Grants and Funding Resource Library


Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land.  Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.

Tags: Agriculture, Conservation, Grants and Funding, Technical Assistance, Wetlands

Conservation Innovation Grants
NRCS offers a funding opportunity to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. 

Tags: Agriculture, Conservation, Grants and Funding

Conservation Stewardship Program
The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns.  Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance - the higher the performance, the higher the payment. 

Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve resource condition including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, as well as energy.

Tags: Agriculture, Aquatic Biology and Biodiversity, Conservation, Grants and Funding, Habitat, Soil, Wetlands

Conservation Technical Assistance Program
NRCS delivers conservation technical assistance through its voluntary Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA).  CTA is available to any group or individual interested in conserving our natural resources and sustaining agricultural production in this country. The CTA program functions through a national network of locally-based, professional conservationists located in nearly every county of the United States. Among other things, this assistance can help land users: Protect and improve water quality and quantity; Maintain and improve wildlife and fish habitat.

Tags: Agriculture, Aquatic Biology and Biodiversity, Conservation, Grants and Funding, Habitat, Soil, Technical Assistance

Emergency Watershed Protection Program
The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) was established to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. EWP helps protect lives and property by providing cost share and technical assistance. The program provides funding (up to 75%) to project sponsors for such work as clearing debris from clogged waterways, restoring vegetation, and stabilizing river banks. Each EWP project, excluding flood plain easements, requires a sponsor who applies for the assistance. A sponsor can be any legal subdivision of State or local government. The sponsors determine priorities for emergency assistance while coordinating work with other Federal and local agencies. Application must be received 60 days after event.

Tags: Conservation, Erosion and Siltation, Flooding, Grants and Funding, Riparian Buffers

Environmental Quality Incentives Program
EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.

Tags: Agriculture, Aquatic Biology and Biodiversity, Conservation, Erosion and Siltation, Grants and Funding, Groundwater

Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative
Through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), NRCS and partners work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability in the Mississippi River basin. 

The 13-state initiative builds on the cooperative work of NRCS and its conservation partners in the basin, and offers agricultural producers in priority watersheds the opportunity for voluntary technical and financial assistance.

Cumberland River Basin Projects to receive funding in 2016 include:

  • Upper Buck Creek
    • Partners: Pulaski Co. CD, TNC, US Fish & Wildlife, KY Fish & Wildlife, KY Fish & Wildlife/NFWF, UK Extension, UCWW, Kentucky Division of Water, Rockcastle Co. CD, Lincoln Co. CD
  • Red River
    • Partners: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Tags: Agricultural BMPs, Wetlands, Financial Assistance, Conservation, Biodiversity

National Water Quality Initiative
NWQI is designed to help individual agricultural producers take actions to reduce the loss of sediment, nutrients and pathogens into waterways where water quality is a critical concern. The goal of NWQI is to implement conservation practices in sufficient quantity in a concentrated area so that agriculture no longer contributes to the impairment of water bodies within priority watersheds.

To achieve these goals, NRCS will work with landowners to implement conservation practices such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, terraces and buffers. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds this assistance, and in some cases, is leveraged by funds from local and state partners.

Within the Cumberland River Basin, all NWQI priority watersheds are at the HUC12 level and within the Collins River watershed. Priority watersheds are the Little Hickory Creek (051301070101), West Fork Hickory Creek watershed (051301070102), and Hickory Creek watershed (051301070103). 

Tags: Agricultural BMPs, Erosion, Sediment, Nutrients, Pathogens, Financial Assistance, Conservation, Biodiversity

Regional Conservation Partnership Program
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements.

RCPP encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales.

Tags: Agricultural BMPs, Soil, Financial Assistance, Conservation, Biodiversity

Southeast Kentucky Early Successional Habitat Initiative
The purpose of the Southeast Kentucky Early Successional Habitat Initiative is to establish fish and wildlife habitat on private agricultural land and nonindustrial private forestland in a highly forested area of the State with a large potential for early successional habitat improvement. Emphasis will be placed on forest stand improvement practices with the objective of creating or maintaining early successional forest habitat to benefit a suite of wildlife species. This initiative is available in a number of Cumberland Basin counties in KY. 

