Community Engagement Mini Grant

The Mini Grants Program for Community Engagement is designed to engage Maryland residents in activities that enhance communities, engage residents, and improve natural resources.

“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 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

Program Status: OPEN

This program runs annually; we begin accepting applications at the start of June every year.

To view the RFP, click here.

Deadline: Rolling basis. Requests for this Mini Grant Program are accepted on an on-going basis until funds are fully expended for the fiscal year. 

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Manage an Existing Grant

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Questions & Technical Support

Kathy Somoza
410-974-2941 x120

The Trust seeks to engage new applicants and organizations from a diverse array of communities in small-scale projects that enhance communities, engage residents, and improve natural resources. With this goal in mind, the Trust offers a Mentorship Opportunity to first-time applicants in need of assistance in applying to the Community Engagement Mini Grant Program.

If you are interested in serving as a Mentor and are not already listed as a Mentor, please contact the grant program’s manager.