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Outreach and CommunityEngagement Grant Program

Grants to Increase Community Involvement
in the Preservation of a Major Watershed

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chesapeake Bay Trust

Deadline Date:

12/10/10 5:00 PM


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Grants totaling over $200,000 are available to engage citizens in activities that will increase public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of a major watershed, its tributaries and surrounding land areas. Funding may be used for awareness programs, workshops, and outreach efforts that advance the public’s knowledge of Chesapeake Bay restoration.

The Trust strongly encourages grant applications for projects that increase awareness and participation of communities of color in the restoration and protection of the watershed.

Projects may focus on the following areas:

• Workshops that engage communities and promote best practices in watershed restoration, protection, environmental education and citizen engagement
• River awareness and public engagement events that are part of a larger effort to affect community change
• Print, web, video, and/or audio materials promoting river and Bay awareness
• Public engagement activities such as stream/trash clean-ups, storm drain stenciling and native plantings
• Water quality monitoring leading to awareness products, such as state of the river reports or river report cards
• Forums, projects, training programs, and materials that expand the dialogue between leaders in the minority and environmental communities, advance solutions to environmental problems particularly relevant to communities of color, and/or increase participation of underrepresented groups in on-going efforts to restore and protect the watershed
• Other efforts that engage the public, increase awareness and lead to defined program outputs, such as individual behavior change, support for organizations’ causes or increased community engagement.

Projects initiated by and/or involving underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 124063

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$5,001 - $20,000

Term of Contract:

1 Year


  • City or township governments
  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • County governments
  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Regional Organizations
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Service, Youth, and Civic Groups
Soil/Water Conservation Districts & Resource Conservation and Development Councils
Forestry Boards & Tributary Teams

Endowments, deficit financing, individuals, building campaigns, annual giving, research, direct mail fund raising, or venture capital
Mitigation or capital construction activities such as structural erosion control measures
Political lobbying
Refreshments and T-shirts
Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased
Projects and programs located outside of Maryland
Budget items that are considered secondary to the project’s central objective. These items include, but are not
limited to, cash prizes, cameras and video equipment, and microscopes.
Funding is generally restricted to projects on public property, property owned by non-profit organizations, community-owned property, and property with conservation easements, unless otherwise specified in a grant program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for this program are accepted online.
Go to: to apply.

New users must register to use the Online Grants System 24 hours prior to submitting an application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply several days prior to the deadline, due to potential for high website traffic on the date of the deadline. Technical assistance for online application cannot be guaranteed on the deadline date.

Cash and in-kind match is not required, but preference will be given to projects showing matching contributions of funds or in-kind services from project partners and other sources.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kacey Wetzel
410-974-2941 x104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland