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Chesapeake Bay Trust Awards – Fiscal Year 2021

By February 11, 2021September 10th, 2021News

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.

September 2020

Anne Arundel County Forestry and Forested Land Protection

The goal of this program is to implement cost-effective reforestation and greening projects and increase the number of acres of protected forested land in the County. For information about this grant program click here.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust: for the protection of 27 acres of existing forest with a permanent conservation easement and the reforestation and protection of 1.5 acres on Bodkin Creek property in Pasadena, Maryland. $175,296.

Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grants

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.

Blue Water Baltimore: for the creation of a short video regarding green infrastructure and how residents can participate in reducing stormwater runoff in their communities. $5,000.

Christian Liberty Church: for a community clean-up event and installation of a mural connecting faith, clean water, and environmental stewardship. $5,000.

Gwynn Oak United Methodist Church: for the installation of a native plant garden, a native tree, and three rain barrels and a workshop regarding the importance of native plants and water harvesting for capturing and treating stormwater. $5,000.

Project Bright Future: for a series of workshops about community health and ways to reduce stormwater runoff and four community clean-up events. $4,985.

Saint Elizabeth School, Inc.: for the installation of two cisterns and pumps to control runoff from horticultural building and hands-on learning experiences. $3,807.

Saint Matthias Catholic Church: for a series of lectures on the importance of trees and their connection to watershed health and for a park clean-up and field trip to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary with congregation members. $5,000.

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church: for a native plant and shrub planting, community garden installation, and educational activities on the topics of natural resource and water quality challenges. $4,977.

Stillmeadow Community Fellowship: for the installation of four 150-gallon cisterns to capture stormwater runoff from the church roof and for educational workshops regarding stormwater impacts to local waterways and how communities can install and maintain individual, residential rain barrels. $4,999.

Tilghman on Chesapeake Community Association: for the installation of 21 native trees on a 2-acre non-tidal wetland site and educational activities regarding watershed health and water quality topics. $3,969.

Environmental Education Mini Grants

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 information about this grant program click here.

Alice Ferguson Foundation: for 25 third through eighth grade teachers in Prince George’s, Charles, and Allegany Counties to participate in a professional development training focused on Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences. $5,000.

Bethesda Green: for 12 eleventh and twelfth grade students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Walt Whitman High School and Walter Johnson High School to participate in an Environmental Leadership Program. $5,000.

Dance Exchange: for 15 kindergarten through fifth grade teachers to participate in a professional development training focused on MWEEs and arts integration. $5,000.

Eastport Elementary PTA: for the installation of an outdoor classroom at Eastport Elementary School. $4,938.

Fenix Youth Project: for 25 students in Salisbury, Maryland to participate in an outdoor investigation and install a mural. $4,998.

Graceland Park O’Donnell Heights Elementary/ Middle School: for 240 fourth through eighth grade students to participate in a field experience and complete an action project in their community. $4,570.

Grasonville Elementary School: for 88 fourth grade students to research, design, and plant a rain garden on the school grounds. $4,462.

Howard County Conservancy, Inc.: for 9th graders from Howard County Public Schools to participate in the Watershed Report Card MWEE. $4,989.

Immaculate Conception School: for 108 fourth and fifth grade students to investigate local issues that impact the Jones Falls watershed and its tributaries through classroom research and field trips to local tributaries and to participate in an action project which reduces pollution entering the local watershed.  $5,000.

Lesley and Evelyn Holmes Foundation: for 5 students in nineth through twelfth grade to participate in a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience. $1,162.

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE): for 60 teachers to participate in a professional development training focused on outdoor classroom use. $5,000.

One Montgomery Green: for 40 high school students to participate in the Clean Headwaters Program. $5,000.

Ridge Elementary School: for 112 third through fifth grade students to participate in the installation of an outdoor classroom. $5,000.

Talbot County Public Schools: for 354 sixth grade students to participate in an investigation focused on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and to complete a planting at Pickering Creek. $5,000.

November 2020

Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grants

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.

Havre de Grace Green Team: for the expansion of the Todd Park Food Forest and for a workshop to build knowledge on environmentally sustainable food-growing practices. $4,967.

Quail Meadow community Association, Inc.: for the installation of native plantings along the edge of the Quail Meadow community pond in Carroll County, Maryland. $4,971.

Tanglewood Homeowners Association: for the replacement of four Bradford Pear trees with 12 native trees in the Tanglewood community of Columbia and the engagement of the community in the planting and knowledge building on the ecological importance of native plants. $4,682.

4STEPS Therapeutic Riding Program: for ten special needs, at-risk teenagers and young adults to participate in a horseback reptile surveying project that includes watershed and ecological health education. $5,000.

EPA Goal Implementation Team - Environmental Education

This funding opportunity arose out of the urgent need to provide financial assistance to nonprofit environmental education providers throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as their operations pivoted from place-based environmental education to virtual platforms and physically distanced schoolyard programs. For information about this program click here.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park: to support the adaptations and implementation of the Box of Rain and School In Nature programs. $20,000.

Blue Sky Fund: to support the adaptations and implementation of the Explorers program for third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Richmond Public Schools. $20,000.

Boxerwood Education Association: to support the NEST program for students in Rockbridge County, VA. $19,990.

ECO City Farms: to support transitioning educational offerings to virtual and into at-home kits for 3,000 Prince George’s County students. $20,000.

Friends of Peirce Mill: for support of an online program for third graders in the District of Columbia including live lessons and a virtual field trip. $7,200.

Friends of the National Arboretum: to support distribution of Grow-at-Home kits for 2,000 students and 6 safely distanced Arboretum Family Days in the U.S. National Arboretum for high-needs school communities. $19,985.

Living Classrooms Foundation: to support the adaptations and implementation of a virtual SLURRP (School Leadership in Urban Runoff Reduction Project) program for fourth and fifth grade students in South Baltimore. $19,998.

Stroud Water Research Center: to support the adaptation and implementation of virtual Environmental Education programs, and the creation of a Pennsylvania Watershed Literacy and Resources website. $14,442.

Ward Foundation: to enable the Ward Museum to continue serving regional children and teachers via new socially distanced, virtual, and hybrid programs. $17,785.

Outreach and Restoration

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.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for an 11-acre reforestation project in Harford County, Maryland. $49,958.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for the conversion of agricultural land into meadow at Serenity Farm and associated outreach efforts for the development and planning of future meadow projects in Charles County. $41,777.

Anacostia Riverkeeper: for outreach to Latinx faith-based organizations to raise awareness on the health risks of local fish consumption and other relationships between environmental and human health. $25,963.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park: for the creation and installation of educational signage for Chesapeake Bay watershed learning stations at Annapolis Maritime Museum’s two waterfront campuses and for an eight-part series of adult programs that connect adults with the history, health, and future of the watershed. $29,209.

Asbury Foundation: for the engagement of Asbury Methodist Village residents in tree plantings and workshops designed to increase understanding of watershed health. $30,000.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for support of the Plant it Forward program to train community members and landscape professionals about conservation landscaping and benefits of native plants in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. $30,000.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for 80 Montgomery county community members to participate in a bilingual Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience. $20,836.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for experiences in nature for veterans through community environmental education programs along a wheelchair-accessible, streamside nature trail at 40-acre Woodend Nature Sanctuary. $10,126.

Baltimore City Department of Planning: for planting 32 trees in the Boyd-Booth community in Baltimore City, Maryland. $21,472.

Baltimore Green Space: for invasive species removal at Springfield Woods. $49,420.

Blue Water Baltimore: for planting 150 trees and associated outreach efforts in the Cherry Hill neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. $49,999.

Blue Water Baltimore: for a pilot campaign to educate Belair-Edison and Cherry Hill residents on the causes of sewage backups, the impacts to water quality, and the resources that exist to address the issue. $30,000.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: for wetland restoration in Kent County, Maryland. $46,068.

Civic Works, Inc.: for a certification-based stormwater management training for 12 Baltimore City residents from historically excluded communities. $30,000.

The Community Ecology Institute: for the installation of best management practices and associated outreach efforts at Freetown Farm. $75,000.

Corner Team, Inc.: for the installation and maintenance of a pollinator garden with assistance from residents and members of Corner Team Boxing & Fitness Center. $5,757.

Defensores de la Cuenca: for outreach and engagement efforts to promote environmental stewardship within the Latinx community in Charles County. $21,391.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.: for targeted outreach and education of agricultural landowners and producers on Maryland’s eastern shore. $29,691.

Friends of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway, Inc.: for outreach and engagement efforts to promote environmental stewardship within the Latinx and Korean communities in Ellicott City, Maryland. $25,000.

Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park Ltd: for support for Spanish speaking staff to lead Spanish educational programming for Latinx visitors focused on watershed and natural resource topics. $16,000.

Gunpowder Riverkeeper: for support for the Clear Choices Clean Water Harford program. $15,000.

Howard County Conservancy, Inc.: for the planting of a soft edge habitat with native trees and shrubs to support greater wildlife diversity and further protect the watershed along the border of the Howard County Conservancy and the historic Mt. Pleasant Farmstead in Woodstock, Maryland. $25,130.

Howard EcoWorks: for the engagement of individual property owners and communities in restoration projects to enhance ecosystem services and strengthen the resiliency of the communities. $22,000.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for the training of individuals to develop green teams and produce an Action Plan for faith-based organizations located in Baltimore City, Maryland. $13,124.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for the development of green teams at faith-based organizations in Gaithersburg, Maryland. $12,973.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for the continued support of the Interfaith Green Leaders Training in Howard County. $12,000.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for continued Green Team Leader support of Harford County faith-based communities. $11,673.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for support of the Green Team Leadership Development Program to educate residents about watershed restoration and train congregation members with the goal of developing green teams in the City of Salisbury. $6,892.

Izaak Walton League of America (The): for support of the Winter Salt Watch program in Gaithersburg, Maryland. $30,923.

McDaniel College: for a forest and wetland restoration and the installation of a student-focused educational signage project at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. $35,000.

Mid-shore Community Foundation: for members of three disenfranchised communities in the Choptank watershed to participate in community meetings and site visits to identify natural resource concerns and develop community restoration plans to address issues. $16,126.

The Nature Conservancy: for field days and coaching sessions with Harford County farmers to identify and implement practices to improve their operations with advanced nutrient management and precision agriculture technologies. $29,953.

NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, Inc.: for impervious surface removal, native plantings, and rain garden installation at Flannery Lane Park in Towson, Maryland. $35,000.

Oyster Recovery Partnership, Inc.: for the Marylanders Grow Oysters program through the Oyster Recovery Partnership and its community-based partners to recruit waterfront communities and homeowners near Maryland tributaries to donate their time, effort, and dock to care for cages of juvenile oysters until they mature. $49,999.

Patterson Park Audubon Center: for the growth of the Baltimore Bird Ambassador project to reach 400 Latinx community members. $29,700.

Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center: for a bioretention and water stewardship outreach project at the Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center in Reisterstown, Maryland. $30,602.

Pickering Creek Audubon Center: for a residential native plant outreach and awareness project in Talbot and Dorchester Counties. $29,726.

Potomac Conservancy: for support of the Volunteer Leadership Team to recruit and train volunteer leaders to organize and lead native seed collection events in neighborhoods and public lands in Montgomery and Frederick Counties. $29,262.

ReBUILD Metro, Inc.: for the creation of the East Preston Pocket Park and to train 30 local green team leaders and volunteers in greenspace stewardship and maintenance techniques $36,775.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church: for the removal of impervious surface and replacement with permeable pavement, installation of native plantings, and associated outreach efforts at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. $64,358.

ShoreRivers: for establishing a partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Anne Arundel Community College, and Washington College to restore 24 acres of submerged aquatic vegetation and to provide new hands-on volunteer opportunities to improve water quality and clarity, increase of aquatic habitat, and to help meet the Chesapeake Bay Agreement habitat restoration goal. $63,446.

ShoreRivers: for the engagement of two Eastern Shore communities in the implementation of conservation planting projects, two River-Friendly Yards workshops, and one bus tour. $31,859.

Susquehannock Wildlife Society, Inc.: for an outreach program and the development and installation of interpretive signage focused on demonstration projects and how residents can create similar elements such as pollinator meadows, rain gardens, vernal pool, and stream restoration. $5,000.

University of Maryland, College Park: for the collection and testing of harvested rainwater and an educational program for urban growers and residents focused on water quality and water conservation topics. $29,985.

University of Maryland: Environmental Finance Center: for support of the Stormwater Management Residential Action Framework and Outreach 2.0 Campaign. $29,999.

Sponsorship

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.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for support of the third Naturally Latinos and fourth Taking Nature Black virtual conferences. $2,500.

Harford Land Trust, Inc.: for an awareness campaign to increase support for farmland preservation and to strengthen the local food supply chain in Harford County. This effort will also create a video featuring farmers and the importance of protecting the environment. $1,000.

Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers: for support of the 2020 Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers virtual conference. $1,000.

Watershed Assistance Grant Program

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 information about this program click here.

Arundel Rivers Federation: for design of stormwater management practices at St. Mark United Methodist Church., $16,521.00.

Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.: for design of the FC Frederick stream restoration project., $173,926.00.

Central Baltimore Partnership: for design of the Union Craft wetland project., $48,127.00.

Chesapeake Rivers Association, Inc.: for design of the Lindamoor outfall and living shoreline restoration project., $74,837.00.

Churchville Presbyterian Congregation: for the design of two stormwater management practices., $13,400.00.

County Commissioners of Caroline County: for design of rain gardens and conservation plantings at the Jonestown Community Park., $2,850.00.

John Carroll School: for development of a campus greening plan and design of stormwater management practices., $92,840.00.

Maryland Coastal Bays Program: for development of a watershed action plan for the Newport, Sinepuxent, and Chincoteague Bays sub-watersheds., $73,070.00.

ShoreRivers: for development of the Poor House Run assessment and plan., $52,956.00.

ShoreRivers: for design and permitting of the Sears Farm stream restoration project., $81,896.00.

ShoreRivers: for development of the Bayside Creeks watershed management plan., $49,903.00.

ShoreRivers: for the development of dairy conservation action plans for five Maryland Eastern Shore dairy operations., $52,238.00.ShoreRivers: for the design and permitting of the Turners Creek stream restoration project., $110,000.00.

ShoreRivers: for design of bioswale facilities at the Community Park in Galena., $17,996.00.

Spa Creek Conservancy (SCC): for engagement of residents at the Housing Authority of City of Annapolis (HACA) to develop a community plan for Hawkins Cove., $60,000.00.

The Low Impact Development Center, Inc.: for development of a stormwater master plan for the Town of Cheverly, Maryland., $50,000.00.

Town of Emmitsburg: for design and permitting of the Silo Hill detention basin restoration project., $34,000.00.

Towson Presbyterian Church: for design of two rain gardens and a cistern system at the Church., $35,509.00.

Trout Unlimited Inc.: for design of the Sand Spring Run stream restoration project., $114,411.00.

University of Maryland College Park: for design of the Campus Creek restoration and Pond Retrofit projects., $180,000.00.

February 2021

Capacity Building Initiative Grant Program

The Capacity Building Initiative (CBI) is a joint initiative from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Chesapeake Bay Funders Network. CBI seeks to build the organizational capacity of natural resource focused nonprofit organizations working in the Chesapeake, Coastal Bays, and Youghiogheny watersheds. This program funds key capacity building strategies vital to establishing a strong base, including (but not limited to) the development of robust financial plans to modify or diversify organizational revenue sources and collaboration among organizations. For information about this grant program click here.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for contractual support to develop a fundraising plan that will diversify revenue sources. $30,000.

Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley: for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice training and capacity building. $29,950.

Anacostia Watershed Society: for contractual services to support assessment and development of an organizational diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice plan. $30,000.

Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy: for contractual services for a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice assessment and plan. $30,000.

Capital Region Land Conservancy: for contractual assessment, training, and planning to build diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice capacity. $30,000.

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council: for the development of a new strategic plan and adaptation of the certificate course. $10,681.

Citizens For Pennsylvania’s Future: for a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice plan. $29,732.

Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County: for collaborative capacity building and survey work. $26,250.

EcoLatinos, Inc.: for a fundraising plan and board education to support fundraising efforts. $29,980.

Friends of the Rappahannock: for the creation of a fundraising plan, updates to the customer relationship management system, and staff training. $10,247.

Harford Land Trust, Inc.: for a group of urban and rural land trusts to learn together and increase fundraising capacity. $30,000.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for an adaptive capacity building project to create a spatial data set of faith-owned properties in Maryland and Lancaster Pennsylvania. $29,934.

Lancaster Farmland Trust: for analysis of technology needs and implementation of technology upgrades to enhance engagement programs. $27,780.

National Wildlife Federation: for four leadership and management trainings for the Young Professionals of Color mentorship program. $30,000.

Northern Virginia Conservation Trust: for the development of a strategic conservation plan. $17,249.

Otter Point Creek Alliance: for website design and re-branding. $24,250.

Oyster Recovery Partnership, Inc.: for contractual services for a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice assessment and plan and an updated constituent relationship management system. $30,000.

Potomac Conservancy: for anti-racism training for board members and integration of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice strategies into the strategic plan and organization processes. $30,000.

Potomac Riverkeeper Network: for contractual services for a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice assessment and training. $29,998.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Inc.: for executive leadership training. $15,000.

West Virginia Rivers Coalition: for improved social media and virtual communications. $12,480.

Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Award Program

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. For information about this grant program click here.

Friends of the Rappahannock: for an educational program, to increase knowledge about oyster aquaculture and health among landowners and local stakeholders within the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula of Virginia. $4,715.

Hoopers Island Oyster Company: for a setting trailer prototype to allow oyster production to begin earlier in the season and in a ‘bio-safe’ environment that reduces risk of disease. $4,997.

James River Association: for an educational program for K-12 students in the Newport News public school system. $4,969.

Morgan State University – Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory: for the development of a series of educational videos about oysters. $4,810.

Nansemond Indian Tribal Association: for the development of educational materials for K-12 students in the Hampton Roads area. $5,000.

Severn River Association, Inc.: for the creation of the Oyster Reef Dive Program to enhance reef monitoring. $5,000.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science: for the expansion of a post-settlement oyster monitoring program. $5,000.

Washington College: for the creation of an oyster focused curriculum for 9-12th grade students. $4,487.

Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grants

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.

City of Frederick: for the installation of six raised garden beds and one rain barrel to promote community wellness through sustainable, local food supplies and water conservation practices. $3,800.

College of Southern Maryland: for support of a pilot Butterflies for a Better Bay program, which will involve the creation of five native gardens and outreach and education events to engage families in the fostering of Monarch butterflies. $4,998.

Cottage City: for enhancement of the Cottage City Community Garden through the installation of rain barrels, a pergola, and a green house. $2,500.

Delaware Maryland Synod ELCA: for planting 80 trees on congregation properties throughout Maryland, with a focus on the intersection of the environmental and spiritual values of stewardship. $4,984.

Southern Maryland Audubon Society: for the creation of two community gardens at the Dorchester Community center and workshops to demonstrate the importance of native plants. $5,000.

The High 5 Initiative, Inc.: for six community cleanup events focused on the Susquehanna, North East and Elk Rivers in Cecil County, Maryland. $5,000.

Tilghman on Chesapeake Community Association: for the implementation of phase 2 of the Island Club Preserve non-tidal wetland restoration project, to plant 10 additional native trees and 116 native shrubs on community property. $3,814.

Town of Thurmont: for a residential rain barrel distribution program and a workshop to educate residents on water quality topics and strategies for stormwater management to reduce runoff. $1,250.

Tuscany Lombardy Community: for the removal of invasive species and replacement with native trees and plants on the historic Tuscany Lombardy Community property and the creation of a video to promote this project by local students. $4,500.

Environmental Education Grant Program

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. For information about this grant program click here.

