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 a second 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.

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.

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. If your organization is not a member of the COA but is interested in becoming a member and thus create 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: CLOSED

To view the most recent RFP, click here.

Deadline was: Thursday, September 16th 2021 at 4:00 PM EST

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Questions & Technical Support

Joe Toolan
Outreach and Education
Program Coordinator
410-974-2941 x 116