The City of Gaithersburg Community Watershed Assistance Grant Program aims to provide accessible funds to organizations and agencies to build capacity within local groups to plan and develop designs for a variety of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) restoration projects and efforts. All design proposals must aim to create restoration projects that will be well positioned to request implementation funding through the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Outreach and Restoration Grant Program in 2017 or other similar implementation programs.
What this funds:
- Track 1 – Rainscapes Rewards Program Project Design: $500 to $7,500: The goal of projects in this track should be to plan and develop designs for conservation landscaping, rain gardens, and rainwater collection/harvesting with rain barrels and cisterns.
- Track 2 – Restoration Project Design: $5,001 to $17,500: The goal of projects in this track should be to develop technical designs for BMPs outside of conservation landscaping, rain gardens, and rainwater collection/harvesting that benefit both the community and the quality of one or more natural resources. BMP examples include rain gardens, bioretention areas, streamside forest buffers, urban tree canopy expansion, green roofs, and structural controls to reduce pet waste and litter, and improvements to existing underperforming stormwater treatment practices.
Who can apply: Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization such as local watershed groups, community associations, service and civic groups, faith-based organizations, and more. Applications are welcome from organizations and agencies based outside of the City of Gaithersburg for work within the City of Gaithersburg, but all applications MUST have a local partner contributing to the project.
How much can be awarded:
- Track 1- Rainscapes Rewards Program Project Design: $500 to $7,500
- Track 2- Restoration Project Design: $5,001 to $17,500
Is match required? Match is encouraged but is not required. Preference will be given to projects with match and/or in-kind services.
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 Abbi Huntzinger at 410-974-2941, ext. 106.
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