Tags: Agricultural BMPs, Financial Assistance, Conservation, Biodiversity

Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program
This program provides technical and financial assistance to States, local governments and Tribes (project sponsors) to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans for the purpose of: watershed protection; flood mitigation; water quality improvements; soil erosion reduction; rural, municipal and industrial water supply; irrigation; water management; sediment control; fish and wildlife enhancement; and hydropower. 

Tags: Planning, Agricultural BMPs, Flood Mitigation, Erosion, Sedimentation, Water Supply, Financial Assistance, Conservation, Biodiversity

Watershed Surveys and Planning Program
The purpose of the program is to assist Federal, State, and local agencies and tribal governments to protect watersheds from damage caused by erosion, floodwater, and sediment and to conserve and develop water and land resources. Resource concerns addressed by the program include water quality, opportunities for water conservation, wetland and water storage capacity, agricultural drought problems, rural development, municipal and industrial water needs, upstream flood damages, and water needs for fish, wildlife, and forest-based industries.

Types of surveys and plans include watershed plans, river basin surveys and studies, flood hazard analyses, and flood plain management assistance. The focus of these plans is to identify solutions that use land treatment and nonstructural measures to solve resource problems.

Tags: Planning, Flood Mitigation, Wetlands, Erosion, Sedimentation, Water Supply, Financial Assistance, Conservation, Biodiversity

Wildlife Initiative
The purpose of this Kentucky initiative is to help participants develop fish and wildlife habitat on private agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land and Indian land. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and others to develop or enhance upland, wetland, riparian, and aquatic habitat areas on their property. 

Tags: Agricultural BMPs, Wetlands, Riparian Buffers, Financial Assistance, Conservation, Biodiversity

Environmental Protection Agency
Catalogue of Federal Funding
The Catalog of Federal Funding is a database of financial assistance sources available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.

Tags: Funding, Maps and Tools

Catalog of Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Finance Publications
With funding from the USEPA, the Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill is investigating innovative financing approaches for stormwater and green infrastructure. A first step has been to catalog some of the existing publications in this area that have information on project financing.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Green Infrastructure, Stormwater

Clean Water State Revolving Fund
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Water Quality, Green Infrastructure

Environmental Education Grants Program
This program supports environmental education projects that increase the public awareness about environmental issues and increase people's ability to make informed decisions that impact environmental quality. EPA awards between $2 and $3 million annually. More than 75 percent of these grant recipients receive less than $15,000.

Tags: Education, Grants and Funding
This Web site provides organizations with the ability to search for competitive grants from all grant-making Federal agencies, register to receive grant notices via e-mail, and download grant applications.

Tags: Grants and funding

Grants and Funding for Water Research
EPA provides grants and funding to the Nation's leading researchers in academia and small businesses around the country to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues. Research by grantees complements the research by EPA.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Education

Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS)
Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS) is the primary tool for management and oversight of the EPA’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program. GRTS pulls grant information from EPA’s centralized grants and financial databases and allows grant recipients to enter detailed information on the individual projects or activities funded under each grant.

See also: Nonpoint Source Management Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Maps and Tools, Nonpoint Source Pollution

Handbook on Coordinating Funding for Water and Waste Water Infrastructure
Because there are numerous ways to coordinate funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) surveyed six states – Arizona, California, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington – to identify the keys to the success of their coordinated funding approaches. This handbook presents the lessons learned by these six states so that other states may understand the benefits and challenges of coordinating funding efforts.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Guides, Public Supply, Wastewater

Nonpoint Source Pollution Program
Clean Water Act Section 319(h) funds are provided to designated state and tribal agencies to implement their approved nonpoint source management programs. Funding decisions are made by the states. States submit their proposed funding plans to EPA. If a state’s funding plan is consistent with grant eligibility requirements and procedures, EPA then awards the funds to the state. Site includes guidlines, reports and project summaries, andprogram managers by state

Tags: Nonpoint Source Pollution, Grants and Funding

Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center 
The Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center provides financial expertise to communities that are financing, drinking water, waste water and storm water infrastructure

Tags: Grants and Funding, Public Supply, Drinking Water, Wastewater, Stormwater

Wetlands Funding
EPA provides several funding sources that can be used to support state and tribal programs, as well as voluntary restoration.

Tags: Wetlands, Grants and Funding

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Aquatic Resource Education Grant
The Aquatic Resource Education Program provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for angler education, developing outdoor ethics, stewardship and conservation to increase the public understanding of the nation’s water resources and associated aquatic life forms. The Aquatic Resource Education Program is part of the Sport Fish Restoration Program

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Education, Biodiversity, Conservation, Aquatic Biology

Boating Access Program
The Boating Access (BA) Program provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for projects that provide access to America's waterways by developing new access facilities or renovation and/or improvement of existing facilities. The Boating Access Program is part of the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Recreation, Grants and Funding

Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
The Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG) provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas to construct, renovate, and maintain tie-up facilities with features for transient boaters in vessels 26 feet or more in length, and to produce and distribute information and educational materials about the program.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Recreation, Grants and Funding

Candidate Conservation Program
The Candidate Conservation Program uniquely bridges the non-regulatory and regulatory approaches to species conservation. Two key elements: conducting assessments to identify species most in need of the ESA's protection and the activities that threaten them; and working through partnerships to conserve these species by improving habitat and removing threats.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Threatened and Endangered Species, Biodiversity

Clean Vessel Act Grant Program
The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters and also for educational programs that inform boaters of the importance of proper disposal of their sewage.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation, Boating, Wastewater, Sewage, Pathogens

Financial Assistance Program
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues financial assistance through grants and cooperative agreement awards to commercial organizations, foreign entities, Indian tribal governments, individuals, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and state and local governments. Information on financial assistance is available on this webpage. 

Tags: Grants and Funding

Grant Programs Funded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund
This table shows the different grant programs funded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, with the funding levels for this fiscal year. Grant programs include Conservation Grants, Recovery Land Acquisition, Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance, Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Land Acquisition.

See also: Candidate Conservation Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Threatened and Endangered Species, Biodiversity

Hunter Education Program
The Hunter Education Program provides grant funds to the states and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for projects to provide instruction in firearm operations and safety, wildlife management, nature conservation, ethics, game laws, outdoor survival and wilderness first aid. Funds may also be used for the development and operations of archery and shooting range facilities.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation, Hunting

Landowner Incentive Program
The Landowner Incentive Program provides federal grant funds to grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas to protect and restore habitats on private lands, to benefit Federally listed, proposed or candidate species or other species determined to be at-risk.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Restoration, Conservation

Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MCGP)
The MSCGP provides funding for wildlife and sport fish restoration projects identified as priority projects by theAssociation of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. These high priority projects address problems affecting states on a regional or national basis. Project types that are generally selected for funding are: biological research/training, species population status, outreach, data collection regarding hunter/angler participation, hunter/aquatic education, economic value of fishing/hunting, and regional or multistate habitat needs assessments.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Restoration, Conservation, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Hunting, Fishing, Recreation

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants
NAWCA grants increase bird populations and wetland habitat, while supporting local economies and American traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming, and cattle ranching. Wetlands protected by NAWCA provide valuable benefits such as flood control, reducing coastal erosion, improving water and air quality, and recharging ground water.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Wetlands, Recreation, Hunting, Fishing, Birdwatching, Flooding, Water Quality, Groundwater

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program to restore historic habitat types, which benefit native fishes and wildlife. Interested landowners in Tennessee andKentucky can receive technical advice and funding to do livestock exclusion fencing/alternate water supply construction, streambank stabilization; restoration of native Vegetation; wetland restoration/enhancement; riparian reforestation; and restoration of in-stream Aquatic Habitats. Projects must benefit Federal Trust Resources (threatened or endangered species, wetlands, migratory birds). Click the appropriate link for TN or KY above for program details for each state. 

Tags: Restoration, Agricultural BMPs, Exclusion Fencing, Alternate Water Supply, Streambank Stabilization, Riparian Reforestation, Wetlands, Stream Restoration, Grants and Funding, Sediment, Nutrients, Pathogens

State Wildlife Grant Program
The State Wildlife Grant Program provides Federal grant funds to State fish and wildlife agencies for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished.

See also: Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Restoration, Conservation, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR)
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service WSFR works with states to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. The Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program provides oversight and/or administrative support for grant programs such as the Wildlife Restoration Grant Program, Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program, Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, State Wildlife Grant Program, Multistate Grant Program, and Landowner Incentive Grant Program amongst others. 

