CHNEP 2021 Funding:

Request for Project Proposals

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 FY 2021 funding available through a competitive application 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 apply for this funding for your project, we request that you read the instructions below and complete the simple application process to submit the summary, narrative, timeline, and budget worksheet linked on this page. Approximately $40,000 will be made available for project support in The Peace and Myakka River Watersheds, and $120,000 in the entire CHNEP Program area. The minimum project funding level requested is $25,000. 


PLEASE NOTE: CHNEP typically serves as ‘Project Manager’ for these Projects and procurement of Contactor to complete work, management of task deliverables and project timeline, and invoice payment will be conducted through CHNEP and fiscal host (City of Punta Gorda). Applicant will work alongside CHNEP as project partner/site manager through project implementation to completion. 


Proposal Deadline:

Proposals must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm EDT, April 30, 2020. Email completed proposals to Nicole Iadevaia, CHNEP Research & Outreach Manager.


Proposal Guidelines:

CHNEP will fund a restoration project that implements Priority Actions found in our Strategic Plan through: Water Quality Improvement, Hydrological Restoration, and Fish, Wildlife & Habitat Protection. The funding for these projects will become available beginning September 2020 and must be completed by: September 2022 (or 18 months from Notice to Proceed NTP).

Please read instructions before filling out and submitting application documents below.






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


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


2019 CCMP



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

Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership, 326 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950-4417,