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Chesapeake Bay Trust Awards – Fiscal Year 2022

By December 15, 2021June 23rd, 2022News

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 2021

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.

Allegany County Commissioners: for support of the Too Toxic to Trash household hazardous waste collection event. $2,500.

Empowering Believers Church: for additional native plants on 3,154 square feet of existing rain gardens located on historic African American congregation property. $5,000.

Friends School of Harford: for the installation of 5 rain cisterns and development of an inter-generational educational program. $5,000.

GeN’xt Ministries Inc: for a series of monthly community cleanups and the creation of media to support community education. $3,655.

Ignite Development Network: for a summer STEAM program for underrepresented middle schoolers and local communities, culminating in a a pollinator garden installation and community cleanup. $4,460.

Plastic Free QAC, Inc.: for a bioswale garden bordering the Harris Crab House and the Kent Narrows, to slow and treat stormwater runoff. $3,346.

Pride of Baltimore, Inc.: to bring four free sails to underserved port communities in Baltimore and Georgetown, Maryland. $4,800.

St. Mark Church Fallston: for the conversion of turf grass to a meadow of native plant species. $5,000.

St. Marks Catholic Church: for the promotion of environmental stewardship through the lens of creation care, with a focus on native plants, to a majority Latino congregation. $4,929.

St. Ursula Roman Catholic Congregation: for the revitalization of the Northeast Interfaith Prayer Garden, which serves the community of St. Anthony, including an onsite women’s asylee group. $3,278.

Upton Planning Committee: for the transformation of a vacant lot into a community green space on Getting Street. $5,000.

District of Columbia Community Stormwater Solutions

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 information about this grant program click here.

After-School All-Stars: for engagement of students, parents, and the broader community in scientific inquiry of local green spaces. $30,000.

Casey Trees: for a series of community activities focused on maintaining existing trees and enhancing other green infrastructure practices. $24,339.

Constituent Services Worldwide Public Benefit Corporation: for the implementation of the Green Infrastructure Apprenticeship Program. $30,000.

Designgreen LLC: for the implementation of a design and community action plan to capture stormwater runoff. $30,000.

Designgreen LLC: for the engagement of Latino landscape companies in the implementation of a green roof maintenance training program. $30,000.

Flywheel Development LLC: for the creation of consensus-based and professionally made design drawings to capture stormwater runoff. $23,881.

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: for a series of activities in nature to promote restoration of the watershed and personal health. $18,000.

Living Classrooms Foundation of the National Capital Region: for immersive, out-of-school time programming with underserved youth groups. $29,997.

National Wildlife Federation: for educational and restoration activities on congregation grounds and congregation members’ homes. $35,000.

Near Southeast Community Partners: for participation of Latino residents in workforce training on stormwater solutions and career pathways. $30,000.

The Green Scheme: for the training of community leaders as water ambassadors and for family-oriented watershed activities. $29,122.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association: for bicycle explorer camps to provide youth and families with opportunities to learn about local waterways. $22,000.

District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Small Grant Program

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.

Friendship Public Charter School: for the installation of agricultural tables at the Friendship Collegiate Academy Early College Campus and for the expansion of raised beds at the Technology Preparatory Academy. $10,000.

Garfield Terrace Senior Citizens: for the implementation of a sustainable food system in communities of color and for educational programs for youth at farm sites. $9,574.

Hope Pilgrim LLC: for the development of video tutorials on sustainable agriculture practices to be designed with and created for black farmers. $3,902.

LeDroit Park Community Garden: for re-installation of ten raised beds in the LeDroit Park Community Garden. $4,580.

Sovereign EarthWorks: for workshops regarding nutrition, food sovereignty, and ancestral heirloom plant varieties and for an increase of food production for Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities. $10,000.

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.

Anacostia Watershed Society: for 400 2nd and 4th grade students to participate in the Saving Our Native Grasslands program. $5,000.

Bethesda Green: for 12 students in 11th and 12th grades to participate in a MWEE program. $4,952.

Booker T. Washington Middle School: for 150 seventh graders to study wetlands and submerged aquatic vegetation. $4,750.

Broadway High School: for 15 students in 11th and 12th grades to assess the health of the Shenandoah River. $320.

Catonsville Middle School: for 269 6th grade students to participate in a meaningful watershed education experience (MWEE) focused on ecosystem education. $5,000.

Charlotte County School Board: for 150 ninth through twelfth grade students to investigate the health of their local waterways. $5,000.

Clergy United for the Transformation of Sandtown: for youth from diverse backgrounds to create media focused on environmental justice in their communities. $5,000.

Elizabeth River Project, The: for 3,000 students and 200 teachers from 3rd, 9th, and 11th grades from Norfolk Public Schools to participate in the Barge on Wheels program. $5,000.

