Financial Resources

Accepting Applications Now! 
State Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program

In 2019, the Connecticut General Assembly (with strong encouragement from CFL!) established an Aquatic Invasive Species Stamp fee (Public Act 19-190) that applied to all registered boats using CT waters, to proved a dedicated funding source for the "Connecticut Lakes, Rivers, and Ponds  Preservation Account." This account funds programs to protect the state's lakes, ponds, and rivers by addressing aquatic invasive species and cyanobacteria blooms. 

Deadline is January 6, 2023

AIS Grant

CFL Lakes Grants Program

In 2018 the CFL Board of Directors voted to create a CFL Lakes Grants Program. Under this program, the CFL requests applications from its members for financial grants to support projects in three categories:  Lake Association Grant, and Lake and Watershed Research Grant. The CFL annually provides up to a total of $4000. Individual grants of up to $1000 have been awarded.  

2023 Grant Program Coming Soon see 2022 program for ideas


Connecticut DEEP maintains a program for the management of Nonpoint Sources of Water Pollution. A significant component of this program consists of implementing the EPA Clean Water Section 319 Program. DEEP issues a Request for Proposals annually for 319 Nonpoint Source Project Grants.

Section 319 Funding 

Other Organizations Grant Opportunities 

The following grants opportunities may be useful. They may not be available right now or fit your organization, so please read through the individual requirements before applying. If they are not available now put them on your calendar for the future. CFL does not have any affiliation with the following organizations. 

Bass Pro Shops

At this time, we are investing in programs and initiatives that are aligned with our commitment to conservation. This includes projects and organizations working in the following areas: Conserving Wildlife and Habitat, Connecting New Audiences to the Outdoors, Advocating for Access and Sportsmen’s Rights, Supporting Military and Veterans, and  Strengthening Communities in the Missouri Ozarks

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Connecticut Community Foundation

Committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive community in 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills through grantmaking, encouraging community engagement and strengthening nonprofits.

CCF Website

Connecticut Society for Woman Environmental Professionals

Provides funding for local projects in Connecticut that benefit the environment. Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded. Grant applications are due on February 27 of each year.

SWEP-CT Website

Environmental Professional Organization of Connecticut

The EPOC Grant Program provides non-profit and not-for-profit environmental advocacy groups, community based groups and environmental education organizations funding for local projects that benefit the environment.

EPOC Website

Grassroots Fund

The Grassroots Fund's grant programs are designed to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities.

Grassroots Fund Website

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Awards competitive grants through our programs to protect and conserve our nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. The Foundation works with public and private partners in all 50 states and U.S. territories to solve the most challenging conservation problems. Explore the programs  to learn about their conservation goals and strategies, and the species and landscapes they support.

NFWF Website

Find a local Foundation

There are many Foundations that offer grant funds for community and environmental work.