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Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Grant

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and
Agencies to Improve the Environment

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

Deadline Date:

09/25/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations and state and local government agencies for projects related to the environment. Funding is intended to support preservation and restoration projects as well as education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about the Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund is intended for use by the Commonwealth of Virginia for environmental education and restoration projects relating to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The Advisory Committee will favor a proposal that:

  • Reflects the Environmental Education Priorities and the Conservation and Restoration Priorities established by the Advisory Committee.
  • Will have a positive, tangible benefit to the Bay and the Bay program.
  • 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.

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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168370

Term of Contract:

Each grant is awarded for one year, except in special circumstances.

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.
- Requirements for using a grant

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: 5pm on September 25, 2020

Contact Information:

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

If you have questions, contact Gwen Foley by email ( or by calling (804) 698-1810.

Pocahontas Building
8th Floor
900 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

(804) 698-1810
M-F 8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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