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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

College Seniors! This is for you!

2018-2019 Chesapeake Conservation Corps Applications Now Open

Launch your #environmental #career, gain vital #greenjob skills, and build a network of connections in the environmental field through the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program.

This one-year term of paid service places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofits or government agencies to work full-time in environmental fields in the Chesapeake watershed.

Application deadline is April 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2CL1SWi

College Seniors! This is for you!

2018-2019 Chesapeake Conservation Corps Applications Now Open

Launch your #environmental #career, gain vital #greenjob skills, and build a network of connections in the environmental field through the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program.

This one-year term of paid service places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofits or government agencies to work full-time in environmental fields in the Chesapeake watershed.

Application deadline is April 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Learn more here: bit.ly/2CL1SWi
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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

February 8, 2018 in News

Trust Kicks Off 2018 with More than $3.7 Million in Grant Awards

The Trust announced the approval of 164 grants totaling $3,727,047 to enable a wide range of organizations to implement on-the-ground restoration and education projects and programs. Four times each year…
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February 2, 2018 in Blog

Episcopal Church of Christ the King is Greening their Property to Protect the Bay

Community Engagement Mini Grant helps Baltimore-based church harvest rain water and prevent pollution The Episcopal Church of Christ the King (CTK) in Windsor Mill believes “this world is our Father’s…
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January 24, 2018 in Blog

Reservoir Hill Tree Canopy Project Creates Green Culture

(Photo courtesy of the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council.) West Baltimore neighborhood uses Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns grant to transform streetscape and build community by Don Akchin For many…
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January 16, 2018 in News

Trust Celebrates 2018 Scholarship & Award Winners

The Chesapeake Bay Trust celebrated our 2018 scholarship and award winners at our Annual Legislative Reception and Awards Program held at the Maryland General Assembly on Thursday, January 11, 2018.…
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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.