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Environmental Education

The Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Grant Program awards funding to expand and enhance Bay environmental education programs for pre-K through 12 grade students in Maryland.



What this funds: The Trust seeks to increase environmental stewardship through environmental education by providing grants that build and expand pre-K through 12 environmental education programs and increase student access to programs that provide meaningful outdoor learning experiences.

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:
The Trust has made available $400,000 for this grant program in Fiscal Year 2016. Individual applications may be submitted for amounts detailed below. Please contact Jamie Baxter, jbaxter@cbtrust.org, to discuss which funding level is most appropriate for your project idea. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Trust staff to discuss proposals prior to the deadline.

Multiple year requests: Applicants may request from $5,001 to $35,000 per year for three years (maximum is $105,000 total award over years 2016-2019). The Trust anticipates making one or two multi-year awards. Applicants can submit two year or three year requests but all applicants for multi-year requests must talk with Trust staff prior to formulating proposals.

Single year requests: Applicants may request $5,001 to $35,000 for a grant period of March 2016 - August 2017. The Trust anticipates making 6-10 awards at this level.

For request $5,000 and under, please consider applying for a Trust Environmental Education Mini Grant.    


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

Deadline: The deadline is December 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

Partners: The Trust work collaboratively with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Education Training Program (BWET) to promote high quality environmental education experiences that meet the revised guidance for Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences in MD and the region. They will be announcing the next BWET funding opportunity soon. Check this link for more information.


Program Status

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

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, Jamie Baxter at 410-974-2941 ext. 105. *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

Jamie Baxter
410-974-2941 x105