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BMP Funding Sources

Eco-Funding Essentials: Upper James River Solutions

Unlock the potential to significantly impact our watershed’s health and sustainability through various funding sources to support Best Management Practices (BMPs). These programs cater to a diverse group, including homeowners, educators, and conservationists, offering financial assistance to propel projects that enhance water quality and promote sustainable land management. Take the initiative to be part of a community dedicated to preserving our natural resources for future generations, leveraging these opportunities to contribute to a greener, more resilient environment. Embrace the chance to drive positive change in our ecosystem by engaging with these valuable resources.

Chesapeake Bay Watershed

EPA provides financial assistance to the Bay jurisdictions through several grant and loan programs under the Clean Water Act. These programs include Section 117 (Chesapeake Bay), Section 319 (Nonpoint Source), and Subchapter VI (Clean Water State Revolving Fund). Bay jurisdictions include Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. EPA also provides financial assistance through grants administered by various non-governmental organizations such as the National Fish and Wildlife Federation and Chesapeake Bay Trust. For more information, please view the following links.

Urban BMP Funding

Considering a Best Management Practice (BMP) installation on your property? The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP), facilitated by your local Soil and Water Conservation District, offers support for homeowners aiming to implement BMP projects. This initiative not only aids in environmental protection but also promotes sustainable land use practices. Delve into the VCAP brochure to learn about how you can make a difference through these projects. Additionally, the VCAP website is your go-to resource for connecting with your local SWCD, enabling you to kickstart your BMP project with expert guidance. For those planning the financial aspects of their BMP installation, handy Budget Templates are provided to streamline your planning process. These templates are invaluable for developing a realistic cost estimate, ensuring that you’re well-prepared to manage your project’s financial side. By taking advantage of these resources, you can contribute to enhancing your home’s ecological footprint while supporting Virginia’s conservation efforts.

Additional Opportunities

The Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is a partnership between the Bay Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to strategically invest in conservation actions to restore the Bay. Grant opportunities include Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction grants and Small Watershed grants.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education and Training grants support Chesapeake watershed environmental education programs and professional development for teachers on Bay-related environmental topics. NOAA also provides funding to restore habitat for coastal and anadromous fisheries.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust offers individual grant programs to support Chesapeake restoration and protection activities in Maryland.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides a variety of grant programs and funding opportunities, as well as regional grants.