Friends of the Rappahannock: for 200 4th, 6th, and 9th grade students from Rappahannock County to participate in a MWEE program. $5,000.

Immaculate Conception School: for 148 4th and 5th grade students to participate in a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE). $4,905.

James River Association: for 160 8th grade students to investigate the importance of water at North Bay. $5,000.

James River Association: for 65 5th grade students from Lakemont Elementary School to participate in the Paint out Pollution program. $5,000.

J.C. Parks Elementary School: for the installation of a pollinator garden. $4,995.

Live It Learn It: for eight fifth grade classrooms to investigate plastic pollution. $5,000.

Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School: for 70 6th grade students to investigate the importance of water at North Bay. $4,950.

One Montgomery Green: for 40 8th – 12th grade students to investigate the plastic waste in local stream and develop solutions to the issues identified. $5,000.

Payne Elementary School PTSA: for 360 prek-3 through fifth grade students to participate in investigations of the local waterways and install a ‘bayscape’ on school grounds. $4,970.

Poolesville High School: for 90 9th grade students to participate in a field trip and learn about sustainable development. $3,724.

Rivanna Conservation Alliance: for 200 6th grade students from Burley Middle School to investigate the health of the Rivanna and James Rivers. $4,903.

Skyline High School: for 150 ninth through twelfth grade students to investigate their local waterways. $4,875.

So What Else, inc: for the installation of a community garden and engagement of middle school students in Washington, D.C. $5,000.

Sparrows Point North Point Historical Society Inc.: for an outdoor classroom and native plant garden at Sparrows Point High School. $5,000.

Spring Grove Area Senior High School: for installation of accessible pathways to campus wetlands for student investigations. $5,000.

Summit School, Anne Arundel County: for renovating the outdoor learning space and creation of native plant gardens. $5,000.

The Springwell School, Inc.: for 25 K-5 students to investigate the connection of humans to the environment. $5,000.

Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School: for outdoor classroom creation to conduct Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) investigations for Pre-K to 5 students. $5,000.

The Belair-Edison School Brendan Avenue (Afya Baltimore): for construction of a pollinator garden. $3,000.

The Tome School: for 72 ninth through twelfth grade students to investigate antibiotic resistant microbes in local waterways. $5,000.

Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center: for 80 third through twelfth graders from Morgan County, West Virginia to investigate wildlife habitat and stormwater runoff. $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.

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB): for support of the annual fundraiser, CRAB Cup 2021. $500.

Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers: for support of the 17th Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Annual Conference. $750.

Maryland Natural History Society: for support of SharkFest, an annual event that celebrates Sharks and engages visitors in hands-on learning. $500.

Sultana Education Foundation: for support of the 2021 Annual Gala and Down rigging Festival. $1,000.

University of Maryland College Park: for support of the 2021 Environmental Justice and Health Disparities Symposium. $2,000.

November 2021

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.

Annapolis Aquaculture: for the creation of equipment to assist oyster aquaculture farmers. $7,865.

Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc.: for the development of a monitoring and educational program for underrepresented girls from Baltimore City high schools. $10,000.

Lynnhaven River NOW: for support of a community science program to increase efforts to improve oyster restoration. $9,600.

Oyster Seed Holdings: for the development of educational programming about an oyster hatchery thorough videos and tours. $10,000.

Portsmouth Public Schools: for the development of a meaningful watershed education experience program focused on oysters. $9,995.

Rogue Oysters LLC: for the development of a new type of bottom cage to increase oyster farming efficiency. $10,000.

Severn River Association, Inc.: for a survey of historic reef locations on the Severn river. $10,000.

Shored Up LLC: for a series of educational activities about the history of oysters and efforts to restore the oyster population. $9,925.

Smithsonian Institution: for the creation of digital resources for educators and students about cutting edge oyster research. $9,900.

St. Mary’s River Watershed Association: for the development of educational programming on oysters and sustainable practices for boaters and homeowners. $10,000.

University of Maryland Baltimore County: for the development of a land based system to reduce oyster mortality over the winter at Chesapeake Bay oyster farms. $10,000.

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: for the development of a model to predict important indicators of oyster aquaculture yield. $9,900.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science: for the development of an oyster inventory management protocol using Radio Frequency Identification technology. $10,000.

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.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for the development of docent-led tours and creation of a Field Guide to Woodend Sanctuary. $4,997.

Friends of St Clements Bay, Inc: for 31 trees to be installed on community property shared by the Leonardtown Library and Garvey Senior Activity Center. $4,050.

Marine Science Foundation, Inc: for two dive operations to conduct “ghost gear” cleanups and events to increase awareness on the impacts of fishing gear litter. $3,000.

NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, Inc.: to install native plants and engage the Dunmore Community in the enhancement of forest understory. $3,780.

Our Lady Help of Christians: for a series of workshops and clean-ups to support the implementation of a congregation-wide recycling program. $3,440.

The 6th Branch: for a forum to convene diverse community stakeholders to generate solution-oriented actions to address climate change. $1,930.

Town of Boonsboro: for the engagement of residents in planting 500 native trees on public and private land. $4,960.

Waverly Improvement Association: for the installation of a rainwater catchment system and a community workshop on rainwater harvesting. $1,000.

Outdoor Learning Network Initiative

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.

Cacapon Institute: for building a network in West Virginia that would address barriers and provide support to advancing systemic environmental literacy at the local level. $30,000.

Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County: for building a network in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that would address barriers and provide support to advancing systemic environmental literacy at the local level. $29,320.

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.

Accokeek Foundation: for engagement of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) youth voices in educational programming. $19,933.

Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy: to develop a behavior change toolkit. $44,560.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: to educate 70 latinx families about the health of their streams.. $21,195.

Blue Water Baltimore: for support of the Bugs and Blitzes program $30,000.

Canton Canopy: to plant 120 urban trees. $31,400.

Central Baltimore Partnership: for wetland installation and education at the Union Collective $73,984.

Churchville Presbyterian Congregation: for the installation of practices to reduce stormwater runoff. $72,986.

Civic Works, Inc.: for support of the Landscape Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot Program. $25,000.

Friends of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway, Inc.: for stream cleanups, invasive plant removals, native plantings, and storm drain labeling. $26,000.

Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park: for the support of various “Ranger” programs. $20,698.

Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park: for an adaptive cycling program for veterans. $24,000.

Greater Grace World Outreach, Inc.: for the installation of three stormwater management practices and educational workshops. $57,012.

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy: for a suite of stormwater management practices and workshops. $40,000.

Howard County Chinese School: for the creation of a sustainable gardening program. $9,750.

Inner Arbor Trust, Inc.: for native plants, tree plantings, and workshops. $44,000.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for continued green team development and training at faith-based organizations tailored for the City of Gaithersburg. $7,737.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for continued green team development and training at faith-based organizations tailored for the City of Salisbury. $14,445.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for continued green team development and training at faith-based organizations tailored for Howard County. $14,000.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for continued green team development and training at faith-based organizations tailored for Harford County participants. $16,026.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for green team development and training at faith-based organizations tailored for Charles County. $7,605.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for continued green team development and training at faith-based organizations tailored for Baltimore City participants $15,160.

Izaak Walton League of America (The): for support of the Winter Salt Watch program to educate and train business owners and others on road salt application and best practices in the City of Gaithersburg. $29,998.

Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus: for the installation of stormwater best management practices and associated outreach efforts. $64,368.

Lower Shore Land Trust: for invasive species removal and management trainings and native plantings. $39,557.

National Aquarium: to co-create environmental-focused learning opportunities with Latinx community members. $30,000.

NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, Inc.: for restoration of a vacant parcel of land into a community park. $34,070.

Oyster Recovery Partnership, Inc.: for the Marylanders Grow Oysters program to recruit waterfront communities and homeowners to care for cages of juvenile oysters until they mature. $30,000.

Patterson Park Audubon Center: for support of the Bird Ambassador Program. $25,000.

Rotary Club of Columbia-Patuxent Charitable Trust: for engaging community members in stream health education and data collection. $22,000.

ShoreRivers: to increase the tree canopy cover in historically underserved communities. $20,000.

ShoreRivers: to support the Pets, Vets, and Harmful Algal Blooms program. $16,117.

SilvoCulture, Inc.: for the installation of a food forest and educational workshops, tours, and hands-on activities. $32,454.

The Community Ecology Institute: for transforming lawns into native plant and food gardens and associated outreach and engagement efforts. $26,000.

University of Maryland College Park: for continued support of the Sustainable Maryland program. $30,000.

University of Maryland College Park: for stakeholder and community meetings to identify environmental resources, capacity, and needs in Charles County to develop a database and map of key stakeholder information. $26,842.

Urban Ecosystem Restorations, Inc.: for native plantings and a Nature PlaySpace at the Lakelands community in the City of Gaithersburg. $74,765.

Wicomico Environmental Trust (WET): for tree plantings at Waterside Park and educational events. $58,774.

Prince George's County Rain Check Rebate

The Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program offers rebate incentives to homeowners, businesses, and others to install practices that will improve stormwater runoff quality, reduce pollution, and improve local stream and river health. Seven types of stormwater practices are eligible for rebates: rain barrels, cisterns, rain gardens, urban tree canopy, pavement removal, permeable pavement, and green roofs. For information about this grant program click here.

Neighborhood Design Center: to install one (240 sq. ft.) rain garden at a residential property in District Heights, Maryland. $2,400.

February 2022

Anne Arundel Community Tree Planting Mini Grant

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.

Wild Rose Shores Community Association: for tree planting and a pollinator garden on a community lot that has high demonstration and educational value for the residents. 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.

Capacity Building Initiative

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.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: for communications capacity building and  story-telling of black, indigenous, and people of color communities. $26,158.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for the development of five-year strategic plan that incorporates inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. $25,000.

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council: for a fundraising consultant to expand and diversify organizational fundraising capacity. $24,664.

Chesapeake Legal Alliance: for a strategic fundraising plan and board member training on fundraising and donor development. $30,000.

EcoLatinos, Inc.: for management training and the development of a communications plan. $30,000.

George Washington Carver Agricultural Research Center, Inc: for a series of facilitated planning and visioning sessions for the Agriculture and Food Security Working Group at the Carver Center. $21,688.

National Wildlife Federation: for the development of a civic engagement tool-kit and trainings. $30,000.

National Wildlife Federation: for the Young Professionals of Color Mentorship program. $30,000.

Rock Creek Conservancy: for the expansion of the Stormwater Partners Network to better reflect the demographics of the region. $29,700.

Virginia Conservation Network: for the creation of a 5 year strategic business plan. $30,000.

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.

Back River Restoration Committee (BRRC): to build awareness on low impact stormwater management and install five rain gardens on residential properties. $5,000.

Baltimore City Department of Public Works: for pop-up events and workshops to support small-scale stormwater management practices and greening efforts in underserved communities. $5,000.

Harford County Climate Action: for a campaign centered around five native butterfly and moth species and their host plant species and to promote environmentally friendly landscaping practices. $5,000.

Maryland Forests Association, Inc.: for an agroforestry planting and interpretive trail in the existing forest at Mt. Pleasant Acres Farm that is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad. $4,502.

Patuxent Palisades Civic Association: for a pollinator garden to increase awareness on the importance of native pollinator plants. $2,000.

Prince George’s Audubon Society: for a pollinator garden to engage the students and families of Joe’s Movement Emporium, an arts hub providing cultural and economic opportunity. $5,000.

Stillmeadow Community Fellowship: for an urban garden to commemorate lives lost to violent crime and to serve as a community healing space. $2,300.

Town of Hillsboro: to restore a one-acre meadow with native plants at a site adjacent to the Town Hall and park. $3,023.

Town of North Beach: for a workshop and demonstration rain garden at Wetlands Overlook Park. $3,132.

Environmental Education

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.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park: for a year-round mentoring program for disadvantaged youth that promotes environmental and financial literacy, self-esteem, academic and life skills, leadership, and civic responsibility. $39,873.

Carroll County Public Schools: for a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) embedded in Carroll County Public Schools ninth and tenth grade Chemistry 1 course centered around air quality that focuses on integrating climate change, equity, environmental justice and student voice. $80,000.

Chesapeake Audubon Society/Pickering Creek Audubon Center: for a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) embedded in Caroline County Public Schools ninth and tenth grade Environmental Earth Science and American Government courses and centered around taking action to ensure the health of ecosystems across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. $90,770.

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE): for a professional learning community of faculty focused on increasing environmental literacy knowledge and pedagogy, comfort and confidence teaching outdoors, and capacity to model best environmental education practices in preservice teacher programs across Maryland. $39,531.

ShoreRivers: for a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) embedded in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools second grade curriculum and focused on the importance of pollinators. $39,826.

Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns

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. For information about this grant program, click here.

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

Montgomery County Watershed Restoration & Outreach

This program 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.

Anacostia Riverkeeper: for a green infrastructure project design. $30,000.

Anacostia Riverkeeper: for a volunteer water quality monitoring project in the Middle Anacostia watershed. $29,300.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for a litter reduction campaign targeting youth. $42,165.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc.: for a green infrastructure practice and bilingual educational video. $74,074.

Bethesda Green: for a stormwater site analysis and project design. $30,000.

Catholic University of America: for a litter concentration waste map of the Anacostia Watershed. $50,000.

Chinese American Parent Association of Montgomery County: for a watershed outreach and awareness program. $24,990.

EcoLatinos, Inc.: for a green infrastructure maintenance outreach and engagement project. $29,983.

Forest Knolls Pool: for a stormwater site analysis and green infrastructure design project. $30,000.

Friends of Cabin John Creek: for a public outreach and stewardship project in the Cabin John Creek Watershed. $53,523.

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC): for a virtual watershed restoration training program. $9,761.

Izaak Walton League of America (The): for a road salt outreach and awareness campaign. $29,972.

National Wildlife Federation: for a native plant outreach project for the faith-based community. $50,000.

Potomac Riverkeeper Network: for a watershed outreach and education project. $30,000.

