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K-12 Environmental Education Mini Grant

The Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant Program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies for pre-K-12 Environmental Education to educate students about their local watersheds and how they can become environmental stewards and make a difference in watershed health. To accomplish this goal the program supports meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects and schoolyard habitat projects as well as building teacher capacity to implement environmental education including professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy in the Chesapeake Bay region.


What this funds: Meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects, schoolyard habitat projects as well as teacher professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy.

Who can apply: Schools, nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more. See RFP for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded: Up to $5,000.

Is match required? The Trust requires that all non-Title 1 schools provide funding for at least half of their field trip or experience costs.

Deadline: The next deadline for this program was January 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Partners: The Mini Grant Program is supported by a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET).

Program Status

This grant program is currently CLOSED. To view the RFP, click here. 

2015-2016 Environmental Education K-12 Mini Grant Schedule 
The Trust is still unable to provide reimbursement funding; this means that project start dates must occur after the date of decision. Deadlines, decision dates, and acceptable project start dates are listed below. Applications must be received by the Trust by the deadline date.

Mini Grant Environmental Education Program Deadlines (no faxes or emails will be accepted):

Deadline Date 

Decision Date   

Project Start Date

June 12, 2015, 5:00pm

 August 6, 2015

no earlier than August 15, 2015

August 14, 2015, 5:00pm

October 2, 2015

no earlier than October 3, 2015

January 15, 2016, 5:00pm

March 11, 2016

no earlier than March 12, 2016  

Examples of application and project timing:

  •  If your project starts on September 1, 2015, you must apply by the June 12, 2015, deadline. You cannot wait for the August 14, 2015 deadline because you will not be notified until October 2, 2015, after your project start date.
  • If your field trip occurs on March 1, 2016, you must apply by August 14, 2015, nine months in advance, in order to receive notification before your trip.
  • If your field trip occurs on April 1, 2016, you can apply by any of the three deadlines. However, if you wait until the January 15, 2016, deadline, you will not find out until March 11, 2016, only about three weeks before your field trip. If you need more lead time for planning purposes, you should apply by the August 14, 2015 deadline.  Please feel free to contact Tara Baker at tbaker@cbtrust.org with any questions regarding the new structure of the Mini Grant Program.

    Grant Application Process

    The Chesapeake Bay Trust's grant applications are all submitted through an online system. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Tara Baker at 410-974-2941 ext. 102.
     *Please note: The Trust's grant system works best in Internet Explorer, especially when uploading documents.*




Attention Applicants:

There is a NEW guidance for applicants and a NEW proposal narrative format for K-12 Mini-Grants. These changes reflect on going efforts by CBT to support the integration of environmental education with efforts to improve and enhance instruction inside and outside of the classroom. The proposal narrative is intended to serve as both an application and a planning tool to assist the applicant in providing a high quality environmental education experience for their students.

Applicants will be required to complete and upload a narrative form depending on their type of request:

Watershed Issue Investigations Narrative Form and Example

Professional Development Trainings Narrative Form

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply several days prior to the deadline, due to potential for high website traffic on the date of the deadline. Technical assistance for online application cannot be guaranteed on the deadline date.*

Questions & Technical Support

Tara Baker
410-974-2941 x102