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Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund - Financial Support Grant

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies for
Watershed Protection and Environmental Education

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

Deadline Date:

10/01/17 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations and government agencies for conservation projects and environmental education related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Preference will be given to action-oriented restoration and conservation projects, as well as environmental education activities.

Environmental Education Priorities:

The goal of environmental education is to increase public awareness and knowledge about the Bay, resulting in behavioral change. Proposals are invited that:

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

Restoration and Conservation Priorities:

-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.

The Advisory Committee will favor a proposal that:

-Will have a positive, tangible benefit to the Bay and the Bay program.
-Reflects priorities established by the Advisory Committee.
-Presents clear objectives.
-Includes a plan for achieving objectives (presents a specific, feasible plan of action to accomplish well-defined results).
-Demonstrates qualifications necessary to carry out the project.
-Is technically and financially feasible.
-Results from an assessment of community needs and addresses local Bay-related environmental problems.
-Provides an opportunity for cooperation among diverse organizations.
-Utilizes existing resources and expertise from local businesses, industries, public agencies, academic institutions, and conservation and environmental organizations.
-Emphasizes the service of volunteers to minimize administrative overhead.
-Provides a practical model for use by other organizations and communities and includes a plan for dissemination.
-Demonstrates a realistic prospect of successfully completing the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168370

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded for one year, except in special circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from state agencies, local governments, and public or private not-for-profit agencies, institutions, or organizations. Grants will not be awarded to individuals.

Activities that are not eligible for funding include:
-Capital construction
-Annual giving or fundraising
-Salaries or benefits (unless compensating the direct performance of specific project activities) -Indirect costs
-Food items
-Political action programs/lobbying

The Advisory Committee will not recommend grants in support of general operating budgets. Grant funds may not be used to supplant existing state or local general fund appropriations.

Pre-Application Information:

No application will be accepted after the 5:00 PM on October 1, 2017.

Projects selected for funding will be recommended for inclusion in the 2018 Appropriation Bill, and applicants will receive notification of their awards by the Advisory Committee upon approval of the state budget in April 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Scott Meacham

Gwen Foley

P: (804) 698-1810
F: (804) 698-1899

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia