The Mini Grants Program for Community Engagement and Restoration is designed to engage Maryland residents in activities that enhance communities, engage residents, and improve natural resources. This program runs annually; we typically begin accepting applications at the start of June every year.
“Bloom the Boulevard is an interactive community greening day that educates and engages Pigtown residents on the impacts their actions have on the health of the Bay. Support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust has enabled us to rent tools to contribute to our cleanup, donate supplies to residents who clean their blocks throughout the year and has allowed us to host two Bloom the Boulevards each year.”Ben HymanExecutive Director, Pigtown Main Street
What this funds: Activities such as tree plantings, rain gardens, stream cleanups, and storm drain stenciling. To see a longer list of potential projects, read the full Request for Proposals (RFP). Please note the RFP is updated every year.
Who can apply: Nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more. The Trust seeks to engage groups that have traditionally been under-engaged with environmental issues but also new applicants and organizations from a diverse array of communities. Only applicants who have received three grants or fewer from the Trust in the past are eligible to apply. See RFP for full list of organizations and details.
How much can be awarded: Up to $5,000.
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 “Start a New Application” button below. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Kathy Somoza, at 410-974-2941 ext. 120.
“The CMBC Greening project allowed our congregation to learn about the impact of planting native trees on our land. The tree planting process allowed us to participate in an outdoor project that will have a positive impact on water management, air quality improvement and community engagement. By participating in tree planting in teams, we created a bonding experience for church and community members. This was as valuable to us as the positive impact this project has on the physical environment.”Sister Delmarie HinesAdministrative Assistant, Carolina Missionary Baptist Church
Resources listed below can also be found on the Trust’s Resources page. Additional resources will be added as available.
- Maintenance Plan Template: Best Management Practice (BMP) Maintenance Template – A downloadable Word maintenance template from the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional “Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Manual for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”
- Signage: The links below can provide direction and guidance when creating project signage. To view an abbreviated list of sign vendors that work in the Chesapeake Bay region, visit the Trust Resources page. Please note, the Trust does not endorse any signage companies.