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Restoration Grant Program

Community-based Preservation Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chesapeake Bay Trust

Deadline Date:

07/08/11 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to organizations that are involved in implementing community-based projects that help restore and preserve the state's natural waterway resources. The purpose of this grant program is to increase public awareness and involvement in protecting these valuable resources. It is also hoped that applicants will specifically engage underrepresented groups, primarily those of color, to increase their awareness of and involvement in local conservation efforts.

Eligible projects should advance the following three goals: accomplish on-the-ground restoration projects that will result in improvements in watershed health, either through habitat enhancement or water quality improvement, provide demonstration-scale restoration projects that can be used to showcase potential of a restoration technique, and engage the public in restoration activities and promote awareness of bay restoration, both short-term (during the project period), through volunteer or stewardship activities directly related to the project; and long-term (post-project period), through stewardship activities and/or interpretive signage. Proposals are evaluated for outcomes, technical merit, sustainability, community engagement and partnerships, and budget and match. Supported projects are generally not those located on private land.

Eligible projects include:
* Wetland and marsh creation and enhancement;
* Bioretention cells, bioswales, rain gardens, rain barrels, and other low impact development stormwater
* Streamside forest buffers;
* Shoreline and stream bank enhancement and stabilization;
* Fish passage projects; and
* Installation of agriculture best management practices, including fencing, buffers, wetlands, and more.

Not funded:
* Projects that are required under an existing or pending regulatory process or permit;
* Projects required for mitigation; and
* Projects required by a regulatory authority for any other reason.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 125149

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Watershed plans - up to $50,000; Non-watershed plans - up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

1 year


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Service, youth, and civic groups
Public government agencies
Soil/water conservation districts & resource conservation and development councils
Forestry boards & tributary teams

Contact Information:

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

Kirk Mantay
410-974-2941 x106

Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland