Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns Grant Program Open - Deadline: March 13, 2015
The Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns Grant Program, supported by funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and with funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, welcomes requests for urban green infrastructure assistance associated with watershed restoration projects that lead to improved local and Bay water quality in the Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Virginia portions of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about this program here.
Chesapeake Bay Trust Opportunities
*NEW* Restoration Research Grant Program - Deadline: March 19, 2015
The Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announce a request for proposals for its Restoration Research Grant Program. The goal of this grant program is to answer several key restoration questions. To learn more about this program and to apply, click here.
*NEW* Anne Arundel County Forestry and Greening Program - Deadline: March 5, 2015
The Anne Arundel County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a new partnership to provide funds for forestry and greening projects in Anne Arundel County. The goal of this program is to implement cost-effective reforestation and greening projects in the County to increase tree canopy and/or implement demonstration-scale buffer projects. To learn more about this program and to apply, click here. You can also read the program announcement here.
Nontidal Wetlands Grant Program is Now Open - Deadline: March 12, 2015
The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a new partnership to provide funds for nontidal wetland projects throughout Maryland. The goal of this program is to implement cost-effective wetland projects to provide valuable wetland functions. To learn more about this new program, visit the grant listing page.
*NEW* Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program - Deadline: February 27, 2015
The Anne Arundel County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a new partnership to support stormwater restoration and retrofit projects throughout Anne Arundel County. The goal of this program is to achieve reductions in nutrient and sediment loads to the County’s waterways, while engaging residents in stormwater issues. to learn more about this program and to apply, click here.
Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns Grant Program Open - Deadline: March 13, 2015
*NEW* Outdoor Health Initiative Now Open - Deadline: March 6, 2015
The Trust is currently accepting applications for its Outdoor Health Initiative to provide funding to organizations and agencies to connect individuals to spaces within their communities through outdoor recreation and education programs. By connecting individuals to public outdoor spaces and engaging citizens in outdoor recreation, the Trust seeks to build ownership of local watersheds, increase stewardship and expand the base of citizen support necessary to advance the restoration of the Bay. To learn more about this grant program, click here.
Environmental Education K-12 Mini Grant Now Open - Deadline: January 16, 2015
The Trust is currently accepting applications for its Environmental Education K-12 Mini Grant program. This program supports activities around a watershed issue investigation including field experiences, fieldwork and student-led action projects as well as teacher professional development and programs to advance environmental literacy in the Chesapeake Bay region. To learn more about this grant program, click here.
- Prince George's Rain Check Rebate Program Now Open- Deadline: Rolling
The Chesapeake Bay Trust is proud to partner with Prince George’s County on its Rain Check Rebate Program, offering incentives to homeowners, businesses, and others to install practices that will improve stormwater runoff quality, reduce runoff quantity, and improve local streams and rivers. To learn more about this rebate program and to apply, click here.
The Trust is currently accepting applications for the Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grant program. This program is designed to engage Maryland citizens in activities that raise public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. To learn more, click here.
Charles County Forestry Grant Program - Deadline: Rolling
The Charles County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust have partnered to provide funds for forestry projects in Charles County. To learn more about this program, visit the grant program website.
Anne Arundel Community Tree Planting Grants Available - Deadline: Rolling
The Anne Arundel County Forest Conservancy District Board and the Chesapeake Bay Trust have partnered to provide small community-based grants (less than $2,500) to help communities and organizations increase the number of trees and tree canopy in neighborhoods, parks, and communities. To learn more about this program, read the full RFP here.
Chesapeake Bay Trust News and Events
Want to help the Chesapeake Bay? Donate to the Chesapeake Bay Fund at Tax Time!
Tax season is coming up and we each can do our part to help the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's wildlife. Did you know that Marylanders can donate to the Chesapeake Bay Trust through their state income tax form? All donations are 100 percent tax deductible and help support environmental education and restoration in Maryland. To learn more about the tax check-off program, click here.
Chesapeake Bay Trust Announces Almost $1 Million in Grants to Improve Local Communities
The Chesapeake Bay Trust announces almost $1 million in grants to be awarded to more than 60 nonprofit organizations, municipalities and local schools throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. These grants will advance K-12 environmental education efforts; create living shorelines in Maryland; transform vacant lots in Baltimore City into green spaces; and fund neighborhood clean-ups, tree plantings and other community-based initiatives. The grants funded today include “mini grants” (grants less than $5,000); as well as grants through the Trust’s Living Shoreline grant program, Growing Green Design Competition and one of the Trust’s brand new initiatives, the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program. Read more about our recent awards here.
Seven Projects Selected to Win Growing Green Design Competition
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce the winners from its collaborative Growing Green Design Competition: Vacant Lots Transformed. This unique program was created as an opportunity for community groups, design firms, non-profit, and private partners to showcase innovative ideas for transforming vacant lots in Baltimore City. In total seven projects were awarded close to $300,000 to design and construct their winning ideas. To find out who the winners are and to learn more, read the full press release here.
5 Things You Can Do to Help the Chesapeake Bay
1. Volunteer for a clean-up: Consider spending a day volunteering for a local watershed organization where you can learn firsthand how important community clean-ups are to Bay restoration. From the South River Federation to the Spa Creek Conservancy to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, there are countless opportunities to get your hands dirty as you do your part to help out. Check out our calendar of events to find a volunteer opportunity near you.
2. Help at tax time: Did you know that you can make a tax-deductible donation to help the Bay when you pay your taxes? By checking Line 35 on your Maryland state income tax form, you can contribute to the Bay Fund to support the Chesapeake and protect Maryland’s endangered species. Learn more by clicking here.
3. Install a rain barrel: Rain barrels are a unique way to capture rain water around our homes. For homeowners who install rain barrels, this water can be used to water lawns and flower beds or wash cars during the dry summer months. On average, rain barrels can save Maryland homeowners 1,300 gallons of water, and therefore electricity as well, simply by reusing this natural resource. Get more information on rain barrels on our website.
4. Plant a tree: Trees are incredibly valuable to our environment and to the Chesapeake Bay. Planting trees not only improve the Bay’s water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion, but also can increase property values by as much as 20 percent. By planting native trees, you will decrease Bay pollutants from stormwater runoff and provide life-saving habitat for wildlife. Find lists of native plants and where you can find them here.
5. Looking to do more? Apply for a grant: The Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded more than $55 million in grants to promote environmental education, Bay restoration and community engagement work throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Through our 11 grant programs, there are plenty opportunities to make a measurable impact on the Bay’s recovery. Find out what you can do on our grant pages.