Environmental Education Mini Grants

The Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant Program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies for pre-K-12 Environmental Education to educate students about their local watersheds and how they can become environmental stewards and make a difference in watershed health. To accomplish this goal the program supports meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects and schoolyard habitat projects as well as building teacher capacity to implement environmental education including professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy in the Chesapeake Bay region.

What this funds: Meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects, schoolyard habitat projects as well as teacher professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy.

Who can apply: Schools, nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more. See RFP for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded: Up to $5,000.

Is match required? The Trust requires that all non-Title 1 schools provide funding for at least half of their field trip or experience costs.

Deadline: The deadline for this program was January 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Please check back in May 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year deadlines.

Partners: The Mini Grant Program is supported by a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET).

Program Status

This grant program is CLOSED, the deadline was January 13, 2017. To view the RFP, click here.

2016-2017 Environmental Education K-12 Mini Grant Schedule

The Trust is still unable to provide reimbursement funding; this means that project start dates must occur after the date of decision. Deadlines, decision dates, and acceptable project start dates are listed below. Applications must be received by the Trust by the deadline date.

Deadline Date

  • August 5, 2016, 5:00pm
  • January 13, 2017, 5:00pm

Decision Date

  • September 30, 2016
  • March 10, 2017

Project Start Date

  • No earlier than October 1, 2016
  • No earlier than March 11, 2017

**Please be advised that projects must be completed (funds expended and final reports completed) by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Examples of application and project timing:

  • If your field trip occurs on October 1, 2016, you must apply by August 5, 2016; if you apply to the January 13, 2017 deadline, your funding would be considered reimbursement, which is not allowed in this program.
  • If your field trip occurs on March 1, 2017, you must apply by August 5, 2016, nine months in advance, in order to receive notification before your trip.
  • If your field trip occurs on April 1, 2017, you can apply by any of the three deadlines. However, if you wait until the January 13, 2017 deadline, you will not find out until March 10, 2017, only about three weeks before your field trip. If you need more lead time for planning purposes, you should apply by the August 5, 2016 deadline.

Attention Applicants:
There is a NEW guidance for applicants and a NEW proposal narrative format for K-12 Mini-Grants. These changes reflect ongoing efforts by CBT to support the integration of environmental education with efforts to improve and enhance instruction inside and outside of the classroom. The proposal narrative is intended to serve as both an application and a planning tool to assist the applicant in providing a high quality environmental education experience for their students.

Applicants will be required to complete and upload a narrative form depending on their type of request:

Meaningful Watershed Issue Investigations Narrative Form and Example

Professional Development Trainings Narrative Form

Grant Application Process

The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through an online system. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Emily Stransky at 410-974-2941 ext. 101.

Example Projects

Locust Grove Middle School
Parks and People Foundation
Fair Hill Environmental Foundation
Spotsylvania High School
Hollifield Station ES PD

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Questions & Technical Support

Emily Stransky
410-974-2941 x101