Adkins Arboretum: for a sustainable partnership with ShoreRivers that will advance organizational capacity to provide environmental literacy programs and teacher professional development. $29,889.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park: for an outdoor classroom at Back Creek Nature Park. $13,000.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center: for an environmental literacy program focused on the Severn River for all 9th graders in the Environmental Science course. $73,620.

Backyard Basecamp, Inc.: for an outdoor classroom at BLISS Meadows. $13,850.

Dance Exchange: for an arts-integrated environmental literacy pilot for kindergarten students in Prince George’s County Public Schools. $30,319.

ShoreRivers: for an environmental literacy program for all 4th and 9th graders at Kent County Public Schools. $119,915.

ShoreRivers: for an outdoor classroom at New Directions Learning Academy. $20,000.

Washington County Public Schools: for the integration of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) in 2nd and 6th grade at Washington County Public Schools. $39,952.

Worcester County Public Schools: for a district-wide environmental literacy plan and program for all 9th and 10th graders. $109,455.

Montgomery County Watershed Restoration Outreach Grant Program

The Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach 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. For information about this grant program click here.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for green infrastructure practices and a watershed outreach project. $90,000.

Anacostia Riverkeeper: for green infrastructure practices at two sites in the Anacostia Watershed. $62,000.

Anacostia Riverkeeper: for Sligo Creek water quality monitoring. $30,242.

Anacostia Riverkeeper: for trash trap maintenance and monitoring. $50,000.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for a conservation landscape training program for LatinX residents. $29,983.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for a watershed stewardship engagement project for the LatinX community. $20,836.

Bannockburn Community Club: for an impervious surface removal and green infrastructure project. $50,000.

Casey Trees: for a street tree project. $75,000.

Friends of Sligo Creek: for green infrastructure practices at the Carolyn Condominium. $60,061.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for a virtual watershed restoration training program. $9,571.

Little Falls Watershed Alliance: for an innovative water quality monitoring project using autonomous environmental robots. $30,000.

Little Falls Watershed Alliance: for a permeable paver project in the Overlook Community. $32,635.

National Wildlife Federation: for al native plant outreach project for the faith-based community. $49,953.

Potomac Riverkeeper Network: for delivery of a watershed stewardship and pollution awareness campaign. $29,998.

University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc.: for a green infrastructure design plan for the Glenwood Recreation Club. $20,000.

Prince George's County Stormwater Stewardship Grant Program

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. For information about this grant program click here.

Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation, Inc.: for planting 300 trees on residential properties and a community event on the importance of tree planting. $133,736.

Centro de Apoyo Familiar: for a stewardship-building community engagement program on stormwater runoff issues and the Rain Check Rebate program. $15,000.

City of Hyattsville: for a green alleyway design that uses permeable pavers and serves as a pilot project that can be replicated. $36,702.

City of Mount Rainier: for the installation of 16 rain gardens along 30th Avenue and 33rd Avenue rights-of-way. $142,441.

Defensores de la Cuenca: for the plan to develop a future “Academia de Defensores de Cuencas” that will train Spanish-speaking residents on watershed-health issues and restoration projects. $15,000.

EcoLatinos, Inc.: for the promotion of the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program to Spanish-speaking residents. $29,748.

Mount Rainier Elementary School PTO: for removal of impervious surface. $5,000.

National Wildlife Federation: for a multi-faith effort to promote stormwater management resources through a faith based “Caring for Creation” approach. $29,999.

Neighborhood Design Center: for a virtual, maintenance-focused program aimed at youth and fostering green career-building connections. $30,000.

Town of Edmonston: for the installation of 10 rain gardens on Gallatin Street. $142,803.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association: for planning bilingual litter cleanups and bike rides to increase awareness of local natural resources and to promote stewardship. $5,000.

Sponsorship

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.

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE): for support of the 36th annual Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education conference. $1,000.

May 2021

Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program is a partnership between the Anne Arundel County Bureau of Watershed Protection and Restoration, the City of Annapolis, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This program funds projects to reduce pollutants through the implementation of watershed restoration practices. Projects must accomplish on-the-ground restoration that treats rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces or demonstrates the accomplishment of another metric that will help the County and City meet local water quality and runoff reduction improvement goals. For more information about this grant program, click here.

Arundel Rivers Federation: for the implementation of water quality improvement practice that includes daylighting a 252-foot storm drainpipe and replacement with a riparian floodplain and pilot channel to provide water quality treatment, new pollinator habitat, and flood control. $298,665.

Arundel Rivers Federation: for the restoration of approximately 1,000 linear feet of stream in Caffrey Run, a tributary to Harness Creek in the South River Watershed and located in Quiet Waters Park. $221,960.

Arundel Rivers Federation: for the restoration of 1,686 linear feet of stream in Broad Creek within the South River through Regenerative Stream Conveyance and valley restoration to reconnect the stream to its floodplain, increase flood attenuation, reduce nutrient and sediment outputs, and enhance wetland habitat. $302,569.

Cedar Ridge Homes Association: for the implementation of the Green Alley 2 project to control flooding and degradation issues within the alley, reduce runoff to Chesapeake Bay, beautify the common area, and to educate neighbors on taking steps in their own backyards to help further mitigate stormwater issues. $55,476.

Chesapeake Rivers Association, Inc.: for the design and permitting of the Back Creek Headwaters Restoration Project, which includes both the Phase I Annapolis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) design project and the Phase II Mariner’s Point Community Association design project. $169,969.

Chesapeake Rivers Association, Inc.: for implementation of a Regenerative Stream Channel (RSC) to provide greater nutrient processing and improved connection to the floodplains/ wetlands, decommission the existing dam, and removal of the riser and pipe to replace the failing piped technology with current best management restoration practices. $274,880.

The Tecumseh Condominium: for the development of a Stormwater Management Design Plan for the Tecumseh Condominium community. $32,250.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Projects

The Chesapeake Conservation Corps is a partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, BGE an Exelon Company, the National Park Service, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The Corps is a leadership program that provides young adults (ages 18-25) with hands-on environmental and leadership experience through placements with nonprofit or government agencies for one-year terms of service in the Chesapeake Bay region. To learn more about this program, click here.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for a community engagement project focused on native pollinators. $1,031.

Amazing Grace Lutheran Church: for the restoration of green space at Amazing Port Street Commons. $1,101.

American Chestnut Land Trust: for the creation of educational materials and a monitoring program about native amphibians. $1,249.

American Chestnut Land Trust: for invasive species removal and trail maintenance at an All Hands on Deck Event for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps 2021 cohort. $1,500.

Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center: to provide students access to an “outdoor window” during virtual learning and severe weather events. $1,250.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for the removal of invasive pachysandra and planting of native trees. $1,240.

Baltimore Tree Trust: for the implementation of a transgender memorial tree planting project. $1,250.

Camp Puh’tok for Boys and Girls, Inc.: for a MWEE focused All Hands on Deck Event with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps 2021 cohort. $1,468.

Camp Puh’tok for Boys and Girls, Inc.: for wetland and pond restoration educational signage. $1,250.

Friends of Gwynns Falls / Leakin Park: for a mural and outdoor educational signage. $1,215.

The Izaak Walton League of America: for water quality monitoring at Muddy Branch stream. $459.

Lower Shore Land Trust: for the restoration of Olive Lippoldt Tidal Wetland Garden. $1,250.

Maryland Coastal Bays Program: for the creation of educational materials focused on a new terrapin nesting site. $1,250.

Maryland Coastal Bays Program: for the creation of terrapin nesting sites at an All Hands on Deck Event with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps 2021 cohort. $1,500.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR): for the creation of a mussel monitoring and restoration program. $1,119.

National Aquarium: for the Jonestown Marine Debris Initiative, a plastics and litter community evaluation. $1,250.

National Wildlife Federation: for the creation of a nature play space. $1,250.

Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc: for the creation of a water quality map, and the identification of gaps in data and new monitoring sites. $1,250.

Severn River Association, Inc.: for the creation of an oyster reef monitoring program. $902.

Severn River Association, Inc.: for a land survey education All Hands on Deck Event with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps 2021 cohort. $1,496.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: for the public engagement about, and monitoring of, the river otter. $1,250.

Sultana Education Foundation: for the creation of a hydroponics and aquaponics exhibit. $1,250.

The Nature Conservancy: for a study of pyrogenic carbon in soils at the Nassawango Creek Preserve. $1,250.

Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grants

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.

3200 Carlisle Block Association, Inc.: for planting 30 street trees to raise awareness and to reduce stormwater runoff. $5,000.

Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church: for the installation of two cisterns and conservation landscaping. $4,990.

C.A.R.E. Community Association: for the transformation of a vacant lot into a pollinator garden. $4,821.

Laurel For the Patuxent, Inc.: for a pollinator garden at Sweitzer Park and a campaign to promote residential conservation landscaping. $4,671.

Magothy Meadows Homeowners Association: to plant 18 native trees and 10 shrubs. $2,945.

Nature Worx, Inc.: for nature-based group sessions to promote well-being and environmental stewardship amongst Brooklyn residents. $4,900.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: for listening sessions and guided tours to gain residential input on the Baltimore Greenway. $5,000.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church: for the enhancement of an existing native conservation landscaping and information sessions on the importance of native plants. $2,992.

Townhomes at the Pointe I: for a 2,000 square foot rain garden and native tree installation to treat stormwater runoff. $4,553.

District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Small Grants Program

The District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Small Grants Program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment Office of Urban Agriculture. This grant program seeks to provide funding to building capacity for crop production and distribution, and to increase knowledge within farmers and District residents through agricultural education experiences. To learn more about this grant program, click here.

Designgreen LLC: for utility and topographic surveys to further develop a community green space concept plan, production of a mini documentary including resident interviews, and support for student internship projects as connected to the original Takoma Community Collaborative project. $4,960.

National Wildlife Federation: for the creation of a cohort of three churches, development of a planting plan, and an additional workshop for Ward 7 and 8 congregations on the RiverSmart Communities Program as connected to the original Sacred Grounds project. $4,893.

Near Southeast Community Partners: for the addition of educational sessions,one field trip, and one online training video for participants of a stormwater management workforce training as connected to the original Green Career Training for DC Latinos project. $3,600.

The Green Scheme: for an educational video and increased outreach to residents living near Oxon Run as connected to the original Ward 8 Water Watchers project. $5,000.

Urban Learning and Teaching Center: for the addition of outdoor programming for Cleveland Elementary School’s fourth and fifth grade students as connected ot the original Waterway Guardians in Shaw project. $5,005.

Ward 8 Woods Conservancy: for increased activity days involving litter clean up and invasive species removal by park stewards as conencted to the original Restore Fort Stanton Park project. $4,994.

Environmental Education Mini Grants

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 information about this grant program click here.

Achilles Elementary School: for 380 pre-k through twelfth graders to learn about healthy ecosystems and waterways. $2,685.

Anacostia Watershed Society: for 200 elementary students to learn about stormwater runoff and watershed health. $4,876.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center: for arts and environmental education professional development for 30 teachers. $5,000.

Arlington Elementary Middle School #234: for 350 students to investigate the importance of soil health and impacts of stormwater. $5,000.

Blue Sky Fund: for 925 fourth graders to investigate the water quality in the James River watershed. $5,000.

Crow’s Nest Research Center: for environmental education professional development for 12 teachers. $5,000.

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Sassafras Environmental Education Center: for 435 tenth and eleventh graders to conduct water quality investigations on Turners Creek. $5,000.

Fairfax County Park Foundation Inc.,: for 2,250 fourth and fifth graders to learn about watershed health and plant native plants. $5,000.

Friends of Richmond Community High School: for 75 ninth and tenth graders to investigate climate change impacts on the health of local waterways. $5,000.

Garrett Heights Elementary Middle School: for 326 pre-k through eighth graders to install an outdoor classroom and paint storm drains. $5,000.

Irvine Nature Center: for 30 students to learn about local biodiversity. $4,780.

James River Association: for 200 fifth graders in Henrico County Public Schools to study stormwater pollution and paint storm drains. $5,000.

James River Association: for 10th through 12th graders from Newport News Public Schools to learn about oysters and micro-plastics. $4,999.

James River Association: for 300 students to study stormwater pollution and 25 teachers to receive environmental education professional development training. $5,000.

Lacawac Sanctuary: for third through fifth graders in Wayne County to investigate the health of and human impacts on the Lacawac River. $5,000.

Live It Learn It: for 200 fifth graders to investigate and reduce plastic pollution in the Anacostia River. $5,000.

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE): for outdoor education professional development for 25 middle school teachers. $4,995.

One Montgomery Green: for 25 students to learn how to reduce plastic waste. $5,000.

Severn River Association, Inc.: for 100 students to learn about local watershed health. $4,957.

Skyline High School: for students to learn about sustainable agriculture and plant a pollinator garden. $5,000.

St. Martins-in the-Field Episcopal School: for 227 students to learn about the impact of food systems and install a garden. $5,000.

St. Peter’s Episcopal School: for the installation of an outdoor classroom. $4,750.

The Banner School, Inc.: for 155 kindergarten through eighth graders to install native plants to decrease stormwater pollution. $3,154.

The Springwell School, Inc.: for 15 students to learn about composting and sustainable agriculture. $5,000.

Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School: for 70 eighth graders to study marine debris issues. $5,000.

Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School: for 60 seventh graders to study marine debris issues. $5,000.

Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School: for 50 sixth graders to study marine debris issues. $5,000.

EPA Goal Implementation Team Project Support

The EPA 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 program click here.

Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.: for Scope 5- management approaches to reduce stressors of stream health. $47,500.

Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.: for Scope 3- maintaining forests in stream corridor restoration and sharing lessons learned. $90,000.

Chesapeake Conservancy: for Scope 11- cultivating and strengthening partnerships with underrepresented stakeholders. $65,000.

Eastern Research Group, Inc.: for Scope 4- planning for clean water- local government workshops. $69,983.

OpinionWorks LLC: for Scope 1- public access research. $74,692.

Skeo Solutions, Inc.: for Scope 10- developing standards and metrics to target the conservation of “green spaces” in underrepresented and low-income urban and rural communities. $69,943.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES): for Scope 2- a social science road map for advancing Chesapeake Bay Program partnership goals. $74,990.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES): for Scope 12- cost effective denitrification measurement in oyster reefs. $80,000.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES): for Scope 7- forage indicator development- using environmental drivers to assess forage status. $60,000.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, College of William & Mary: for Scope 8- synthesis of shoreline, sea level rise, and marsh migration data for wetland restoration targeting. $72,418.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, College of William & Mary: for Scope 6- modeling climate impacts on submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the Chesapeake Bay. $75,000.

Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns

The Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Program is a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This program is designed to help communities develop and implement plans that reduce stormwater runoff, increase the number and amount of green spaces in urban areas, improve the health of local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, and enhance quality of life and community livability. To learn more about this grant program, click here.

Backyard Basecamp, Inc.: for green infrastructure practices at BLISS Meadows in Baltimore, Maryland. $45,465.

Bolton Hill Community Association: for a green streets concept plan for the Bolton Hill and Madison Park communities in Baltimore City. $15,000.

Bon Secours Unity Properties: for a community greening project in Baltimore, Maryland. $34,065.

Capon Bridge Revitalization Group, Inc.: for green infrastructure practices in Capon Bridge, West Virginia. $78,500.

Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.: for a stormwater retrofit pollution load reduction calculator. $16,365.

City of Annapolis: for green infrastructure design and implementation in Annapolis, Maryland. $65,000.

City of Frederick: for a green infrastructure master plan in Frederick, Maryland. $15,000.

City of Hyattsville: for a green streets concept plan in Hyattsville, Maryland. $15,000.

City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania: for green infrastructure practices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. $151,251.

City of Salisbury: for green infrastructure practices in Salisbury, Maryland. $100,000.

Civic Works, Inc.: for a vacant lot greening project in South Clifton Park. $16,500.

Commissioners of Ridgely: for a green streets concept plan for the Town of Ridgely, Maryland. $14,940.

International City County Management Association: for a white paper on local government resrouces for financing green infrastructure practices. $19,750.

Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc.: for a green infrastructure master plan for the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. $30,000.

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance: for green infrastructure practices in Seaford, Delaware. $100,000.

Nature Sacred: for a white paper on the health-economics-based case for incorporating nature and green infrastructure into hospitals and other health-facility grounds. $20,000.

Neighborhood Design Center: for a green infrastructure community culture analysis in Prince Georges County, Maryland. $15,000.

Oxford Borough: for a green infrastructure concept plan for Oxford, Pennsylvania. $14,847.

Prince George’s County, Maryland: for a green infrastructure design and community greening project in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. $80,000.

ReBUILD Metro, Inc. (f/k/a TRF Development Partners, Inc.): for a green infrastructure master plan for Greenmount Park in Baltimore City. $15,000.

Ridge to Reefs: for green infrastructure practices in Park Heights, Maryland. $50,000.

Seton Hill Association, Inc.: for a tree planting project in the Seton Hill Community in Baltimore City. $15,283.

ShoreRivers: for a green infrastructure concept plan for Saint Mary Refuge of Sinners and Star of the Sea Parish in Cambridge, Maryland. $12,432.

ShoreRivers: for green infrastructure practices at Washington College, in Chestertown, Maryland. $89,802.

The 6th Branch: for a tree nursery and youth workforce training program in Baltimore, Maryland. $47,500.

The Community Ecology Institute: for a green infrastructure engineered design for Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland. $30,000.

Town of Bath: for green infrastructure practices in Bath, West Virginia. $30,000.

Town of Bel Air: for a green infrastructure concept plan for Bel Air, Maryland. $14,850.

Town of Galena: for a green infrastructure concept plan for Galena, Maryland. $16,750.

Town of Glen Echo: for a green streets concept plan for Glen Echo, Maryland. $14,700.

Town of Laurel: for green infrastructure practices at the Dunbar Building in Laurel, Delaware. $99,000.

University of Maryland College Park: for a green street engineered design in Prince George’s County, Maryland. $20,000.

Pooled Monitoring Initiative

The Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and other partners announce a Request for Proposals for its Restoration Research award program. The goal of this research program is to answer several key restoration questions that are a barrier to watershed restoration project implementation. To learn more about this grant program, click here.

Ecosystem Planning and Restoration: to research if stream restoration can be done without diverting the stream around the construction site during construction. $354,576.

Tetra Tech, Inc.: to consider future climate change impacts to rainfall patterns and use this to update stormwater designs. $228,436.

The Pennsylvania State University: to assess how well stormwater practices work when too much road salt enters them and what solutions can be used to keep practices working well. $196,183.

University of Maryland Baltimore County: to measure how stormwater management facilities protect aquatic life from hot temperatures. $201,774.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES): to use a novel method that detects genetic material to assess stream health and restoration success. $193,772.

Sponsorship

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.

Arundel Rivers Federation: for support of the 2021 Half Shell event, to present the State of the Rivers report card. $250.

Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.: for support of the 2021 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference. $1,000.

End Time Harvest Ministries: for the 2021 Port Towns Youth Council (PTYC) and Pathways to Career Success (PTCS) Program virtual graduation scholarship. $1,000.

Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy: for support of the 10th annual Watershed Stewards Academy conference. $1,000.

Forever Maryland Foundation: for support of the 2021 Maryland Land Conservation Conference. $1,000.

Harford Land Trust, Inc.: for a month-long, self-guided event designed to increase awareness and appreciation of local natural resources. $1,000.

Lower Shore Land Trust: for support of events to promote native plants, conservation landscaping, and small-scale practices such as rain barrels and rain gardens. $500.

Neighborhood Creative Arts Center: for support of the 2021 NatureFest. $983.

Watershed Assistance Grant Program

This program supports 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 region. For information about this grant program click here.

Gaiacene Services LLC: for technical assistance services for the Community-Based Organization Capacity Building Initiative. $145,000.

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