DEEP: Funding Sources for Watershed and Stormwater Projects

Funding Sources for Watershed and Stormwater Projects

Instructional Sites:

Considerable effort may be required to obtain funding for watershed management projects.  The purpose of the page is to assist stakeholders with obtaining funding for watershed planning and implementation projects.  This page will be revised as resources change.

The following websites provide guidance to those seeking to obtain funding for a watershed project or Watershed Based Planning process.  Some of these follow a tutorial format intended for newcomers to the process of fundraising.

River Advocate's Fund Raising Guide:  River Network 

Developing a Sustainable Finance Plan: EPA Watershed Academy

Watershed Financing: Moving Beyond Grants U.S. EPA Webcast(10/17/2007)

U.S. EPA Grant Writing Tips 

Basic Elements of Grant Writing:  Corporation for Public Broadcasting 

Conservation Finance Online Course:  New England Environmental Finance Center

Plan2Fund: A Tool to Organize Your Watershed Funding

An Internet Guide to Financing Stormwater Management, Indiana University, Purdue

Information Sites:

Resources are listed below that provide information on numerous funding sources.  It is often advantageous to seek several diverse sources to finance a project.  Many government sources require a local match.

EPA Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection

EPA OWOW Watershed Funding

EPA New England Environmental Finance Center

EPA State and Local Government Guide to Environmental Program Funding Alternatives

EPA Environmental Finance Program

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

USDA NRCS Water Quality Information Center

Funding Sources:

It is useful to contact a representative of funding agencies to assist with meeting the parameters necessary to obtain funding.  DEEP Watershed Management staff can provide guidance.  The following are specific sources that are commonly available annually.  These sources are constantly changing, so consult the Information Sites listed above for updates.

CT DEEP Section 319 Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Funding

DEEP Water Grants and Financial Assistance

DEEP Hazard Mitigation Program

Connecticut DEEP Landowner Incentive Program

Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program: CT State Bond Commission can issues bonds supporting environmental protection capital projects in eligible towns

Long Island Sound Habitat Restoration:  Coves and Embayments Enhancement

Connecticut Greenways Small Grants Program

EPA Healthy Communities Grant Program

Funding Opportunities from the NOAA Restoration Center

NOAA Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

NRCS Conservation Programs

Forest Legacy Program:  USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area

US Fish and Wildlife Service Private Stewardship Program

Private Landowner Network Resources for Connecticut

5 Star Restoration Program

National Recreation Trails Program

American Rivers River Restoration Finance

The Conservation Fund: Kodak Greenways Grant Program

The Trust For Public Lands: Services

The Nature Conservancy

It may be useful to consult your Municipal or regional grant writer and State and Federal legislators' offices for additional guidance.