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Watershed Assistance

The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources welcome requests for technical planning and design assistance associated with protection and restoration programs and projects that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Maryland Coastal Bays. 

What this funds: 

The purpose of this assistance is to help grantees accomplish the earliest phases of restoration projects. Recipients of this technical assistance and design funding may use the resulting plans and designs to:

- Craft future proposals or accomplish deliverables listed in the applicant’s proposal to the Maryland Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (the Local Implementation Grant Program) or through the Maryland Department of the Environment.

- Develop deliverables that will inform Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Phase II strategies;

- Craft proposals for implementation funding through programs at the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

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

How much can be awarded: $5,001 - $50,000

Is match required? Match is encouraged but not required.

Deadline: Was August 30 at 5:00 pm.

Program Status

The grant program is currently CLOSED. For 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, Kacey Wetzel at 410-974-2941 ext. 104. *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

Kacey Wetzel
(410) 974-2941 ext. 112

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Jennifer Raulin
(410) 260-8745