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.

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 has changed from previous years so please read for updates.

Who can apply: Non-profit 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.

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. 

Program Status: The Mini Grant Program is currently CLOSED. To view the last round’s RFP, click here. The Mini Grant Program will RE-OPEN on June 29th, 2018.

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 this program’s grant manager, Bre’Anna Brooks at 410-974-2941 ext. 112.

Mentorship Program: If you would like assistance with your Community Engagement Mini Grant Proposal, the Trust is offering a Mentorship Program.  To learn about the program, click here. To view the 2017-2018 potential Mentor list, click here.

If you are interested in serving as a Mentor, please contact the program’s grant manager, Bre’Anna, before engaging in the program.

Example Projects

Rock Creek Conservancy
South River Federation
Baltimore Tree Trust
Hillmeade HOA
National Aquarium
Towson Unitarian

“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

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“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

Questions & Technical Support

Bre’Anna Brooks
410-974-2941 x112