LIS Futures Fund

LIS Futures Fund

Program Name: LIS Futures Fund

Resource Type: Economic Development Entity

State: Connecticut, Northeast

Agency: Program Source: Grant

Description: The Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) is a key implementation tool of the Long Island Sound Study. Since 2005, this competitive grants program has invested $8.8 million in 227 projects in communities surrounding the Sound. The projects are opening up 78 river miles for migratory fish to return to their historic spawning and feeding areas, restoring and acquiring nearly 570 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat, and reducing pollution from entering the Sound and its rivers through control of polluted runoff and protection of riparian buffers. The Sound Futures Fund has built the capacity of organizations and institutions to support the conservation of the Sound and funded important educational programs that are helping to connect the public to it. With grantee match of nearly $20 million, the Sound Futures Fund has generated a total of almost $29 million for locally-based conservation.