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Salt Marsh Restoration Funding Sources

The following list was compiled to assist coastal managers and restoration practitioners with acquiring funding for restoration activities. Funding summaries are arranged chronologically by application deadline and include contact information.

Immediate - RI Coastal and Estuary Habitat Restoration Trust Fund through the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council with technical support from the R.I. Habitat Restoration Team.
Contact - Megan Higgins, Coastal Policy Analyst - 401-783-3370
  • Eligible Organizations: Cities and towns; committees, boards, or commissions charted by a city or town; nonprofit organizations; civic groups; educational institutions; and state agencies. Projects must be located in the state of Rhode Island.
  • Fundable Activities: Design, planning, construction, and monitoring
  • Matching Requirements: No match is required

Ongoing - Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration (Section 206) funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District
Contact - Larry Oliver - 978-318-8347
  • Eligible Organizations: Non-federal agencies
  • Fundable Activities: Planning and construction
  • Matching Requirements: 65% Federal - 35% Non-federal

Ongoing - Partners for Fish and Wildlife funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contact - Greg Mannesto - 401-364-9124
  • Eligible Organizations: Non-federal agencies, private organizations and landowners
  • Fundable Activities: On the ground restoration projects
  • Matching Requirements: None

Ongoing - Planning Assistance to States (Section 22) funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District
Contact - Chris Hatfield - 978-318-8520
  • Eligible Organizations: Non-federal agencies
  • Fundable Activities: Technical assistance, water resources investigations only, NOT IMPLEMENTATION
  • Matching Requirements: 50%-50% cost share

Ongoing - Project Modification for Improvement of the Environment (Section 1135) funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District
Contact - Larry Oliver - 978-318-8347
  • Eligible Organizations: Non-federal agencies
  • Fundable Activities: Planning and construction
  • Matching Requirements: 75% Federal - 25% Non-federal cost share

Ongoing - R.I. State Revolving Fund through the R.I. Clean Water Finance Agency and the Department of Environmental Management
Contact - Anthony Simeone - 401-453-4430 (CWFA) or Jay Manning 222-4700 x7254 (DEM)
  • Eligible Organizations: Local government entities
  • Fundable Activities: Restoration projects with direct benefit to water quality
  • Matching Requirements: Unknown

Ongoing - Wetlands Reserve Program funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Contact - Joseph Bachand - 401-822-8818
  • Eligible Organizations: Private landowners, non-federal governments, schools and organizations
  • Fundable Activities: Restoration and easement
  • Matching Requirements: 25% match by recipient

February - Five Star Restoration Challenge Grants funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contact - John Pai (EPA) - 202-260-8076 or Tom Kelsch - 202-857-5662
  • Eligible Organizations: Public and private project sponsors
  • Fundable Activities: Community-based restoration initiatives in watersheds
  • Matching Requirements: None

March - North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grant Program funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contact - Bettina Sparrowe
  • Eligible Organizations: Federal, state, and local governments; organizations; and individuals
  • Fundable Activities: Acquisition, restoration, and enhancement of wetland ecosystems
  • Matching Requirements: 50% Federal to 50% State

March - TEA21 - Transportation Equity Act for 21st Century funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation
Contact - Emilie Holland - 401-222-2023
  • Eligible Organizations: Public or private, profit or nonprofit entities or individuals, local government agencies, and universities
  • Fundable Activities: Mitigation for polluted runoff
  • Matching Requirements: 10% sponsor

March 15 to May 15 - Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Contact - Joseph Bachand - 401-822-8818
  • Eligible Organizations: Private landowners, state agencies, and non-governmental organizations
  • Fundable Activities: Ecosystem restoration
  • Matching Requirements: Up to 75% cost share

May - Community-Based Restoration Program funding through the National Marine Fisheries Service
Contact - Robin Bruckner or Chris Doley - 301-713-0174
  • Eligible Organizations: Public and private project sponsors
  • Fundable Activities: Small-scale locally driven habitat restoration projects
  • Matching Requirements: 1:1 cash and in-kind

June 1/October 15 - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Contact - Karen Hester - 401-222-2023
  • Eligible Organizations: States, federal agencies, non profits, universities and local governments
  • Fundable Activities: On the ground restoration and conservation work
  • Matching Requirements: Varies

June - National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contact - Sue Essig - 413-253-8611 or Flip Nevers - 413-253-8507
  • Eligible Organizations: Coastal states and territories
  • Fundable Activities: Acquisition, enhancement, restoration, and habitat management
  • Matching Requirements: 50% Federal to 50% State; up to 75% Federal if the state has a designated wetlands preservation fund

September - Wildlife Conservation and Appreciation Grant funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contact - 703-358-1852
  • Eligible Organizations: State fish and wildlife agencies (*Private organizations and individuals must work with their state agency)
  • Fundable Activities: Restoration of habitat as part of broader conservation plan
  • Matching Requirements: N/A

October - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Challenge Grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Contact - Tom Goettel - 413-253-8517
  • Eligible Organizations: Broad eligibility, but must apply through National Wildlife Refuge Manager (Project must be on a refuge or within general area with impacts on refuge.)
  • Fundable Activities: Restoration and enhancement
  • Matching Requirements: 50% Non-federal

Varies by State - Coastal Zone Management Administration/Implementation funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contact - Joseph Uravitch - 301-713-3155
  • Eligible Organizations: Coastal states
  • Fundable Activities: Coastal wetlands management and restoration, habitat protection
  • Matching Requirements: Non-federal match required

Varies - Wetlands Program Development Grants funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contact - Matt Schweisberg - 617-918-1628
  • Eligible Organizations: State and local governments and intergovernmental organizations
  • Fundable Activities: Restoration to enhance existing wetlands
  • Matching Requirements: 25% match by recipient

N/A - Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contact - Jennifer Greiner - 703-358-2201
  • Eligibility: Projects on either public or private land in coastal watersheds
  • Fundable Activities: Protection and restoration of coastal habitats
  • Matching Requirements: Federal match

N/A - National Estuary Program funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contact - Darrell Brown - 202-260-1952
  • Eligible Organizations: Nationally designated estuary programs
  • Fundable Activities: Ecosystem management, protection, and restoration
  • Matching Requirements: Non-federal 25% match

N/A - The David and Lucile Packard Foundation funding through this family foundation
Contact - Hugh Burroughs - 650-948-7658
  • Eligible Organizations: Non-profit organizations
  • Fundable Activities: Protection of critical coastal and marine habitats
  • Matching Requirements: N/A

N/A - Singing For Change (SFC) funding through this charitable foundation created by Jimmy Buffet
Contact - Judith Ranger Smith - 816-363-8132
  • Eligible Organizations: Non-profit organizations
  • Fundable Activities: Programs that promote environmental awareness and teach people methods of conservation, protection and the responsible use of natural resources. Efforts to protect individual species or animals are not usually funded by SFC.
  • Matching Requirements: N/A

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