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Grants to Maryland Businesses, Nonprofits, and Landowners for Habitat and Water-Related Projects


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Nontidal Wetland Grant Program

Maryland Department of the Environment, in partnership with Chesapeake Bay Trust

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #162074

Grant Description

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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  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Single entities
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Community Associations
- Service and Civic Groups
- Public Agencies
- Soil/Water Conservation Districts & Resource Conservation and Development Councils
- Individual private or commercial landowners
- Consultants, contractors, and other for-profit entities
- 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.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants are required to contact Trust or MDE staff by November 10, 2015, to allow maximum time possible for guidance and to schedule a mandatory site visit. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Trust with all project ideas.

The deadline to submit-proposals is 5 pm December 10, 2015, though applicants are encouraged to submit early, whenever proposals are ready, and to contact the Trust at any time.

Land must be owned by an individual or entity that will agree to permanent protection and periodic access by MDE, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and the Interagency Review Team only as necessary for monitoring and maintenance. (Funds for conservation easement costs can be supported by this program - see Eligible Budget Items section below). Projects will also be considered on land that is already under certain kinds of protection that is consistent with long-term preservation and sustainability of the proposed wetland project. Projects must include a buffer of at least 25 feet around the project perimeter, unless the adjacent land is already encumbered by a recorded environmental protection mechanism.

While projects of all sizes will be considered, projects of a larger scale (> 1acre in the Youghiogheny River, > 5 acres on the Western Shore, and >10 acres on the Eastern Shore) are preferred.

For assistance in determining the 8-digit State watershed of your proposed project, please refer to the following links from the Department of Natural Resources or contact the Trust:


To apply for a grant, follow instructions at
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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500,000.

Contact Information:

Chesapeake Bay Trust
Tom Leigh
(410) 974-2941 x101

Maryland Department of the Environment
Kelly Neff
(410) 537-4018

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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

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