Tags: Biodiversity, Grants, Recreation, Education

U.S. Forest Service
quatic Organism Passage Program
The Forest Service is recognized as a national leader in road crossing techniques that ensure aquatic organism passage, or the ability for fish and other aquatic creatures to move up or downstream under roads. The agency also assists in projects to allow for passage at irrigation diversions and small dams. Restoration work accomplished under this program occurs on forest highways, roads, and irrigation diversions in cooperation with state and county transportation agencies, landowners and a wide range of interest groups.

Tags: Fish Passage, Grants and Funding, Dams, Obstructions, Culverts, Biodiversity, Aquatic Biology

Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council's Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program is focused on the present health and future preservation of America's urban forests. Funds, at present, are targeted at work that will develop a 'national urban forestry funding assessment and methodology' or that will will provide increased 'understanding of urban forest ecosystem/ecological services.'

Tags: Forests, Urban, Stormwater, Grants and Funding, Ecosystem Services, Green Infrastructure

Freshwater Live
FreshWaterLIVE is a website created by the US Forest Service and other partners. Visitors to the site can learn about ways to get involved in conserving and learning about freshwater, to learn about water and watersheds, to accesslesson plans, and check out videos and interactive games. The site also lists a number of education related grants that could be used for rain gardens, gardens or other projects involving fresh water. 

Tags: Education, Grants and Funding, Raingardens, Stormwater

Watershed Restoration Program
The Watershed Restoration Program supports stewardship efforts at all levels of the organization to promote healthy, sustainable watersheds fundamental to ecosystems and people. Program work has included stream, riparian, and road restoration projects. 

Tags: Restoration, Grants and Funding

US Geological Survey
Cooperative Matching Funds Program
The Cooperative Matching Funds Program is the Water Mission Area’s “bottom-up, on-the-ground” program that is designed to bring local, State, and Tribal water science needs and decision-making together with USGS national capabilities related to USGS nationally consistent methods and quality assurance; innovative monitoring technology, models, and analysis tools; and robust data management and delivery systems. The Program provides the foundation for USGS water monitoring networks (quantity and quality) and supports interpretative studies that cover a wide range of issues.

Tags: Water Quality, Monitoring, Grants and Funding

U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Abandoned Mine Lands Grants
Information regarding grant distribution and funding for the Abandoned Mine Lands Program. 

See also: Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program Website

Tags: Abandoned Mines, Coal, Website, Maps and Tools, Grants and FundingReclamation



KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Habitat Improvement Program
To improve wildlife habitat, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources works cooperatively with Kentucky's private landowners across the state. There are many opportunities to receive technical assistance and even financial assistance through a variety of programs. Funding for habitat improvement projects is dependent upon how the projects will benefit wildlife and comes from: 1) Business Conservation Partnerships - for any businesses, municipalities, churches, or other groups interested in improving habitat, reducing maintenance, and improving human relations; 2) the Forest Stewardship Program - for landowners with 10 or more acres who wish to work with both a wildlife biologist and a professional forester; 3) Backyard Wildlife Program - do-it-yourself help kit for properties smaller than 5 acres, for schools and outdoor classroom design, or for anyone interested in backyard wildlife enhancement. A nominal fee is charged for the kit.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Biodiversity, Habitat, Restoration, Aquatic Biology

Promoting Our Wildlife and Energy Resources (POWER) Program
If your property is crossed by an electric transmission line in one of the areas highlighted on this webpage's map, contact your county’s private lands biologist from the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife or call 1-800-858-1549 to find out how you could get paid to improve habitat on the right-of-way.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Energy, Biodiversity, Habitat, Conservation, Restoration

Stream Team Program
The Stream Team offer landowners free repairs to eroding and unstable streams and wetlands. The team consists of a group of stream restoration specialists in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Their job is to identify and undertake stream restoration projects statewide. The Stream Team works with private landowners and others to identify stream restoration projects. Projects are funded from the Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Fund held in trust solely for repairing streams and wetlands. No state tax general funds or hunting/fishing license dollars are used. In addition to basic and technical information about this program as well as the states stream mitigation program, this webpage has information for helping landowners see if they may qualify for the program. 

