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Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes, and Educational
Institutions in Multiple States to Restore and Protect Watershed Resources

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Long Island Sound Study (LISS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Deadline Date:

05/27/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont nonprofit organizations, agencies, Tribal entities, and educational institutions to restore and preserve natural resources in eligible areas. Project types include habitat restoration and resilience; water quality, education, and fish passage; and nitrogen prevention or reduction planning/design and implementation. All proposed projects must be within the Long Island Sound watershed boundary.

The Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) is seeking proposals to restore the health and living resources of Long Island Sound. Proposals must address and specifically link to Implementation Action(s) (IAs) in the Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan 2020-2024 Update (CCMP Update) ( The IAs associated with each project metric are provided in the document LISFF Metrics and Implementation Action Tracking Guidance. The CCMP identifies three principles that are important to consider in taking any specific action: resilience to climate change, long-term sustainability, and environmental justice. NFWF encourages submissions that incorporate these cross-cutting principles into proposals.  

CCMP Themes:

  • Clean Waters and Healthy Watersheds – Improve water quality by reducing nitrogen  pollution, combined sewer overflows, impervious cover, stormwater runoff, and point and nonpoint source loading into Long Island Sound
  • Thriving Habitats and Abundant Wildlife – Restore coastal habitats to maintain resilience and function and to support populations of fish, birds and wildlife
  • Sustainable and Resilient Communities - Support vibrant, informed, and engaged communities that use, appreciate, and help protect and sustain the Sound; and sustain its ecological balance in a healthy, productive, and resilient state for the benefit of both people and the natural environment
  • Sound Science and Inclusive Management – Manage the Sound using science that is inclusive, adaptive, innovative and accountable

For more information on CCMP themes, see

Funding Categories:

  • Implementation Projects
  • Design/Planning Projects
  • Community Science/Water Quality Monitoring
  • Education and Public Participation Grants

For more information on project categories, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142753

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Implementation Projects: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $1 million
- Design/Planning Projects: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $400,000
- Community Science/Water Quality Monitoring: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $100,000
- Education and Public Participation Grants: Ranging in value from $50,000 to $100,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must start within six months and be completed within 24 months after notification of grant award. Large-scale complex implementation projects must start within six months and be completed within thirty-six months after notification of grant award. Notification of award is projected to be November 2021. Project start date cannot be before October 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local government, municipal government, Tribal Governments and Organizations, and educational institutions.

Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds :
- Research projects. Consider the LISS Research Grant Program.
- Development of new educational curriculum. See LISS Educational Resources for examples of available information and curriculum.
- Support for fellowships and/or tuition support or reimbursement.
- Marketing efforts serving to generally promote the applicant organization and its initiatives.
- Funding for lunches or snacks, t-shirts and promotional items (e.g., key chains, coffee mugs, pens etc.).
- Full fee or easement acquisition.
- Equipment: Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment.
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.
- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.
- Proposals for habitat restoration, fish passage, public education, and resilience projects in the Long Island Sound watershed upper basin states (MA, NH, VT) are not eligible under the LISFF.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: CT & NY Applicants - April 13, 2021, 2:00PM – 3:30PM Eastern
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Applicant Webinar: MA, NH, VT Applicants - April 14, 2021, 2:00PM – 3:30PM Eastern
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Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar: CT & NY Applicants - April 13, 2021, 2:00PM – 3:30PM Eastern
- Applicant Webinar: MA, NH, VT Applicants - April 14, 2021, 2:00PM – 3:30PM Eastern
- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Review Period: Summer 2021
- Awards Announced: November 2021

Applicants must contribute non-federal matching cash funds and/or in-kind services valued at a minimum of 66.6 percent of the “Requested Amount” from the LISFF.

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Grant Coverage Areas:

All proposed projects must be within the Long Island Sound watershed boundary.

Habitat restoration projects and resilience projects must fall within the LISS Coastal Boundary Map.

Water quality, education and fish passage projects may be in any portion of the Sound watershed in CT and NY as shown on the LISS National Estuary Program Map:,40.5722,-71.1278,42.1389

Nitrogen prevention or reduction planning/design and implementation projects may occur anywhere in the Sound watershed of CT, NY, Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), and Vermont (VT) as shown on the LISS Boundary Map:,39.9638,-67.3573,46.0612

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New York City;   New York;   Vermont

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