The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has several
grant programs available to help local and state agencies and communities
implement Anacostia restoration projects. The National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation
also has a revolving request for proposals and previously has funded Chesapeake Bay- and Anacostia River-related projects.
The NOAA Restoration Center's Community-based Restoration Program provides
grants for individual grassroots marine habitat restoration projects that
benefit living marine resources, including anadromous fish species, commercial
and recreational resources, and endangered and threatened species.
NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Program administers the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed
Grants Program, which funds community groups on a competitive basis to restore
wetland and riparian habitats and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
ecosystem. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $50,000.
The Chesapeake Bay Program also offers grants through the Bay Watershed
Education & Training (B-WET) Program. B-WET funds projects that provide
meaningful bay and stream outdoor experiences for students in the Chesapeake
Bay watershed and/or training for teachers to provide this experience for their
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funds projects to conserve and
restore fish, wildlife, and native plants through matching grant programs. The
foundation awards matching grants to projects that address priority actions
that promote fish and wildlife conservation and the habitats on which they
depend, work proactively to involve other conservation and community interests,
leverage Foundation-provided funding, and evaluate project outcomes. Federal,
state, and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit
organizations are welcome to apply for a general matching grant throughout the
year using the General Matching Grant Guidelines. The Foundation previously has
funded Anacostia-focused projects such as environmental education for students
and teachers, low-impact development efforts, streambank and wetland
restoration, and stormwater abatement activities.