Map of Stream Mitigation Program Staff and Service Areas

Tags: Stream Restoration, Grants and Funding, Mitigation, Sedimentation, Riparian Buffers, Private Land, Maps, Contacts, KY Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program

KY Division of Conservation
Environmental Grants
Through the Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share program, the Soil and Water Conservation Commission is able to provide environmental grants to conservation districts to reduce agricultural non-point source pollution of surface or groundwater.  These grants are provided for projects that educate the public about pollution problems and demonstrate effective alternatives, as well as those that encourage the adoption of new management techniques or measures.The maximum grant amount is $7,500, and the maximum cost share rate is 75 percent.

Tags: Agricultural BMPs, Grants and Funding, Education

Equipment Loans
The Kentucky Division of Conservation administers the Equipment Revolving Loan Program, which has been in effect since 1948. During this time, $62 million has been loaned to 2,320 individuals and conservation districts for the purpose of purchasing specialized equipment. Equipment eligible for loans through the program include dozers, backhoes, no-till drills, precision applicators for agriculture chemicals and other equipment suited for conservation work.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Equipment Loans, Conservation, Agricultural BMPs

The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Auxillary sponsors three $1,000 scholarships each year. The George Crafton Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors, the Natural Resource Scholarship is for college students and the Betty Barrick Non-Traditional Scholarship is for college students who are at least 25 years old. Those applying for the scholarship will need to be qualified young men and women that are interested in agriculture and natural resources fields.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Education, Scholarships, Natural Resources, Conservation, Agricultural BMPs

State Cost Share Program
The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program and the Kentucky Soil Stewardship Program are financial and technical assistance programs created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky and to implement their agriculture water quality plans. Water related practices eligible for cost share are agriculture and animal waste control facilities; streambank stabilization; animal waste utilization; vegetative filter strips; integrated crop management; pesticide containment; sinkhole protection; pasture and hay land forage quality; heavy use area protection; rotational grazing system establishment; water well protection; forest land and cropland erosion control systems; closure of agriculture waste impoundment; on-farm fallen animal composting; soil health management; precision nutrient management; strip intercropping system; livestock stream crossing and riparian area protection. 

See also: Agriculture Water Quality Plan

Tags: Grants and Funding, Agricultural BMPS, Erosion, Sediment, Nutrients, Stormwater Runoff, Agricultural Runoff, Riparian Buffers, Pesticides, Sinkholes, Groundwater, Forests, Pathogens, Wastewater, Livestock Stream Crossing, Technical Assistance

KY Division of Forestry
How to Fund an Urban Forestry Program
Guide for funding an urban forestry program in the state of Kentucky. 

Tags: Grants and Funding, Urban Forests

Forest Stewardship Program and Landowner Services
The Kentucky Forest Stewardship Program is a free program available to all private forestland owners who own forestland. The Division of Forestry can arrange for a forester, wildlife biologist, other natural resources professional or all of the above to meet with you to help prepare a customized forest stewardship plan based on your goals and objectives for your property. On the forest stewardship program application, you are asked to choose a first and a second priority of management. Choices include both fish and wildlife habitat and forest watershed improvement. If you choose these options resource professionals will meet with you to help you plan for improving the habitat or watershed value of your forest. 

Tags: Technical Assistance, Water Quality, Grants and Funding, Forests, Forestry BMPs, Private Land, Habitat, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Riparian Buffers

Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy
The Kentucky Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy document identifies key forest-related issues and priorities to support development of a long-term resource strategy specific to Kentucky's forest needs. Specific sections of interest cover Water Quality and Quantity, as well as Funding

Tags: Plans and Reports, Forests, Water Quality, Water Quantity, Grants and Funding

Urban and Community Forestry Grants
The division administers this program in cooperation with the Kentucky Urban Forestry Council for the purpose of encouraging and supporting long-term and sustained Urban and Community Forestry programs. 

See also: Urban and Community Forestry Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Urban Forests, Forestry

Urban and Community Forestry Program
The Kentucky Division of Forestry provides urban forestry technical assistance to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and private landowners. The focus of the urban forestry program is to help communities develop long-term, self-sustaining urban forestry programs. One way this is being achieved is through the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.  The division also assists with tree board formation and support, the development of tree ordinances, Arbor Day planning and Tree City USA applications.  

See also: Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

Tags: Urban Forests, Forestry, Grants and Funding, Technical Assistance

KY Division of Water
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
The CWSRF, also referred to as Fund A, is a 20-year loan program for planning, design and construction of wastewater infrastructure projects, storm water projects and nonpoint source projects. The Kentucky Division of Water and Kentucky Infrastructure Authority provide communities with low-interest loans from the CWSRF. 

