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Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program

Grants to Anne Arundel County, Maryland Nonprofits
to Restore and Protect Streams and Waterways

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chesapeake Bay Trust and Anne Arundel County Government

Deadline Date:

12/07/17 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $20,000 to Anne Arundel County, Maryland nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that restore local watersheds. It is recommended that applicants schedule the required site visit prior to November 10. The goal of this program is to enhance water quality in local streams and waterways, as called for in the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), which require reductions in storm flow volume and pollutants entering the County’s waterways.

Goals of the Program:

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund projects to reduce pollutants through the implementation of watershed restoration practices. All projects will be evaluated by a Technical Review Committee. Projects must accomplish on-the-ground restoration at a competitive cost per impervious acre treated or other metric that will help the County meet local water quality and runoff reduction improvement goals.

Eligible Project Types:

Funding partners will support the construction of the following types of watershed restoration implementation projects to achieve reductions of storm flow and pollutants to County waterways:

-Bioretention cells, bioswales, rain gardens, and other low impact development stormwater practices;
-Stormwater wetland and marsh creation and enhancement;
-Stream and wetland restoration;
-Regenerative conveyance systems (coastal plain outfalls, step pool storm conveyance, etc.);
-Living shorelines (on community or public property); and
-Green roofs.

Criteria and Guidelines:

-Applicants are encouraged to rely on widely-accepted watershed restoration best management practices. For practices that are not included on the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) list of approved practices, background information on the practice, relationship to those approved by the CBP, and a justification of its use must be provided.

-Outcomes: Proposals must include an estimate of the total drainage area and total area of impervious surface treated by the project. Proposals must provide calculations of nutrient and sediment loads reduced by the project using a nutrient calculator compatible with Maryland Department of the Environment MS4 Permit reporting requirements. In addition, other quantifiable outcomes, such as square feet of bioretention created, number of trees planted, and square feet of buffer planted must be provided.

-Cost effectiveness, measured in cost ($) per impervious acre treated and cost ($) per lb. of nitrogen, lb. of phosphorus, and ton of total suspended solids removed per year will be a key component in project evaluation. In general, the most competitive projects will cost less than $70,000 per impervious acre treated.

-Proposals must include costs for as-built drawings to be completed by the project consultant that accurately reflect the construction methods of the project.

-Applicants are encouraged to seek projects in watersheds that are high priorities for restoration.

-Applicants are encouraged to explain their project in context of the County's local Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). Alternatively, applicants can explain their project in the context of a subwatershed approach following a local or community-based watershed action plan. A copy of this plan should be included in the application. Such context will allow project ideas to be compared based on local watershed and countywide restoration priorities and ensures that the most cost-effective, community-relevant projects are given priority.

-Projects must be carefully planned and technically sound. Projects should ensure they do not adversely affect public safety, any infrastructure, and/or existing properties.

-If the applicant organization does not possess the technical expertise to lead a project on staff, qualified technical experts, agencies, or organizations must be identified as partners or contractors. Applicants lacking technical expertise are encouraged to bring on an organization or individual to serve as project manager and may use grant funds or matching funds to cover those costs. Please note: the Project Officer in your grant application will be the individual responsible for corresponding with the Trust and providing project updates and must be a part of the grantee’s organization in some capacity (for example: an employee, a board/committee member, etc.).

-Applicants are highly encouraged to solicit estimates or bids from more than one consultant or contractor that can be utilized to prepare the budget for this application.

-Projects will be evaluated on the likelihood of success in implementation and long-term maintenance of the project as designed.

-Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) will provide long-term structural maintenance for the project upon completion, excluding living shorelines (see third bullet below), and thus the landowner must agree to allow DPW to maintain the structural integrity of the project through a permanent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

-Projects on public property, property owned by nonprofit organizations, community-owned property, and property with conservation easements are preferred. Projects on other private property may be considered if the landowner is prepared to execute a MOU, as outlined in the bullet above, to guarantee long-term protection of the project.

