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The Chesapeake Bay Trust Pioneer Grant Program supports projects that will result in increased efficiency in water quality improvements in local streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. This program will support projects that are designed to accelerate the rate of nutrient, sediment, and/or toxic load reductions in the Chesapeake Bay. 

What this funds: The Trust is open to various types of projects in this program to accelerate the rates of nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorous), sediment, and/or toxic load reduction in the realms of agriculture, stormwater, air, and septic. Projects types include:

1. New Techniques: Projects that seek to evaluate nutrient, sediment, and/or toxic load reduction values or efficiencies of new Best Management Practices (BMPs) in real-world or demonstration-scale settings.

2. New Information: Projects that seek to refine nutrient, sediment, and/or toxic load reduction values or efficiencies of one or more Best Management Practices (BMPs) in order to improve targeting and cost-effectiveness of existing restoration programs.

3. New Programs: Projects that seek to create or contribute to new programs based on accepted Best Management Practices (BMPs). The purpose of such new programs should be to bring new, creative ideas to the implementation or financing of nutrient, sediment, and or toxic load reductions. The ultimate goal should be accelerated bay restoration.

Who can apply: Non-profit organizations, higher educational institutions, soil/water conservation districts, local governments, and more. See RFP for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded: $5,001 - $100,000.

Is match required? No, but applicants are strongly encouraged to leverage Trust support with cash and in kind match.

Deadline: March 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Program Status

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

Grant Application Process

The Chesapeake Bay Trust's grant applications are all submitted though an online system. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Jana Davis at 410-974-2941, ex 100. *Please note: The Trust's grant system works best in Internet Explorer, especially when uploading documents.*


*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

Jana Davis

410-974-2941 x100