Vietnamese American Services: for a watershed outreach & awareness project targeting the Vietnamese community in Silver Spring, Maryland. $49,984.

Prince George's County Stormwater Stewardship

This program funds 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.

Anacostia Watershed Society: for the Mussel Power education program to engage teachers and students in raising native freshwater mussels and their importance to water quality. $22,653.

Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation, Inc.: for tree plantings on private residential property and workshops to educate residents about the benefits of trees. $99,990.

City of Mount Rainier: for the installation of 13 rain gardens on Arundel Road between 25th and 30th streets and 29th and 30th streets. $150,520.

Defensores de la Cuenca: for education on the connection of environmental health and human health through fishing events, workshops, and trainings. $29,964.

Defensores de la Cuenca: for the 7th Annual Festival del Rio to engage the Spanish-speaking community in watershed protection topics and activities in Prince George’s County. $25,575.

Global Health and Education Projects, Inc.: for tree plantings on private residential property and educating residents on the benefits of trees. $58,000.

National Wildlife Federation: for workshops on rain gardens, native plants, and the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program at Oseh Shalom synagogue, African-American St. Marks United Methodist Church, and the Islamic Community Center of Laurel. $30,000.

Town of Colmar Manor: for engineered designs for permeable pavement at the intersection of Newark Road and 43rd Street. $36,318.

Town of Edmonston: for the installation of seven rain gardens on Hamilton Street. $131,785.

University Christian Church: for the installation of one rain garden, four bioswales, and tree plantings. $50,800.

University of Maryland College Park: for Phase 2 of the Sustainable Maryland Residential Action Framework to engage Homeowner Associations and their residents in watershed protection activities in Prince George’s County. $29,975.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association: for ecologically themed bike rides along the Anacostia Tributary Trail system. $9,420.

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.

Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy: for the 11th annual Watershed Stewards Academy conference, an event that brings together community members and environmental professionals to share environmental stewardship best practices. $500.

Forever Maryland Foundation: for a series of webinars centered on land preservation, tree and species biodiversity, and funding opportunities for land preservation and restoration. $500.

ShoreRivers: to support an action-oriented youth environmental summit for middle and high schoolers. $500.

Veteran's Engagement Mini Grant Program

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. For information about this program, click here.

Preservation Trust of Wicomico, Inc: for the clearing of a nature trail to commemorate Buffalo Soldier history. $5,000.

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.

Arundel Rivers Federation: for design of a living shoreline project at Long Point peninsula of South River Farms Park in Edgewater. $36,183.

Arundel Rivers Federation: for development of a watershed action plan for the Lerch and Tenthouse Creek subwatersheds and Galesville community. $48,518.

Blue Water Baltimore: for design of stormwater management practices at Miracle City Church. $85,000.

Cecil Soil Conservation District: for design of the Howard Property ecological restoration project. $131,125.

Chesapeake Village Condominium Association, Inc.: for design of stormwater management practices. $64,600.

Fairwinds of Annapolis Condominium Council of Unit Owners: for design of bioretention facilities. $27,500.

Greater Baybrook Alliance: for design of stormwater management projects at Duane Avenue Park. $72,184.

GreenTrust Alliance Inc.: for design of a living shoreline in Gray’s Inn Creek at Herringtown Cape (Phase 1C). $50,749.

Harford Soil Conservation District: for design of the unnamed tributary to Little Gunpowder stream restoration project. $99,320.

Islamic Society of Baltimore: for design of stormwater management practices, including bioswales. $63,600.

Neeld Estates Citizens Association (NECA): for design of a living shoreline project. $34,731.

NeighborSpace of Baltimore County, Inc.: for design of stormwater management practices in the Village of 12 Trees. $74,195.

Prince George’s County, Maryland: for development of a sediment and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) reduction plan and concept plans for top priority projects for Lower Beaverdam Creek. $50,000.

Sherwood Episcopal Church: for design of a regenerative stormwater conveyance system. $60,139.

ShoreRivers: for design of a stream and wetland restoration project in the Middle Chester at the Morgan Creek/Quinn Farm. $90,000.

ShoreRivers: for design of a stream and wetland restoration project at Davis Farm on Langston Creek. $59,330.

ShoreRivers: for design of a wetland restoration project at Jones Dairy Farm. $99,074.

ShoreRivers: for development of an Eastern Shore stream restoration prioritization plan. $72,801.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Prince of Peace: for design of stormwater management practices including one micro-bioretention, two bioswales, and two rain gardens. $36,969.

May 2022

Anne Arundel Community Tree Planting Mini Grant

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.

Hermitage Community Association to plant 54 native, water-absorbing trees to reduce stormwater runoff and beautify the Hermitage community entryway. Funding was increased to support the protection of newly planted trees from wildlife and signage at the project site. $2,500

Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration

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 information about this grant program, click here.

Arundel Rivers Federation for the design and permitting of a wet pond retrofit and step pool conveyance system project at the Harness Creek Overlook community to improve water quality and reduce erosion of an unnamed tributary to Harness Creek. $77,237.

Arundel Rivers Federation for the restoration of approximately 600 feet of rapidly eroding shoreline in Mayo, Maryland through a living shoreline and a dune/headland restoration approach to enhance the resiliency of this site against climate change. $177,427.

Arundel Rivers Federation for the implementation of a bioswale to treat rainwater and slow down erosive flows from impervious surfaces along Paca Drive on Turkey Point Island. $31,514.

Chesapeake Rivers Association for the restoration of 1,397 linear feet of a stream channel in the Shipley’s Retreat neighborhood at the headwaters of the Severn River to address current erosion and to provide safe access for the neighborhood to enjoy community greenspace. $300,151.

Chesapeake Rivers Association for the implementation the Chestnut Hill Cove Phase III project, which includes the restoration of 1,200 linear feet of stream and shoreline through a nature-based regenerative stormwater conveyance method for stream restoration. $299,890.

Pines Community Improvement Association for the implementation of a micro-bioretention best management practice on Pines Community Improvement Association property at the Pines Park/Playground to slow down, filter, and treat stormwater from impervious surfaces and ultimately reduce runoff enter. $24,479.

Severn River Association, Inc. for the design and implementation of best management practices at the Nautilus Point community to treat stormwater runoff that flows from impervious surfaces on the property into Back Creek, a tributary of the Severn River.  $131,970.

Severn River Association, Inc. for the design and permitting of best management practices in the Wardour community, including a living shoreline on community property to improve water quality in the Severn River and improve community resilience to climate change. $77,630.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Projects

These grants support Chesapeake Conservation Corps Members and can be used to fund a wide range of activities, and are meant to: support the Capstone Project or other project in the work plan that is managed by the Corps Member, and provide the Corps Member with grant-writing experience. For information about this grant program, click here.

American Chestnut Land Trust for a monitoring study that will establish a baseline of ecological health in the Horse Swamp Tributary. $1,244

American Chestnut Land Trust for land stewardship through hands-on work experiences at ACLT in Calvert County, Maryland All Hands on Deck Event with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps 2022 cohort. $1,500

American Chestnut Land Trust for installing a new fence at ACLT’s one-acre regenerative farm. $1,019

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary for Nature Discovery Place maintenance and improvements at the Nature Preserve at Wayson’s Corner All Hands on Deck Event with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps 2022 cohort. $1,500

C.A. Lester and Associates for Corps DEIJ Training. $4,800

Chesapeake Conservancy for signs on Susquehanna University’s campus to highlight the importance of conservation and restoration to the Susquehanna community. $1,200

Chesapeake Conservancy for planning and implementing the first in person National Junior Ranger Day celebration in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. $1,250

ECO City Farms for an after school education program for fourth to sixth graders at the Edmonston farm and a video showcasing the success. $1,250

Friends of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary for engaging the community in a BioBlitz of Emory Waters Nature Preserve. $1,250

Howard County Conservancy, Inc. for habitat restoration to promote biodiversity in the forest ecosystems of the Howard County Conservancy. $1,248

Howard County Office of Community Sustainability for the Howard County Brews and Bulbs; a lightbulb exchange program. $1,035

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC) for implementation of a community science program. $1,250

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC) for expanding the existing historical interpretations surrounding Pemberton Park, a Lower Shore preserved wilderness site, to display the full breadth of history involving environmental justice. $555

Maryland Coastal Bays Program for a 3-day environmental retreat for 15 Worcester County Public School ninth and tenth grade students. $1,250

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a species distribution model to identify suitable habitat and prioritize restoration sites across Maryland for the rare freshwater Creeper mussel. $986

National Aquarium for on-the-ground stewardship of the Fort McHenry Wetland; an All Hands on Deck Event with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps 2022 cohort. $1,125

National Aquarium for the Community Science and Stewardship field day events at Fort McHenry. $1,250

National Marine Educators Association for completing a lesson plan and presentation on the statistical program “R” at the National Marine Educators Association’s upcoming conference. $1,250

National Park Service Chesapeake Bay for creating a zine or small booklet which includes artists in and around the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. $418

Severn River Association, Inc. for assessing the presence and health of oyster restoration reefs in the Severn River. $1,210

The Community Ecology Institute for removing invasive plants and planting native species with ecological value at Freetown Farm. $1,220

The James and Anne Robinson Foundation, Inc for improvement of an outdoor learning space at Robinson Nature Center. $1,250

The Nature Conservancy for evaluating the effects of prescribed burning at the Robinson Neck Preserve in Dorchester County, Maryland. $1,250

Town of Edmonston for a community Zen Garden and conducting maintenance at ECO City; Farm All Hands on Deck Event with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps 2022 cohort. $1,493

Town of Edmonston for expanding the tree canopy in Edmonston through a community tree planting initiative. $1,250

Towson University for third to fifth graders from Baltimore City to participate in a virtual six-week series dedicated to investigating Chesapeake Bay science and conservation. $1,219

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.

