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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

6 hours ago

Chesapeake Bay Trust

The members of the 2017-2018 Chesapeake Conservation Corps are winding down their year of service, but still working hard and making a difference for communities throughout Maryland. We can't wait to see what they do next!The Chesapeake Conservation Corps worked hard at our 3rd All-Hands on Deck training building an outdoor classroom at Meadowside Nature Center, Montgomery Parks in Montgomery County. Thank you to Corps Member Dionna Bucci and her host site for stretching our construction and artistic abilities and giving us such a fun day! #CorpsLife #AllHandsonDeck ... See MoreSee Less

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.

Before & After | Living Shorelines

Latest News from the Trust

June 20, 2018 in News

Project Highlight: Twin Harbors Living Shoreline

Community replaces failing bulkhead with natural living shoreline to improve water quality and create wildlife habitat The Trust recently had the opportunity to celebrate the completion of South River Federation’s…
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June 6, 2018 in Blog

Project Highlight: Rock Creek Conservancy’s Crabbs Branch Conservation Landscaping

Innovative Stormwater Solution Demonstration Site for HOAs in Montgomery County The Trust spent a fantastic morning celebrating the completion of Rock Creek Conservancy’s Crabbs Branch Conservation Landscaping project in the…
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May 29, 2018 in News

20th Annual Treasure the Chesapeake Celebration

Annual Event Raises Over $110,000 to Support Cleaner, Healthier Watersheds The Trust's 20th Annual Treasure the Chesapeake celebration was held on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Baltimore Museum of…
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May 23, 2018 in News

Trust Executive Director Discusses Mission and Programs with Comcast Newsmakers

Jana Davis, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, recently sat down with Comcast Newsmakers' Yolanda Vazquez to discuss the Trust, our grant programs, the health of the Bay, and…
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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.