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Grants to Maryland nonprofits, businesses, and individual landowners for projects related to the State's local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay, Youghiogheny River, and Atlantic Coastal Bays in particular. November 10 is the deadline for applicants to call the program office for guidance and to schedule a mandatory site visit.
Eligible projects are cost-effective wetland projects that provide valuable wetland functions, including habitat for a wide range of species and improved water quality, flood attenuation, recharge of groundwater, and aesthetics in the State’s local watersheds.
Applicants may apply either (a) to receive a funding award and serve as project manager to implement a wetland project (Track 1) or (b) with a project idea that, if selected, would be implemented by the Trust or paired with another organization that has capacity to be the project lead (Track 2). Nonprofit entities can apply for either track, depending on the capacity of the organization to lead the implementation of the project. For-profit entities (contractors, consultants) must apply to Track 1. Individual landowners should apply to Track 2.
The following project types will be considered in order of priority:
1) Nontidal wetland restoration, defined as a project to recreate a wetland in an area where a wetland historically existed.
2) Nontidal wetland creation, defined as a project to create a wetland in an area where no wetlands previously existed. Creation projects that require extensive grading may not be ranked highly.
3) Nontidal wetland enhancement, defined as improving the wetland function of an existing wetland. The highest ranked wetland enhancements will be to farmed wetlands, partially drained wetlands,
and wetlands with threatened or endangered species. Most other wetland enhancement projects will not be ranked highly.
4) Wetland preservation, defined as protecting existing wetlands. Preservation will only be funded if it is a relatively small part of a project package that includes wetland restoration or creation.
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