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. We are interested in empowering communities of all kinds (including communities typically underrepresented in environmental programs and projects) to access, improve and benefit from Long Island Sound, its waterways, and surrounding lands. Up to $500,000 is expected to be available for grants in 2023. The most competitive proposals will incorporate multiple values including sustainability, resilience, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The LISSF aims to:
THE LONG ISLAND SOUND FUNDERS COLLABORATIVE
The Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a group of funders with missions that include clean waters, thriving habitats, and sustainable communities. While most of the funders are not solely focused on this goal, we aim to build our effectiveness through collaboration. Since its inception, the Collaborative has worked together to learn about the myriad issues facing the Sound and possible solutions. The LISSF pools our investments to support projects that address pressing challenges and provide for a healthy, productive, and resilient Sound now and into the future. LISSF is administered by the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF). Foundations providing support for grants under this RFP are the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Community Foundation of Middlesex County, The Eder Family Foundation, Inc., Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, The Fred I and Gilda Nobel Foundation, Inc., Jeniam Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., the Long Island Community Foundation, McCance Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The New York Community Trust, New York Community Bank, Pamela and Richard Rubinstein Foundation, Rauch Foundation, Rockfall Foundation, Ms. Wendy W. Roberts, and the Westchester Community Foundation.
Dates of activities are subject to change. Please check the Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund program page of the Long Island Community Foundation.
All projects must address issues within part of the Long Island Sound watershed in the states of Connecticut and New York as shown on the Long Island Sound Study Boundary Map.
Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions.
The LISSF has two different size limits on grants: