The Chesapeake Bay Trust (Trust) has awarded over $130 million through more than 14,000 awards to ensure cleaner, greener, healthier Chesapeake, Coastal Bays, and Youghiogheny watersheds since 1985. The Trust has a rigorous grant review process: every proposal submitted over $5,000 is sent to members of a Technical Review Committee (TRC) and is reviewed and scored quantitatively by at least three external individuals who are experts in their fields. The Board of Trustees meets 4 times per year to review and approve all TRC recommended proposals. Proposals for $5,000 or less are reviewed by two or more technical experts on the Chesapeake Bay Trust program team. The award list will be updated after each board meeting. Reach out to the designated program officer for more details.
This program provides small community-based grants to help communities and organizations increase the number trees and tree canopy in neighborhoods, parks, and communities. For information about this grant program, click here.
Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church: for youth to install 56 red maple trees at a historic African American church. This award is supported at $5,000 with $2,500 from this program and $2,500 from the Trust’s Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grant Program. $5,000.
Carrington Woods Homeowners Association: for the planting of five (5) native trees in the forest conservation area of Carrington Woods in Severn, Maryland. Funding is for the purchase of trees and associated costs for supplies, such as mulch and tree water bags. $2,500.
Tidewater Colony Open Space Association: for native tree planting and invasive species removal in the Tidewater Colony community. $2,500.
This program is a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust which is designed to invite entities experienced in various aspects of fisheries, watershed science and policy, watershed stewardship, outreach and training, climate resilience, submerged aquatic vegetation (sav), and other watershed issues to submit proposals to advance specific outcomes of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. For more information about this grant program click here.
Calm Waters Group: for the completion of Scope #3: Equitable Grant Funding in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. $74,500.
Chesapeake Environmental Communications: for completion of Scope #7: A Local Government Guide to the Chesapeake Bay: Phase II. $79,800.
Environmental Policy Innovation Center (fiscal sponsor: Sand County Foundation): for completion of Scope #5: Strategy Development for Innovative Finance of Riparian Forest Buffer Programs. $69,203.
Innovate!, Inc.: for the completion of Scope #1: Chesapeake Healthy Watersheds Assessment 2.0. $84,821.
Skeo Solutions, Inc.: for completion of Scope #10: Updating the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership (CCP) Priority Habitat Dataset of the Chesapeake Conservation Atlas: A Scoping Project. $44,960.
Skeo Solutions, Inc.: for the completion of Scope #2: Partnership-Building and Identification of Collaborative Tidal Marsh Adaptation Projects. $74,977.
Tetra Tech, Inc.: for completion of Scope #12: Data Review and Development of Multi-Metric Stream Health Indicators. $75,000.
The Nature Conservancy: for completion of Scope #4: Updating the Chesapeake Bay Fish Passage Prioritization Tool. $60,651.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: for completion of Scope #9: A Population Simulation Model for Blue Crab Stock Assessment Performance Evaluation. $79,999.
University of Maryland College Park: for completion of Scope #6: Tree Canopy Funding and Policy Roundtable. $64,909.
This program is designed to engage Maryland residents in activities that enhance communities, engage residents, and improve natural resources by funding small-scale activities such as tree plantings, rain gardens, and community cleanups, among others. For information about this grant program click here.
IMAAM, Inc.: for a rain garden, webinars, and educational outings to engage Muslim youth and other Mosque members. $4,935.
Islamic Community Center of Laurel: for a pollinator garden, education on native plants, and a nature outing at Riverfront Park. $4,734.
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital: for a healing pollinator garden in a courtyard accessible to staff, patients, and visitors. $4,964.
Saint Camillus Catholic Church: for two hillside plantings to reduce stormwater runoff and engage the church community in faith-based stewardship. $4,985.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church: for nature walks and native plant giveaways, including at the Emancipation Day Diabetes 5K race. $4,640.
This program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment which seeks to increase diversion of reusable material, through programs, services, outreach, and education. The goals of this program are to provide funding to projects that reduce needless waste and increase diversion of reusable material, including edible food, from landfills and incineration through donation or reuse. For information about this award program, click here.
A Wider Circle: for the redistribution of furniture items that would otherwise go into the waste stream. $8,500.
Common Good City Farm: for preservation and fix-it workshops for D.C. residents. $10,000.
Community Forklift: for an outreach campaign focused on building material waste reduction. $10,000.
Frontline Gig, Inc: for an assessment estimating material reuse and estimating reuse diversion potential. $7,000.
ShopReuse LLC: for the reduction of construction materials in landfills and redistribution of supplies to BIPOC. $9,892.
The Fresh Food FactoryMarket: for the adoption of sustainability practices that will decrease the organization’s contributions to the waste stream. $10,000.
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command: for increased capacity to store donated food. $2,500.
Three Part Harmony Farm: for the increased capacity of a Ward 5 off the grid farm. $6,371.
The District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Small Grants Program is a partnership between the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment Office of Urban Agriculture and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The goals of this program are to support increased operations of food production and distribution at urban farms and to advance strategies to support the success of agriculture businesses for socially disadvantaged farmers. For information about this grant program, click here.
Bridges Public Charter School: for a produce wash station, mobile mini-kitchen and greenhouse advancement for the Healthy Harvest Project at Bridges Public Charter School. $9,350.
Children of Mine: for increasing production and enhancing the efficiency of an existing eleven thousand square foot Urban Farm in the Anacostia neighborhood. $9,705.
City Blossoms: for construction of the Youth Garden at the Farm at Fort Stanton. $10,000.
Common Good City Farm: for creation of an equitable pricing point of sale system, to provide essential infrastructure to the pay-what-you-can Farm Stand. $8,804.
Housing Help Plus: for creating two biodynamic grape vineyard sites in Congress Heights and Fort Dupont Park neighborhoods that will be used as a teaching platform to exhibit organic and biodynamic farming practices to the entire community. $10,000.
My Seniors Keeper Foundation: for replicating two scalable vertical growing design and methodologies, and installation of a solar powered pavilion. $9,882.
Sovereign EarthWorks: for supporting operational costs at Sovereign EarthWorks. $10,000.
The Nicholson Project: for the renovation of farm workspace and expanding the distribution capacity to serve neighbors in Ward 7. $10,000.
This program aims to support events that will increase awareness or knowledge on issues pertaining to restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay region natural resources and/or promote the Trust’s major sources of revenue. For information about this program click here.
Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB): for the support of the 2022 CRAB Cup, an annual fundraiser to support accessible boating. $500.
The Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) is a joint initiative of the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Chesapeake Bay Funders Network. The Capacity Building Grant Program is designed to increase the effectiveness of organizations that work at the nexus of natural resource and community health issues, within the Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Bays, and Youghiogheny River watersheds by addressing organizational capacity needs. For information about this grant program click here.
Akiima Price Consulting: to develop the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative into a high functioning Thrive network. $97,000.
Goal Implementation Team Project Support Program is a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This program is designed to invite entities experienced in various aspects of fisheries, watershed science and policy, watershed stewardship, outreach and training, climate resilience, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), and other watershed issues to submit proposals to advance specific outcomes of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. For information about this grant program click here.
Trout Unlimited – National: for completion of Scope #8: Facilitating Brook Trout Outcome Attainability through Coordination with CBP Jurisdictions and Partners. $80,000.
The Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grant Program is designed to engage Maryland residents in activities that enhance communities, engage residents, and improve natural resources. This program funds small-scale activities such as tree plantings, rain gardens, stream cleanups, and storm drain stenciling, among others. For more information about this grant program, click here.
Johns Hopkins Medicine – Bayview Community Psychiatry: to install a therapeutic pollinator garden to engage patients and staff and improve natural resources. $4,997.
Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy: for a sensory garden that will support mindfulness in nature programming at Belle Grove Elementary School and the Judy Center. $3,918.
City of Taneytown: for a two-acre pollinator garden at Bollinger Park, to be planted by students and community volunteers. $5,000.
Pride of Baltimore, Inc.: to support four free sails with educational environmental programming along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail to engage underserved Baltimore communities. $5,000.
Town of Boonsboro: for the planting of 200 trees on public and private lands, including Shafer Park. $2,264.
Gardens of Connection: for a sensory native garden at Brooklyn Park Library with educational and meditative elements that promote connection with nature. $2,646.
Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County: to increase awareness of the connection between the environment, outdoor activities, and mental health among the Asian Community, through gardening, local sustainable food sources education and engagement, and community clean-ups. $4,979.
The Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment. This program provides funding for innovative, community-oriented and –inspired projects, aimed at improving water quality in the District of Columbia, reducing litter, and raising awareness about what we can do to restore our rivers, streams, and parks. For more information about this program, click here.
Right Directions: for a water quality monitoring and litter clean-up program with at-risk youth from the Washington Highlands community. $30,000.
Urban Learning and Teaching Center: for a youth engagement program focused on environmental justice issues. $25,000.
My Seniors Keeper Foundation, Inc: for a green workforce training of residents within Ward 7 as well as returning citizens and veterans on how to design, install and maintain green infrastructure projects $30,000.
The Green Scheme: for the expansion of the Ward 8 Water Watchers (W8WW) Ambassadors program to prepare residents to actively participate in planning for the restoration of Oxon Run and Oxon Run Park. $32,028.
Friends of Anacostia Park: for a workforce development program that trains returning and Ward 7 and 8 residents to lead community-led watershed revitalization in Anacostia Park. $35,000.
Capital Rowing Club: for the Row and Clean the Anacostia (RACA) Project to increase access to rowing and organize workshops on cleaning up and protecting rivers for the disabled community and students from economically-challenged schools. $34,677.
Anacostia Watershed Society: for support of the Mussel Power program to engage DC Students and community members in mussel restoration. $34,000.
After-School All-Stars DC: for 50 middle school students to investigate the Oxon Run and Anacostia Watersheds and develop calls to action based on their issue investigations. $35,000.
Ward 8 Woods Conservancy: for removal of trash and invasive vines through the Park Steward program, which employs Ward 8 residents facing barriers to employment. $34,755.
Homes for Hope Inc: for a water conservation and watershed education program called Let it Rain! $30,276.
The Outdoor Learning Network Initiative is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust working closely with the Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup. The goal of this initiative is to advance environmental literacy at the district level by establishing local networks comprised of school districts and organizations who are committed to partnering and working collectively to embed environmental education into the school system long-term. For information about this program, click here.
Virginia Association for Environmental Education: for the advancement of environmental literacy through the expansion and enhancement of the Virginia Environmental Literacy Network. $50,000.
Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19: for the advancement of environmental literacy through the creation of a state network of regional hubs in Pennsylvania. $50,000.
Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE): for the advancement of environmental literacy through the expansion and enhancement of the Maryland Environmental Literacy Advisory Network (MELAN). $50,000.
Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation: for the advancement of environmental literacy through the expansion and enhancement of the Delaware Environmental Literacy & Communities in Nature (ELitCIN) Network $50,000.
This program encourages outreach and community engagement activities that increase stewardship ethic of natural resources and on-the-ground restoration activities that demonstrate restoration techniques and engage Maryland citizens in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. For information about this grant program click here.
University of Maryland: for the education and support of homeowners with County-monitored rain gardens to ensure proper care and maintenance. $17,475.
Howard EcoWorks: for the installation of trees and conservation landscapes in underserved urban areas by the EcoWorks green job program. $56,344.
Delmarva Public Media, Salisbury University: for the “No, I Know Podcast,” to highlight community-centric restoration efforts throughout the Maryland Bay watershed region. $13,188.
Salisbury University – Delmarva Public Radio: for a radio program covering the history, challenges, and restoration efforts underway within the Wicomico River Watershed. $18,394.
Adkins Arboretum: for educating and empowering HOA members to advocate for greener landscaping practices. $29,575.
Izaak Walton League of America (The): for the Salt Watch program to distribute test kits, collect readings, and provide outreach to local businesses. $29,994.
Baltimore Green Space: for the restoration of Fairwood Forrest through invasives removal and native plantings. $75,000.
Patterson Park Audubon Center/Audubon Mid-Atlantic: for educational programming and leadership opportunities for Bird Ambassadors. $30,000.
Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for the design and implementation of 10 learning stations to accompany stream monitoring sites. $29,413.
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: for two BioBlitz events to collect data on Mallows Bay. $7,489.
Anacostia Riverkeeper: for building a team of volunteer water quality monitors. $28,135.
Arundel Rivers Federation: for the installation of a bioswale and rain garden. $35,842.
North Point State Park, Maryland Park Service, Department of Natural Resources: for a litter reduction campaign. $40,000.
Towson Presbyterian Church: for the installation of two rain gardens. $74,417.
Cathedral of the Incarnation: for the installation of two rain gardens. $30,928.
Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding: for installation of water quality components and educational signage. $74,769.
Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc.: for knowledge building around conductivity and hands-on restoration activities. $30,000.
University of Maryland: for phase 4.0 of the SM Residential Action Framework and Outreach Campaign. $29,999.
The Nature Conservancy: for the Witness Trees project to combine public art and native plantings. $42,382.
Arundel Rivers Federation: for a rain garden and conservation planting at Parish Landing Marina. $28,683.
Smithsonian Institution: for establishing a community science program to collect and analyze photographs of oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay. $27,943.
Lower Shore Land Trust: for the installation of several small-scale restoration practices at congregations. $58,818.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for establishing new Green Teams and supporting existing Green Teams with planning and Action Kits. $27,474.
Harford Land Trust, Inc.: for engaging landowners about the benefits of converting a portion of their yards to natural spaces. $23,221.
University of Maryland College Park: for an assessment of septic system owners that will determine priority behaviors, barriers, and benefits to be used in future social marketing campaigns. $24,802.
Greater Remington Improvement Association: for a public art installation that visualizes “lost” underground streams. $30,000.
Howard County Conservancy, Inc.: for the creation of a vernal pool, along with outreach and educational activities. $57,475.
University of Maryland College Park: for deicing salt stewardship education. $18,362.
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy: for installing stormwater best management practices and an outreach campaign. $74,050.
Blue Water Baltimore: for water-based engagement events that build stewardship of the watershed. $27,890.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for establishing new Green Teams and supporting existing Green Teams with planning and Action Kits. $18,326.
Clean Water Fund: for education and demonstration of septic tank landscaping. $17,193.
Blue Water Baltimore: for opening 70 tree beds and planting 100 trees to improve water quality and support revitalization in the Oliver neighborhood. $41,631.
Civic Works, Inc.: for a Community Landscape Training program for youth and placement with landscape employers. $29,700.
St. Gabriel Catholic Church: for installation of three micro-bioretention facilities, native plants, and educational workshops and signage. $74,067.
Through Piscataway Eyes TPE Inc.: for the removal of 3,000 pounds of invasive blue catfish and northern snakeheads from the Mattawomen Creek and providing sustenance to food-insecure tribal members. $15,980.
The Sponsorship Program is designed to support events that will increase awareness or knowledge among event participants about issues pertaining to restoration and protection of the natural resources of the Chesapeake and/or Maryland’s other watersheds. The Trust will also entertain requests that promote the following major sources of revenue for the Trust: 1) the “Treasure the Chesapeake” license plate program; 2) the Chesapeake and Endangered Species Tax Check-off on the Maryland State income tax form; and 3) the Maryland Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund. For information about this program, click here.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for support of the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, designed to empower local action towards clean water. $5,000.
Sultana Education Foundation: for a presentation on aquaculture with a focus on engaging underrepresented communities, at the 2022 Downrigging Festival. $500.
Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers: for a conference that brings professionals together on stormwater management and building resiliency in a changing environment. $500.
The Veteran’s Engagement Mini Grant Program is designed to support veteran’s groups and organizations engaging veteran’s groups as they provide healing and therapeutic services, outdoor recreation, community engagement, and green jobs training. Funding for this program is in part supported by the Healing, Hunting, and Fishing Fund through the online boating, fishing, and hunting license and registration site at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. For more information about this program, click here.
TALMAR Gardens & Horticultural Therapy Center: for the installation of accessible agricultural features by and for veterans. $5,000.
Catfish for Heroes: for Rockfish fishing trips for veterans and first responders. $4,948.
Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park: for camping supplies to increase the accessibility for disabled veterans to the Hilton and Hollofield campsites. $4,988.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Maryland Department of the Environment welcome requests from local governments and non-profit organizations for assistance with the earliest phases of watershed restoration projects. This program will support watershed restoration project design assistance, watershed planning, and programmatic development associated with protection and restoration programs and projects that lead to improved water quality in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Maryland portion of the Youghiogheny watershed, and the Maryland Coastal Bays. For more information about this program, click here.
County Commissioners of Caroline County: for design of the Pealiquor Road stormwater management and wetlands project. $83,550.
Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church: for the design of a rain garden, conservation landscaping, a tree planting, and several cistern practices . $75,005.
Blue Water Baltimore: for design of stormwater practices at Har Sinai – Oheb Shalom. $80,000.
Fishing Creek Farm HOA: for design of the Southbreeze Community living shoreline project. $80,000.
Town of Berlin: for design of the Abbey Lane, Westminster Drive and Upshur Lane submerged gravel wetland project. $22,000.
Arundel Rivers Federation: for design of the Southdown Shores step pool storm conveyance project. $80,000.
St. James Development Corporation: for design of stormwater management practices. $65,000.
Cathedral of the Incarnation: for design of bioretention facilities. $28,100.
GeN’xt Ministries Inc: for the design of stormwater management projects including bioretention, conservation landscaping, and tree planting. $45,000.
Carroll Soil Conservation District: for design of the unnamed tributary to Meadow Branch wetland restoration project and agricultural best management practices. $115,500.
Neighborhood Design Center: for development of the Frenchman’s Creek stormwater management plan. $37,912.
Harford Soil Conservation District: for design of the unnamed tributary to Falling Branch stream restoration project. $100,300.
Govans Presbyterian Church: for design of rain gardens, a tree planting, permeable pavers, and a rainwater catchment system. $59,655.
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy: for design of the Grace Creek living shoreline project. $50,000.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for design of the Carroll Farm living shoreline project. $70,000.
Arundel Rivers Federation: for design of the Edgewater Beach Shady Side shoreline restoration project. $47,032.
EcoLatinos, Inc.: for design of a bioswale at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Landover Hills, Maryland. $40,612.
ShoreRivers: for design of the Turners Creek Headwaters Phase II stream restoration project. $70,580.
ShoreRivers: for design of the Starkey Farm headwater stream valley restoration and assessment project. $110,000.
Potomac Conservancy: for design of the Inverness Community stormwater management project. $86,000.
ShoreRivers: for design of the Poor House Run stream restoration project. $100,000.
The Youth Environmental Education Grant Program is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This program is designed to increase student awareness and involvement in the restoration and protection of our region’s natural resources by increasing access to programs that provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). For more information about this program, click here.
Blue Sky Fund: for 4th grade students from Richmond Public Schools to participate in a watershed investigation program. $5,000.
The Delmarva Community Wellnet Foundation; EDEN Project: for the expansion of the schoolyard habitat at Longneck Elementary School. $7,500.
Elk Hill Farm, Inc.: for 36 students to investigate the James River watershed. $5,000.
So What Else, inc: for installation of a community garden and engagement of local youth in the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood. $7,500.
Anacostia Watershed Society: for 40 youth in District of Columbia to participate in the Saturday Environmental Academy (SEA). $7,000.
Virginia Association for Environmental Education: for a pollinator and food garden at Lakemont Elementary School. $7,000.
Ward Foundation: for 1500 students from Wicomico County to participate in a watershed investigation. $4,382.
Payne Elementary School PTSA: for 320 students in Pre-K-5th grade to participate in a watershed investigation. $5,000.
Crow’s Nest Research Center: for professional development for 15 teachers. $5,000.
Live It Learn It: for 100 third graders to participate in a watershed investigation. $5,000.
The Tome School: for 7th graders to participate in a field experience in Radcliffe Creek and plant a 1,600 square-foot rain garden. $3,936.
Hickory Elementary School: for installation of an outdoor classroom. $1,092.
Summit School, Anne Arundel County: for installation of an outdoor classroom. $5,000.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club: for 12 middle schoolers to participate in a week-long environmental spring break camp. $8,815.
Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center: for 10th-12th graders to expand water quality monitoring in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by developing, building, and deploying low-cost monitoring devices. $4,995.
Village School: for students to discover how urban planting and restorative agriculture practices can address climate change and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. $3,490.
Maymont Foundation: for Project Based Learning workshops for elementary school teachers in the East End of Richmond. $5,000.
Potomac Valley Audubon Society: for installation of an outdoor classroom with fourth grade students. $5,000.
The Springwell School, Inc.: for creation of an outdoor classroom and school-yard habitat project to support climate change education. $5,000.
Friends of Shepherd Park DC: for weekly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities for youth and families in Ward 8 in Washington, DC. $7,000.
Rivanna Conservation Alliance: for a comprehensive MWEE for all 200 sixth grade students at Jackson P. Burley Middle School. $4,997.
Bethesda Green: for students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Walt Whitman, and Walter Johnson high schools to participate in environmental stewardship via impactful projects, community engagement, and cooperative project development and delivery. $7,000.
Wisdom Projects, Inc.: for 12 monthly MWEE field trips for students in Baltimore City. $6,000.
Howard County Conservancy, Inc.: for addressing capacity building for the Youth Climate Institute (YCI) program. $5,000.
Bridges Public Charter School: for installation of a native meadow and outdoor educational space. $7,000.
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy: for oyster restoration education for 27 seventh graders. $1,632.
James River Association: for a hands-on field experience for 150 5th, 6th and 8th graders. $5,000.
Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for Montgomery Housing Partnership Pre-K youth to explore nature. $7,000.
STARBASE Victory Inc: for 24 eighth and ninth graders to investigate the effects of microplastics on local waterways. $5,000.
Petersburg City Public Schools: for field experiences for 120 fifth graders $5,000.
James River Association: for outdoor field experiences and action projects for fourth graders in Richmond Public Schools. $5,000.
The Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Award Program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance and the Chesapeake Bay Trust that funds projects that meet any of the following three goals: increase knowledge about oyster fisheries or oyster aquaculture, advance in small-scale technologies for either increasing oyster population or oyster aquaculture, and increase in oyster fishery or aquaculture measurement/monitoring techniques or activities.
Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission: for fabricating Diamond and X Reefs. $10,000.
Annapolis Aquaculture: for evaluating equipment and process improvements to current bottom cage oyster aquaculture methods. $10,000.
Barretts Neck Seafood LLC: for an outdoor living classroom. $10,000.
Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc.: for an underwater drone. $4,200.
Friends of the Rappahannock: for creating and piloting an oyster-based science curriculum. $3,438.
Long Creek Oyster Company LLC: for an oyster sorter. $10,000.
Orchard Point Oyster Co.: for creating a proof of concept for a synthetic oyster shell. $10,000.
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center: for capacity building efforts for oyster monitoring initiatives. $8,060.
Portsmouth Public Schools: for engaging Portsmouth Public School students in an oyster focused Meaning Watershed Educational Experience, (MWEE). $10,000.
Shored Up LLC: for public educational experiences highlighting the importance of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. $9,999.
ShoreRivers: for updating outreach materials to help better tell the story of oyster restoration to the general public. $10,000.
Solar Oysters LLC: for building and testing a solar powered semiautomatic spray wash bar system. $9,760.
St. Mary’s River Watershed Association: for expanding limited water quality monitoring supporting oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. $10,000.
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.: for the engagement of underserved communities in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population. $10,000.
The Clean Water Montgomery Grant Program is a partnership between the Montgomery County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust that funds public outreach and stewardship projects, community-based restoration water quality implementation projects, and litter reduction projects in the Anacostia River Watershed through trash trap maintenance and monitoring.
Anacostia Riverkeeper: for a series of litter cleanup events to engage geographically and ethnically diverse audiences in the Anacostia watershed. $43,934.
Anacostia Riverkeeper: for water quality monitoring, educational field trips, and bilingual outreach events to engage the Latine community. $40,000.
Arts on the Block: for youth and community engagement in litter cleanups and an environmentally themed mosaic. $40,000.
Centro de Apoyo Familiar: for engagement of Latine faith-based organizations in environmental health and stormwater topics through a train-the-trainer model. $30,000.
Defensores de la Cuenca: to build knowledge and skills among the Latine community in native tree species identification, planting, and maintenance. $50,000.
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for green team trainings and development of action kits to support congregation-led stewardship building. $26,326.
Islamic Community Center of Potomac: for a series of educational workshops, listening sessions, and focused conversations to advance knowledge and implementation of food waste reduction practices. $19,690.
Izaak Walton League of America (The): for expansion of the Salt Watch program to engage local businesses and winter maintenance professionals in environmentally-conscious salting practices. $27,455.
Izaak Walton League of America (The): for the expansion of the Salt Watch program to educate and engage County residents in environmentally-conscious road salt application. $37,957.
Nature Forward: for the expansion of a community science water quality monitoring program to build stream health knowledge and inspire stream stewardship among diverse communities. $38,965.
Potomac Conservancy: for targeted river and trash cleanups, and community seed collections to engage Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) audiences. $43,341.
Potomac Riverkeeper Network: for the expansion of water quality monitoring work with a focus on Latine engagement. $21,000.
Vietnamese American Services: for a series of workshops to promote environmental literacy within the Vietnamese community. $69,500.
The Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grant Program is designed to engage Maryland residents in activities that enhance communities, engage residents, and improve natural resources. This program funds small-scale activities such as tree plantings, rain gardens, stream cleanups, and storm drain stenciling, among others.
Clay Street Community Development Corporation: to address food insecurity by installing elevated garden boxes in family yards for participants to build, manage and use. $4,741.
Greenbelt Homes, Inc.: to install conservation landscaping that will reduce erosion and provide education to the community. Funded by Prince George’s County. $4,041.
Maryland Troopers Association: to install pollinator gardens, to install educational signage, and to implement trainings that educate visitors and Troopers and to address runoff issues. $3,083.
Symphony Village at Centreville HOA: to convert turf into native vegetation to capture runoff and provide habitat for pollinators. $3,828.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring: to replace invasive plants with native plants to slow runoff, and serve as an educational tool $4,840.
Washington College: to research Redhead grass survival rates in support of submerged aquatic vegetation restoration in the Chester River. $2,501.
This program is a partnership between the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This program seeks to support food serving entities, School Food Authorities, and Community Based Organizations that support schools in the District to reduce food packaging and food waste, in an effort to support a long-term transition to reusables.
Axis bar and grill llc DBA Sudhouse: for the transition to reusable foodware at a bar/restaurant. $25,000.
B.Lin Catering: for the expansion of a reusable food program for a catering business. $11,000.
FishScale Inc: for the expansion of reusable foodware, establishment of reusable catering dishware, and launch of a reusable to-go container program for a seafood restaurant. $20,000.
Masenphil llc: for the establishment of a reusable to-go mug and to-go container program for an Ethiopian coffeehouse. $23,169.
Metropolitan AME Church: for the installation of a commercial dishwashing system and development of a resuable foodware program at a historic DC church. $24,945.
OCNC, INC: for the expansion of reusable foodware usage for in-house dining and the establishment of a reusable to-go mug program at a cafe. $25,000.
RASA: for the expansion of a reusable foodware program for in-house dining at an Indian restaurant. $14,729.
The Fresh Food FactoryMarket: for the installation of a commercial dishwashing system and development of a resuable foodware program for on-site and takeout dining at an eatery and food business incubator. $25,000.
To Go Green: for the establishment of a third-party reusable foodware service. $25,000.
The District of Columbia Donation and Reuse Award program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment. The goals of this program are to increase diversion of reusable material, through programs, services, outreach, and education. This program seeks to provide funding to projects that reduce needless waste and increase diversion of reusable material, including edible food, from landfills and incineration through donation or reuse.
Common Good City Farm: for workshops on food preservation and mending which serve low-income District residents. $10,000.
Community Forklift: for a two-fold marketing campaign, aimed at low-income District residents to increase awareness of Community Forklift’s services and at higher-income residents encouraging donation. $10,000.
Food Rescue US: for the recruitment of new food rescue volunteers. $7,500.
Swap Universe: for the expansion of swap programming into District after-school programs and installation of donation bins at partner sites. $7,174.
The George Washington University Office of Sustainability: for a reuse market to provide second-hand items at no cost to students in need. $5,000.
The Outrage: to support a Mutual Aid Hub which collects and redistributes donations of food and clothing. $10,000.
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command: for a walk-in refrigerator to divert food from the waste stream to District residents in need. $10,000.
Columbia Department of Energy and Environment Office of Urban Agriculture and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The goals of this program are to support increased operations of food production and distribution at urban farms and to advance strategies to support the success of agriculture businesses for socially disadvantaged farmers.
Blackland Farms: for producing educational content focused on growing crops year-round on a micro-sized urban farm in Ward 5, Washington, DC. $14,964.
Building Bridges Across the River: for increasing nutritious food access east of the Anacostia River and providing educational workshops at an urban farm in Ward 8, Washington, DC. $14,320.
Dreaming Out Loud Inc.: for increasing the amount of farm fresh produce grown and distributed throughout Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, DC. $14,814.
Three Part Harmony Farm: for increasing the amount of healthy salad greens grown in Northeast, Washington, DC. $14,581.
Up Top Acres: for an E-bike to upgrade distribution capacity at an urban farm in Ward 8, Washington, DC. $7,401.
The Environmental Education Grant Program funds initiatives and programs that advance environmental literacy and result in students gaining the knowledge, skills, and appreciation for nature to take responsible actions to protect and restore their local environment.
Alice Ferguson Foundation: for support of outdoor field experiences for the Charles County 3rd grade MWEE. $40,000.
Anacostia Watershed Society: for year 1 of the Prince George’s County Public Schools Mussel Power MWEE. $40,000.
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park: for support of the Box of Rain program. $10,000.
Dance Exchange: for implementation of a systemic arts-integrated MWEE for kindergarteners in Prince George’s County Public Schools. $120,000.
Environmental Justice Journalism Intiative: for engagement of more than 20 students in a summer Middle Branch Marina Urban Environmental Education Program. $40,000.
ShoreRivers: for the Eastern Shore Environmental Literacy Leadership Pilot Network. $40,000.
The Prince George’s County Stormwater Stewardship Grant Program is a partnership between the Prince George’s County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to fund on-the-ground restoration activities that improve neighborhoods, improve water quality, and engage Prince George’s County residents in the restoration and protection of the local rivers and streams of Prince George’s County.
Alice Ferguson Foundation: to develop a strategy for illegal dumping and litter reduction in Prince George’s County. $45,000.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: to develop and deliver a pilot project for installation of community resilient practices in priority areas of Prince George’s County, Maryland. $490,464.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: to convert 1,265 square feet of turf to conservation landscaping and engage with faculty, staff, and students at Bowie State University. $25,000.
City of Hyattsville: to conduct outreach, education, and training on invasive species and removal in Hyattsville, Maryland. $32,172.
ECO City Farms: for the installation of two rain gardens at the ECO City Farms Urban Farm Incubator in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. $134,888.
EcoLatinos, Inc.: to promote the Rain Check Rebate program and educate residents about cisterns, trees, and conservation landscaping practices. $41,817.
Global Health and Education Projects, Inc.: to conduct outreach and education on the benefits of trees and identify tree planting locations in priority areas with low tree canopy in Prince George’s County. $50,000.
The Low Impact Development Center, Inc.: to develop and deliver a pilot project for installation of low to no cost community resilient practices in priority areas of Prince George’s County, Maryland. $490,464.
Town of Eagle Harbor Inc.: to conduct six workshops on climate change impacts and actions individuals and communities can take to address these impacts at the Town of Eagle Harbor, Maryland. $10,018.
Town of Edmonston: to create a green street that includes eight rain gardens in Edmonston, Maryland. $179,360.
University of Maryland College Park: to develop and deliver a pilot Climate Wise Academy that educates and engages community members with the Prince George’s County Climate Action Plan. $110,000.
The Urban Trees Grant Program, called for by the Maryland General Assembly as a component of a 5,000,000-tree goal by 2031, supports tree planting projects in urban, underserved communities. The goal of the Urban Tree Grant Program is to green communities; enhance quality of life, human health, and community livability by improving air quality and reducing urban heat island effect; and mitigate some of the effects of climate change.
Abby Farm: For growing 2,000 2-inches caliper trees to support the Trust’s Urban Tree Program. $272,571.
Clear Ridge Nursery, Inc.: For growing 1,500 1-inch caliper trees to support the Trust’s Urban Tree Program. $80,925.
Ecotone, LLC: For growing 1,000 1-inch caliper trees to support the Trust’s Urban Tree Program. $65,000.
Green Landing Nursery, LLC: For growing 2,000 1-inch caliper trees to support the Trust’s Urban Tree Program. $175,110.
Schott Nurseries LLC: For growing 3,500 1-inch caliper trees to support the Trust’s Urban Tree Program. $267,013.
Awards will be posted here after the May board meeting.