Bolton Hill Community Association for native plantings at the Contee-Parago Park, commemorating two African American Baltimore City residents. $4,595

Cape Conservation Corps for the removal of invasive bushkiller vine at the “Serene Ravine” community space. $3,500

Chesapeake Education Arts Research Society (CHEARS) for eight sustainable and equitable food systems workshops and citizen science stream health and soil erosion monitoring. $4,314

Cobb Island Citizens Association for the removal of invasive vines by goats on a community-owned lot. $4,885

Elevation Ministries, Inc. for a series of events on environmental awareness days, to promote sustainable daily practices. $4,800

Friends of Garrett Park for the construction of the “Bio-Biggy,” a mobile science display and learning center. $4,807

National Wildlife Federation for community days focused on maintenance and building stewardship of a local park. $5,000

Nature Worx, Inc. for nature-based sessions at Masonville Cove to promote wellness and build stewardship among local residents. $5,000

One Annapolis Inc for pollinator plantings and creation of a garden space in the Bywater Mutual Homes community. $3,000

Saint Rose of Lima Parish for a demonstration garden, faith-based watershed restoration workshops, and two plant giveaways. $4,500

Shoreham Beach Citizens’ Association for two pollinator gardens and signage to increase awareness on the importance of native plants. $3,550

Town of Thurmont for a rain barrel giveaway and workshop on residential stormwater management. $1,500

Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns

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. For information about this grant program, click here.

Borough of Chambersburg for green infrastructure practices in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. $150,000

City Neighbors Foundation for green infrastructure practices in North East Baltimore City, Maryland. $148,883

City of Romney for green infrastructure practices in the City of Romney, West Virginia. $118,555

Druid Heights Community Development Corporation for green infrastructure engineered designs in the Druid Heights Community in Baltimore City, Maryland. $29,998

James River Association for green infrastructure practices in in the Lakemont neighborhood of Petersburg, Virginia. $118,146

Joe’s Movement Emporium/World Arts Focus for green infrastructure practices in Mount Rainier, Maryland. $150,000

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Inc. for a green infrastructure engineered design for the Town of Preston, Maryland. $24,122

The Community Ecology Institute for green infrastructure practices at Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland. $108,650

Town of Emmitsburg for green infrastructure practices in Emmitsburg, Maryland. $121,400

Town of Galena for a green infrastructure engineered design for the Town of Galena, Maryland. $30,000

Town of Glen Echo for a green infrastructure engineered design for the Town of Glen Echo, Maryland. $28,271

Town of Millington for a green infrastructure concept design for the Town of Millington, Maryland. $9,995

Watershed Alliance of York (WAY), Inc. for a white paper on engaging Homeowner Associations in stormwater management. $20,700

Outdoor Learning Network Initiative

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 more information about this grant program click here.

Living Classrooms Foundation for support of a collaborative network focused on integration of systemic environmental literacy in Baltimore City Public Schools. $149,970

Local Concepts LLC for network development support for the Regional Outdoor Learning Network. $70,000

Old Dominion University Research Foundation for support of a collaborative network, the Southeastern Virginia Environmental Education (SEVEE) Consortium, focused on integration of systemic environmental literacy at local school districts. $150,000

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.

Annapolis Film Festival Inc. for support of the sailing showcase portion of the film festival. $1,250

Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. for a solutions-oriented forum for watershed and stormwater professionals on emerging and persistent watershed issues. $1,000

End Time Harvest Ministries for the 2022 Graduation Scholarship Banquet, celebrating Port Towns Youth Council graduates. $1,000

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

Forever Maryland Foundation for a conference on the current state of Chesapeake Bay restoration and future climate adaptations. $500

National Wildlife Federation for the 2022 Choose Clean Water Coalition Conference, to bring stakeholders together for learning and networking. $500

Neighborhood Creative Arts Center for support of NatureFest 2022, a community festival with hands-on engagement in natural resource topics. $700

Veteran's Engagement Mini Grant Program

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. For information about this program, click here.

Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States, Inc. for green jobs training, environmental education, and healing for 75 veterans. $4,999

Cheverly American Legion Post 108 for invasive species removal and the creation of a green space for veterans to connect. $4,328

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

God’s Outdoor Angels Foundation for four outdoor experiences with a total of ten disabled veterans. $5,000

Warrior Canine Connection for a Tough Mudder event hosted for 50 veterans and their service dogs. $4,500

Youth Environmental Education Grant Program

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.

