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Capacity Building Grants

Grants to Support the Preservation
of Watersheds in Multiple States

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chesapeake Bay Funders Network

Deadline Date:

12/02/11 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 are available to non-profit organizations in multiple states that are working to protect rivers and watersheds in the area. The purpose of the grant program is to help organizations devoted to watershed protection and advancement grow and become more effective. Organizations accepted into the grant program will be provided with grant money, technical assistance and training in order to achieve their goals. The initiative also seeks to support and strengthen a network of sustainable and highly effective organizations that work collaboratively with public and private partners to make measurable environmental improvements to the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.

The Capacity Building Initiative will provide assistance to eligible organizations in all Chesapeake jurisdictions: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC, to:
1) increase overall organizational capacity;
2) increase the effectiveness of programs designed to accelerate the implementation of local watershed protection or restoration plans;
3) increase the collaborative capacity of organizations in working together to achieve water quality goals.

Several types of resources will be made available to organizations selected to participate in the Capacity Building Initiative:
• Annual Organizational Assessment - A third party assessment (online and in-person interview) that will enable the organization to identify and prioritize specific capacity building needs and develop an action plan and budget to guide capacity building activities.
• Capacity Building Grants – Up to $50,000 per year to support staff and consulting costs, specialized training, program development assistance and other activities integral to the organization’s capacity building work plan.
• Trainings and Workshops – Depending on the specific needs of program participants, the Initiative will offer training sessions, workshops and peer learning opportunities on various topics related to work plans created as part of the annual organizational assessment. These sessions will be scheduled independently as well as in conjunction with important regional meetings.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 126338

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$15,000 to $50,000

Term of Contract:

3 years


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization must:
-Have a minimum of two staff (at least one must be paid for 35 hours or more per week; the other must be at least 20 hours per week, paid or volunteer)
-Have an active board that provides leadership in governance, community outreach, and fundraising
-Have a primary mission to protect and preserve rivers and streams in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and established programs to support that mission

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit proposals using the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Online Grants System, located at, which requires advance registration. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals at least a few days prior to the deadline due to high website traffic on the due date. The Trust cannot guarantee availability of Online Grant System technical assistance on the deadline date.

Contact Information:

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

Jamie Baxter
410-974-2941 x105

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia