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The Trust’s grant-making strategies are shaped by three core objectives; environmental education, demonstration-based restoration, and community engagement. We look to these objectives as basic touchstones for developing our grant programs, engaging new partners, and communicating about our work.

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A Message from our Executive Director

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit, grant-making organization with a mission to promote public awareness and public participation in the protection and restoration of the natural resources of the Chesapeake region. Our goal is to increase stewardship through grant programs, special initiatives, and partnerships that support environmental education, on-the-ground restoration, and community engagement activities.

The Trust has existed for over three decades, and it that time we have grown to become one of the largest natural resources grant-making organizations in the region. Everyone in our area lives within a few miles of a stream or other waterway: The work of our 400+ grantees each year makes a difference in the millions that live within the 64,000 square miles that make up the Chesapeake Bay watershed and watersheds like the Coastal Bays and Youghiogheny.

Within this website, you will find the full catalog of available grant opportunities with directions on how to apply, as well as information on ways you yourself can support our family of grantees by donating through the Trust. The Trust is funded through these types of donations as well as other sources: the Chesapeake and Endangered Species Fund on the state income form, partnerships with other entities looking to support our grantees, and, of course, by Treasure the Chesapeake license plate program. Buying a Bay plate for $20 is the easiest way to help the Bay! The Bay is improving – we need your help to continue in the right direction.

Thank you for treasuring our Chesapeake Bay,

Jana Davis, Ph.D.
Executive Director

5 days ago

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2015-2016 Annual Report

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to improving the streams, rivers, and other natural resources of the Chesapeake region through environmental education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration.

Rain Check Rebate

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is proud to partner with Prince George’s County on its Rain Check Rebate Program, offering incentives to homeowners, businesses, and others to install practices that will improve stormwater runoff quality, reduce runoff quantity, and improve local streams and rivers.

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Latest News from the Trust

April 21, 2017 in News

Annual Port Isobel & Tangier Island Trip with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps

By Brandt Dirmeyer As we all looked back in silence at Port Isobel on the boat ride back to the mainland, I felt the midday sun and a slight breeze…
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March 8, 2017 in News

Hearkening to Green Team stories

By Kimberly Y. Choi, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member at UMD Environmental Finance Center Since I had never conducted an interview before, when that part of my work duties came around,…
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January 11, 2017 in News

Sitting on the dock of the Bay

It was my last day co-leading an Alternative Weekend Trip, and the weather was perfect. Sitting on the Philip Merrill Center beach, waiting for my team to wake up, I…
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December 29, 2016 in News

8 Outings that Aren’t Taxing on the Environment

Wine tasting at a local, sustainable winery: Support a local business and learn about green agriculture! This outing is a great way to spice up any road trip or to…
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Bay Plates

For only $20, you can purchase your own Treasure the Chesapeake license plate and it will be mailed directly to your home.