Tags: Grants and Funding, Wastewater, Stormwater, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Sewers

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is a 20-year loan program for planning, design and construction of drinking water infrastructure projects.  

Tags: Drinking Water, Public Supply, Grants and Resources, Planning

Funding Opportunities
A list of water related funding opportunities, compiled by the Kentucky Division of Water

Tags: Grants and Funding, Water Quality

Kentucky Nonpoint Source Management Plan
The KY Division of Water designed the Kentucky Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan in 2014 to be used for several purposes. First, this plan was designed as a way to inform citizens of the work the agency is doing to reduce nonpoint source pollution. Second, anyone applying for a Section 319(h) grant should draw on this document as a way of understanding the Commonwealth’s priorities for the NPS Program. Finally, this document was intended to meet the Clean Water Act requirements and the US EPA’s Nine Key Elements guidance. 

Tags: Nonpoint Source Pollution, Plans and Reports, Grants and Funding, 319

Nonpoint Source Funding
Funding through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act is provided to the Kentucky Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Funds can be used to pay for 60 percent of the total cost for each project; a 40 percent nonfederal match is required. Grants are available for watershed-based plan development and implementation, protection of Special Use Waters with identified threats, as well as other nonpoint source pollution control projects to help mitigate or prevent runoff pollution. Priority consideration will be given to applications for watershed plan development and implementation in 303(d) listed streams and protection of threatened Special Use Waters.

Tags: Water Quality, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Mitigation, Stream Restoration, Grants and Funding, Plans, 303d

Special Appropriation Grants
Since 1996, Kentucky communities have received grant funding from the EPA for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects.  EPA refers to these projects as Special Appropriations Projects. 

Tags: Grants and Funding, Wastewater, Drinking Water, Public Supply, Water Quality, Sewers

Source Water Assistance Program
The Source Water Protection Assistance Program is designed to help communities pay for source water protection projects that will help prevent drinking water contamination. These funds, not to exceed $60,000 per project, are only available to public water systems (PWSs) or the entities they serve (e.g. towns, cities, counties, schools).

See also: Wellhead Protection

Tags: Public Supply, Groundwater, Grants and Funding, Source Water Protection

Watershed Planning Guidebook
This guidebook provides planning guidance to groups involved in watershed management efforts. It provides a step-by-step process that Kentucky communities may use to create an effective watershed plan.

Tags: Planning, Education, Watershed Management, Grants and Funding

KY Water Resources Research Institute
Annual USGS 104B Allotment Program
This program serves the needs of the state, region and nation by supporting and encouraging research and technology transfer in the area of water resources. Specifically, this 1) supports the creation of a long-term linkage between universities, state agencies, and federal agencies for the solution of the nation's water problems; 2) provides support for a national network of water resources research institutes; 3) focuses on state and regional water resources problems that can be solved by researchers at academic institutions; and 4) supports research responsive to priority needs, seed projects, new and emerging career professionals, and quick transfer of results to users. Follow the link for information about the 2016-17 USGS 104b student research enhancement grant

Tags: Grants and Funding, Research, Technology

Fellowship Program
Under the Fellowship program, NWRI awards funding to graduate students in the U.S. conducting research related to water resources and treatment. Please note that students must be currently enrolled full-time in a graduate program at a U.S. university to receive a Fellowship. Students who have not yet been accepted into a graduate program at a U.S. university are not eligible to receive Fellowship funding.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Research, Education

Water Resources 104G National Research Grant ProgramThe United States Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, provides matching grants to support research on the topics of water supply and water availability. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Research, Water Supply



Volunteer TN
Any non-profit and state or local government agencies are eligible to host AmeriCorps programs. Volunteer TN'sfunding opportunities webpage also offers additional information. 

Tags: Volunteers, AmeriCorps, Grants and Funding

TN Soil Conservation Districts
wards and Scholarships
Agriculture and conservation related awards and scholarship programs. 

Tags: Soil, Conservation, Education, Agriculture, Grants and Funding, Best Management Practices

TN Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund
The ARCF provides cost-share assistance to Tennessee landowners to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) that reduce agricultural water pollution. A wide range of BMPs are available for cost-share, from those that curtail soil erosion to ones that help to remove pollutants from water runoff from agricultural operations. Landowners may be eligible to receive up to 75% of the cost of a BMP installation. Part of the fund is also available for educational projects which raise awareness of soil erosion/water quality problems and promote BMP use. 

