New Jersey Audubon Watershed Restoration 
and Community Empowerment Program

NEW Application Deadline
March 22, 2024


New Jersey Audubon is pleased to issue this request for proposals to nonprofit partners and Tribal organizations doing conservation work in the Delaware River Watershed. This Program is designed to support smaller organizations or those needing less than $75,000 to work on community-based projects throughout the Delaware River watershed. Additionally, New Jersey Audubon will provide mentorship and capacity building of basin stakeholders to strengthen future applicants for the program to support larger-scale restoration initiatives either individually or with partners.

Available Funding

We anticipate having $220,000 available for this funding cycle. Each grant category is funded from $10,000 to $75,000 with most of the grants ranging from $25,000 to $30,000. The number and size of grants awarded in each category will depend on the number of applicants and projects proposed.

Applicant Workshop

Friday March 8 at 10:00 am – Grant Information Session
Learn more about this grant opportunity, its partners and how to apply. We will go through eligibility requirements, grant proposal types and other important information that will help you determine if this is the right opportunity for your organization.

Program Introduction



Jan 15, 2023

Application Portal Opens

March 15, 2024
March 22, 2024

NEW Proposal Deadline

April 1 – May 15, 2024

Proposal Review

June 1, 2024

Award Announcements

July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

Grant Period

August 30, 2025

Reporting Deadline

How to Apply

First, fill out the online form and email all required documents as per the instructions given at the end of the form. Your responses, along with the email address, will be emailed to you upon completion. It is advised that you construct your responses in an offline document and paste responses into the form. Application deadline is Friday, March 22, 2024.

Alternative Applications

To increase accessibility, New Jersey Audubon will support applications via video upload. Video applicants must fill out the first portion of the online form. All video applications must provide specified file uploads in addition to their video. All other content otherwise required as an upload must be clearly explained in your video, and you must clearly address all the questions asked in the application. See the Request for Proposals for complete directions.

Call for Reviewers

New Jersey Audubon is seeking grant reviewers for the Watershed Restoration and Community Empowerment Program. Reviewers will assess, rank, and provide feedback on grant applications and supporting documentation received for this program. Reviewers are volunteers who come from a variety of technical, programmatic, and administrative backgrounds in academic, government, commercial, and nonprofit organizations who focus on stewardship and conservation. All reviewers are carefully screened for conflicts of interest to ensure a fair process for applicants. The overall time commitment will be approximately 10 hours over the course of approximately six weeks from April 1 to May 15, 2024. This time commitment includes a one-hour training on or about April 1 and a two-to-three-hour review session on or about May 15. Reviewers will be asked to review no more than 3 applications. Applications will be scored and commented on individually and ranked as a team.

These materials are for the 2023 NFWF DCRW grant application, however many of the resources were used to inform this RFP. Listed information on the “Application” and “Program” tabs may be helpful as you craft your proposal.

The resources provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency can help you map people, wildlife and habitat. EJSCREEN is the recommended source for community statistics, although US Census information may also be used.

Use the DEIJ Lens and Screening Tool materials to help you frame community engagement. These tools are helpful when working with any community.

Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed’s DEIJ Lens and Screening Tool

Application Assistance

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:

Kelly Wenzel, Interim Director of Stewardship, she/her
[email protected]

For one-on-one guidance, sign up for an online strategy session. The sessions will provide a space for partners to express ideas, ask questions and receive coaching and constructive feedback.