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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Community Associations, and Landowners to Protect and Enhance Local Streams and Waterways

Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program


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Funding Source
Chesapeake Bay Trust, Anne Arundel County Bureau of Watershed Protection and Restoration, and City of Annapolis
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: Anne Arundel County, including the City of Annapolis.

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/29/22
Deadline: 03/16/23 4:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations, and landowners in eligible locations for activities to restore local watersheds and enhance water quality. Applicants must contact the funding source to arrange a staff visit prior to applying. Applications are encouraged from underrepresented groups. Eligible applicants are located in Anne Arundel County, including the City of Annapolis.
The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund projects to reduce pollutants flowing into local waterways through the implementation, or in some cases planning and design, of watershed restoration practices. This program aims to improve water quality in the County’s local streams and waterways, as called for in the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and County and City of Annapolis’ Stormwater Management Inventory and Watershed Improvement Plan, which require reductions in storm flow volume and pollutants entering waterways. 

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program encourages on-the-ground watershed restoration activities that reduce the amount of stormwater flowing into local waterways, that treat and filter pollutants from impervious surfaces, and that engage residents in the restoration and protection of the local rivers and streams.

This program funds projects in Anne Arundel County, Maryland (County and City of Annapolis properties):

  • Restoration implementation/construction projects are eligible in both the County and City.
  • Restoration design and watershed planning projects are eligible in the City of Annapolis. 

The Trust strongly encourages applications directly from underrepresented groups, and for projects that increase awareness and participation of communities that are traditionally underrepresented, such as communities of color.

Eligible projects are separated into three categories below based on the size and type of work proposed and if the project is a restoration (implementation/construction) effort or a planning effort:

  • Watershed planning projects (Category 1) are eligible only in the City of Annapolis. Watershed plans are a first step to assess the area with the community, identify potential target areas for restoration, propose restoration practice types if possible, and serve as a guiding document for future work, including applications for restoration projects. Applicants may propose watershed planning or watershed assessment projects for properties/areas only in the City of Annapolis. Category 1 project final products will include planning documents useful for future design and implementation of restoration projects in this grant program.
  • Small-scale restoration projects (Category 2) including but not limited to bioretention cells, bioswales, rain gardens, or other stormwater best management practices (BMPs). Category 2 projects have a disturbance footprint less than 5,000 square feet or less than 100 cubic yards of earth disturbed.
  • Large-scale restoration projects (Category 3) have a disturbance footprint greater than 5,000 square feet or more than 100 cubic yards of earth disturbed. Additional stormwater BMPs that are typically “large-scale” restoration projects include stormwater wetland and marsh creation and enhancement; stream and wetland restoration; regenerative conveyance systems (also known as coastal plain outfalls, step pool storm conveyance, etc.); living shorelines (on community, other not-for-profit, or public property); and green roofs. 

For additional information, see page 4 of the RFP, in Supporting Documents, below. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications must include at least one partner that represents a stakeholder group based in Anne Arundel County. With the exception of City of Annapolis homeowners or community associations, all applicants must be certified 501(c) non-profit organizations. Examples of applicant types include but are not limited to:
- 501(c) registered local watershed groups
- 501(c) registered Service, Youth, and Civic groups
- 501(c) registered Faith-based organizations
- 501(c) registered Community associations and homeowners’ associations throughout Anne Arundel County

Projects located anywhere in Anne Arundel County are eligible, including the City of Annapolis. Restoration implementation/construction projects are eligible in both the County and City. Restoration design and watershed planning projects are eligible in the City of Annapolis.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational VIRTUAL workshop will be held Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 from 6pm to 7pm.

To Register:

The Workshop will review how to use the new Best Management Practices (BMP) calculator and the new Restoration Estimator tool.

Pre-Application Information
- Pre-Application Site Visit Deadline: February 28, 2023
- Applicants must submit applications in the Chesapeake Bay Trust Online System by 4:00 PM EST on March 16, 2023.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least a few days prior to the deadline given the potential for high website traffic on the due date. The Trust cannot guarantee availability of technical assistance for their online system on the deadline date.

Applicants must contact the Trust to arrange a project site visit before applying for funding. The Trust recommends that you contact them to schedule the site visit by February 10, 2023. Site visits must be completed by February 28, 2023.

The FY23 Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program awards will be announced in June 2023.

In-kind and/or cash match is not required but will be viewed favorably.

Best Management Practices (BMP) Calculator:

Restoration Estimator Tool:

Virtual workshop recording:

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding requests will generally not exceed $300,000; provide robust, thorough justification for any requests exceeding this level.

Term of Contract
Projects must be completed within two years upon receipt of the award. Requests to extend project timelines will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information

For grant questions and technical support, contact:

Sarah Koser, Grant Program Manager
(410) 974-2941 x 106

The Chesapeake Bay Trust
108 Severn Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 974-2941

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