Tags: Grants and Funding, Agricultural Best Management Practices, Erosion, Sediment, Pathogens, Nutrients, Education, Water Quality

Nonpoint Source Program, EPA Section 319
To address nonpoint source pollution, Congress established the Nonpoint Source Program, funded by the US-EPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture administers the Nonpoint Source Program in Tennessee on behalf of US-EPA.  This program, created in 1987, provides funds to states, territories and Indian tribes for installing Best Management Practices to stop NPS pollution; providing training, education, and demonstrations; and monitoring water quality. This webpage has links to department of agricultureWatershed CoordinatorsNonpoint Source FAQsNPS Success StoriesNPS Annual Report; and the 319 Management Program Document.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Best Management Practices, Water Quality, Education, Training, Demonstrations, Monitoring, Reports, Success Stories, Planning, Stormwater, NPS, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Urban, Agriculture, Nutrients, Sediment, Pathogens

Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program
TAEP is a cost share program for Tennessee's Agricultural community. Participation allows producers to maximize farm profits, adapt to changing market situations, improve operation safety, increase farm efficiency and make a positive economic impact in their communities. Grant funds from the program are also available for community tree planting and are designed to assist cities and towns in maintaining and increasing their tree resource. This includes funding for riparian tree planting on public or private land, as of 2016. 

Tags: Riparian Buffers, Urban Forests, Forestry, Grants and Funding, Trees, Erosion, Stormwater, Nonpoint Source Pollution

TN Deparment of Environment and Conservation
Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) Grants
The LWCF program provides matching grants to states, and through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Recreation Educational Services administers the LWCF grants. These grants require a 50% match.

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation

Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) Grants
The LPRF program provides state funding for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. Recreation Educational Services administers the LPRF grants. These grants are a 50% match.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Conservation, Greenways, Recreation

Recreation Educational Services Grants
Recreation Educational Services is responsible for administering federal and state grant programs to local and state governments. 

See also: Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants, the Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grants, Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program, and the Recreation Trails Program

Tags: Grants and Funding , Recreation

Recreation Trails Program (RTP)
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal funded, state administered grant program. The RTP provides grant funding for land acquisition for trails, trail maintenance, trail construction, trail rehabilitation and for trail head support facilities. These funds are distributed in the form of an 80% grant with a 20% match. Local, state and federal land managing agencies are eligible to apply as well as state chartered, non-profit organizations with IRS 501 (c) (3) status that have a written agreement for trail management with an agency. All grant projects MUST be on publicly owned land. 

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation, Hiking, Trails

Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program
The Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program apportions grant money to cities and counties who lack professional parks and recreational director and do not provide a comprehensive recreation delivery system in their community. These grants are a three-year commitment, $50,000 grant matched by the communities. 

See also: Recreation Education Services Grants

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation

TN Division of Forestry
Financial Assistance
This page offers a list of forest related financial assistance programs including water relevant Division of Forestry specific programs such as: 1) the Forest Stewardship Program, which offers free evaluation of forest resources with plan for conservation and utilization; 2) The TN Ag Enhancement Program, which offers up to 75% cost share practices to promote sustainable forest management; 3) Then American Tree Farm System, which offers free evaluation of forestland, plan for sustainable forestry, and 3rd party forest certification; and 4) Forest Legacy, which involves permanent conservation easements or fee simple purchases to protect environmentally important, working forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. 

Tags: Grants and Funding, Forestry, Conservation, Best Management Practices, Sustainable Forestry, Technical Assistance, On the Horizon, Development

Forest Legacy Program
The Tennessee Forest Legacy Program currently conserves 35,000 acres across Tennessee, and is growing. Its mission is to protect environmentally important, working private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. The Forest Legacy Program identifies and permanently protects environmentally important private forestlands that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Delivered through Forest Service Cooperative Forestry, Tennessee and most other US states qualify as a participant and compete nationally for 75% grant funding each year. Click here for a map of eligible Forest Legacy Area Watersheds (2014). 