Baltimore Lab School: for 116 students to participate in the Watershed Stewards Program. $5,000.

Belvedere Elementary School: for fifth grade students to participate in a watershed investigation and action project in their community. $4,731.

Beyond Boundaries: for an outdoor experiences for James River High School students with disabilities. $5,000.

Booker T. Washington Middle School: for teacher professional development at the Ecological School located on Presquile Island. $4,470.

Bridges Public Charter School: for the design and installation of an outdoor education space with a native pollinator garden. $6,089.

Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge (fiscal sponsor for Jones Gardens): for installation of a community garden park to increase native pollinator habitat and local access to affordable fresh food. $5,000.

Endangered Species Coalition: for professional development training for teachers at Sacred Heart Catholic School in District of Columbia. $5,000.

Fairfax County Park Foundation Inc.,: for 4th and 5th grade students at Title I schools in Fairfax County, Virginia to participate in watershed investigations. $5,000.

Friends of Oxon Run Park: for an environmental investigation program at Oxon Run Park. $5,000.

Green Muslims: for 45 elementary and middle school students to investigate local watershed health and its connect with the Islamic faith. $7,000.

Green Street Academy: for the installation of an outdoor classroom and enhancement of native pollinator habitat. $5,000.

James River Association: for youth from Richmond and Petersburg to participate in two, week-long summer programs focused on wetlands and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. $7,000.

James River Association: for 7th graders from Hampton City Schools to participate in two, week-long summer programs focused on the wetlands and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. $7,000.

Maryland Environmental Service: for 12 students to participate in a 5-day program focused on local bird populations and the impacts of habitat loss. $8,500.

Montessori School of Westminster: for the conversion of a shed to an outdoor classroom. $7,122.

Severn River Association, Inc.: for youth from Annapolis Recreation and Parks summer camp to participate in the Floating Classroom program. $6,500.

Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program: for Chesapeake Math and IT Academy students to participate in a watershed investigation and implement an improvement project in their community. $5,500.

The Delmarva Community Wellnet Foundation; EDEN Project: for construction of an outdoor classroom at North Georgetown Elementary. $6,000.

The SEED School of Maryland: for 25 middle and high school students to participate in an afterschool garden club. $5,000.

Urban Learning and Teaching Center: for 80 students from District of Columbia to investigate the health of the Anacostia River. $7,000.

June 2022

Ditch the Disposables

This program supports 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. For information about this award program, click here.

American University for 5,000 reusable to-go containers for student use at the dining hall, eliminating 2,571 lbs of waste per semester. $24,750.

Army Distaff Foundation for reusable containers to be used by 170 residents at an independent living care facility, which will prevent 8,760 lbs/year of waste. $11,855.

B.Lin Catering for a transition to reusable catering supplies, dishware, and an energy efficient dishwasher that will result in 1,000 lb/year in waste reduction. $9,000.

Big Bear Cafe for the purchase of reusable foodware and a dishwasher, with the goal of reducing waste by 60%. $25,000.

Culture Coffee Too LLC for a reusable take-out program and associated marketing campaign. $5,875.

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services for the creation of a Mobile Food Service Station to educate 650 students, increase food choice, and reduce school food waste. $16,721.

FishScale Inc for an 80% conversion of disposable to reusable takeout containers and design of an associated customer loyalty app. $11,250.

Girls Global Academy Charter School for the creation of a focus group to determine which meals students are most likely to consume in order to reduce food waste $5,000.

Lee Montessori PCS for a transition to family style reusable foodware for 400 students on both campuses and to support a compost program. $9,000.

Lutheran Church of the Reformation for a dishwasher for the congregation’s kitchen, which will support an elimination of 3,900 lbs/year of waste. $5,637.

Market 7 for reusable drinkware and a dishwasher to support a food hall, reducing waste by 50% while educating the community. $25,000.

NPB Group LLC for reusable foodware, a dishwasher that will reduce water and energy by 50%, and a field trip for staff to a water treatment facility. $15,377.

Teaism for the implementation of a to-go cup pilot program for regular customers. $5,142.

Temple Micah for a dishwasher and 200 sets of reusable dinnerware for Temple events, with an elimination of 180 lbs/year of disposable items. $8,641.

Thrive DC for reusable dishes and a dishwasher to support a program giving free meals to in-need people, eliminating 78,000 single use dishware items per year. $24,200.

Valley Brook Tea for 100 mugs, 300 takeout travel mugs, and a dishwasher which will reduce disposables by 90%. $13,650.

Washington DC Asian Food Corp. for a reusable take-out and delivery program and dishwasher, which will result in an 85% reduction in waste. $24,700.

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