-Partnerships with other organizations to leverage organizational strengths and enhance project proposals are strongly encouraged. Partnerships must be documented in the application by letters of commitment from proposed partners that specify level of staff, technical assistance, funding, or other resources to be provided by that partner for the proposed project.

-Connecting projects to other existing, complementary community watershed stewardship efforts, such as school-related projects, outreach projects, and volunteer projects is encouraged.

-Proposing projects that provide ecological benefits in addition to water quality benefits is encouraged but not mandatory with the expectation of living shoreline projects.

-Requests for “soft costs” (consultant costs, such as for soil borings, surveys, designs, permit fees, project management, travel costs, and administrative costs) associated with project development and implementation will be considered, but should be limited. Soft cost requests will be included when calculating the cost effectiveness of the project. Applicants are encouraged to use matching funds from other sources to help defray soft costs.

-Proposals for projects at publicly visible, demonstration-oriented sites must request funds for interpretive signage and include an implementation plan for the interpretive signage. Anne Arundel County will provide interpretive signage examples and will review proposed signage designs.

Projects shall be separated into two (2) categories. In general, Category 1 projects are small-scale restoration projects that have a disturbance footprint less than 5,000 square feet or disturb less than 100 cubic yards of earth; Category 2 projects are large-scale restoration projects with greater that have a disturbance footprint greater than 5,000 square feet or disturb more than 100 cubic yards of earth.

Category 1: Small-scale restoration projects with projected pollution reduction benefits
-Bioretention and rain garden projects, in which surface water is not collected by, or distributed to, adjacent properties that have a disturbance footprint less than 5,000 square feet or disturb less than 100 cubic yards of earth

Category 2: Complex Restoration Projects
-Bioretention and rain garden projects that have a disturbance footprint more than 5,000 square feet, disturb more than 100 cubic yards of earth and/or affect surface flow from/to adjacent properties, including public and private right-of-ways
-Wetland and marsh enhancement/restoration/creation projects
-Coastal plain outfall, step pool storm conveyance systems, or floodplain restoration projects
-Stormwater retrofit projects (conversions and structural changes)
-Bank/slope stabilization projects
-Stream restoration projects
-Living shorelines
-Green roofs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164217

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be requested in the amounts of $20,000 to $300,000. Larger awards are possible with prior approval from the Trust.

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed within one year upon receipt of the grant agreement. The estimated time frame for projects awarded funding from this grant program is March 2018 - March 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding partners welcome requests from 501(c) nonprofit organizations, such as:
-Local watershed groups
-Community associations
-Service, Youth, and Civic groups and
-Faith-based organizations

Nonprofit organizations are eligible to propose projects on private property or on public school properties, with an assurance that the landowner is in support of the project.

Funding partners are not able to support 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. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to determine if any regulatory requirements or conditions exist prior to applying for the grant.

Projects will not be permitted in road or utility right-of-way areas; inlets and outfalls that cross these right-of-ways are subject to County approval.

Pre-Application Information:

Cash and in-kind match are not required, but match is a criterion on which the project will be judged. Preference will be given to projects showing matching contributions of funds or in-kind services from project partners and other sources.

Applicants must contact the Trust to arrange a site visit between Trust and funding partner staff before applying for funding. It is recommended that site visits be scheduled by November 10, 2017, to allow sufficient time to visit the site and receive feedback for your submission.

Please contact the Trust early in project development. The Trust can help you develop your project idea, assess its fit within this grant program, and discuss partnerships to get you the technical assistance you need.

Applicants must submit proposals using the Online Grants System by 5:00 PM on December 7, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted, and the online funding opportunity will close promptly at 5:00 PM.

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

Grant awards will be announced in February 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Start a New Application:

Abbi Huntzinger
410-974-2941 x106

Katie Hart
(410) 222-0136

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Anne Arundel County, excluding the City of Annapolis