Community In Conservation Mini-Grant Funding


Each year, Waterfowl Chesapeake is supported by the proceeds of the historic Waterfowl Festival, our town-wide celebration of wildlife art, sporting heritage and Eastern Shore culture, now in its remarkable 47th year.  Over 15,000 people flock to the Shore on the 2nd weekend in November for this event and most come because of the sense of community we create.

Our “Community in Conservation” mini-grant funding, launched in 2017, reflects this community history and marries it with the Festival’s long-standing conservation mission.

CommConservBoxEach year, we allocate a percentage of the Festival-generated funds for projects and initiatives of regional non-profits and entities whose work supports both waterfowl, their habitats and the people of Delmarva.  We intend for these awards to be seed monies that will also launch a fall Community Match campaign. (Check out our 2018 award recipients – University of Delaware and The Ward Foundation – and their projects here!)

With this focus on connecting our financial resources to local environmental needs we now support projects in these four priority areas:

  1. Initiatives at the intersections of waterfowl conservation and community
  2. Education programs on Delmarva focusing on current and future generations of conservationists, enthusiasts and educators
  3. Research and scientific work of graduate students, volunteer groups
    and non-profits on Delmarva
  4. Restoration and conservation of projects that benefit waterfowl and
    regional habitat enhancement in ways that connect with larger bay habitat
    restoration goals

The 2018 Community in Conservation application period is now closed.  For future reference, you can learn more about the application process here