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District of Columbia
Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program

The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment partner to deliver the Community Stormwater Solutions Award Program.  The goals of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to protect and enhance, directly or indirectly, the District’s water bodies or watersheds.  Another goal is to create new community partners and strengthen existing relationships with community-based organizations and small businesses. This program will support community-oriented and inspired projects that are designed to increase knowledge and lead to behavior change as it relates to watershed and stormwater-related issues.

What this does this program fund?  Activities such as educational events/workshops, installation and maintenance of runoff-reducing green infrastructure, art installations, restoration of habitat, litter or pollution reduction or other project-types that meet the goals of the grant program. Projects should be inspired and supported by the priority community within the District. See the RFA for full list of eligible project types.

Who can apply? The funding partners welcome requests from the following entities physically located in the District: non-profit organizations, small businesses, schools and universities, government agencies, and more. See the RFA for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded? Up to $35,000

How much is available in the program? approximately $300,000

Is match required? In-kind and cash match is not required but can be included, if necessary, to accomplish project goals.

Grant Application Process: The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s applications are all submitted through an online system, using the “New Award” button to the right.

Grant Application Budget Form: Applicants are required to submit a budget using the “Community Stormwater Solutions Application Budget” spreadsheet found here.

Green Infrastructure Maintenance Form: the Trust provides a template form for green infrastructure maintenance found here.

Program Status: CLOSED

To view the most recent RFA, click here.

Deadline was: Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 6pm EDT

Manage an Existing Grant

Manage an existing grant or continue an existing application

Questions & Technical Support

Kacey Wetzel
Vice President of Programs for Outreach and Restoration
kwetzel@cbtrust.org
410-974-2941 x104

Workshops and Webinars

We will be offering free workshops to learn about the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program, ‘do’s and don’ts’ of grant-writing, and one-on-one application and project development assistance.

Grant Information Workshop: The FY23 Grant Information Workshop Was Held on 7/7/2022. A recording is available here: https://vimeo.com/728181464

Grant Writing Workshop: A Grant Writing Workshop will be held on 7/28/2022. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscuisqT0uHdKw4SkSiYMMzA7umHThhNo4

