The Chesapeake Bay Trust is excited to announce a recently formed partnership with the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment on the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant 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 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 $20,000
How much is available in the program? $200,000
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 grant applications are all submitted through an online system; begin by using the “Start a New Application” button to the right. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Bre’Anna Brooks at 410-974-2941 ext. 112 or email@example.com.
Grant Application Budget Form: Applicants are required to submit a budget using the “Community Stormwater Solutions Application Budget” spreadsheet found here.
Pre-application Workshops: Join us virtually at one or more of the free workshops to learn about the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program, ‘do’s and don’ts’ of grant-writing, and to take advantage of one-on-one assistance during office hours. Please RSVP here. Even though you are attending via webinar, please be sure to RSVP. In the event that we will need to change or reschedule a meeting, we will communicate those changes to those on the RSVP list.
Topics and Assistance Include:
- Funding opportunities for projects;
- Proposal submission process, proposal writing tips, grant life cycles, and common mistakes to avoid;
- Thinking through concepts, brainstorming ideas, help with finding project partners, and more!
2020 Awarded Projects
|Year||Grant Amount||Organization||Project Title||Project Description|
|2020||$20,000||City Blossoms||Environmental Education Opportunities at the Farm at Kelly Miller||This award is for middle school students to participate in nature-play and programming promoting stewardship of local waterways at the Farm at Kelly Miller.|
|2020||$20,000||Urban Learning and Teaching Center||Lions in the City: Cleveland Elementary School Waterway Guardians in Shaw, DC||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.|
|2020||$15,320||Anacostia Riverkeeper||River Service Today, River Stewards Tomorrow||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.|
|2020||$10,000||Endangered Species Coalition||Quincy Entrance and Woodland Improvement Project||This 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|
|2020||$19,860||Ward 8 Woods Conservancy||Restore Fort Stanton Park||This award is for educational activities and engagement of residents and park stewards in the revitalization of Fort Stanton Park.|
|2020||$19,747||Pipkin Creative Communications||Mural: Beauty of the Bay||This 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.|
|2020||$19,995||The Green Scheme||Ward 8 Water Watchers||This 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.|
|2020||$19,996||Living Classrooms Foundation||Anacostia High School Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE)||This award is for high school students to participate in a field experience at Kingman and Heritage Islands and for 46 teachers to participate in professional development training.|
|2020||$19,612||National Wildlife Federation||Sacred Grounds: Engaging the Hillcrest Community in Caring for Creation in the Anacostia Watershed||This 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.|
|2020||$20,000||The Urban Studio||The Virtual Studio: Designing for DC Stormwater||This award is for high school students to participate in a series of virtual learning modules regarding the District's stormwater challenges and solutions.|
|2020||$20,000||Day Eight||Anacostia Swim Club||This award is for Anacostia River-focused poetry performances and community engagement activities that promote stewardship of local natural resources.|
|2020||$20,000||Friendship Public Charter School||Friendship Collegiate Academy Giving Tree||This 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.|
|2020||$20,000||Designgreen LLC||Takoma Community Collaborative: Streamway to Greenway||This 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.|
|2020||$15,500||Anacostia Watershed Society||Building Community through Service with Anacostia High School||This award is for high school students to participate in interactive learning opportunities and action projects in their Ward 8 community in the Anacostia watershed.|
|2020||$19,972||Casey Trees||Trees, Water, and You: Fostering Stewardship on Kingman & Heritage Islands||This 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.|
|2020||$15,000||Near Southeast Community Partners||Lluvia Verde: Green Career Training for DC Latinos||This award is for outreach and recruitment activities to increase participation of Latino residents in stormwater management workforce training.|