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Environmental Education Grant Program

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Education Agencies,
and IHEs for PreK-12 Outdoor Education Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chesapeake Bay Trust

Deadline Date:

12/08/17 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,001 to $40,000 per year to Maryland nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and local and state education agencies for preK-12 environmental education programs. Applicants interested in multi-year funding must contact the funding source before applying, and all applicants are also strongly encouraged to do so.

This program is intended for proposals seeking to build, expand, and increase student access to programs that provide meaningful outdoor learning experiences. Applicants are especially encouraged to engage underserved school districts and/or communities.

MWEEs are learner-centered experiences that focus on investigations into local environmental issues that lead to informed action and civic engagement. Teachers play an important role in presenting unbiased information and assisting students with their research and exploration.

Funds can support costs associated with: development, alignment, and/or adaptation of curriculum; lesson plans and student resources; teacher professional development; establishment of teacher and school support networks; equipment and materials; and costs associated with outdoor learning experiences and student action projects. All applicants are encouraged to work with community partners in all aspects of program development and implementation.

All proposals submitted must work with local school system partners to ensure the activities support the establishment of comprehensive, systemic, and sustainable environmental literacy programs that meet the MWEE (Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences) definition. Please see the links in Supporting Documents for more information.

All programs must:
- Have a partnership with the with the local school system(s)
- Include an assessment of student learning and/or behavior change.
- Include the MWEE Essential Elements/Practices (see Supporting Documents)

Programs should include the following important elements:
- Program Development and Curriculum Integration
- Instruction and Methodology
- Professional Development
- Monitoring and Evaluation

The Trust is also accepting proposals that will build and maintain regional or statewide capacity to support high-quality environmental literacy programs. Applicants must identify how their project will address specific gaps identified by a or multiple school systems which will support high quality, effective implementation of environmental literacy programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177562

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The Trust anticipates making 6 - 10 single-year awards and one or two multi-year awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Single-year requests: Applicants may request $5,001 to $40,000.
- Multiple-year requests: Applicants may request from $5,001 to $40,000 per year for up to three years (maximum is $120,000 total).

Term of Contract:

The single-year grant period is from March 2018 to August 2019.
The multiple-year grant period is for three years, from 2018 - 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Trust welcomes requests from the following organizations:

- State and Local Education Agencies;
- Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions;
- 501(c)3 Private Nonprofit Organizations.

The Trust does not fund the following:

- Endowments, deficit financing, individuals, building campaigns, annual giving, research, fund raising or venture capital;
- Political lobbying;
- Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased;
- Projects and programs located outside of Maryland;
- Funding is generally restricted to projects on public property, property owned by nonprofit organizations, community-owned property, and property with conservation easements, unless otherwise specified in a grant program.

Pre-Application Information:

A match is not required, but applicants are strongly encouraged to leverage Trust support with cash and in-kind match.

Proposals must be submitted via the Trust’s online grant system by 5:00 PM on December 8, 2017, and will be reviewed by a Technical Review Committee. Grant decisions will be announced in February 2018.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Trust staff to discuss proposals and which funding level is most appropriate for your project idea. Applicants requesting funds for multiple years must contact Trust staff before submitting proposals.

Please note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least a few days prior to the deadline given potential for high website traffic on the due date.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Tara Baker
410-974-2941 ext. 102

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland