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Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chesapeake Bay Trust, Anne Arundel County Bureau of Watershed Protection and Restoration, and City of Annapolis

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/04/21 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to Maryland nonprofits, 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 encourages on-the-ground restoration activities that reduce storm flow and pollutants and that engage residents in the restoration and protection of the local rivers and streams of Anne Arundel County.

This grant program now accepts applications for restoration projects located in the City of Annapolis and includes a new Category for the County’s potential acquisition of non-tidal flood prone and/or natural resource rich properties! 

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund projects to reduce pollutants through the implementation of watershed restoration practices. Projects must accomplish on-the-ground restoration that treats rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces at a cost-effective price or demonstrates the accomplishment of another metric that will help the County meet local water quality and runoff reduction improvement goals. Applications under this grant program that demonstrate sound design and cost efficiency in meeting this goal will be most competitive. To demonstrate this, applicants will be required to provide sound technical designs and project budgets as outlined in the application package.

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.

Funding Categories:

  • Category 1: Small-scale restoration projects
  • Category 2: Large-scale restoration projects
  • Category 3:  In FY21, an evaluation track was added for the County’s potential acquisition of non-tidal flood prone and/or natural resource rich properties whose preservation can assist the County in meeting its environmental regulatory goals and help mitigate flood risk.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164217

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$15,000 to $300,000. Larger awards are possible with prior approval from the Trust.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within two years upon receipt of the award. The estimated duration for projects awarded funding from this award program is May 2021 to May 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants (Category 1 and 2) more.

Applications must include at least one partner that represents a stakeholder group based in Anne Arundel County (includes City of Annapolis). Eligible applicants must be a certified 501(c) non-profit organizations, such as:
- Local watershed groups
- Community associations
- Service, Youth, and Civic groups
- Faith-based organizations

Non-profit organizations are eligible to propose projects on non-profit property, private property, City of Annapolis-owned property, or public school properties, with assurance that the landowner is in support of the project (assurance to be included in the application).

Eligible Applicants (Category 3): Applications for Category 3 projects can be submitted by private property owners within Anne Arundel County, or by partners, working on behalf of a private property owner, with their written consent. City of Annapolis properties are not eligible for Category 3 projects.

Projects that are required under an existing or pending regulatory process or permit, are required for mitigation, or are required by a regulatory authority for any other reason are not eligible for this program. The applicant is solely responsible to determine if any regulatory requirements or conditions exist prior to applying.

Projects in road or utility right-of-way (ROW) areas are not eligible for this program. Projects associated with inlets and outfalls that cross ROWs are subject to County approval for eligibility.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4 pm EST

All applicants must contact the Trust to arrange a site visit between Trust and funding partner staff before applying for funding.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the Trust to schedule the site visit by December 31, 2020. The site visit must be completed by February 12, 2021.

The FY21 Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program awards will be announced in June 2021.

A match is encouraged but is not required. Preference will be given to projects with cash match and/or in-kind services.

The Trust is available to provide assistance on elements of design, including drainage area, nutrient reduction estimates, and sediment reduction estimates.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online for Category 1 and 2 projects:

Apply online for Category 3 projects:

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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