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Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Award Program

The Chesapeake Bay Trust and Chesapeake Oyster Alliance (a program supported by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation) are excited to continue our partnership, for the Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Award Program for another year. The purposes of the program are to 1) increase knowledge within priority audiences of the value of oysters, oyster fisheries, and aquaculture efforts, 2) advance technologies for increasing oyster population or aquaculture production, and/or 3) advance oyster population monitoring techniques and or datasets.

Informational Webinar

Join us for an overview of the Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Grant Program including types of projects, how to complete an application, proposal scoring criteria, and some tips and tricks on crafting a strong application.  If you can’t attend live, the webinar will be recorded and posted here.

When: Wednesday July 10th from 12:00-1:00pm

Register Here

What this funds: The funding partners will consider projects that meet any of the following three goals stated above. For a full list of eligible project types refer to the RFP.

For details on all projects awarded under this program refer to this list of Previously Awarded Projects.

Who can apply: Funding partners welcome requests from members of the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance (COA) including community organizations and both for-profit and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. This does not include the Reef Builder Tier at this time. If your organization is not a member of the COA but is interested in becoming a member and thus creating eligibility to apply to this program, please contact Tanner Council at

How much can be awarded: Up to $10,000.

Is match required? Match is encouraged, but not required.

Grant Application Process: The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through an online system, using the “New Grant” button to the right.

Program Status: OPEN

Deadline: Thursday, September 19th 2024 at 5:00 PM EST

Start a New Application

Get started with a new application

Manage an Existing Grant

Manage an existing grant

Questions & Technical Support

Amber Cameron
Outreach and Education
Program Officer
410-974-2941 x 124

Learn more about previously awarded projects on our interactive map!

Example Project

Portsmouth Public Schools – Learning About Oysters in the Classroom and on the Water 2021

Track 1: Education

The Portsmouth Public Schools Oyster Project engaged students in a Meaning Watershed Educational Experience, (MWEE) with a focus on an oyster float experiment, oyster growth data collection and analysis, oyster habitat, oyster life cycle, oyster anatomy and the impact oysters have on the environment.

Fifteen 5th grade students were selected to participate in a MWEE, the Oyster Project summer camp, to investigate Oyster and oyster habitat, and release oysters on reefs in the Elizabeth River, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. All of Portsmouth Public School (PPS) 5th grade students (1000 students) learned about oysters through PPS Oyster Project YouTube Videos.

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