Restoring Bronx Rivers


The WCS-NOAA Lower Bronx River Partnership was assembled in 2001 by Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY) with funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Through our grants, WCS and its partners seek to restore the lower Bronx River to reclaim its place as a natural and community resource for the Bronx, especially for the communities through which the river flows. Through innovative ecological, educational, and access programs, acres of watershed have been improved and thousands of people have explored and learned about this unique and important waterway in their own backyards. Based upon the program’s success, it was expanded in 2008 to include Bronx portions of the East and Harlem Rivers.

Learn more about WCS work to restore the Bronx River.

For Grant Applicants

In March 2011, WCS and NOAA announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a fifth round of grants. There is approximately $850,000 available to fund restoration, education, and access projects for the lower Bronx, East, and Harlem Rivers within the 16th Congressional District of NY. We seek projects that result in habitat restoration and conservation of riverfront sites, and can also include components that promote public education and outreach about habitat restoration and/or access to Bronx river systems. Projects that create or enhance partnerships amongst multiple organizations are especially welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in submitting an application for funding, please follow the links below to our recent RFP, which includes detailed instructions and contact information. Please keep in mind the following deadlines: A one page pre-proposal is due by April 30,2011, and a six page full proposal is due by June 17, 2011 For pre-proposals and full proposals, please follow the link to download and fill out the Cover Sheet and submit it following the instructions in the RFP. For full proposals only, please follow the link to download and fill out the RFP Budget Form and include it in your package of materials to be submitted to WCS.

Thank you for your interest in the WCS-NOAA Lower Bronx River Partnership. WCS looks forward to more innovative projects that benefit Bronx communities and their rivers.

RFP Cover Sheet
RFP Budget Form