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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, School Districts, IHEs, and Groups for Environmental Literacy Programs

Environmental Education Grant Program


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
177562

Funding Source
CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/21/23 4:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, public agencies, school districts, conservation districts, community associations, IHEs, and groups for environmental education activities. Funding is intended for initiatives and programs that encourage students to protect the environment.

The Environmental Education Grant Program funds programs and initiatives that advance environmental literacy and result in students having the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and motivation to take informed and responsible actions to protect and improve the environment.

  • Track 1: MWW Implementation - The Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience¬† model integrates best practices of environmental education pedagogy where students investigate local environmental issues through classroom and outdoor experiences, engage in problem solving, and take action to address their issue through projects and civic engagement. MWEEs increase student achievement and engagement, develop 21st century skills, and provide authentic experiences understanding and protecting their local environment and community. The MWEE model includes four Essential Elements (Issue Definition, Outdoor Field Experience, Synthesis & Conclusions, and Stewardship & Civic Action) and four Supporting Practices (Active Teacher Support, Classroom Integration, Local Context, and Sustained Activity).¬†
  • Track 2: Environmental Literacy Capacity Building: For district or state-wide environmental literacy capacity building and collaboration efforts that advance environmental literacy, especially MWEEs, within school district(s) The Trust recognizes there are barriers to reaching the goal of every student in Maryland graduating environmentally literate and experiencing at least one MWEE in elementary, middle, and high school. To accelerate progress the Trust is offering funding support to efforts that address district and state-wide challenges to progress environmental literacy goals and sustaining MWEE programs.


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Trust welcomes requests from the following organizations:
- Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions
- 501(c)3 Private Nonprofit Organizations
- Municipal, County, Regional, State, Federal Public Agencies
- Community Associations
- Service, Youth, and Civic Groups
- Soil/Water Conservation Districts & Resource Conservation and Development Councils

If your organization category is not listed above, contact the Trust to verify eligibility prior to submitting your application. Applications submitted from organizations outside of these categories may not be eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information
Applicants must submit applications in the Chesapeake Bay Trust Online System by 4:00 PM EDT on Thursday, December 21, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted, and the online funding opportunity will close automatically and promptly at 4:00 PM EDT. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least a few days prior to the deadline given the potential for high website traffic on the due date. The Trust cannot guarantee availability of technical assistance for our online system on the deadline date.

The FY24 Environmental Education Grant Program awards will be announced in late February 2024.

The Trust recognizes that application processes can be complicated and time-consuming; the Trust continues to work to simplify the application processes where possible. New applicants, younger organizations, small organizations, or any group that is experiencing capacity challenges or other barriers to applying, is eligible to receive guidance on the application process.

Estimated Size of Grant
Track 1: MWW Implementation (up to $40,000 per year for up to three years)

Track 2: Environmental Literacy Capacity Building (up to $40,000 for a year)

Term of Contract
Track 1: MWW Implementation (Up to three years)

Track 2: Environmental Literacy Capacity Building (Latest project end date August 2025)

Projects must be completed by:
- August 2025 if requesting up to $40,000.
- August 2026 if requesting up to $80,000.
- August 2027 if requesting up to $120,000.

Contact Information
Apply online:
https://cbtrust.org/grants/environmental-education/

Tara Drennan
Program Manager
tdrennan@cbtrust.org
410-974-2941 x 102

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