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CHNEP 2023 Funding:
Request for Project Proposals

The previous application deadline closed December 2022.

Check back here in Spring 2023 for new opportunities. 

The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) is a collaborative of citizens, elected officials, and resource managers working together to protect and restore water and wildlife habitat in Central and Southwest Florida since 1995. Currently, CHNEP has Fiscal Year 2023 funding available through a competitive proposal process for partner projects or initiatives that implement our Strategic Plan to protect and restore water and wildlife habitat throughout Central and Southwest Florida. 


To seek CHNEP funding for your project or phase of a project that can be independently procured and managed-we request that you read the instructions below and submit the summary, narrative, timeline, and budget table linked on this page.


Currently, CHNEP is able to fund projects from $100,000 up to $750,000. Once proposals are submitted in late 2022, CHNEP staff will reach out to discuss logistics for considered projects which will be added to the draft annual work plan in January. A formal scope of work for project procurement will be created in the spring of 2022, and the procurement process will take place shortly afterward. It is anticipated that project work should begin over the summer/fall of 2023 and should take no longer than 3 years to complete. 

PLEASE NOTE: CHNEP typically serves as ‘Project Manager’ for funded projects. Procurement of a contactor to complete the work, management of task deliverables and timelines, and invoice payment will be conducted through CHNEP and our fiscal host (Charlotte County). Applicants will work alongside CHNEP as 'Project partner' or 'Site Manager' throughout project implementation.


Proposal Deadline:

Proposals must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm EDT, December 9th, 2022. Please email questions and completed proposals to Nicole Iadevaia, CHNEP Director of Research & Restoration, at, or reach out 941-833-6582 with any questions about the process.


Proposal Guidelines:

CHNEP will fund a research or restoration project that implements Priority Actions found in our Strategic Plan through: Water Quality Improvement, Hydrological Restoration, and Fish, Wildlife & Habitat Protection. Please note that special consideration will be given to projects that in some way benefit underserved/disadvantaged communities or accelerates resilience and adaptation to climate change impacts.

Please read instructions prior to downloading and submitting

Project Proposal Form below.


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Site Map for projects or phases that can be completed in the CHNEP program area: See Map

Examples of current projects can be viewed here:

Water Quality Improvement:

Hydrological Restoration:

Fish, Wildlife & Habitat Protection:

Water Quality Improvement Actions:

  • Support a comprehensive and coordinated water quality monitoring and assessment strategy

  • Develop water quality standards, pollutant limits, and cleanup plans

  • Reduce urban stormwater and agricultural runoff pollution

  • Reduce wastewater pollution

  • Reduce harmful algal blooms

Hydrological Restoration Actions:

  • Conduct data collection, modeling, and analyses to support hydrologic restoration

  • Increase fresh surface water and groundwater availability to support healthy ecosystems

  • Protect and restore natural flow regimes

Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat Protection Actions:

  • Protect, restore, and monitor estuarine habitats

  • Protect, restore, and monitor environmentally sensitive lands and waterways including critical habitat areas

  • Assess and promote the benefits of land, waterway, and estuary protection and restoration

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