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2012-2013 Restoration Grant Program

Grants to Non-Profits and Local Governments to
Protect and Preserve the Chesapeake Bay

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Chesapeake Bay Trust

Deadline Date:

07/06/12 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to non-profits (such as faith-based organizations, civic associations, and public and independent institutions of higher education) and government entities that engage in community and environmental stewardship and raise public awareness about the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. The purpose of these grants is to provide accessible funds to organizations and agencies for demonstration-scale, community-based, on-the-ground restoration projects. All projects should have three goals:

A) Accomplish on-the-ground restoration projects that will result in improvements in watershed health, either through habitat enhancement or water quality improvement;
B) Provide demonstration-scale restoration projects that can be used to showcase potential of a restoration technique; and
C) 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.

As part of an effort to more fully engage underrepresented groups in its grant-making, the Trust is strongly encouraging projects that increase awareness and participation of communities of color and/or that improve watershed health in communities of color. Applicants may request from $5,001 - $25,000 for projects not based on or identified in a watershed plan. Applicants may request from $5,001 - $50,000 for projects based on or identified in a watershed plan.

The Restoration Grant Program supports implementation requests of the following types of projects, and prioritizes projects for which designs are already complete:
Wetland and marsh creation and enhancement;
Bioretention cells, bioswales, rain gardens, rain barrels, and other low impact development stormwater techniques;
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.
Large scale school property projects to restore habitat, improve water quality, and establish outdoor classrooms on school grounds. (Proposed projects should contribute to Maryland Green School certification efforts, should be integrated into classroom curriculum, and must have a plan for continued use of the project area as an outdoor classroom beyond the term of the grant.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129045

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed within approximately one year upon receipt of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Trust welcomes requests from the following organizations:
501(c)3 Private Non-profit Organizations
Faith-based organizations
Community Associations
Service, Youth, and Civic Groups
Municipal, County, Regional, State, Federal Public Agencies
Soil/Water Conservation Districts & Resource Conservation and Development Councils
Forestry Boards & Tributary Teams
Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions

The Trust does not fund the following:
Endowments, deficit financing, individuals, building campaigns, annual giving, research, fund raising or venture capital.
Mitigation or other projects required by an existing or pending regulatory permit or action.
Political lobbying.
Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased.
Projects and programs located outside of Maryland.
Refreshments and T-shirts.
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.

Contact Information:

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

For technical assistance with projects, please contact Jen Wijetunga at (410) 974-2941 ext. 106 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland