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Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund (LISSF) Grant

Grants to Connecticut and New York Nonprofits and
Educational Institutions to Protect Natural Resources

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New York Community Trust (NYCT) - Long Island Community Foundation (LICF)

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 Receipt


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Grants to Connecticut and New York nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to protect natural resources in eligible areas. Areas of focus include inter-organizational collaboration, piloting tools and strategies, small projects with big impacts, and capacity building. All projects must address issues within part of the Long Island Sound watershed in the states of Connecticut and New York.

The Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund (LISSF) is a competitive grant program seeking proposals to restore and protect the health and living resources of Long Island Sound. LISSF is interested in empowering communities of all kinds (including communities typically underrepresented in environmental advocacy) to access, improve and benefit from Long Island Sound, its waterways, and surrounding lands. The most competitive proposals will incorporate multiple values including sustainability, resilience and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Program Priorities:

  • Capacity Building to increase the effectiveness of organizations that focus on restoration and protection of the health and living resources of Long Island Sound. Capacity-building can occur in every part of an organization, including programs, management, operations, technology, governance, fundraising and communications. 
  • Collaboration to foster organizations working together to accomplish a common goal and to achieve greater impact focused on improving the health and living resources of Long Island Sound. More competitive proposals will be about new ways of collaborating.
  • Piloting Tools & Strategies to increase environmental and natural resource impact, or to foster the “next best step” for applicability or scalability across the Sound. Activities may include scoping and design to set the stage for large, multi-year projects. 
  • Small Projects with Big Impacts to clean waters, restore habitat, sustain wildlife, and engage the public in restoration and protection of the health and living resources of Long Island Sound. Big impact includes activities with the promise to accelerate local water quality improvements, natural resource restoration, and community outreach and engagement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193308

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The LISSF has two categories of grants:
• Capacity Building, Network Building, and Piloting Tools & Strategies. Grants are expected to range from $15,000 to $200,000. Please note that few, if any, grants will be made at the maximum award level of $200,000. This is the most competitive category of funding.
• Small Projects with Big Impacts: Grants are expected to range from $3,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects under $100,000 must start within three months and be completed within 15 months after notification of grant award projected to be March 2021. Projects requesting the maximum award amount must start within three months and be completed within 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c)3 organizations and educational institutions.

Funds may not be used for:
- Activities prohibited to 501(c)3 organizations.
- Scientific research.
- Marketing efforts that serve to generally promote solely the applicant organization and its initiatives.
- Building or capital or acquisition campaigns, endowments, sponsorships, or to address budget deficits.

Pre-Application Information:

- Proposal Due Date: Applications must be received by 1/15/2021
- Review Period: Winter 2021
- Grant Notification: Starting March 2021
- Grant contracting Commences: April 2021

Applicant organizations may submit up to two proposals per organization.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Proposal Online:

Questions about this RFP, please contact:
Tripp Killin, Jeniam Foundation:
Lynn Dwyer, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation:

Questions about the application and associated documents, please contact:
Jeannie DeMaio, Long Island Community Foundation:

The Long Island Community Foundation
900 Walt Whitman Road, Suite 205
Melville, NY 11747

Phone: (631) 991-8800
Fax: (631) 991-8801

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   New York City;   New York

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