Fish Habitat Partnerships - Due April 15, 2024

The NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation and Recreational Fisheries Initiative are seeking to identify and support projects within coastal Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHPs) that protect or restore habitat AND engage recreational fishing partners.

Funding Available: Approximately $150,000 is available, and will be used to support several FHP
projects (up to ~$75,000 per project).
Time Frame: Projects may take place over the course of more than one year, but funds must be
obligated by 09/30/24. Funds do not need to be spent by 9/30/24.
Who Can Apply: Any coastal FHP or their partner(s) is eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.
Organizations that are not already partners in a coastal FHP are also welcome to apply, provided that they coordinate with the relevant FHP coordinator on their application. Contact for more information.

 Delaware River Watershed:

Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund 2024 Request for Proposals - Due March 21, 2024

A proposal tools webinar is offered on February 2.

The DWCF will award matching grants of $75,000 to $1,500,000 each to conserve, restore, and protect habitats on public and private land, across rural, urban, and Tribal areas, that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River watershed—as well as benefit the quality of life and economic vitality of the communities in the Delaware River watershed. Up to $14.4 million in grant funding is available.

Program Areas:
1. Sustain and enhance fish and wildlife habitat;
2. Improve and maintain water quality for fish, wildlife and people;
3. Sustain and enhance water management to benefit fish and wildlife;
4. Improve outdoor recreational opportunities

Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Spring 2024 Request for Proposals - due 4/3/2024: 

The SWG Program supports efforts to achieve water quality improvement, restoration, and protection of key Chesapeake Bay species and their habitats, and the fostering of an engaged and diverse citizen and stakeholder presence.

Funding is for (1) direct on-the-ground implementation of conservation or restoration actions (SWG-I grants; $75,000-$500,000 each) or (2) assessment, planning, design, and other technical assistance-oriented activities (SWG-PTA grants Up to $75,000). 

Brook trout are named in one of the priority areas:

PRIORITY 3. Enhancing and Protecting Freshwater Habitat for Eastern Brook Trout

  • Increasing Habitat Integrity and Population Viability for Eastern Brook Trout: In conjunction with efforts to manage polluted runoff and restore and conserve riparian and upland forest habitat, includes improving connectivity within and between stronghold eastern brook trout population patches through dam removal, repair and replacement of culverts and other fish passage improvements in order to increase populations and increase occupied habitat, and monitoring of species and population response. In-stream habitat enhancements not otherwise creditable under the Chesapeake Bay TMDL may also be appropriate where instream habitat quality, cover, and structure can be identified as limiting factors to viable local populations. 
  • Conserving Upland and Riparian Forests in Eastern Brook Trout Strongholds: Includes long-term protection and preservation of upland and riparian forest ecosystems in identified Eastern brook trout strongholds by strategically leveraging federal, state, and local land conservation programs through assistance with transaction and due diligence costs, bonus payments for conservation easements and land acquisitions for high-quality upland and riparian forest, and incorporation of forestland protection into existing rural land preservation programs.

INSR: NFWF is soliciting proposals under the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants program to accelerate the rate and scale of water quality improvements through the voluntary implementation of best management practices that cost-effectively reduce nutrient and sediment pollution to local rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay. NFWF is requiring all prospective INSR applicants to consult with NFWF program staff no later than January 24, 2024 using this link. Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact CBSF field liaisons (cc’ed here) to vet potential project ideas prior to contacting NFWF staff directly.

Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (WILD) Grants 2024 Request for Proposals :  NFWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)’s Chesapeake WILD program is seeking proposals to conserve, protect, and restore vital fish and wildlife habitat of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. 

NFWF is soliciting proposals that align with one or more of the interrelated program pillars or priority areas. Regardless of priority area, we encourage proposals that (1) leverage other funding opportunities to strengthen public-private partnerships in support of actions to connect, conserve, and restore wildlife habitats and/or (2) demonstrate nature-based benefits to underrepresented and/or historically underserved human communities.

Learn more >> Due April 10, 2024.

BIL information and tracking

The following is a new dashboard of BIL projects for 5 federal agencies:

Federal Fish Passage Funding and Portal

The Joint Committee on Fisheries Engineering and Science through the American Fisheries Society has put together two amazing tools for Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) practitioners.  We've also compiled some information on many programs under the BIL.


Check our landowner assistance page for more grant programs.

2025 Project Application Information

The application period for FY25 has now closed. This folder contains all the information/material needed for submitting Brook Trout conservation project proposals for the federal FY2025 funding cycle. To submit a project for funding, you must be a registered member of this website and logged in. Please register for membership early because you will need to be approved before you can use the website as a member to upload applications. The deadline for this funding opportunity is 11:59 pm Eastern time on February 9, 2024.

2025 Project Application Information - Read More…

EBTJV Coldwater Stewardship Small Grants Program

Small grant for projects that promote, educate about, or provide training on topics directly related to one or more of our 6 EBTJV conservation actions.

EBTJV Coldwater Stewardship Small Grants Program - Read More…

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