Community In Conservation Funding – To Apply


APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN – Deadline July 20 at 4pm

Through our “Community in Conservation” funding, Waterfowl Chesapeake will provide seed funding for your project and also leverage the period leading up to and including Waterfowl Festival for a Community Match Challenge. Applicants may be non-profits, community associations or other entities interested in advancing waterfowl and waterfowl habitat conservation. Our goal for this matching opportunity is to increase financial support for your project, broaden recognition of the conservation mission of the Festival and expand public visibility of our partnership.

We have created what we hope is a simple and streamlined application process; one that respects your organizations’ time and resources and reflects the fact that these are small grant awards (max. $5,000). Our expectation is that this will be an annual award program, contingent on success of the Festival each year.

Funding requests should connect to at least one of WC’s four priority funding areas.


  1. Submit your organization’s information, project or initiative details and a Letter of Inquiry (max. 1500 words) HERE using Google forms.
    DEADLINE: JULY 20, 2018 by 4pm. 
  2. WC will review the letters received and expects to notify the applicants for this initial phase of their status by Aug. 30, 2018.  Applicants selected to advance to the next phase may be asked to provide further information related to their project or initiative by mid-September.
  3. Community Match Challenge – October – November (thru Waterfowl Festival)
    WC will work with organizations selected for funding to coordinate a media announcement in September.  The announcement will serve as the opening of the Waterfowl Community Match Challenge period, a new way to build community support and visibility for conservation.  During this time, Waterfowl Chesapeake and Waterfowl Festival will promote our partnership and encourage the citizens of our region to show their support for the selected projects through contributions. This new effort is also intended to increase Waterfowl Festival visitors’ awareness of that event’s conservation mission.
  4. Final press event after the Festival to announce total funding for projects.

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