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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

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

March 16, 2018 in Blog

Town of Forest Heights Keeps Street Trees Healthy and Thriving

Tree Keepers project funded by Prince George’s County Stormwater Stewardship Grant Program Trees are essential—they clean the air, lower the temperature of cities during warm weather, and reduce heating bills…
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March 6, 2018 in News

Local Nonprofit Organizations Receive Close to $300,000 in Grants for Environmental Projects

Rockville, Maryland – The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announced that $291,000 in grant funding has been awarded to seven organizations to improve water…
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March 5, 2018 in Blog

Snapshot of Life in the Chesapeake Conservation Corps

Corps Members Collaborate on Jug Bay Wetlands Nature Discovery Play Space Check out this great video from Chesapeake Conservation Corps member Shelby Cross! In late December, eight Chesapeake Conservation Corps…
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March 1, 2018 in Blog

There Used to Be a Forest There

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Popp Trust Grant Program helps restore and protect forested land from invasive species This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week, so we’re sharing this stunning photo,…
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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.