Awarded Projects

YearAward AmountOrganizationProject TitleProject Description
2022$30,000After-School All-StarsLet's own our community!This award is for high school students and community members to participate in a series of stream visits, trash cleanups, and educational activities regarding the impacts of litter on local waterways.
2022$24,339Casey TreesLangdon Park Recreation CenterThis award is for high school students to participate in interactive learning opportunities and action projects in their Ward 8 community in the Anacostia watershed.
2022$30,000Constituent Services Worldwide Public Benefit CorporationGreen Infrastructure Environmentalist Apprenticeship ProgramThis award is for the creation of digital and print educational resources including information regarding the trees on Kingman and Heritage Islands and their role in promoting community and watershed health and for a community stewardship day to include tree planting.
2022$30,000Designgreen LLCRiverSmart Rooftops: Expanding Maintenance Capabilities and InclusionThis award is for middle school students to participate in nature-play and programming promoting stewardship of local waterways at the Farm at Kelly Miller.
2022$30,000Designgreen LLCTakoma Community Collaborative: Implementing Resident Action PlanThis award is for Anacostia River-focused poetry performances and community engagement activities that promote stewardship of local natural resources.
2022$23,881Flywheel Development LLCFairfax Village Hill RestorationThis award is for residents in Takoma to explore green infrastructure solutions through community-based design charrettes and to design a shovel ready solution to a long-term persistent flooding issue.
2022$18,000Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic GardensWELLderness: Rediscover Your Backyard OasisThis award is for community engagement activities to expand a woodland adjacent to the Quincy Alley area to include the installation of a natural playground and native trees
2022$29,997Living Classrooms Foundation of the National Capital RegionKingman ExplorersThis award is for 60 high school students to participate in a field experience at Kingman and Heritage Islands and for 46 teachers to participate in professional development training.
2022$35,000National Wildlife FederationSacred Grounds: Phase 2This award is for East Washington Heights Baptist Church congregation members and nearby residents to be engaged in educational activities regarding the negative impacts of lawns and alternative solutions for managing stormwater runoff.
2022$30,000Near Southeast Community PartnersLluvia Verde: Green Career Recruitment and Training for DC LatinosThis award is for residents in and around the Oxon Run sub-watershed to participate in six family-oriented educational activities regarding natural resources issues and stewardship actions.
2022$29,122The Green SchemeWard 8 Water Watchers Returns!This award is for Cleveland Elementary School's fourth and fifth grade students to participate in a neighborhood-based, watershed education project that will connect them to the Anacostia River.
2022$22,000Washington Area Bicyclist AssociationDC Youth Watershed ExplorersThis award is for utility and topographic surveys to further develop a community green space concept plan, production of a mini documentary including resident interviews, and support for student internship projects as connected to the original Takoma Community Collaborative project.
2021$4,960Designgreen LLCTakoma Community Collaborative: ExtensionThis award is for student and community engagement in the installation of rain barrels and an artistic vertical garden structure using native and pollinator friendly plants.
2021$20,000Friendship Public Charter SchoolFriendship Collegiate Academy Giving TreeThis award is for the creation of a cohort of three churches, development of a planting plan, and an additional workshop for Ward 7 and 8 congregations on the RiverSmart Communities Program as connected to the original Sacred Grounds project.
2021$4,893National Wildlife FederationSacred Grounds ExtensionThis award is for outreach and recruitment activities to increase participation of Latino residents in stormwater management workforce training.
2021$15,000Near Southeast Community PartnersLluvia Verde: Green Career Training for DC LatinosThis award is for the addition of educational sessions, one field trip, and one online training video for participants of a stormwater management workforce training as connected to the original Green Career Training for DC Latinos project.
2021$3,600Near Southeast Community PartnersLluvia Verde: Green Career Training for DC Latinos ExtensionThis award is for education on environmental stewardship and the creation of a community mural to amplify the message of stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay through images of the plants and animals of the watershed.
2021$19,747Pipkin Creative CommunicationsMural: Beauty of the BayThis award is for an educational video and increased outreach to residents living near Oxon Run as connected to the original Ward 8 Water Watchers project.
2021$5,000The Green SchemeWard 8 Water Watchers ExtensionThis award is for high school students to participate in a series of virtual learning modules regarding the District's stormwater challenges and solutions.
2021$20,000The Urban StudioThe Virtual Studio: Designing for DC StormwaterThis award is for the addition of outdoor programming for Cleveland Elementary School's fourth and fifth grade students as connected to the original Waterway Guardians in Shaw project.
2021$5,005Urban Learning and Teaching CenterLions in the City ExtensionThis award is for educational activities and engagement of residents and park stewards in the revitalization of Fort Stanton Park.
2021$19,860Ward 8 Woods ConservancyRestore Fort Stanton ParkThis award is for increased activity days involving litter clean up and invasive species removal by park stewards as connected to the original Restore Fort Stanton Park project.
2021$4,994Ward 8 Woods ConservancyRestore Fort Stanton Park Project ExtensionThis award is for engagement of students, parents, and the broader community in scientific inquiry of local green spaces.
2020$15,320Anacostia RiverkeeperRiver Service Today, River Stewards TomorrowThis award is for a series of community activities focused on maintaining existing trees and enhancing other green infrastructure practices.
2020$15,500Anacostia Watershed SocietyBuilding Community through Service with Anacostia High SchoolThis award is for the implementation of the Green Infrastructure Apprenticeship Program.
2020$19,972Casey TreesTrees, Water, and You: Fostering Stewardship on Kingman & Heritage IslandsThis award is for the engagement of Latino landscape companies in the implementation of a green roof maintenance training program.
2020$20,000City BlossomsEnvironmental Education Opportunities at the Farm at Kelly MillerThis award is for the implementation of a design and community action plan to capture stormwater runoff.
2020$20,000Day EightAnacostia Swim ClubThis award is for the creation of consensus-based and professionally made design drawings to capture stormwater runoff.
2020$20,000Designgreen LLCTakoma Community Collaborative: Streamway to GreenwayThis award is for a series of activities in nature to promote restoration of the watershed and personal health.
2020$10,000Endangered Species CoalitionQuincy Entrance and Woodland Improvement ProjectThis award is for immersive, out-of-school time programming with underserved youth groups.
2020$19,996Living Classrooms Foundation of the National Capital RegionAnacostia High School Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE)This award is for educational and restoration activities on congregation grounds and congregation members’ homes.
2020$19,612National Wildlife FederationSacred Grounds: Engaging the Hillcrest Community in Caring for Creation in the Anacostia WatershedThis award is for participation of Latino residents in workforce training on stormwater solutions and career pathways.
2020$19,995The Green SchemeWard 8 Water WatchersThis award is for the training of community leaders as water ambassadors and for family-oriented watershed activities.
2020$20,000Urban Learning and Teaching CenterLions in the City: Cleveland Elementary School Waterway Guardians in Shaw, DCThis award is for bicycle explorer camps to provide youth and families with opportunities to learn about local waterways.

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