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Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program

Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland Nonprofits
for Community Watershed Preservation Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Montgomery County Government and Chesapeake Bay Trust

Deadline Date:

09/27/18 4:00 PM


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Grants to Montgomery County, Maryland nonprofits for initiatives to improve water quality in local waterways. Funding is intended for projects that educate and engage the community while creating lasting and sustainable change. Proposals should be innovative and creative.

The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program funds public outreach and stewardship projects, community-based restoration water quality implementation projects. Together, these efforts will restore and protect the local rivers and streams of Montgomery County.

This program seeks projects that will:
a) Assist nonprofit organizations such as watershed organizations, faith-based organizations, and others to significantly engage residents in achieving water quality improvement through increased awareness and quantifiable behavior change and/or
b) Demonstrate runoff reduction and local water quality improvement on property owned by nonprofit organizations such as faith-based institutions, community associations, community pools, private schools, or other types of nonprofit entities.

The Trust strongly encourages grant applications directly from underrepresented groups and for projects that increase awareness and participation of communities that are traditionally underrepresented, such as communities of color.

This grant program is focused on assisting the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in meeting its mission “to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy and healthy communities.” This mission also includes being conscious of the local economy and jobs and meeting the County’s priority objectives of achieving Healthy and Sustainable Communities and A Strong and Vibrant Economy.

Montgomery County encourages applicants to procure the volume of its goods and services, including, but not limited to, construction goods and services, to Montgomery County-based businesses, particularly to local small businesses, certified green businesses, or those registered under the Minority, Female and Disabled-Owned Businesses Program (MFD) in the County. Grant proposals that include a Montgomery County-based business partnership are preferred.

The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant Program supports requests for funding of the following project types in this Request for Proposals (RFP): Public Outreach and Stewardship and Community Based Restoration Implementation.

Project Type 1 – Public Outreach and Stewardship

Projects in this category will aim to educate and engage residents in watershed improvement with the goal of achieving measurable impacts, community stewardship, and sustainable behavior change. In general, these projects will identify and target a specific audience, the need for the program, the outreach strategies to be used, how success will be measured (evaluation), and the expected result.

Example projects include but are not limited to:
- Water-focused volunteer education and engagement activities such as stream cleanups, storm drain art, pet waste management, litter prevention and reduction, lawn stewardship, and pesticide reduction;
- Community stormwater education workshops to train volunteers or “Train the Trainer” type programs;
- Environmental education events, campaigns, multimedia products, communication products, and outreach efforts specifically designed to promote and encourage small scale stormwater practice installation and maintenance, water quality improvement practices including but not limited to rainwater harvesting (e.g., rain barrels), rain gardens, and other green infrastructure/stormwater techniques;
- Creative and innovative stormwater outreach programs and stewardship projects or other water quality-based community enhancements;
- Outreach designed to futher DEP’s mission and programs such as watershed restoration and RainScapes; and/or
- Projects focused on behavior change strategies.

The best proposals will place the project in the context of a larger initiative that will eventually seek to influence behavior and will support the DEP mission and programs. Priority will be given to projects that clearly identify this approach and are located in priority watersheds (Anacostia, Rock Creek, and Cabin John Creek).

Project Type 2 – Community Based Restoration

Several stages of small-scale community based restoration work will be supported: designs (conceptual and final design); design and build projects; and projects where a final design exists and funds are needed for implementation only. Each project must have the defined goal of and a process that leads to the eventual successful implementation of “in the ground” projects that reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality, and educate the public.

All requests for design-build projects must:
1) include a site assessment prior to design development - The site assessment must demonstrate clearly why the project location was selected and the intended benefits;
2) receive acceptance/approval by the Trust and DEP for installation prior to beginning construction - Designs must show how the project design and sizing is appropriate for the site; and
3) receive acceptance/approval of the installed practice(s) by the Trust and DEP prior to final award closeout. A final site visit is required to ensure the practice(s) were installed as approved.

Key requirements and priorities:
- The application must include stormwater runoff reduction calculations and a stormwater education component (e.g., community workshop before and after the practice(s) are installed).
- Projects must be

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174996

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Type 1 Request Amount: (up to $30,000 for public outreach and stewardship projects and up to $50,000 for behavior change projects)

Project Type 2 Request Amount: (up to $100,000, or larger with prior approval)

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 18 months upon receipt of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Trust welcomes applicants from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, such as:
- Watershed organizations
- Faith-based organizations
- Service, youth, and civic groups
- Homeowner and Community associations (if not a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, a 501(c)3
non-profit organization must be a partner and submit the application to qualify.)
- Private schools

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of eligible applicants, however, applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) status. If your organization category is not listed above, please contact the Trust to verify eligibility.

Applications must either be a Montgomery County based group or include at least one partner that represents a stakeholder group based in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Implementation project location:
Montgomery County, Maryland outside the municipalities of Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Takoma Park.

Projects that will not be supported under Project Type 1 include:
- Annual giving, research, fund raising, and/or venture capital;
- Political lobbying;
- Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased; and/or
- Traditional marketing efforts that serve to generally promote the applicant organization.

Projects that will not be supported under Project Type 2 include:
- Green Streets projects that control runoff from public roads or rights-of-way.
- Stream restoration, stream stabilization projects, stormwater pond, stormwater wetland, regenerative stormwater conveyance, or other existing stormwater practice retrofits.
- Projects in the City of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: September 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Grant awards will be announced in December 2018.

Applicants are highly encouraged to contact the Trust to discuss their proposal or arrange for a site visit with the Trust and Montgomery County staff before applying for funding. It is recommended that site visits be scheduled no later than September 13, 2018, to allow sufficient time to visit the site and receive feedback for submission.

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

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Contact Jeffrey Popp, or 410-974-2941 x103.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Montgomery County outside the municipalities of Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Takoma Park