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The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through environmental education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration. Since its inception in 1985, the Trust has awarded $80 million in grants and engaged hundreds of thousands of citizen stewards in projects that have a measurable impact on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The Trust is supported by the sale of the Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake license plate, donations to the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund on the Maryland State income tax form, donations from individuals and corporations, and partnerships with private foundations and federal and state agencies. Ninety percent of the Trust’s expenditures are directed to its Chesapeake Bay restoration and education programs.

The Trust receives approximately $5 million in contributions annually and reinvests those dollars through a variety of grant programs in community-led projects. Each year we touch more than 120,000 Marylanders in every county in Maryland and Baltimore City and throughout the Chesapeake region. Our reason is simple: we believe that getting citizens involved is key to restoring the Chesapeake Bay.