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The Chesapeake Bay Trust Restoration Grant Program supports demonstration-scale, community-based, on-the-ground restoration projects.

What this funds: 

Wetland and marsh creation and enhancement;

Bioretention cells, bioswales, rain gardens, rain barrels, and other low impact development stormwater techniques;

Streamside forest buffers;

Shoreline and stream bank enhancement and stabilization;

Fish passage projects; and

Installation of agriculture best management practices, including fencing, buffers, wetlands, and more.

Large scale school property projects to restore habitat, improve water quality, and establish outdoor classrooms on school grounds. Proposed projects should contribute to Maryland Green School certification efforts, should be integrated into classroom curriculum, and must have a plan for continued use of the project area as an outdoor classroom beyond the term of the grant.

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 - $25,000 for projects not based on or identified in a watershed plan.
Is match required? Match is encouraged but not required.
Deadline: Occurred September 6 at 5:00 pm. The Restoration program will be open once a year.

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, Jen Wijetunga at 410-974-2941 ext. 106. *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

Jen Wijetunga
410-974-2941 x106