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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies for Environmental Education and Conservation Projects


Geographic Focus

USA: Virginia

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Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Grant

Commonwealth of Virginia - Division of Legislative Services - Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #168370

Grant Description

Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations and state and local government agencies to promote the protection of water resources in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support preservation and restoration projects as well as education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Environmental Education Priorities

The goal of environmental education is to increase public awareness and knowledge about the Bay, resulting in behavioral change. The Committee invites proposals that:

  • Supplement and enhance environmental training for educators.
  • Expand environmental educational opportunities and the use of existing educational resources (curricula, publications, and field studies) in schools and community programs for students, teachers, and adults.
  • Increase the involvement of students and the public in Bay restoration activities.

Conservation and Restoration Priorities

The Committee invites proposals for: 

  • Activities that contribute to meeting tributary strategy nutrient reduction goals.
  • Practices that protect water quality from nonpoint sources of water pollution resulting from the use of land.
  • Projects that enhance and protect tidal fishery habitats.
  • Projects that seek to restore tidal fisheries (finfish, crabs, clams, and oysters).
  • Projects that focus on the prevention of toxic substances entering the Bay and its tributaries.
  • Activities that restore important Bay wetlands and habitat. 

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from state agencies, local governments, and tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. Grants are not awarded to companies, other private organizations, or individuals.

Activities that are not eligible for funding include:
- Capital construction.
- Endowments, annual giving, or fundraising.
- Salaries or benefits (unless compensating the direct performance of a specific project activity).
- Indirect costs.
- Food items.
- Lawsuits or litigation.
- Political action programs or lobbying.
- General operating budget.
- Supplanting an existing state or local general fund appropriation.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: 5 pm on September 25, 2022

Term of Contract:

Each grant is awarded for one year, except in special circumstances. Project activities will occur and specific tasks will be completed for a period not to exceed one year.

Each recipient will be held accountable for the use of grant funds through the documentation and submission of a final financial and narrative report due upon the completion of the project's activities, but no later than July 1 of the year following the grant award.

Contact Information:

Submit the application by email to Gwen Foley at

For questions, contact Gwen Foley at (804) 698-1810 or at the above email.

Pocahontas Building
8th Floor
900 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 698-1810

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