Tags: Conservation, Priority Forests, Water Quality, Ecosystem Services, Grants and Funding

Urban and Community Forestry Program
The Urban & Community Forestry Program goal is to improve urban environments through planting and management of trees.  It promotes the establishment of urban forestry programs in cities and towns, assists them in developing self-sustaining urban and community forestry programs, and provides technical assistance. In addition to technical assistance, the urban forestry staff administers grants that help communities initiate or expand their local urban and forestry programs, and grants that help communities and non-profits plant trees on public land. 

Tags: Urban, Forestry, Technical Assistance, Grants and Funding, Planning

TN Division of Water Resources
Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program
Loans from this program are available for the Planning, Design, and Construction Phases of waste water facilities. The funds may be used for all three phases in any combination. Eligible projects include new construction or the upgrading/expansion of existing facilities and may encompass wastewater treatment plants, pump stations,force mains, collector sewers, interceptors, elimination of combined sewer overflows, and/or nonpoint source pollution remedies.

See also: State Revolving Fund Program

Tags: Planning, Wastewater, Grants and Funding, Combined Sewer Overflows, Nonpoint Source Pollution, NPS, Stormwater

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program
Loans from this program are available for the Planning, Design, and Construction Phases of drinking water facilities. The funds may be used for all three phases or in any combination. Seven categories of projects have been established which should cover all types of drinking water projects. These categories include water quality problems, source or capacity, water storage, leakage problems, pressure problems, replacement or rehabilitation projects, and water line extensions.

See also: State Revolving Fund Program

Tags: Grants and Funding, Drinking Water, Public Water Supply

TN Stormwater Association
Grand and Award Opportunities
A listing of available stormwater related grant and funding opportunities.  

Tags: Stormwater, Grants and Funding

TN Wildlife Resources Agency
Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG)
The Boating Infrastructure Grant program is a nationwide competitive grant program provides funding for the construction, renovation, and maintenance of public and private boating infrastructure tie-up facilities with features for transient boaters in vessels 26 feet or more in length that are available to the public. 

Tags: Grants and Funding, Recreation, Public Access, Motor Boating

Clean Vessel Act Program
The Grant Program established by the Act is for the funding of the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations, dump stations, and pumpout vessels to service pleasure craft. The grant will reimburse recipients for up to 75% of the installed cost of pumpout and dump stations. This includes the cost of new equipment, or the renovation of existing equipment. The Clean Vessel Act grant funds are available to both the public and private sector. This includes all local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities that are open to the general public. 

Tags: Grants and Funding, Pathogens, Motor Boating, Recreation, Water Quality

Funds and Projects
Information about current TWRA funds and projects including the Tennessee Aquatic Stream Clean Up and Riparian Tree Grant. 

Tags: Grants and Funding, Clean Ups, Riparian Buffers

TN Water Resources Research Center
Grant and Funding Opportunities
This page contain information on grant and research opportunities that are water related.

Tags: Grants and Funding

USGS 104b Projects
The TNWRRC is one of 54 state-level Water Resource Research Institutes of the US Geological Survey and administers several state-level grants through the 104(b) program. More information about: 2015 USGS 104b Projects2014 USGS 104b Projects2013 USGS 104b ProjectsPrior Years.

Tags: Grants and Funding, Research


Green Roof Rebate

As part of an effort to encourage Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure in Metro Nashville, Metro Water Services is offering a green roof credit for private properties within the combined sewer system area. More information about this opportunity is available on this website. 

Tags: Green Roofs, Grants and Funding, Low Impact Development, Combined Sewer, Combined Sewer Overflows, Stormwater, Green Infrastructure



Cumberland River Compact
River Friendly Agriculture
Best management practices (BMPs), funding sources, and contacts for landowners to help protect our state’s precious water. This webpage provides links to an explanation of agricultural BMPs, resources for paying for BMPs,certifications for farms, and contacts who can offer technical advice. All of this information is available in pdf formhere

Tags: Grants and Funding, Education, Agriculture, Agricultural BMPs, Certifications, Technical Resources Stormwater, Nutrients, Pathogens, Sediment, Water Quality

The Nature Conservancy - TN
Linking Conservation Priorities to Wetland and Stream Mitigation Decisions
This 2011 document presents a watershed planning approach for linking conservation priorities to wetland and stream mitigation decisions for the Stones River. 

Tags: Conservation, Wetlands, Mitigation Banks, Compensatory Mitigation, Stones River, Stream Restoration, Grants and Funding