Community In Conservation Funding – To Apply


2019 Grant Review Process is Underway.  DEADLINE TO APPLY WAS AUGUST 5.

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. TO APPLY: Submit your Letter of Inquiry using Google forms (max. 1500 words). Deadline is usually late July / early August, approximately four weeks after application period opens.
  2. WC reviews the letters received and expects to notify the applicants for this initial phase of their status by the end of August. 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 works with organizations selected for funding to coordinate a media announcement in September. The announcement serves 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 promotes our partnership and encourages 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 release/event after the Festival to announce total funding for projects.

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